My lap-band surgery was a few months short of 2 years ago now. The time has gone by quickly and there have been many changes in my life, as well as ups and downs. But one thing that has remained the same is my weight. Well that's not entirely true. It has gone down by about 10 lbs and up 10, down 5, up 10 ... ! Saying I am frustrated is a colossal understatement.
Trying to figure out why this hasn't worked for me is hard to understand or explain but basically the band is supposed to make me feel like my stomach is smaller so I get full faster. Instead it just feels like there is a lump in my throat that makes eating uncomfortable and sometimes painful. That might stop some people from eating, but following instructions and taking small bites and chewing well allows me to eat most foods. And my hunger is still the same. Whatever signals were supposed to change - have not.
I am still not the most disciplined eater, obviously, but I have changed a lot of things that I eat and am
After thinking about it and reviewing my options I decided I want to have the band removed. I mean - this is just uncomfortable and frustrating for me. I know it has worked for many people but apparently I am not one of them. I am considering other options but at this point that is not my main concern. My main concern is getting the band removed and upon calling my new insurance company (new because of the new job) I was told my plan does not cover any kind of bariatric surgery. I cannot believe that I have a medical appliance inside my body that my insurance will not cover the removal of. I mean - this is 2013 - is that even possible?
Anyway, I am past the point of annoyance, disappointment and frustration and have reached the anger stage.
I do some of my best work when I am angry. Stay tuned.