Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Early next week, I'll be heading over to Pensacola FL to meet with a doctor who specializes in gastric bypass surgeries. My primary physician has been urging me for several years to consider this option since my own weight loss efforts have had mixed results and this past year my overall health is starting to nosedive.
So a couple months ago I went over there to listen to his open forum seminar and found what he, the surgeon, had to say not nearly as frightening as others I've researched. I have researched his history, results, and talked to a couple of his current and past patients and their input was all positive as far as the surgery and his staff was considered excellent in pre and post op support.
I'm still somewhat reluctant to go this route but feel I should seriously investigate it. Even if I decide to do it, the actual procedure won't occur for several months as I think my insurer has candidates go through 3-6 month supervised and highly documented diet and exercise program prior to approval of the procedure. I do have the option of self pay and not use my insurer but I think I want to give myself another chance to improve my health with less drastic methods. However, it is my reality that my daily health is declining and that impacts my ability to do even simple tasks and exercise.
Right now I'm not happy with my lack of progress over the past few months but then I haven't been keeping an accurate journal and accounting of my food intake. Also because of the constant leg pain in both legs, I haven't tried to walk anywhere near as much as I used to or need to inorder to do me any good. I'm pretty much house bound as walking has become very painful and I have to spend the day or two in bed to recover from just a simple shopping stroll around the grocery store. My primary offered to prescribe anti-pain meds but I declined and take over-the-counter which helps enough.
Well I guess I just wanted to get this off my chest so to speak.
There is good news in that at least I haven't gained any more weight above last year's high.