The only thing that drives me a bit nutty about the program at my hospital is that there is one support group for pre and post op patients.
After 8 months post op, there is a long term group.
In some ways it’s good, because as a pre-op, you get to ask lots of questions of the post op people and find out what it’s like.
As a post of person though, it just feels like a meeting to answer all of the pre-ops questions.
I know of a lot of people who don’t want to bother with the hospital support group meetings until they can go to the long term one.
I know it’s what we make of it and if more post-op people would show up, talk and ask questions, it wouldn’t be like that, but that isn’t the case.
Then I get driven batty by people who are just there to tell the whole room excuses about why it won’t work for them or how they are just doing this because they want to lose the weight fast.
Guess what???? You might lose fast, but you still have to change!
And no matter how much you exercise and weight train, you can’t tone skin so you might still have loose, flabby skin! Get over the loose skin thing now and start saving for plastic surgery if you are that worried about it. It’s a consequence of the lifestyle we have chosen to lead.
Maybe you’ll luck out and win the genetic lottery and not have it, maybe you won’t.
Who cares about being healthy though! If you aren’t going to be perfect and have a bikini body within 2 months the surgery isn’t worth it!
Oh and the surgery makes you perfect! You never overeat again right? You will be super dedicated and go to the gym every day and eat perfectly because you had the surgery, right?
What do you mean I can’t have caffeine for a year? Life without coffee? NEVER! You mean I’m going to have to give up things in order to be healthy?
I feel like no matter how many times post-op patients talk about how they aren’t perfect, the surgery is just a tool and that you need to work on your head, some people will just never get it.
Surgery is not a magic fix. Surgery is not the easy way out.
I sometimes think that one on one therapy should be a requirement of the surgery. There is so much more to work on than just losing the weight. I’ll be amazed if some of these people pass the psych eval.
Ok rant over. I’m going to bed now.