Well I have an appointment with my surgical team on Nov 18 at which time I am going to beg and plead to be put on the waiting list. I am struggling to maintain my weight and have actually put on a couple of lbs. I need an intervention!!! haha I’m going to camp out in the office until I am on that list! The wait is about a year long so by then who knows how bad off I will be. I am trying!!! With all my might I am trying. I will definitely post an update on Nov 18th of the outcome. I’m either going to be over the moon or in tears. Stay tuned.
On Nov 14th I have an appointment with a plastic surgeon to see if I can get an apronectomy. My belly hangs to my knees (not over exaggerating) and it has gotten WORSE with weight loss. I don’t know how, but it hangs lower now that it did when I was fatter. I think it’s because of loose skin and being less full and all that, but it totally prevents me from being mobile. I cannot walk up stairs like a normal person. I have to step up with my left leg as my belly doesn’t hang as low on that side and then I have to drag up my right leg as I cannot lift it. It’s a total pain in the ass. I have a feeling he is going to tell me I am too fat blah blah blah. I have seen people on telly bigger than me having it, so he’s got one hellova fight coming if he won’t do it. I have already secured funding for an apronectomy, it’s just a matter of when I can have it and how small I have to be.
Last month I saw an orthopedic surgeon as I have severe hip and knee pain which requires codeine to not be in tears. It turns out I have severely advanced osteoarthritis in both hips and both knees. I am going for cortisone injections later this month in both of my hips. I’m just a right old mess! I’m 33 and have the bones of an 80 year old! Those who would tell you obesity doesn’t effect your health they LIE!!! There are a few who are fat an unscathed, but I don’t know of anyone who has been super fat for a long time who doesn’t have some issues, whether they want to face up to it or not. Anyways, the short of the story is, I need both hips and both knees replaced and will begin the long journey of those operations once I hit a BMI of 40. I’m at 69 now, so I’ve got a lot of work to do and only the DS will get me there. I have been fighting the same 14 lbs since March with the sleeve, I definitely need the malabsorption component.
Another update is that I am starting group therapy for Binge Eating Disorder next week. It runs for 11 weeks and I have no idea what to expect. I sure as hell hope it is nothing like Overeaters Anonymous. My BED isn’t as bad as it used to be, but dear lord I do have some mental issues with food-STILL. They didn’t do brain surgery on me, so I still have the same afflictions and addictions.