Hi Georgina - congrats for stepping up and being honest with your doctor. that's REALLY hard to do. and don't worry about breaking down in front of him. it's an incredibly honest reaction and probably helped him realize how desperate you're feeling right now.
I'm figuring you're in the UK [weight = 19.7 - i'm figuring STONE, right? and you took slimming pills]. We're mostly americans on this forum, and we don't always do the math. at 19.7 stone, that puts you at 275 lb or so or 125 kg.
ok. now that we have the numbers straight - it sounds like you DO qualify, and that your doc will help you. But i won't lie to you - there will probably be a waiting period. Even in the US, even if you could pay the whole thing yourself, you'd still have to wait. Maybe a month if you self-pay, and if you go with insurance, we figure on at least 6 months [sometimes longer]].
so the question then is: what do you do while you're waiting? some people binge, thinking that they will NEVER be able to eat again. but to tell you the truth, surgery isn't really about the food. it's about re-learning how to eat, when to eat, and to separate emotions from food and eating. not easy by any means, but spending some time BEFORE the surgery on these issues will help you tremendously AFTER the surgery -
just a few thoughts - and sending some hugs your way. keep on being honest with your doc - sounds like he's going to help you
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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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