I actually feel relieved that my surgery is today and that it will be over in a couple of hours and that I will be able to address many health issues that I haven't been able to understand. One thing that WLS has taught me is to prioritize my health, to advocate for it and to not be shy because of my weight. Each time I went to my general practitioner, OB, ophthalmologist; I'd be lectured on my weight as the cause of all my health issues rather than asking for specific tests etc. I think the shame of being overweight prevented me from seeking out more specific medical attention, asking more questions. The reason I love my WLS office is that the staff really treats me with respects and listens to my health needs versus just making assumptions that a lot of my health issues are caused by my weight. For me I think the thyroid/weight issue are like the chicken and egg issue...which came first? What caused what? I'm sure they are integrally inter related. I'm just glad to make some changes. I'm hoping surgery will accelrate my energy level and weight loss; we'll see.
Word for 2011:
PRIORITIZE (my health)
To function optimally on a physical, mental and spiritual level; I need to prioritize my health. I need to make time for:
- meal planning
- medical appointments