A few months ago I was thinking about weight loss surgery. What prompted me to think about weight loss surgery was my appointment at my local Medical Weight Loss Clinic. I met with the woman who runs the clinic and we were swapping stories of diets we have tried and ailments we suffer from due to weight. I was feeling pretty good about the whole appointment until I realized that I would have to pay about $1000 dollars up front, not including the shakes and bars I would have to purchase.
I had mentioned that I didn’t want to have weight loss surgery until I exhausted all my options. It was then that the woman told me that she had weight loss surgery. And this made me pause. I don’t think she normally would have told me, but we were being chatty Cathys because we discovered we both had a passion for planning.
But my next immediate thought was, “If this weight loss program is so great, why did you have to have weight loss surgery?” And that is when I decided I was not going to drop so much money on something that might not work…again.
So I took the next step. The very first thing I did was check to see if my insurance would even cover weight loss surgery. And I am glad I did because they do. And after that I did what I alway do when I am interested in something (anything), I researched. And researched. And researched.
I did so much research that I rendered my consultation with my surgeon mostly pointless because I knew so much already. And actually, he was pretty appreciative that I had already done so much homework.
So, in the past two months, I have met with my gynecologist and my primary care doctor, who both gave me a thumbs up for the surgery. And I have had my consultation with the surgeon, my bariatric coordinator, and the dietician/nutritionist. I have also attended a support group meeting and had a psyche eval (required by the insurance). In June I have an endoscopy and a nutrition class to take. In July I have my pre-op appointment, the surgery and then a post-op appointment.
I am so excited and a little nervous if I am honest. But I feel I am ready. I am ready for a change. And my current plan is to blog/document it right here. So look for more posts in the future!