Monday, March 13, 2006

The Referral


Two years ago, Jane had been to our local GP, probably, once a month or so, complaining about her weight. Health issues included high blood pressure and general lack of stamina. Tying her shoelaces would leave Jane short of breath and suffering from hot flushes.

She had tried all the medications our GP was willing to prescribe, from laxatives to Tenuate Dospan. She had gone on a calorie controlled diet and using a calorie counting book and a diary she initially had some success. It was short lived, however, and she was tipping the scales at 103 Kg.

OK,..so she probably could have been worse, but when you think that she was 58Kg when I first met her she was now nearly twice the woman I fell in love with! Somewhat paradoxically, I loved her half as much as I did! Us males are so shallow and part of our love is calculated according to physical attraction; there was no doubt that I did not find her as attractive as I once did, and I often found myself dwelling on the past and how things were.

Some people joke about being overweight and say things like "I need some cushion when I'm a pushin'!" but alas it was not for me!

The good news was, however, that the Doctor had admitted that her condition needed the assistance of a specialist. There was no physical or medical reason for her continual weight gain and he referred my wife to a surgeon in Williamstown, Victoria, whom he believed would be able to help. The surgeon in question was a specialist in 'Lapband Surgery'.

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