Right here waiting for stew

I called the hospital last week to finally be told that I have received funding from my local PCT for the surgery. This was an effort in itself considering I’ve been calling every other month or so. Even when I called this time, after some tapping of the keyboard, I was told it hadn’t come through. She could obviously hear the disappointment over the phone and then said, “Well, it can take up to 12 weeks for approval to come through.” I laughed. I’ve been waiting 12 months. She seemed surprised and asked me to wait while she shuffled some papers. I waited. She mumbled something about new computers servers or something. I waited. And then she said there was a letter that said I had been approved. Hmm wonder how long that’d been sitting there. I’d love to know the date on that letter.

The first cutlet is the deepest

As surgery is something I’ve been thinking about for a number of years then I’ve obviously done my research into and know the pros and cons to it all. It’s not a decision I came to lightly and even now I see it as a last resort. Since I’ve started telling people about the surgery I’ve heard a few of the same questions popping up so I’m writing this which will hopefully explain a few things.

An estimated 500 million people across the world are now classed as obese. In the UK, one in four are overweight.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star

…and wake up where the pounds are far behind me

I should probably have started this blog before now so that I could have documented my journey from the very beginning. Although, I’m not entirely sure exactly where I would have started anyway.

Towards the end of 2009, after serious consideration, I started the ball rolling to get weight-loss surgery. Everything moved pretty quickly after first seeing my GP and I was soon seeing a specialist. He told me:

“You are an acceptable candidate for surgery.”