It's official! After researching 'till I was blue in the face and many long/sleepless nights, countless talks with my family and friends as well as my network of doctors and nurse practitioners, I've finally made my decision to go ahead with the VSG!Let me start by saying that my health is very poor for a 45 yr old woman/mother of two. I am currently taking 11 different medications, most of which are being prescribed because I am severly overweight and it is creating havoc within my poor body. For most of my adult life I have had some sort of weight issue and always seem to be on a diet of some sort but these last few years have been the worse ever and I cannot seem to get my weight under any kind of control so my weight has spiralled out of control. It isn't due to just any one thing, it's due to a number of reasons. My state of mind is pretty good right now but over these last few years my depression has reared its ugly head especially after the deaths of my two brothers & also my best friends and I believe I was eating to comfort myself rather than eating because I was hungry. Also I know I've been guilty of making the wrong food choices and eating at the wrong times along with not so good portion sizes. Being that depressed, I wasn't reading the food labels as I should, not because I didn't understand them but because my mind was filled with so many other things that all my knowledge got shoved aside as I was trying to battle my deepening depression at that time. In my house most of the mirrors are not full length, like they have when you're trying on clothes at the store, mine only show my head up to my chest so I was never getting a good hard look at what was happening with my body. Obviously my clothing had gotten tighter or didn't fit anymore but in my head I was thinking that they had shrunk or some other tale I'd tell myself. The day it finally hit me and stuck like glue was when I was going through last summer's photos for a layout I was working on. I ran across a picture I had not taken and never saw before and it took me a good minute to realize that who/what I was looking at in the photo was indeed ME that my son had taken while I was in my bathing suit with them at the creek. This is the actual photo I ran across with me on the right with my daughter splashing in the center:
I then had a good old-fashioned pity party including a very hard cry and it was then that I knew I had to make a solid plan of action and DO something about it before matters got even worse. I had gotten to the point that I myself didn't even recognize my own self! I then got up, dusted myself off and began my search to start drastically by making some life-long changes and begin on a new life long journey...
I made an appointment to see a Bariatric Surgeon and last month I made the drive to Vanderbilt Medical Weight Loss Center in Nashville,Tn to meet with my surgeon Dr. Williams along with a variety of his staff members such as my dietitians, nutritionists, nurses, counselors etc to see if I was a good candidate for weight loss surgery and I was told that I met all of the beginning requirements and was given a choice of either having Roux En-Y Gastric Bypass (RNY) or Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) and have now decided that having the sleeve procedure will be the best thing for me to do for myself and by no means is it a fix-all! This is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication but I am willing to give it 110% and quite possibly change my life for the better and eliminate most of my medical conditions over time with this surgery.
For insurance purposes I've had some hurdles and hoops to jump through in order for them to cover my surgery and hospital stay. I have to do one more sleep apnea test, visit my Cardiologist again for another ekg and a letter of recommendation/approval, then my paperwork gets submitted to my insurance for final approval! In my packet that's headed to my insurance; I have included letters from my current and previous doctors stating that it is in my best interests to have the surgery and that the benefits from having surgery outweigh the risks associated with having the surgery.
I am over the moon excited for this to be happening yet I'm scared at the same time!
I will keep you posted as my new lease on life begins! xo