It Begins on March 21, 2012 10:38 am
The past month or so I have been looking into WLS. The idea was brought up to me by my Dad, who was thinking about having the surgery even though he wouldn't really qualify. I, on the other hand, most definietly do. Originally, the lap band was my first choice, but after further research, and attending a seminar at a local hospital, I've decided that the Gastic Sleeve (VSG) is more up my alley. I like the thought of not having something inside of me that will constantly need adjusting, some foreign thing I'm afraid I'd feel under my skin. I would also worrying about something possibly happening while trvaeling, and the stress and panic coming from having to deal with it away from home.
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In my mind, writing this out is making it feel very real. My Dad has said he would pay for it, so going through my insurance won't be a concern, (although I will see if I qualify, no harm in trying to save the old man some cash!). Both of my parents attended my first seminar with me, and I will be attending a second on tomorrow with just my Mom. After, I will decide which hospital I like better, and arrange for a consultation to get the ball rolling.
I don't know if I've ever felt such a mix of nervousness and excitement! I haven't told anybody, save for my parents and one friend. My brothers don't know, and none of my other friends or family know that I've made this decision. And to be quite frank, I'm not sure how many of them I will actually tell. My brothers will know, but outside of that, I will tell my family if they ask. My friends...I've pretty much decided that I will tell them I've decided to cut back drinking so much, reduce carbs, and eat much smaller meals more frequently (all true!). I would just rather not deal with the judging eyes, thinking I "took the easy way out".
I have a few concerns still, despite being pretty convinced I want to go through with the VSG. I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and I am curious to how it and all it's side effects with be affected. I also wonder about future pregnancies, and what new habits I will pick up. If everything goes to plan, I will be having the surgery and living on my own for the first time, all around the same time period. It will be interesting to see how much will change!