I am a little fuzzy on what this means? Will they require me to see my doctor for 6 months, or 3 consecutive months? I guess I will find this out once I get the call back from the Bariatric clinic.
Today, I went to see my primary care physician so she could document my weight. I was actually surprised to find that I had lost 3 pounds since the last time she weighed me in May. So, good on me. I have noticed that my weight has gone up and down like this over the last 6 months or so; up a pounds, down 2, up 5. But, nothing consistently less for quite some time. I have lost 20 or 25 pounds, but always ended up right back to this weight.
My doctor reviewed my history since I have been seeing her and documented that I have a BMI of 41.5, Diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. Nothing that I didn't already know, but important because I only needed to have one of these conditions to meet insurance criteria.
To back things up a little further, this past Tuesday, I went to a Weight Loss Surgery Seminar. They went over the different types of surgery available, what it entails and answered questions everyone had. It was quite a large group of possible candidates. Some of my observations:
- I am blessed to have mobility
- I am blessed to be able to breathe on my own without breathing tubes and air canisters
- There really aren't great clothing options for overlarge people. At least not for the general population
- Many men and women don't seem to groom themselves overly much; or at least are less motivated to if they have a large amount of weight to lose. It makes me wonder if there is a point where we might just give up and decide it doesn't matter? I work in a professional environment, so I put in effort every day, but I'd like to think despite that, I would try. Who knows?
- Doctor's who promote weight loss should look fit and healthy. And, the one at the seminar did look fit and healthy
- The Weight loss surgery advocate, Jeannie, had boundless energy and enthusiasm. I think I might enjoy working with her on this journey
So, now I sit and wait. I was told I should get a call for a consultation at the end of this month or early July. I can live with that. I hope my insurance comes back with an approval for me, but I guess there isn't a lot more I can do but wait and see. I have another Doctor appointment in July to follow up on my weight loss attempts. She did challenge me to lose some weight and start exercising 3-5 days a week. I need to show I can follow directions, I guess. I have started reading the South Beach Diet book as this is the diet the doctor at the seminar recommended.