Weigh-Ins are on FRIDAYS - Updated January 13, 2017
Surgery Date: October 20, 2009:
Hit my goal weight on December 17, 2010:
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Forever's a Lie. All We Have is What's Between Hello and Goodbye
There's been somethin' on my mind lately.
I've been worrying thinking about how long these bands are supposed to last.
Leave it to me to always invent something new to worry about, especially something that I have no control over.
In the last six months, I've read the ongoing stories and daily accounts of a small handful of bloggers who have had to have their bands removed. Some have had revisions to other weight loss surgeries, some have not. I applaud these ladies for taking control of their health and making some seriously difficult decisions.
So, anyways, this has got me thinking.
Let's play out my crazy-train thought. Humor me for a minute.
I understand that my band is made of silicone.
I understand that it will last many, many years long after I am dead and gone.
When the archaeologists dig us up thousands of years from now, they will find these bands inside of our bodies and make up cool and interesting stories about our civilization.
So, let's say that I have probably another 50 years or so left in my lifetime. That would take me to 83 years old. If I could be so lucky...
Will this band do it's job for that long? Lots can happen in 50 years.
I guess this thought that's been floating around in my head is that no one buys a new car and expects it to last for the rest of their life, so why would I expect this band to be with me for another 50 years?
What would be my plan "B" if my band had to be removed?
I guess that's the beauty of the band, that it is reversible (removable). I'm not sure if revision surgery would be for me. Sure, there's a lot of positive information about the sleeve. But there's not enough long term medical data out there for me to be convinced. Supposedly there is a 8+ year study on the sleeve that will soon be published.
More importantly, would I be as accountable to myself without a band?
Maybe? This one freaks me out...big time.
Would I still make healthy food choices and exercise a priority?
I hope so?
I have met bandsters who still have their bands and are five, even ten years post-op. They're doing great!
So why am I always trying to find answers to questions that haven't even been asked yet or trying to cross bridges before I even get to them?