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When I had my lap band, a friend told me I looked gaunt in the face at 250 lbs. She just wasn't used to seeing my bone structure. My face is naturally really long and I have high check bones but when I weigh 325 lbs it's ALL ROUND. hahaha!!
I'm looking forward to seeing my check bones and collar bones stick out again :)
RNY surgery regrets: none. Diet difficulty: in the beginning, it was more scared/uncertain feelings than difficulty--it doesn't take long to get the hang of the food/supplement requirements--I did by 3 months post-op. Pain levels: much less pain than anticipated. Worry about future issues: no because RNY was a life-saving step. (I remember the surgeon telling me RNY surgery will tack on fifteen more years to my life. I am 52 years old now.) Experiences, thoughts, feelings: I don't know where you live, but cash-paying patients have traveled to the facility I had surgery performed (Park Rapids, MN) for cost savings within the United States. My RNY bill was around $25,000. I don't think I could have had more competent health professionals or a more positive hospital stay anywhere else, either. I can think of one con: I have been a heavyweight for a long time and am having a difficult time adjusting to my rapid weight loss and all the internal and external changes that come with weight loss, but counseling is helping.
I had my surgery the same day...have lost 68 total, and 61 since surgery. I get told I look ill...asked what is wrong with me am I sick? I just laugh and say...well..I tell them I had surgery and this is the new me being formed! hang in there surgsister we will make it...don't worry about what people say...I'm a pear too...and I'm hoping my butt will catch up to my chest or I'm going to have to have a lipo=transfer!
God helps those that help themselves. He put a lot of people on this earth who trained to be psychologists and counselors just so you could find one when you need one.
Did you ever hear the story of the guy that ended up in a tree during a flood? A log floated by but he wouldn't get on it since he knew the Lord would save him. The flood waters got higher. A rescuer with a boat came by but he wouldn't get on because he believed the Lord would save him. Later as things got more desperate a helicopter from the Coast Guard showed up but still he wouldn't take their help. Then the waters rose some more and he drowned.
When he got to heaven he asked the Lord why He didn't save him. The Lord replied "What do you mean? I sent you a log, a boat, and a helicopter."
My program has an ongoing group just for binge eaters, another for substance abusers, and more. They do individual counseling for those needing to get back on track. They make it real clear they want you to ask for help when you need it. You know you have to get back to basics. I think what I am seeing isn't you talking. It's the depression talking. That's why you are immobilized and can't do anything to help yourself. But you have to take the first step. Get a referral from your bariatric surgeon's office. That is the only way it gets better. The sooner you go the easier it will be to manage the weight. Don't be afraid to call. The people at your surgeon's office are there to help.
Great ideas here! I think I might have to look into a vacuum sealer.
And you have to go without NSAIDS for this condition! Insist on seeing a physical therapist. They are the exercise specialists. A private practice may get you in sooner than a hospital PT dept. You will need a doctor's referral. I used to see an MD who specialized in rehabilitation medicine. Can you find a pool nearby that offers exer-swim?