Since I was 14 and decided that everybody could just bite me, I've been excellent at being fat. Yeah, I said fat. I've taken "fat" back. I refuse to be overweight, obese, or (*horrible term alert*) morbidly obese. I pick fat. It's simple, like me.
As anybody with a few extra pounds is well aware, there's a particular challenge posed to fat kids involved in any kind of medical care. I'm quite sure I couldn't even begin to count the number of times I've been told I'd be "better" if I lost a good 90 pounds. This cracks me up now, because one of the first indicators that something was wrong with me was when I lost 60 pounds in 3 1/2 months.
Now, I totally get the arguement. I know being fat can impose havoc on my body. I know the extra pressure it puts on my joints. I know all the heart risks. But I also know that hating on fat people is one of the last acceptable forms of discrimination. I fight hard to avoid being stereotypical. I eat an anti-inflammatory diet, I walk whenever lupus lets me. I want to make it harder for people to tell me I should lose weight. What else do you want me to do? You can tie my stomach together the day I can sew your lips closed.
So this little post is my joy moment. Finally, finally, being fat sorta pays off. I went to my eye doctor Thursday for my Plaquenil baseline test. I had know idea what I was heading into. I thought they might look around a bit, and be done. The process was actually much more complicated. As I sat in an old black leather chair waiting for my pupils to dilate the doc explained to me how plaquenil damages the eyes. He explained to me the importance of getting the baseline done as soon as possible. He told me that in his 16 years of practice he's only seen two patients be negatively affected by the drug. He's a small town guy, but this still made me feel better. Ok, here's the kicker:
He then told me that the reason they asked for my weight in my paperwork was because weight, time, and dosage play a big role in the side effects of the drug. He told me that smallish people who take big doses for a longer period of time are way more likely to see changes than bigger people, even those taking 400mg a day like me.
It's a small thing, I know. And some of you may know better than this eye doc the longterm effects of Plaquenil. But after years of my 267 pounds (cuz it's prednisone time, baby. I usually rock out at about 255) being something that I had to apologize to medical professionals for, I'm claiming this one as a victory. Thank you, each and every pound, for making it harder for Plaquenil to jack up my eyes.
LOL I have decided that I love you! Great post. Fun to read and made me feel better about my weight!'
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Now I don't feel so bad about those extra twenty pounds, either!
what does saysuzie say...............
look for the good...
enjoy the kilos
I remember the time I had an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the fallopian tube), it was probably about 6 months after the operation, someone came to me and asked me when are my husband and I going to start to have a family, and I told her "well I did try didn't I but I failed at that didn't I?" Then I could see the look on her face, she forgot about me loosing my baby a few months earlier.
Another time, when I couldn't put any weight on, I was on a very healthy diet, because I like eating healthy. Heaps of people called me anorexic, which i wasn't, I just couldn't put on any weight. One day at school, I just had enough, when a parent told me that I was far too skinny and should try and put on weight, I told her "does anyone tell you that you are too fat, and you need to loose weight?" She soon shut her mouth!
Some people are so insensitive, in fact, they are so darn RUDE. They should get their facts straight before accusing people of certain behaviours.
Diagnosed with Lupus - 22 June, 2010
Here's one I heard to stop people in their tracks if they mention you are fat. "I can always lose weight, but you will always be ugly!"
Maybe only use that one if you really really need it!
You've made my day mate with your statement and like you say it's all down to weight causing it...right load of rubbish if i've heard any.
Holy internet, Batman!! I just checked in without logging on and there was a giant Jenny Craig ad next to my post!!!!!!
So I logged on to comment on the supreme irony, scrolled down to reply to the thread, and saw Jillian Michaels asking how big my weigh-loss goal is.
Oh cyperbots, combing every entry for the words "weight, fat, overweight" and immediately assuming that a weight loss ad is appropriate. . . you can bite me too.
Keep them going mate because your giving we a good laugh besides your own sense of humour.lol
LOL - Who says ads on a website are a bad thing? They can be great for laughs, too!