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Newbie at the very start of wls journey

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself Here' started by Parsnip, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. Parsnip

    Parsnip Active Member

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    Hi, just joined the site after having a bit of a nosey around and thought it mighy be time to say hi.
    I've been thinking about wls for a while. I've always been big, literally was a size 14 at 14 and haven't been less than a 16 in the last 15 or so years and like many people I've tried all and every diet going and just continued to end up bigger. I'm 33 and a mum of three and obviously pregnancy doesn't help with weight. I had my daughter just over a year a go and my booking bmi was 50, it was a 'surprise' pregnancy and resulted in her being born 8 weeks prematurely (she's fine) due to severe pre-eclampsia which was likely down to my weight (it wouldn't have helped anyway). Despite not gaining masses during my pregnancy, I have gained postnatally and for the first time in my life my weight is really starting to feel like a proper health issue rather than an aesthetic issue iykwim and whereas previously I was fat but still fit, I've slowly become less fit.
    I started swimming a few weeks ago and I'm really proud of myself (I managed 38 lengths breast stroke on Friday). It was a huge step for me as I'm sure most of you know how self conscious swimming can make you. Anyway, I have booked to see my GP on the 5th December with the intention of broaching the subject of wls. My bmi is currently 55/56 so I know that should enable me to get referred. From what I have read I will have to go throughout tier 3 weight management. What does this include and what sort of timeliness should I be looking at? I believe my nearest Bariatric hospital is Derby if that makes a difference.
    Also, any tips on speaking to my GP?
     
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  2. Mazza

    Mazza Administrator Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome!

    We ll done on taking the first step my seeing your GP, just go there armed with all the facts about your weight and history. Then as you say, due to your current BMI they can't really refuse!

    I didn't do tier three but from what I've heard its a mixture of seeing a dietician and setting you various lifestyle and weight loss targets to achieve. Tier three lasts at least six months at my hospital, so you could be in for a wait of well over a year.

    Good luck x
     
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  3. Kar8858

    Kar8858 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome and well done on all those lengths!! X
     
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  4. Parsnip

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    Thank you for your replies.
    I didn't realise you could go straight to tier 4. What would be the criteria to bypass tier 3?
     
  5. Hannah2

    Hannah2 Well-Known Member

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    With a BMI greater than 50 you are eligible to be referred straight to tier 4 aka surgery. However, each area of the country is different and not all areas follow the guidance word for word. I am not in your area so don't know specifically.

    With either tier you will need to show that you are willing and able to lose weight, usually there is a requirement to prove that you have tried to lose weight previously with your GP, possibly having something like orlistat - I managed to get away without having to do that because of the records over the years of me losing weight on my own and then putting it back on.

    Timescales differ in areas as well, for me the NHS route was about 6-7 months after GP referral I was put on the surgery waitlist after seeing surgeon, dietician and psychologist. If you need sleep apnea tests or more pschology apts that will slow that up. Waitlist time here for the op is about 8 months with dietician apts in the wait time as you still need to show you are trying to follow their eating plan/lose weight.

    Well done on all that swimming! That is a lot of lengths!
     
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  6. Mazza

    Mazza Administrator Staff Member

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    I have no idea, I didn't do tier 3 because I was referred with a hernia and oesophagitus. I had my band emptied, then removed and then a sleeve. That all took about 2 1/2 to 3 years.

    When I've lost all my weight, 'll have my hernia repaired.
     
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  7. Parsnip

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    I could really probably do with finding someone from my area who's a similar starting bmi, ideally someone who's had surgery quite recently as from what I've read, things have been changing recently and obviously the NHS is always changing things up (out of necessity). I hope my GP takes me seriously and that I don't get too anxious or I'll turn into a babbling idiot.

    I'd be nice to bypass tier three but I'll do whatever I need to do obviously... bring on the hoops!

    I'm really enjoying my swimming. it's crazy because I've avoided it for years out of fear of judgement and had never done lengths in my life (save maybe when I was made to at school but that was never more than a handful) so when a mum friend from school suggested it I took a chance and the first time I went I was shocked I managed 28 lengths. I'm only doing breast stroke and I have grannies overtaking me but I still come away feeling super proud each week. Aiming for 40 this week although we were talking about doing some strange challenges at some point which may leave less time for lengths. I'll have to see.
     
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  8. Mazza

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    We have had members from your area but I can't recall anyone recently.

    You've got the right mindset for this, your willing to jump through whatever hoops are thrown at you so thats a really good start! Don't worry about getting anxious, its a big deal!

    I love swimming too and its a great form of exercise. Good luck with the 40, I'm sure you'll smash it!
     
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  9. starryeyed

    starryeyed Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forums xxx
     
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  10. Maria61

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    Welcome and good luck to you xx
     
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  11. Bling Babe

    Bling Babe Well-Known Member

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    Welcome and very well done on the swimming, it's a great form of excersise, I'm fairly new to this forum and at the very beginning of my journey, it's difficult, hoops, showing commitment, the waiting and the maintaining loss but I'm sure it's going to be worth it , this is a great forum, everyone is friendly and there is always plenty of advice and support through good times and bad X
     
  12. FeeBee

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    Hello, welcome and good luck with your GP. As you read the posts on the forum you'll quickly see how different everyone's journeys are but as Mazza said you sound like you have the right mindset and you are already trying to help yourself through things like swimming :) Good luck hitting 40 lengths this week!
     
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  13. Parsnip

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    It's crazy how just having made the decision has already made me feel more positive about the future... does that make sense?
     
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    FeeBee Well-Known Member

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    Yep perfect sense to me :)
     
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  15. SAM55

    SAM55 Well-Known Member

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    That's an amazing achievement. :bunnydance::bunnydance::bunnydance::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
     
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  16. Parsnip

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    Lol thanks. Loving those dancing bunnies!
     
  17. Hannah2

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    Oh parsnip, just so you know...... They are the YMCA bunnies!!!! :D
     
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  18. Parsnip

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    I feel like they need little outfits now...
     
  19. Hannah2

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  20. los in it

    los in it Well-Known Member

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    Just read your blog,hello and very warm welcome
     
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