I am not new to SP, but new to this team.
I had Vertical Banded Gastroplasty 23 years ago. Within 18 months I had lost 130 pounds.
My DH was in the Army at the time of my surgery and he got orders for a Tour of Duty in Germany 2 weeks after my surgery. So after the surgery, I saw the doctor to have the stitches taken out.......and that was it. We moved to Germany and thru the transition, somehow, all the records pertaining to my surgery never found their way into my medical records. So, I never did get any follow up care from a doctor concerning the surgery. Six months after surgery, I got pregnant and not gaining (as with a typical pregnancy but loosing more then 50 pounds within the 9 months that I was pregnant with my baby girl.
After being in Germany for 18 months, we were sent back to the United States because our baby was born with many health problems, and there were no doctor's available over there in the military that she needed. She needed pediatric doctors, and there just were none stationed there at the same time we were. So, my DH got a compassionate reassignment to Ft. Bliss Texas. As soon as we got back to the states I started rapidly gaining the weight back! Not long after getting settled in our new quarters, the Army sent DH to a advanced training school in California....for a month. So there I was left to deal with and take care of a sickly 18 month old baby, and a 6 & 7 year old both of whom had hyperactivity attention deficit disorder & severe behavior problems in school, because they did not get the teaching & discipline that the needed at the American school in Germany.
Within the 1 month that DH was away at school, I gained another 20 some pounds and continued to quickly gain till I weighed MORE then I did pre-surgery!!
Since all those years ago, I still am gaining weight. I now have fibromyalgea, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic migraine headaches, knee, ankle & back problems, as well as depression, and I feel that I am a complete failure, look like the most horrid thing alive (that is how a lot of people look at me too) and am just sick of it all!!!
I know that WLS has come a LONG ways since I had mine in the 80's and I have considered having it done again. But in the back of my mind I am telling my self that I failed the 1st time, what makes me this that I am going to be successful a 2nd time.
MERRY & BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO ALL.
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