Am I crazy? Short answer: no

Yesterday was my psych screening. It was at an office I’ve been to a bunch of times for therapy (not something I ever thought I’d do, but one of the best things I’ve ever done!), so that was nice and not so stressful. I did see someone new, though, and I kind of feel like she went onto of her way to make things more stressful than they had to be.

Basically, she had a questionnaire she had to fill out. Not that she told me this, but that ended up being the process. We were NOT there to share feelings, apparently.

So it started out friendly, if a little strange. I had to sit on a bench in her office – no comfy chairs for Ava this time! She also went over (and over) the policy regarding privacy and how she wasn’t a medical doctor… Okay. Got it. Then she asked me questions. The first one was “tell me about your weight history.” That’s all. No more detail. Um, okay. Starting in childhood? Starting when I decided to do something about it? So I just started talking. I told her that I’d been pretty okay until late high school, then gotten married, realized I couldn’t cook or adequately cope with…anything, found out we couldn’t have children, the one thing I’d wanted since I was 14, and gained a lot of weight. Then I started to tell her about the diets I’d tried. But she interrupted me. That was a later question & couldn’t answer it yet!


So she asked more questions, and I answered. At one point, she asked if my surgery had been scheduled yet and I told her it was the 8th. I think that upset her. She responded that I had to be cleared by her first and she didn’t clear everyone. It wasn’t rubber stamp. She might not clear me.

Um. Okay.

So after that, I tried to be really nice and give good answers, but I was still truthful. I mean, I’m not crazy. I am a good candidate for this surgery. I do have a spurt system and a good understanding of what to expect. I’ve done my homework. Back off the power-trip, lady!

The useful things that came out of this appointment (other than being cleared), were this. She asked me if I’d chosen a protein supplement yet, and we talked about my fake-sugar sensitivity. That really made me think and ultimately do research (more on that later). And she asked what I was going to do when I got stressed or upset and would normally reach for food. Good to think about. I need to research some more and make a plan for that, because I do think it could happen. I’m not a comfort eater as much as I’m a vindictive eater. Something pisses me off and I want to eat the worst thing possible. For example, I left that appointment a little flustered by her overall attitude and how it was different from what I was used to, so I went to Taco Bell and ate grease! Well, because of that and because I won’t be able to do it after next Thursday!

So, here is some great information if anyone else finds themselves wanting a protein drink but not being able to tolerate aspartame and sucralose. There are a TON of other options. I even found one powder that you could buy unsweetened. I guess you could add that to any kind of food. I can do the stevia, but not any of the other artificial sweeteners, so I found half a dozen options.

DC’s Protein Formula on
Harmonized Protein on
True Athlete from VitaminShoppe
Gold Standard has one
And there’s a Blue Bonnet isolate drink as well. I can’t find what that one is sweetened with.

So that’s a huge relief. I’m going to see if I can find some today so I can taste Them before surgery. That will be one thing I don’t have to worry about!

One more appointment to tell you about, but that’s for another post. And as I’m about to go to lunch and to who, it’ll have to be later.



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