Hello, thank you for adding me, I'd be thrilled if I could find others in a similar situation to me.
Well, a little about me. I'm 67 and have been overweight for a great deal of my adult life. Not all of it by any means but certainly the last 20 years. I've been living with type II diabetes for 7 years and hypertension. I'm on the limit of the amount of Diabex I can take and although my control is okay, more drastic measures are just around the corner. It was my GP who suggested weight loss surgery. I ummed and aaghed about it but finally went to see Dr Dolan here in Perth about 15 months ago. I then upped my health cover so that I could have the surgery down the line. At first I was convinced that I wanted a lap band. The thought of something so permanent was totally out of the question. Fast forward a year and after some research I'm rather changing my mind and leaning towards the sleeve. I really can't bear the thought of all those fills and getting the settings right. My family are very supportive and as my daughter rightly says, it will be life changing. I don't want to go into advanced old age with so much blubber holding me down to the point I get immobile before my time.
All that being said, it's a scary thought. Age is not my friend and I would like to hear from anyone of similar vintage who has been down this route. I'm frightened of the cost. I'm on a very restricted income and am about to raid what little bit of super I have available to pay the excess. As a family we are very much food orientated with regular get togethers at the dinner table. Will I end up being the misery no-one wants at future feasts?
Now I just have to pluck up the courage to ring Dr Dolan's rooms to make the next appointment (I have another GP referral as they expire after a year). I called a week or so ago trying to get some definitive answers about costs but it's all so tricky. Everyone seems to want a bit of the pie even with top health cover. I read that someone else was out of pocket $6,500 and I just don't have that sort of money.
I apologise for the ramble and hope it doesn't sound like I'm a wo is me sort of person. I'm mostly up beat but this whole thing is just so daunting and I just need to sound out with others who know what they are talking about.
Thanks in advance, Cath