With My Mom on Thanksgiving
When I was doing research on the surgery, I read the statistics of Type II Diabetes cure after Lap Band is around 70 percent! That was mind blowing to me. So, about a week before surgery, I suggested my mom look into it. I've never thought of my mom as very heavy (current BMI is 36%) but I want her to be as healthy as possible. Her severe sleep apnea and diabetes scare me. She seemed offended that I mentioned it, so I dropped the subject and intended to never bring it up again.
Last week when she was driving me to the airport she told me she's considering having Lap Band. I truly feel that this surgery was the best decision of my life, but I suddenly hope she doesn't do it! What is wrong with me? I want to be supportive, but it's so hard. Being banded is much harder than I ever expected it to be. I just hate to think of my mom going through everything I've gone through. No matter what I will be supportive of her decision, she does not know about my blog. But I just really want to understand why I feel this way. I think it's because my life has been much harder after surgery than I expected it would be. I'm not sure if I PB more than the average person, it's not something I want to discuss with my doctor, but it happens enough that I try to be extra careful when I eat, especially in public/at work/with Robocop, etc. I hate to think of my mom dealing with it the rest of her life too. They know how often I PB, I feel like every time I am at my mom and dad's house even for just a day I end up getting sick more than once. In the end, I know it is her choice and I will not say anything to discourage it. I just have very mixed emotions about seeing my mom go through this. Although she's had such bad side effects from her diabetes medications that I'm not sure a few PBs would be worse.
It just seems like such a drastic decision to make for someone who wants to lose 40-50 pounds.
So tell me what you think...do you think Life After Lap Band has been easier/harder/exactly what you expected?! Please tell me your thoughts...