Doctors, Weight Watchers and Friends…

It’s been a long couple of days, but I’m feeling thankful for it right now. My boyfriend and I had dinner with my long time friend, Shannon, her husband and their adorable baby girl. She’s 12 weeks old, and I already love her.

I spent the majority of the day at my new doctor’s office yesterday, and I went back in for blood work this morning. Those who know me know how hesitant I was to seek out a primary physician because it hasn’t always been a good experience for me.

Now that I have health insurance, which is such a relief, there’s no excuse to avoid the doctor when I’m in pain. I went in to get some help with my skin irritation yesterday, and I was met by a friendly, empathetic staff and a compassionate, knowledgable doctor. I cannot express the relief I feel now knowing that I have a doctor to go to when I’m sick.

We talked about my weight. (How could we not?) We just talked about everything else as well. She asked why I waited so long to get help with my skin, and I explained that doctor visits are usually different than my visit to her office. She prescribed meds that I picked up last night, and I’m hopeful that it will help me heal over the next 10 days.

My blood pressure was elevated, which has never been an issue until lately. I’m getting older, but I’m far too young to face high blood pressure. Of course, it’s not a surprise because I’m carrying so much excess weight. I’ve also carried a lot of stress this year since Mom’s health issues.

After talking for quite some time she asked me if I had ever considered bariatric surgery, and I explained that it was never an option for me. Financially, it wasn’t plausible because it’s so pricey without insurance, and for a long time I was opposed anyway. Now that I know that my insurance will cover it I’m going to consider it.

Weight-loss surgery is such a huge, life-changing step, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I could do something like this, but it’s certainly worth exploring. I know several people who had the gastric sleeve surgery and were incredibly successful.

I also went to the eye doctor (because again, it’s been a while since I had health insurance,) and my eye doctor is from New York. He lived only a few blocks from my old place, so we had a lot to chat about while he checked my eyes. I definitely can’t wait to get my new glasses on Friday, but I chose to use  my favorite frames that I had already. I’ll pick a new pair later this week when my eyes aren’t dilated.

I have to see my primary doctor again in two weeks, and I’m looking forward to feeling much better than I felt when I walked in yesterday. I can’t stand taking medicine, but I’m thankful for it right now.

I’ll head to Weight Watcher tomorrow, which should be a decent weigh-in. Right now I’m tired, so I’m going to curl up under the blankets and sleep.

13 thoughts on “Doctors, Weight Watchers and Friends…

  1. Jennifer johns

    I had the gastric sleeve done on March 17, 2015 and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I was relatively healthy going into it despite being morbidly obese but I knew I was approaching 40 and setting myself up for major health issues. My quality of life has improved not only physically but mentally as well. I wish you lots of luck no matter what you choose going forward!

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    1. Kenlie Post author

      That is so awesome to hear. I know several people who have done amazingly well with the sleeve. That will definitely be my choice if this happens.

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  2. Karen Scott

    So glad to hear you found a caring and compassionate doctor. Now as a team , you can work together to be an even better you.

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  3. Heidi Rumph

    YESSSSS!!!! I am so happy to hear this as i commented about this a month or so ago. I never considered it either & then had some friends who had great success with it. I am now 4 months out from Gastric sleeve and down 71 lbs since January. I’ve had zero complications (although they CAN happen like with any surgery) and feel that this was an excellent choice for myself. If you have any questions at all that I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to ask. My email is crazycricketlove@aol.com . Good luck on your journey!!

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    1. Kenlie Post author

      This comment makes me so happy for you and so hopeful for me. Thank you for sharing that, Heidi!

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  4. LJB

    Oh my, I think auto save got me. My question was how’d you find her? I don’t know where the “Really ” came from!

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    1. Kenlie Post author

      I called my insurance provider and asked for a female doctor near my office. They searched by zip code, and I am so thankful for her.

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  5. jessica

    I am happy you found a Physician! It sounded like a task you were dreading and resisting. I have a dear friend who did the full bariatric surgery and a friend who did the sleeve. Both had fine results. Neither was an *easy fix* and both required much physical and mental work. The one thing that neither will ever be able to fix is the mental self worth/self value. You seem to have a very high self esteem and self worth.. but My observer word of support would be if you go this weight loss ASSISTANCE route.. make sure you continue to protect your mind and your emotions!!!

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    1. Kenlie Post author

      I’ve worked harder to heal emotionally than I have in any other area, and I know a lot of people choose to lose weight first. I just don’t know how they do it without understanding who they are, how much their loved and how much their worth. I do have a pretty healthy self-image, and sometimes I think I’m a big deal. 😉 It definitely changed my life to know that God doesn’t love some future, perfect version of me. He loves me right now. I long for everyone to come to that realization.

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