When Nothing Else Works

I’ve struggled with my weight all my life, ever since childhood. I don’t believe I have ever been a normal weight for an adult, and only briefly as a child. I’ve gotten close with several different diets. I’ve tried Medifast, Slimfast, Weight Watchers, Atkins, Master Cleanser Fasting, Fit for Life (food combining), Herbalife, and I’m sure there are more I can’t think of right now. Each time I’d have some success and then it would slowly start to pack back on and I’d end up heavier than I started. It’s the perpetual, and escalating yo-yo diet. However, a few months ago I saw a commercial that would change the direction I would take my health.

The commercial was for the LapBand. The commercial talked about pluses and minuses compared to other weight loss surgeries. I looked into it online and thought it over for a while. I then mentioned it to my internist who said that her patients have had great results with it. I attended a seminar and decided to move forward.

Here’s how the process looked…

Meeting with the Patient Advocate
Full day evaluation appointment

  • * Medical evaluation with an Internal Medicine physician
  • * Psychological consultation with a psychologist
  • * Nutritional consultation with a dietitian
  • * Meeting with the surgeon

3 months monitored weight loss
3 more dietary appointments
Presurgery appointment

  • * Signing releases
  • * Obtaining information about hospital stay
  • * Receiving liquid diet for week before surgery
  • * Meeting with the surgeon one last time

This all occurred over a period of 4 months.

Surgery is tomorrow, 6/27.

UPDATE: Surgery went very well.

Here’s my weight loss ticker if anyone wants to keep up…

Oh, and here’s a diagram of what it looks like, if anyone was curious.

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11 thoughts on “When Nothing Else Works

  1. Good for you. Linda. Looking forward to those pics you promised!

    Surely you didn’t think I forgot, did you???

    ;o)>

    Seriously, here’s to a healthier, happier Linda!

  2. Good luck tomorrow !! we are all thinking about you ! With our new diets too – we can all exchange healthy eating habits ….

  3. Thanks everyone. I’m home now but still feeling sore. I’m just going to take it easy for a while. I’ll be on a liquid diet for the next two weeks. It’s really not all that bad.

  4. Just catching up after a long while away – I want to hear more about this! How long was the surgery? Was it covered by your insurace? How are you feeling now? Thinking of you!

  5. Hey Linda, Just got a chance to read about your surgery, been busy as usual w/the kids. Let me know how everything went, my nephew’s wife was going to look into getting this done also. Let me know the progress, good or bad. Hope everything is great for all of you and hope to talk to you soon. Becky.

  6. Mer – The surgery took only about 45 minutes, minus prep. I was in the hospital for one night. I was glad for that because they helped manage my pain better than I could have at home. The whole thing was covered by insurance, thank God! I’m finally feeling a lot better almost 2 weeks out. The swelling from my incisions have gone down considerably. I’m already down 22 pounds. 🙂 I’ll put my ticker in the post so people can see.

    Becky – Nice to see you here! Thanks for the support. I highly recommend the procedure. Thus far it’s been very helpful and hopefully will prevent me from ever backsliding.

  7. Good for you!

    From what I’ve heard of the lap band, it seems much safer than gastric bypass. I don’t believe it’s permanent, is it?

    I think stress plays a big part of obesity in America. People get stressed out and reach for high-sugar processed foods to pick them up, and then they drop and need more. It’s a lot like drug addiction, but it’s legal! A lot of the people I know who struggle with fluctuating weight have a lot of stress in their lives. But one person’s solution doesn’t work for everyone.

    I hope all went well. I’ll be watching your BMI meter.

  8. Og, Neanderpundit.com did this as well.
    You two could probably yak for hours.
    Hope everything is okay and it’s working as you planned.

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