I lost 25 lbs prior to my lap band surgery on May 6, 2011 and 25 lbs after my surgery, but I have gained back about 10 lbs so far. On May 8, 2011, my husband and I had to take my 79 year old mother to the emergency room because she fell in the middle of the night in our home. She was diagnosed with peripheral artery disease and ended up having 12 surgeries, including an amputation of her right foot, until she passed away in January this past year.
I was constantly at the hospital until her passing and I didn’t really keep track of my calorie intake, but it really went downhill once she passed away. I used food and wine to cope with the loss.
I definitely have gotten way off track. During this past year, I have been reporting in monthly to the bariatric clinic, but I feel like a failure. I wasn’t expecting to lose much this past year, given everything that was going on, but I was hoping to maintain the previously lost weight.
I don’t like going to the support group because usually everyone there has just been banded and look to me for support. The last time I went there was someone who had been banded longer than me, but she just wanted to show everyone how much she had lost and stated that you won’t lose weight if you eat ice cream all day. Now I don’t want to go back.
Has anyone else dealt with a great loss following your surgery? How did you get back on track?