Thursday, July 14, 2011
OK, so I have gone through the "hoops" in preparation for Lap Band surgery. The EGD was actually pretty interesting. And do those "happy" meds (propofol) really do a number!! Hard to imagine that what Michael Jackson's Dr was giving him to sleep!
So..now time to wait. I've done everything I'm supposed to (well, I still need to exercise and watch what I eat! and keep losing weight and inches!). Here's hoping for a positive result from the insurance co.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
This morning I go for an EGD, short for Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, or put in plain terms, it's a camera down your throat! This is done to make sure my stomach and adjoining areas look good - no cancer, ulcers or any other bad things - prior to the Lapband procedure. So, when this test is done, I will have gone through all of the "hoops" that my surgeon believes my insurance company wants me to go through prior to approving the procedure. Of course, insurance companies have been known to change the "hoops", so until I hear back, I'm assuming nothing.
Friday, May 20, 2011
So it's been a little over a month since I last blogged about my health, weight, and the possibilities of going the Lap Band route. Here's where I am at:
- I've gone to an initial appointment with the bariatric surgeon. He is the one who spoke at the Lap Band seminar last month. His office has submitted the request to my insurance co to approve the surgery. From what I have heard, I should get a response on/around 6/1.
- In the meantime, I am starting through the required appointments with the various Dr's and medical professionals.
Assuming i get all of the medical clearances AND my insurance co approves the procedure, this could happen somewhere between August and November (a lot will depend on how long I need to see a nutritionist).
I think the most challenging part my mind is still trying to wrap itself around is the nutrition. Today, I LOVE to eat. As my mom has been inclined to say, I'm the kind of guy who does not walk away from food! I clearly am eating better than I used to -- more fruits and veggies, limiting sweets, especially at night, etc. But all too often, it is the quantity of the mostly good foods I eat is the problem. I just rarely if ever feel full, and one of the benefits the Lap Band is supposed to provide is just that -- the feeling of fullness!
I'll plan to blog again in June on this topic. Hopefully with more good news. Thanks for your comments and words of encouragement.
Monday, April 18, 2011
So the good news is that I have been exercising regularly, but clearly have not made the right choices on eating on a regular basis. If I break it down, typically I eat the right things Monday through Wednesday, and then do OK for breakfast and lunch but indulge more times than not on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with Sunday usually swinging back to an OK all day kind of day. But my guess is the Thursday/Friday/Saturday indulges are "outweighing" the other days. So while the scale is not going up, it is not going down either.
Where to go from here? Being overweight, diabetic, and using a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea are all not good things, yet I don't seem to have the motivation or rigor to make the right changes.
So I recently attended a Lap Band seminar, and I truly liked what I heard. And what I am beginning to wonder is if this is the kind of structure I need to make the truly important lifestyle changes in my eating habits to start making the positive changes. Yet when I read the dietary restrictions it got scary! Can I really do all of that?
Thankfully it takes many months before the actual surgery so there is time to get my brain to understand and hopefully accept these kind of changes. It really gets down to this -- do I want to keep taking meds for diabetes and cholesterol and use a CPA machine for the rest of my life (which might be shorter because of all those issues), or accept that my diet needs to be significantly modified so that I can stop doing all of that, live a healthy life and hopefully live longer? Sounds like a no-brainer, but this is going to take time to soak in....
Friday, December 31, 2010
If nothing else, 2010 was an interesting and eventful year:
- Record snowfall, accompanied by basement flooding!
- My oldest daughter getting married in Jamaica (yah man!)
- Two of our greyhounds crossing the rainbow bridge.
- Welcoming our newest greyhound (and certified class clown!) Tomas
There's more, but those are the ones that stand out. Good and not so good, but even the not so good are character builders! And that is not such a bad thing!
While I did not shed many pounds this year, at least I kept in good shape with my visits to the Y plus all of the outside work (shoveling snow and mowing). Hopefully in 2011 I'll get the scale to cooperate!
So, goodbye to 2010, and hello 2011!!
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