Sunday 24 August 2008


Thanks for all your kind words of support, it has meant so much to me.

I am getting a little stronger by the day, had a reasonable week with the exception of one day. My main problems are still the fatigue and the pain and many trips to the loo, that my colitis brings, but hey, it could be worse.

I went back to work for a few days last week, I only did part days, it was all I could handle and brought some work home to do. I had to as my boss has been away, as well as my assistant,so I have been feeling a bit guilty about leaving them in the lurch.

I've been doing a lot of thinking on the surgery,I think I'm going to go ahead with it providing the finances hold out. My bills for the last hospitalisation are coming in think and fast and I'm going to be out of pocket by several thousands of dollars. It really pisses me off when you have private health insurance they think they can charge you more than if you went in as a public patient. I feel I get hit doubly.

The surgery seems the best way for me and I feel it's meant to be. I have struggled all my life with weight loss and now I seem to be running out of time - I need to do something and do it fast. I never had any preconceived ideas about the surgery, I have never viewed it as the easy way out. My opinions have always been that people need to do what works for them from a holistic point of view.

Personally, I would never have Gastric Bypass Surgery simply because it cannot be reversed and it's major surgery for the morbidly obese. The Lapband is minimally invasive as it's done by keyhole surgery,recovery time is a couple of days and it can be removed if it needs to be without any detrimental effect to my stomach.

Sure I'm nervous about having it, but I'm backed into a corner I just have to do it, Will it fix all of my problems - no, but it will make them a lot better.

I'm too young for a motor scooter!!!!!

ps have dropped 1.4kg (3.08lbs) since my last weigh in - not bad considering I was in bed for two weeks and eating three cooked meals and two snacks a day in hospital.


Wanna_B_slimmer said...

oh dear... alot to absorb isnt it...
I hope whatever you decide to do helps your health issues..
With the colitis do you have to follow a special diet??
Joint pain is horrible...
Take care and know we are here for you...

Chris H said...

I can't wait to hear you have had it done!!!! It will change your life for the better.... wooo hooo! ONWARD babe!

Pandora Woman said...

I seem to be handing out Willow's BIG HUGS to many of the bloggers and bloggees.

Hang in there, and yes the lapband surgery, defenitely.

BIG BIG hugs,


Chrissie said...

Good job on the loss. I think you have to do what is best for you and if that means surgery then so be it. I am here to support you no matter what so check in when you can.

Carlton said...

You may or may not be aware but in Australia you can apply through APRA to release some funds from your superannuation to pay for the out of pocket expenses with the lap band surgery.

If you have any questions regarding this drop me a email. I looked into this surgery last year and even got to the stage in the process of getting the approval from APRA to release $5k from my super to cover the out of pocket expenses. In the end I decided not to proceed with it.

Congratulations on your weight loss ....

Spider63 said...

You know that you are one of the nicest people I have ever encountered, and I want you to live a long time.

I do not want to lose weight by surgery, but then again, if I had any health issues (besides obesity), I would not hesitate a second. Dying from obesity is a lot worse than getting the lapband.

Maybe you are meant to lead the way for others? I am starting to think it may be the best way for many people. Why struggle forever??

God Bless you, hope it can happen soon, give us the blow-by-blow reporting if possible.

CactusFreek said...

I think private health cover is a bit of a rip off sometimes. we'll stick with the bublic system till we don't have a choice :o/
To be honest,even though i don't agree with it, if i had the money i think i'd have the lap band surgery.
You do whatever you think is best for your health.
Love ya! [[HUG]] :o)

Nona said...

Yes, you are too young for a motor scooter and too young not to have full mobility and a good quality of life.

I am glad you came to a decision. This procedure has saved many lives. I hope it transforms yours.

I too get really pissy when I start to think or talk about the cost of health care. Hope you don't have to mortgage your house to save your life.

Thinking of you. (((Hugs)))

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