Doing something just for me....

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I took the first step today toward doing something I have been considering for a long time.

A little history. I am a 8 year post-op gastric bypass patient. Many people considered me a "light weight" for having WLS and indeed I was....I met the criteria for the surgery as set forth by the National Institutes of Health (BMI of 40 without co-existing morbidities or illnesses)....but J-U-S-T barely. At the time of my consutation I weighted 262 pounds; my "ideal weight" was around 130-145, which put me about 120 pounds overweight with a BMI of 43. So I had the surgery and had TERRIFIC success with it; I got down to 140 but thought I looked too thin so I purposefully gained back about 10-15 pounds. I was in the 150-155 range, where I wore a size 10-12 and felt (and looked) great. I "lived" here for years.

Unfortunately, I had a few complications late in the game (years later) which required two additional abdominal surgeries. Right now, my abdominal muscles are weak, my skin droopy and flabby....and my scars from repeated surgeries look AWFUL.

So I called a plastic surgeon today. I'm gonna look into having my scar fixed and at the same time have a tummy tuck and maybe breast lift.

This is surprising, not only to me but also to my husband and any other friend I talk to it about. Because the people who know me best know that I am generally NOT a vain person. I'm the type who rarely/never wears makeup and often dyes my own hair. So why am I doing this?

I don't really know...except to say that for some reason I can't get the idea out of my head and whenever I think about the possibility of that scar being GONE it makes me happy. Because of its placement, the scar is itchy, irritated by normal zip up pants, causes me to have to pay particular attention to my belly button (to avoid infection....EWW!), etc.

So with my husband's blessing (his thoughts on the topic are the only persons whose matters) I am consulting with a plastic surgeon on Monday.

Wish me luck!!
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