To continue on with the last posting:
When did I become ready to have the surgery? Physically, I'm sure it was quite a while ago, but mentally it was when a piece of cake won. It had power over me. I gave into a desire for that cake, even when I knew that the consequences were not going to be good because it wasn't my cake.
When I realized that I really don't have power over food, I gave over my desires to a higher power. Prayer really does work - prayer and meditation. When I finally realized I couldn't lose the weight on my own, that I needed to do something drastic, it was probably last June. I researched what I needed to do.
First I needed to see if I would qualify for the surgery. The surgical center around here needed to see:
- A body mass index of greater than or equal to 40
- Body mass index between 35 and 39 and at least one major medical co-morbidity, such as:
- Respiratory problems (sleep apnea or hypoventilation syndrome)
Then I looked at the requirements of our health insurances (I'm covered by two - mine and my husband's). They were many.
My insurance company require six consecutive months of documented weight loss attempts. We needed documentation for each visit:
- Vital signs (must include weight)
- Discussion of and suggestions of diet
- Discussion of physical activity or exercise program
- Discussion of behavioral modification
- Discussion of or use of weight loss drugs.
After I gathered all the information, I had to attend a nutrition seminar which was followed up by a one-to-one discussion with the nutritionist. Then I had to be cleared for surgery by my PCP, a presurgical appointment with the doctor, a presurgical appointment with the hospital, EKG and a two week liquid diet.
This takes a lot of work and perseverance. And it's only the beginning.