So today marked the end of my second month of the six month, supervised, pre-op diet. Things have been going pretty well and I”m feeling optimistic! The stomach pain that I was feeling for a couple of weeks seems to be gone now (thank goodness!) I’m continuing to take 40mg of Omeprazole daily so hopefully I won’t be experiencing that anytime soon!!
So, before my appointment with the weight management doctor, I attended my first “Behavior Modification Class.” To be honest, because of the extensive research I’ve done online and via obesityhelp.com about Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) surgery, there wasn’t anything new in the class that I didn’t already know which definitely made me feel good. I have to say that I was surprised by the kinds of questions that other participants in the class were asking. If they are supposed to be starting “Month 3” of the process – how could they not know the difference between the Lap Band and Gastric Bypass? It’s mind boggling to me!
So, I met with the doctor and weighed in – 19 lbs down since my last visit!! That’s a total of 44 lbs lost since November 20th. What’s really exciting is that my doctor expressed concern that I would lose so much weight by May that I would no longer have a BMI under 50 which is what she says my insurance requires (although I’m pretty sure it’s actually 40?) That was definitely good to hear! Things are right on track! I have already put my first support group meeting on the calendar and my medical evaluation (which will take a few hours) is scheduled for February 12th!
One a final note… I also took a huge step today and that came from asking my weight management doctor if she could refer me to a therapist. For many reasons, I have wanted to do therapy for years… but have never really had the courage to go through with it. I’ve noticed on the OH boards that the most successful VSG patients have gone through therapy and I’m talking about more therapy than just a psychological evaluation to meet the surgery requirements! I know that I didn’t get to be this size because I’m hungry and I truly want to succeed, so hopefully this big personal step of calling the therapist will help!
I’d love to hear about your experiences with the pre-op diet or therapy if you care to share!