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The Years (By)Pass

Posted on 2008.08.17 at 18:38


meryddian at 2008-08-18 01:17 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I know I'm overweight. I've kept 50 lbs. off from my peak weight, but I still have a long way to go.

I *would* consider lapband surgery, but I know from knowing a couple people who've had the lapband, it doesn't seem to have as dramatic an effect as GBP. I've kind of made myself a little goalpoint in my life path... ie. if I cannot get to X# weight on my own by _date_ then I will strongly re-evaluate the lifeband thing.

I was rather appalled that both times I went in to see my throat/ear/nose specialist, that he brought up gastric bypass as a means to lose weight. Losing weight helps slim the neck and helps you breathe easier, and while I clearly have a secondary chin and some excess weight on the neck, my neck is NOT so huge that it clearly inhibits things ie. when I am sleeping.

So I got mad and kind of exploded at him, and said, "Look, I know some folks who've done GBP. I know what it entails. I also know I'd probably end up killing myself between either not taking all my suppliments properly, or doing something stupid and end up bursting my stomach open." The tales I've heard from people who've gone through it frighten me considerably; the side effects/risk factors me downright terrify me. And I don't think one should go through terrifying surgery unless, as you point out, it's an absolute-last-resort. I don't feel I'm there yet, or will be; and it bothers me that a doctor is so willing to almost casually suggest it. I carry my weight predominantly in my hips, butt and lower stomach; I'd hate to think what he'd have recommended if I were more an "apple" -- take me out back and put me down?
charlesofcamden at 2008-08-18 01:45 (UTC) (Link)
One thing I've learned - though I wish I'd learned it a little sooner - is that I do not have the right or the wisdom to say who should pursue this option, any more than I would presume to tell anyone how to pray. I wish a few more doctors, including yours, could learn similar humility.
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