Wednesday, July 20, 2011
My medical doctor and I have had an on going battle for the past two years. She has been trying to convince me to have weight loss surgery and I flat out refused. My logic was if I didn't need surgery to gain the weight then I don't want to use surgery to lose the weight. I never thought that having the surgery was an easy way out. I know that it means drastic changes in your lifestyle and I wasn't sure I could commit to it.
As the years passed my health problems have gotten worse. My back pain is getting worse, I have 2 herniated disks, 2 enlarged disks, and my lumbar spine is twisted to the left. Some days it is all I can do to walk from my bed to the bathroom. Four months ago my doctor looked me in the eye and asked why are you living with this pain if you don't have to. A light bulb went off! That was the day I decided to have the surgery.
I knew where I wanted to have the surgery and I went to a seminar held at the hospital and learned that there were four types of weight loss surgeries. I chose to have the Vertical Gastric Sleeve. I am scheduled to have it on Monday, July 25th. I have been shopping for my recovery, purchasing all the liquids I will be able to eat after the surgery. Let me tell you it is not much. If you thought this was easy trust me you are dead wrong. There are some foods that I will never be able to eat again if I want to be successful at this.
I am grateful to SP for all its support and for the groups for those that have had weight loss surgery. I feel that I am ready for this and can commit to what it will take to lose the weight. No one likes to be cut open, but I will darned if I go through all this and not keep the weight off.