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It is getting real! 17 days to go, all pre-operative appointments & payments done. Pre-operative diet starts on Wednesday, I am going to miss the occasional wine! The only thing is.... fear is setting in. Ultimately its the fear of failure, the fear of complications and the fear of regret. Did anyone else experience this? Any advice?
Just a quick “hi” to All and Sundry, I've been looking for a support group/forum in Australia and found this site. It’s going to sound slightly weird but I like spelling “colour” correctly. I’ve had a wee peek around and there seems to be a lot of happy people here. That’s so nice and refreshing. I'm due to go have my surgery next week and I think so far I've wanted to change my mind at least 35,821 times, but I’m not going to, but… I see this as my new beginning, everything changes that’s related to food, exercise, the way I view a lot of things, and I’m really excited by that. I deserve this and I’m so looking forward to being a different me (but still me) in 6 to 12 months and then again in 5 years and then in 10 to 20 years. Any advice welcome, as I think I’ve read way way too much from the big bad web. Wishing All a wonderful, happy, peaceful day. Hippy
I had the band placed at the start of May, it took me what felt like forever to find my sweet spot but I believe I am there, actually I am definitely there. For the past month or so I have started contemplating living with the band long term, essentially forever. And I can't say I have been feeling all that positive about it. All up so far I have lost about 17kg, which I am stoked about, truly I am, I have gained some confidence back & after what feels like a long time I have been loving shopping and clothes & feeling really good about it (except for my bank balance, which is always depressing after I visit the shops, I may have a bit of a problem). Anyway, I know that down the track, even if it isn't for another 10 years, chances are I will need to replace the band for one reason or another, & thinking along that track I have being limited on the types of foods I can eat. Particularly because I eat a LOT of chicken breast, which is now very hard for me to tolerate. But it is so easy to resort to sliders like ice cream & chocolate which are foods I have always struggled with, binged on, they are my go to foods for sure. After seeing my surgeon I had really already decided that I wanted to change to the sleeve but I gave it time to think it over, question the differences etc. What I would like is the bypass, I realise what seems to be the majority of people consider that this is to extreme when you take into account the long term ramifications and the battle it can be to get optimum nutrition, but my surgeon doesn't do bypass anyway as he also believes they are too extreme or some other such rubbish. So for me to go the bypass I would need to go with another surgeon, which would be fine, but all together I would be out of pocket around 6K, after refund, rebates etc. And my surgeon is willing to remove my band, and go back and do the sleeve for free. He is even going to see if the anaesthetist will do it for no out of pocket. At the most I will pay one hospital excess of $650 because I can't get the sleeve done until 2016 which may class as a new year with Bupa, but I wont know for sure until I check with them. So at the nd of the day, for me, there is really no question. I have booked in to have the band removed on Nov 18th, one day before my sons birthday, he is happy for me to go in then, he said it is a birthday present because having a health mum is a present. He is 11, and not always that sweet but I thought it was lovely. Obviously I have to wait out the 3 month period until I can have the sleeve done. I am shit scared about the 3 month wait. I realise I need to have a lot of willpower over this period because I do not want to regain a bunch of weight. It will likely bring on my depression & zap a bunch of my confidence. But it will be worth it. I understand people getting worried & stressed about surgery but to me it doesn't really worry me at all. I get a little anxious a couple days before, but I don't worry to much about the surgery. I know there are risks but I just hope they don't happen to me, but it's out of my hands no way I can see into the future & check the outcome - what will be will be. I don't know if this makes me brave or stupid. Well this post have been a bit of a ramble because I am tired and just bumbling along so I'll leave it there. Goodnight sweet dreams xx
Hi everyone, So after thinking about lapband and doing more research than I thought comprehendable over the last 2 years I have decided that there is no reason not to go through with it, what am I waiting for! I have an appointment on May 12th at The Centre for Bariatric Surgery (CBS) with Stewart Skinner. I have already had my blood work done and all the results were excellent! I have also sent in my patient profile etc. My questions are as follows regarding the process/payments etc: 1 - I am wanting to withdraw from my super how long from seeing the surgeon did yours get released? 2- Has anyone borrowed through MAC Credit? My debts outweigh my assets but my income covers everything with plenty to spare so I can afford to repay. (I am looking into this as backup if he can get me in before July and my super hasnt been released then i can use the super to repay the loan) 3 - How long after your first appointment with your surgeon did you have surgery?? I am unable to take leave in July/August from work and really dont want to wait until September so I was wondering if there are cases were he could get me in within 4-6 weeks of seeing him? 4 - Has anyone had Mr Skinner? If so what was the experience like? 5 - Has anyone been with CBS? Do you have to pay for your Optifast or is that included in the cost? 6 - Has anyone paid with their super or self funded for lapband with CBS and if so how much did it cost all up? Sorry for so many questions but I know how amazing you all are at helping each other out and I hope to be able to repay the favour as I go through this journey with all of you!! Thanks, Jenna