As I stood on the train platform this morning in (yet again) this finger-freezing, mind and body numbing, -16 degree weather the term ‘polar vortex’ came to mind. Before this wench of a winter descended upon us I had never come across that term. And yet here we are throwing it around willy-nilly (there’s another good term…’willy nilly’…). So I googled it to figure out just what the definition of a ‘polar vortex’ is.
I came across several definitions ranging from the laymen friendly: “a persistent large-scale cyclone located near either of a planets geographical poles”, to ones that would likely even challenge Steven Hawkins let alone this lil’ ol’ lapband nurse!
My favorite however and the one that I feel most simply and succinctly describes it comes from the Urban Dictionary and is as follows:
“A weather system that results in record-breaking cold temperatures. Can also be used as euphemism for “really f*cking cold or “f*cking freezing”.
(Now I didn’t write that so don’t blame me if you no longer find this to be a family-friendly blog…I apologize…but you have to admit there really is no better way to describe it).
But lets turn this blog around right now and stop the incessant whining. Yes it is cold, yes it has been a punishing long and brutal winter but on the UP side…a CHANGE is in the air!! The very good news is…only 15 measly days until spring!!! I am getting pumped every day as I imagine that before long the snow will be melting and the dew drops and crocus’s will be poking their noses through the thawing ground. This will be an extraordinarily good change!
I try very hard to take a ‘glass half full’ approach to life and to the changes that come with life. And while it’s easy to look at the change from winter to spring in a positive light, it is not always easy to look at all change in a positive manner.
When I first started in the ‘band business’ things were quite different than they are now. Based on the knowledge that was available to us about the band at that time our understanding of how the band worked, how and why it induced that feeling of satiety, was quite different from the knowledge we have today. How we educated patients and how we adjusted the band was different as well. We used to adjust more aggressively, and we followed a rather static ‘one size fits all’ algorhythm for band adjustments. Then over the years research taught us a thing or two and we sat up and took notice and gradually changed our approach to band adjustments AND to how we educated patients. Unfortunately however there is still a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of clinicians and educators who have either not had access to or not been listening to what the latest and most up-to-date research on the band is telling us. That is that SLOWER AND MORE MODEST ADJUSTMENTS LEAD TO SAFER AND MORE WELL-ADJUSTED BANDS. And the result is LESS COMPLICATIONS AND BETTER HEALTH AND WEIGHT LOSS.
Some people don’t like this change. Sometimes when I share this information with individuals they are not at all happy and are resistant to change (‘resistance is futile’ I want to say with an evil laugh hehehe…no I don’t really :)). But this is a good change. Properly understanding how your band works is imperative to living safely and effectively with your band. If you don’t know how to use it properly it’s the equivalent of having that Ferrari in your driveway and not knowing how to drive it. Yes it’s impressive and yes it cost you a lot of money but it’s not doing you one lick of good.
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us” ~ Alexander Graham Bell (who knew that?! I thought he was ‘ just’ the dude who invented the telephone…).
If you are at a stalemate with your band and/or weight loss, maybe you have to change how you are expecting the band to work, and what you are expecting it to do for you. Don’t resist the change that comes with increased knowledge because at the end of the day the band is a really wonderful tool, which when adjusted and used properly does a really wonderful job of controlling hunger.
So…here’s to the end of this long, miserable winter and to the possibility of any more stupid polar vortex’s coming our way and to the wonderful change of season that will soon be upon us!!
(It’s funny though a small part of me enjoys the cold weather…a very very infinitesimally small part because I feel a bit justified in misbehavin’ a wee bit: cocooning a bit more, doing a bit less. Who wants to go outside to warm the car let alone go for a walk? And why not indulge in a bit of good old comfort food…as the Urban Dictionary puts it, its ‘really f*cking cold’!!)
Yours in health, wellness and the onset of spring 🙂