Linda posted the other day about the Dr. Oz show that focused on Lapband surgery. And just like Linda...I thought that Dr. Oz presented a very balanced look at the lapband. The show really focused on the recent BMI requirements and how they changed...and the question was "For someone with just 30 pounds to lose...is the lapband a good idea?"
However...I had just one teensy weensy (and by teensy weensy I mean HUGE) problem with the show (as did Linda).
They featured two lapband patients, one 6 years out, one 6 months out. And they showed how much each ate now that they were banded. The girls 6 months out...get this...
breakfast: 6 tablespoons of yogurt
lunch: maybe a cup of broth
dinner: crap...I can't remember...but is wasnt solid either.
I was yelling at the tv. I was flabbergasted. I was annoying Heather.
First, I could and did eat more than that a WEEK after surgery.
Second, if six months after surgery your doctor still wants you on liquids and mushies...COO COOOOO!
Third, what she was showing doesnt follow ANY bandster rules I have ever heard of. Everything she ate was a slider and hardly any protein!
It made me so frustrated because I do not want anyone thinking it's that "easy". I also don't want someone considering lapband to look at that and say there is NO WAY I am getting the surgery if that's all I can eat!
It was some BULL-HONKEY! So...I emailed Dr. Oz today. I am sure he will call me later tonight. I will keep you posted.
In the meantime, it did make me realize that for those just starting to research WLS, I should (and perhaps YOU as well) should write up a little post about what OUR lives look like now that we are banded. I mean...I know you can tell that by reading through our blogs...but I have to remind myself some people don't know the ins and outs of banding like those of us who have been around the band block.