I want to address some things here. Jen over at Prior Fat Girl talked last week about the FDA and the requirements for Lap Band Surgery being lowered. It seems like I can't turn anywhere lately without seeing Lap Band since Pete starting going through it.
Lap Band is a tool. It's a choice.
I've seen many false things written about the Lap Band process. Some is likely because of misinformation the person was provided. Some is likely not knowing the whole story. And the last is likely a fear of it.
Pete's process (as you can read if you click on the Mid Week With Pete Tag) was quite intense. He's been thinking about this for 2 years while trying to lose weight in all manners of ways. Actually he's been trying to lose weight his whole adult life. He first went to his regular doctor and sought his advice. He went to see a doctor at the surgery center. Then he went to an information seminar (much like Jen talked about in her blog). Then he signed up to go back to the surgeon for an hour + appointment to discuss this and what it would take to qualify. Then a sleep study. Lose 13 pounds to show dedication & for a safer surgery. Meeting with a nutritionist. Meeting with a psychologist for a psych eval & approval (4 appointments). Weekly phone in counseling with the health insurance company with tasks to complete. Then another appointment with the surgeon to discuss it all and determine if it was still something he wanted. Then getting the insurance's approval.
It's never been easy or simple. Ever. It's never been a decision that was made at the spur of a moment. It's never been a quick thing. He understands that this is a lifetime change. He hopes that other people understand it too. But if they don't, that's ok. Because it's his journey, not theirs.
Yes, he has lost 40+ pounds in 90 days, so he can lose weight. Why have the surgery then? Because the way that he can lose weight is not sustainable for him. It's 1000 calories burned by running/walking over several hours every. single. day. It's eating 1 cup of Cheerios and 1 cup of milk for breakfast and lunch every. single. day. It's beating himself up if he can't get to 1000 calories when he works out, even if he's sick or has hurt feet or has a migraine. It's beating himself up if he has eggs for breakfast instead of that cereal. It's beating himself up if we're out of town and he's unable to get his workout in. It's beating himself up if he has too many calories at dinner. So his pattern of losing 70/80 pounds in 6 months, then gaining it back and repeating that a year later is taking a toll on his body. His high blood pressure is taking a toll on his body, even with medicine. And the mental damage of losing and gaining is taking a toll on everything.
So to my trainer, who keeps telling me and him that he shouldn't do the surgery because she can get him on track...To some of my family who thinks that it's too drastic and he should just keep trying...to friends and others who think that it's the easy way out... It's his journey. It's his decision.