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I went to the doctor last night. Kinda forced into it by my uncle.

Love the guy, but man, can he be demanding. (though admittedly I had been trying to delay any kind of doctor visit for the past two months or so)

He ended up making the appointment and even drove me there, joined me in the waiting room and then told the doctor the problem. (for some reason he felt that I wouldn't be as worried as he is, I have no idea why...)

Anyway, I've been suffering with my weight for a while, and it's always kind of showed in my legs. Uncle Herman was mostly really worried about that and my heart and well you know, crap like that, which isn't really an illness, so I'd feel kinda embarrassed wasting a doctor's time with it.

(money isn't really the problem here since of the 24€ I had to pay for the visit, I'm getting back over 20 as soon as I drop off the note at the ziekenfonds. (the big advantage of not having to worry about insurance for something as small as a simple check up.)

End result, the doctor wrote me a prescription for something to what's the word drive off water (which means I'll end up having to go to the toilet a lot while taking it) And I got another letter for a specialist that he's sending me to.

I still have to make an appointment since they don't take appointments until tuesday, but... if I pass the tests, including a psychological one, I'll probably end up getting a gastric bypass.

Thing is... the last few years, every time when I try to lose weight, I end up getting it back within months, only worse. I weigh over twenty kilo more now, than I did before my last longtime successful diet. It's not just that lately I can't seem to stick to a diet, it's that jojo effect that's bothering me, in that it keeps getting worse whenever I stop the diet.

Just not sure how I'll handle things with work. The doctor said that if I did get this operation, I'd have to take three weeks off of work after. Which I hate doing. Once again, money isn't the biggest problem, the doc said that the ziekenfonds should pay back at least some of the money and I do have a klinipolis which should help. Also when sick, you get paid sick leave once again with help of the ziekenfonds. I just hate taking sick leave, esp. for something like this. Not sure if I could get the doc to set the operation during my vacation though, or you know get work to rearrange my vacation, since they've probably already started arranging job students for summer.

Either way, I really hope this will hep, my aunt and uncle at least wants to make sure I'm healthy, as annoying as their motherhenning can be.
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super_pan From: super_pan Date: May 26th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that is a big deal. Whatever you choose, I hope things go well for you. I'm glad that you can do stuff medically without ruining your finances.
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: May 26th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck with whatever decision you make. *hugs*

(And I think the word you were looking for is a diuretic.)
nwhyte From: nwhyte Date: May 26th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jeepers, best of luck. And let me know if you want to come over and watch cult DVDs to take your mind off it.
nwhyte From: nwhyte Date: August 9th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
This offer still stands! Best wishes for a quick recovery.
petzipellepingo From: petzipellepingo Date: May 26th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck with whatever choice you decide on.
spiceblueeyes From: spiceblueeyes Date: May 26th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like your family cares about you, and I wish you luck! Make the choice that's best for you :)
desdemonaspace From: desdemonaspace Date: May 26th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had a gastric bypass in 07/02/02. I'd be happy to share my experience with you if you want the raw details. It was a Roux-en-Y done laparoscopically.
lilacsigil From: lilacsigil Date: May 26th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gastric bypass is a serious operation that has a relatively low success rate, so it's definitely worth doing a lot of research first. It can also lead to gall bladder problems, constant reflux, and nutritional deficiencies. It also tends not to make any difference to overall health, just to weight. In the case of people with diabetes or joint problems, this can be relevant, but generally not to people with heart issues.

Fluid retention is rarely related to weight - the tablet you're taking is called a diuretic in English - but it can be related to exercise and salt intake, as well as being genetic. I don't know what your health service covers, but it sounds like it might be worth talking to a nutritionist and/or personal trainer before taking the drastic step of surgery.

Whatever you decide, I hope it all goes well and is the right thing for you.
daydreamer1984 From: daydreamer1984 Date: May 27th, 2012 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you have a good aunt and uncle looking after you!

do you exercise on top of your dieting? I HATE exercising so I found something that was really fun so it didn't feel like a workout? It's called Zumba! You should really look into it! I do it with my mom every week! It's for all ages, all shapes, all sizes, all genders! It's like a party! Fun music, fun moves, great energy! You are said to burn 1000 calories in the 1 hour class!
you should see if you can find a class in your area! I have another flisty who was having a hard time with her diet and I suggested Zumba to her and she checked it out and now she goes every week as well and loves it!
archbishopm From: archbishopm Date: May 28th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
1. Your icon I love it.

2. This whole calorically-restrictive diet thing western human society has been all over for the past century or so, it so clearly DOES NOT WORK. See (erm I dunno it's late I'm tipsy) leeches? Trepanning? Exorcism? Ffff. We gotta find a whole new way of looking at this extremely problematic thing.

That being said, dude, take the bypass, do what it takes (minimizing harm) to be alive for when we finally do figure out the answer. :-p
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