- HEALTH TRACKER
I began the Weight Management Program in Calgary a couple of months ago and at last week's meeting we were told that they are getting way fewer surgeries this year then they thought, so only a few people would be getting surgery done. We knew from the start some people wouldn't get chosen, but we didn't think the situation was quite so grim. We had all kind of been wondering how they pick who gets surgery, thinking that it was about who lost the most (kind of like the Biggest Loser). I took issue with that from the beginning, because personally if I could lose weight (and keep it off) on my own I wouldn't be considering surgery. The nurse told is that the more comorbidities one has, the more likely they are to get surgery since they are the sickest so they are also the most likely to benefit from surgery. The good news is that although my BMI is 52 I haven't been this heavy for too long so I don't have any comorbidities. Seems a shame that I would have to wait until I am really sick for my government to help out.
I have felt very discouraged since this meeting and have decided to have my surgery done in Mexico. I'm not going to wait until I have diabetes, high blood pressure and god knows what else until I get this taken care of. I was just wondering if anyone has been through the Calgary program and been turned down, and what their thoughts are.