I have thought about surgery for a while, although I saw it as a last resort. Besides, even if I wanted to go ahead with surgery, it was still out of the question as there was no way we could ever afford it. Finally in the summer of 2011 I made my husband apply for a new job that I knew he'd be great at. He was hesitant but now he's so grateful that I pushed him. I'm grateful too as now we are finally in a position to afford health insurance!
I briefly discussed gastric bypass with my primary doctor at an appointment in November. I still didn't know where to go from there. I made some more calls to doctors, etc, and I officially began my journey. In our area, you need to attend a seminar on weight loss surgery options. It's a couple hours long, and it's pretty informative. I went to this right at the end of 2011 (and I'm so glad I did because my insurance has changed the requirements for people starting their journey in 2012).
Immediately after the seminar, I was given some appointment dates and times. So much to take in at once! I have meetings with the surgeon, an EKG, an endoscopy, a psychiatric evaluation, support groups and nutrition classes to go to, and so much more before my surgery. And my tentative surgery date is one month from TODAY!! Eeeek! I'm so excited and nervous all at the same time!
It really is a lot to take in and wrap my head around. Every time I talk to someone at the surgeon's office, it's like they give me another appointment date and time. Add that to kids' schedules, etc, and it makes for one busy Amanda!