Nathan, well pretty much everything has been said. I was 424, high blood pressure, blood sugar over 300 with insulin, was an effort to even get dressed, my legs would give out on me all the time and I would all of a sudden find myself on the floor. It then took me like 10 minutes to try and pull myself up because my legs were so weak, I couldn't get up by myself. I truly felt I was about to become bedridden and die. A couple of years ago I was admitted to the hospital with congestive heart failure and my doc told my wife that there was a good chance that she would be planning my funeral. Even then, I wouldn't consider WLS because I was afraid of the complications. When I got to such a low place, I finally decided if I didn't do it, I WAS GOING TO DIE!!! and soon! So, I could definately die because of my weight, or have the surgery, with a remote possibility (my doc said a 2% chance), but at least I would die trying to finally do something to help myself. I went into surgery with absolutely no fear at all because I knew this was the right thing, but most of all because I got on here every day and read!! I learned so much here that any fear that I might have had was wiped away. I personally think this forum ought to be mandatory, as any of the other tests. Nathan, get involved here, come everyday and hear the testamonies, read the back posts, read the people's profiles, ask questions. I have now lost 165 lbs total, blood sugar is 78 without meds, blood pressure is normal without meds, can use my legs now, and I feel SO FRICKIN GREAT! I can't believe how well I can get around. I am so grateful for my new tool, but you still have to be vigil over your old mind. It can be a real ***** Good luck on your decision. We are here to support and encourage you on what ever you decide. Michael
SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES - NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS.