My Road to Obesity and Back!
This has been a very long road and one I have fought very hard over the years to overcome but sometimes the struggle becomes more than you can do on your own. I have been overweight since my college years. Since then my weight has been up and down. A lot of ups and a few downs, I’ve tried Weight Watchers, phentermine, Xenical, Physician’s Weight Loss, Atkins Diet, prayer, exercise, and anything else you can name. It was not until recently that I decided I was tired of the difficulties. I have some people very close to me who have been very successful here at New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery and I decided if my insurance would pay for surgery then I was going to be next in line.
So how exactly how did I get to my current weight? It has been a long road. I was an athlete in high school. I played basketball year round. Loved every minute of it, but then in college I focused on school and working. I may have exercised some but nothing like I was doing in high school. It was not long before I put on 20-30 pounds from poor eating habits and lack of exercise. I married my high school sweetheart when I twenty years old and had two babies within two years by the time I was twenty-six. With pregnancy my 20-30 pounds increased by another 20 or 30 until I weighed over 200 lbs. I haven’t been below 200 pounds in so long I can’t even remember when. When I was thirty-one my mom passed away very suddenly, up until this point in my life I feel like I had really tried and fought to lose weight. After she died I decided it didn’t matter what you did, you were still going to die. We are all going to die someday but my thinking changed about a year and a half later as I watched my father slowly slip away. He suffered from diabetes most of his adult life and was in end stage renal failure. He received a kidney transplant and we thought he would be healed. We were wrong. The effects of years of poor diabetes control had already damaged his body. He died two years after my mother did. My whole way of thinking about life changed after my father passed away. I decided I wanted to live. I never wanted to put my family and children thru what we had been thru.
I went on a quest to lose weight and get healthy. I was partially successful. I lost some weight and I am much more active than I ever was in my twenties and probably even early thirties. I hike now, go to the gym regularly and walk a lot but I have never been able to get to a normal healthy weight. My current weight still makes me at risk for diabetes, and heart disease.
To reach the decision to have surgery is not an easy one. At first, you have to admit you have failed. This was very hard for me (as it is for anyone), but at last I decided I could not do this alone and I had failed multiple attempts in the past. Talking to Dr. Boyce was the easy part. He was very caring and readily agreed that this was a good idea and immediately tried to make me feel better about not being able to lose weight on my own. It was Dr. Boyce’s caring attitude that originally drew me to seek employment with New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery. He was so kind and compassionate to my husband and it was such a positive experience for him that I wanted to be a part of that. I have never regretted my decision to come to work for Dr. Boyce and Dr. Williams; they are excellent physicians to the patients and staff.
I made my decision and spoke to Dr. Boyce and then the process begins as it does with any of our patient’s. I made an appointment with my PCP and received clearance. I saw Dr. Foreman and received clearance (some of the staff were worried about this) and then I was ready to send my case to insurance for approval. Since I work here I knew my insurance requirements but you are still nervous until you get the final approval in your hand. On Monday September 22, 2014 my insurance approval came. My surgery is scheduled for October 13, 2014.
I wanted to lose as much weight as possible before surgery so I started my pre op diet as soon as I talked to Dr. Boyce. As of today September 24, 2014, it’s been three weeks and I am down eight pounds. I hope to never see those pounds again as long as I live. The pre-op diet is hard but it is doable once you set your mind to it. I struggled until about day five and then I quit feeling like I may die. Now I’m used to it and it’s not bad. If you haven’t tried any of our supplements I would encourage you to do so. Our supplements are really good and have quite a bit of protein in them.
That is all for now. I am going to blog once a week about my journey, hopefully I am going to be one of those great successes and I’ll get my picture up in the lobby and be signing autographs and stuff like that!!
Til next time from, Kelley’s Korner!
Kelley Narramore, LPN