I really wanted to be consistent with the weekly vlog thing. A lot of things have been going on with me. Having Lap Band surgery may have very well saved my life on more than one level. When I went in for surgery, the anesthesiologist listened to my heart murmur (which I have known that I have always had) and was apparently concerned enough about what he heard to go talk to the Chief of Cardiology of the (military) hospital where I got my lap band. I was cleared for surgery, but the Chief of Cardiology ordered an echocardiogram to be done a couple of weeks after surgery. I had the echo done and it turns that I am quite the specimen. I went in yesterday to meet with the cardiologist for a follow up consultation and the findings are that I have some congenital issues that if not fixed may very well lead to heart failure. As a matter of fact, he seemed almost surprised that I have not already had a stroke.
If I would not have had Lap Band surgery, I would have never known that I had these issues. And of all doctors that have ever been involved with my health care throughout my life, it was an anesthesiologist that cared enough to look one step further.
They are going to send a scope down my throat to get some better views of my heart before they refer me to a "heart hospital" and the heart hospital will check me out before recommending course of action which apparently pretty much boils down to operating on my heart.
The cardiologist does not want me exercising, but I do intend to at least get out and walk as the weather is getting nicer.
I thought I was scared to get lap band...but I am absolutely terrified of having my heart worked on.
Well....on to lap band related stuff...I think I am just not going to do well until I get my first fill. I am just not strong enough to diet on my own. I've gained another 2 pounds. Uggg...but I am relating this to stress eating.