Step Two: Formal Consultation with Surgeon
Two weeks ago I completed step two. The feel of this visit was completely different from the feel of Step One. In the waiting room there were more people closer to my size than at Step One. There were a few new folks there like me. There were more one month out patients than new patients. I was very nervous.
I was called to check my vitals. The nicest LPN took my vitals. Her and I had a conversation about how they were trying to dehydrate every one in the office because they had the heat pumping too high. After all the vitals questions and measurements she pulled me in close and showed me my weight that she wrote down for me. She said, “For the next four months your weight can not go higher than this.” She wrote that I am 260 lbs. (Fully clothed) She handed me my Weight Management: Month #1 packet and guided me with what I should be eating for the next few months. I returned to the waiting room until the surgeon was ready for me.
Go time! Time to see the surgeon. I met with a resident first so he could get his “wet feet” with a new patient. He asked me why I was looking for weight loss surgery. I told him that it’s a long story but in summary: I want to run my 2nd marathon by the time I am 40. He said, “Wait…you ran a marathon? Like 26 miles marathon.” After that I went into explain my long story. He was so impressed by my story and quickly got the surgeon so I could share my story with her. I felt like their “Golden Child.” They were so happy for me to be there. They both said that I have, without a doubt, the ability to successfully follow the Weight Management program for four required by my insurance to be proved for weight loss surgery. We also agreed that Sleeve Gastrectomy would be the best choice.
The whole staff made me feel very comfortable and relaxed my nervousness.
My next appointment is next week. This appointment is one of the two required Bariatric Surgery Support Groups. I don’t know what to expect at the support group.