My 600 Pound Life - Robert

White Dove
on 3/3/18 6:16 am

If you have no****ched this week's episode, Robert's Story, put it on your must do list. This is the scariest story ever.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

on 3/3/18 6:40 am - Philadelphia, PA
RNY on 04/28/15

I saw it. So many thoughts on it.

Lisa from the week before was the portrait of denial, codependency and just plain giving up.

5'6.5" High weight:337 Lowest weight:193/31 BMI: Goal: 195-205/31-32 BMI

on 3/3/18 6:44 am
VSG on 01/19/15 with

Yes watched and was shocked and sad at ending. He was so positive in the beginning.

Age: 58 Height 5'4" SW: 260 (1/4/15) CW 127.4 7/6/17)

on 3/3/18 9:07 am
RNY on 11/21/14

Absolutely tragic and heartbreaking. I'm hoping it will help others in his situation.

 Height: 5'7".  HW: 299, Program starting weight: 290, SW: 238, CW 138 - 12 pounds under goal!  


Citizen (USA & Brit) Kim
on 3/3/18 1:00 pm, edited 3/3/18 5:01 am - Castle Rock, CO

The overwhelming reason for his death was opioid addiction. We see our fair share of that here on OH, along with the denial because you know, a doctor writes the prescription! Why is anyone on a regular prescription for DILAUDID!!!!!????

He ripped open his own incision to get opioids. Think about THAT for a moment. Dr Now also said he got ready for the first surgery purely because he knew he'd get the opioids after surgery.

Very sad and an awesome example of why we have an opioid crisis in this country!

Proud Feminist, Atheist, LGBT friend, and Democratic Socialist

(deactivated member)
on 3/4/18 2:50 pm

Kim thank you for sharing about the show. I can not bring myself to watch it.

There are so many that blame the surgery on the death of someone.

Not the addiction.

It just gets swept under the rug.

on 3/5/18 9:38 am - Doylestown, PA

I saw the episode, and when they said that he died, I gasped out loud! I was not expecting that at all. He just seemed to give up once he realized that they weren't going to give him any more pain killers. His addiction took away all of his reasoning abilities. Only a serious addict would rip out his own stitches to get pain meds. It reminded me of the episode last season, of Steve Asanti. It wasn't until Dr. Now told him that he had gotten over 3000 pills within a 30 day period, and if he tried to get another script filled, he would arrested, that he finally got it together.

Kathy S.
on 3/5/18 12:59 pm - InTheBurbs, XX
RNY on 08/29/04 with

I can't say why, but had a bad feeling in my gut as I was watching. The drug addition seemed to be the monkey on his back and he didn't even realize was an issue at first. Sigh, what a very sad story and the Mom, bless her heart has now lost 2 sons.

I had watched the one about Lisa before Robert and wanted to give her an award for drama queen and cry baby.

Very sad......

HW:330 - GW:150 - MW:118-125

RW:190 - CW:130

Donna L.
on 3/5/18 4:54 pm - Chicago, IL
Revision on 02/19/18

My heart breaks for Robert because the addiction developed when medical doctors blew him off or didn't know what else to do. When you are that big your needs are different than the average obese person. And, to recover, you will be in pain. It's just agonizing to be that simply is. Shame on the doctors for just throwing drugs at him. And, stuff like this then ruins it for people with a legitimate need for painkillers to function every day. I was very lucky and had doctors who did not. I'm so sorry he went through all that. It's horrifying to me.

I wonder how many more people are suffering whose stories aren't lucky enough to be on television. It scares me to think of just how many there may be, of those of us who fall through the system perpetually when access to care would prevent so much unnecessary pain.

I follow a ketogenic diet post-op. I also have a diagnosis of binge eating disorder. Feel free to ask me about either!

It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much...the life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully. -- Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

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