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Client C2
There didn’t remain much choice. I wanted to be out of pain and I wanted my previously active life back! Through much sad experience I knew that diets did NOT work over the long term for most dieters—unless you were willing to be food obsessed for the rest of your life. I was also determined to NEVER diet again in my life. Still, I knew I needed help—lots of it. After recovering from my injuries sufficiently to get around I consulted again with my PCP and told her about my research on the Lap-Band. She was solidly for it and though it would benefit me greatly. I should say that she’d been riding me (sneakily sometimes) to lose some weight for years.

I went through the “hoops” required by my HMO—consults with a psychiatrist, lots of tests for vital organs and enough blood to feed Dracula and a family of four other vampires! Finally, three months later, everything had been submitted to the surgeon’s office. I was ready (and kind of hoping) for the HMO to prove difficult. Many health insurance companies classify Lap-Band surgery as “experimental” or “investigational” because it doesn’t have as long as a history in the United States as gastric bypass. Many of these companies have taken a stand against paying for the operation altogether.

Well, unbeknownst to me, Humana HMO had just released a statement to the press that they would begin paying for the operation and follow-up. One week after my information packet was submitted for approval, I was approved! Consider others who have gone through one, two, or three years of waiting combined with one, two or three appeals after their health insurances have denied them. I was incredibly lucky but didn’t know it at that time.

Circumstances beyond my control had me re-scheduling my surgery date twice before I finally was able to get the operation. On September 12th, 2003 at 7:30a.m. Dr. Fred Tiesenga placed the band around my stomach. Due to much anesthesia my breathing slowed down dangerously and it took about three additional hours for me to wake up in recovery. I spent a day and a half in ICU. By Saturday evening I was on the way home. Late Sunday morning I went shopping for vitamins and that afternoon I sat in a restaurant and had a bowl of broth as a friend ate lunch. I was back to work by that Thursday afternoon—too quickly, it turned out. I took half days for the first three days of the next week but other than this, I’ve taken no additional time

The first week after surgery I had a post-op check up. I’d lost 25 pounds by this point. This was much faster than I had anticipated! Now, nearly six weeks out, I’ve lost 38 pounds and had my first “fill” or tightening of the band. Two days of liquids and then it’s back to regular food—just a whole lot less of it! <G>

I’ve already gone down one size and more in clothing (not quite two sized yet), my shoes are actually looser, and I’m down to one chin instead of three! After decades at a high stable weight and then gaining so much weight I just didn’t believe that I could lose weight and keep it off permanently. Once again, thank God I was wrong!

My goals are to get to a weight where an active lifestyle would feel comfortable. For me, that’s about two hundred pounds. I felt my best and healthiest at this weight in the past. I’m not looking to be skinny or wear fashionable clothes or to be flirted with. I’m comfortable with who I am as a person and had a good life—a VERY good life—as a fat woman. What I’m looking for now is to feel just as good physically as I do emotionally and mentally.
Suburban Surgery Center
1950 N. Harlem Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707
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