Has anyone watched this show?
I caught a glimpse of it last night, and it left me... well, thinking about a lot of things.
The episode I watched followed the story of Ashley who lost 364 lbs. Amazing!
This is where I must warn you, my thoughts are a little over the place and you may not agree with all of them and I respect that.
My heart totally broke for Ashley - mainly due to the fact her mother was quite horrid to her. She constantly nagged and teased her, despite having quite a significant weight problem herself. At one point Ashley was in the hospital for a skin removal surgery, and her mother was teasing her about not being able to eat her Father's delicious homemade buns at Thanksgiving. Who does this?
Which brings me to my next thought: skin removal.
Admittedly, I was uber jealous that she had skin removal surgery covered not once, but twice. TLC called it "qualified" and I'm not quite sure exactly what that entails, but regardless she had it done.
I just can't help but feel like it's not fair.
Like many people out there, I lost all my weight without it costing a dime to the tax payer. I have kept it off for years, but every single day, I'm plagued by my access skin. Yes, it's not as extreme as someone who once weighed 600lbs. But it's still there. I feel like there should be some sort of compensation in our health care system. I realize it is mostly cosmetic, but trust me, there's more to it than having a flat stomach. Anyone that has lost a significant amount of weight can attest to the infections that can occur underneath, the slapping sounds, and the stinky belly button.
I can literally grab handfuls of skin from my stomach and inner thighs. Not hot.
Unfortunately at this point in my life, I cannot justify the costs associated with skin removal.
There is no way to really end this post eloquently. I think though, for my sanity mostly, it would just be best for me not to watch this show anymore. My blood pressure can't handle it.
It makes me stabby.