<groan> support groups
some are great, apparently, like barb and old alvin's. some are lousy, but well meaning, like mine. and then there are the non-existent ones, like debbieDS.
We have up to 150 people in a crowded room each month. too many to be effective. it's led by a toothpick-sized psychologist [who's actually pretty cool], and as long as the food **** dietician keeps her mouth shut, we're ok.
the new folks talk about vomiting and water, and the folks farther out don't want to hear it, but never contribute. some have now formed a splinter group, and it's pretty well closed to those they don't want.
we all came through the hospital obesity center, which has 5 surgeons and a nurse practitioner, who's also had the surgery. what most people don't know [yet] is that the nurse is leaving! she's had it with the hospital's policies, and is forming her own group. not quite sure what form it'll take, but since she won't be there, and the hospital is starting to require the docs to pay for using the center, this means that the obesity center will probably close.
so, stay tuned as the soap opera continues!!!
as for right after the surgery, we were given a poorly written handbook [and yes, i'm supposed to be revising it], and it's been working well. there's lots of info in it, but it's badly organized. and i haven't found anything MORE useful on any internet site yet.
and debkay, i'm planning to mail your copy tomorrow morning.. it's on PINK paper, even!!!
my surgeon has ALWAYS been available to me, but some folks in the nonsupport group have been complaining about him. not sure what the deal is. but i haven't had any problems with him. or his associates.
maybe it's just my attitude, or whatever. or THEIR attitudes..
Start your day with a smile, and get it over with.
Keeping it off is a hundred decisions a day that help you maintain what you achieved. And that's the hard part. - L Sanders
start: 506 [Sept 2001]
weight at gastric bypass [Jan 29, 2002]: 409
current weight: 225
weight for plastic surgery: 200
final goal: 180
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