Friday, September 13, 2013

Conundrums in Weight Loss

I've lost about 5lbs as of today. I haven't been weighing myself because my stomach is HUGE and so I assumed all the sugar/carbs in my diet were making me even fatter.  I mean, I can't even cram myself into my fitted pants right now. Surely, I'm gaining weight?

Weeell, not so much as it turns out.

Apparently, I can weigh less, but be bigger than ever.

FYI that's not how weight loss is supposed to work. My body has some explaining to do.

The only reason I stepped on a scale was because I had a doctor appointment. The scale was in the waiting room where people could see the weight. It was potentially mortifying. Fortunately, I had a sensitive nurse who blocked the digital display to give me some privacy. However, that didn't keep everyone in the waiting room from trying to see, which was unsettling. Not the kind of group think you want to see in a medical setting, you know?

I pointedly looked away when someone else was weighed. Their nurse didn't bother to hide the display which I'm pretty sure hurt their karma.

The 'surgery' should be later this month. I don't think anyone is going to argue about the stress dose, which is good.

Of course, I seem pretty stable. Who knows? I might be able to do without steroids, but I think it's just better to play it safe.

The one wrinkle is my positive scratch test to fish. I don't know what they're doing that involves fish in this procedure, but all my paperwork from them said to mention any allergies to fish. So I disclosed it and we'll see what happens.

I still keep searching, hoping to find happy ERCP stories, but all I find are nightmares. I hope this is a good decision with a good outcome. I hope the people on the internet do not represent a majority, that all the shiny happy ERCP patients are too busy living their lives to talk about the procedure on the internet.

1 comment:

  1. They use iodinated contrast dye usually. Have you had that? Some say people with shellfish allergies are at higher risk

    Then a pub came out saying no way. I don't think it's black and white as they're both direct mast cell degranulators.

    I've already worried about a possible ercp for me and I would make them use ultrasound instead of dye because of my allergy.


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