It’s like a suicide mission when you can’t see no end
Tired of compliment fishin’ and impressing your friends
I never kissed no one just to kiss and tell
It’s a little bit of heaven and a whole lot of hell
There’s been some discussion of “Professional Post-Ops” and their “Behavior” of late, and it’s been running around in my head. Specifically, it ran through my head yesterday as I was wiping down my walls, baseboards, and chair rails, high as a kite from bleach (can one get high from bleach? I’m voting yes..) in preparation for house guests coming in from Sweden this afternoon. I mean – when there is so little thought required in a task, it’s only normal that one’s mind will wander. And wander mine did.
Where mine wandered was remembering a thread in which a “Professional Post-Op” attacked another post-op (whom she also called a “Professional” but the person eschews the title) for her behavior exhibited in a few photos from the last OH conference and how negative the picture portrayed WLS to be.
I’m ignoring the whole “she’s an adult and can do what she wants to do” (especially since I really think the photo was of me and another adult drinking a protein-laced drink.. but I’m hazy on the details since the brouhaha forced the photo to be pulled very quickly) but focusing on the “Professional Post-Op” angle.
Who decides who the “Professional Post-Ops” are?
Is this a card-carrying group? What are the requirements of this group?
I mean – is there an application process, complete with essay section?
I’d like to become a Professional Post-Op because I really like to help people and I like to live my life under a continual microscope with everything I ever do is under continual scrutiny! Where else can I get that kind of stress for free than when I am being watched like a celebrity with a paparazzi watching for any and every mistake so it can be ridiculed by others that are supposedly following the same path as I am, but the also the guilt I will feel for “failing” my followers! I <3 my WLS surgery so very much I am willing to cause ulcers to preach to others about how great it is!
Is there a tribunal in which transgressions are brought forth and people are then kicked out of the Club?
You were seen eating a slice of buttered toast along with your breakfast of eggs and *shudder* BACON. How could you do this where other people could see this? Additionally, you have been see drinking a carbonated beverage with a STRAW! These transgressions are grounds for your immediate removal from the group.
So if there’s no application process, no tribunal, how does one qualify for the “Professional Post-Op” title? Is it self-imposed? What about those who make money from other WLS’ers? Is it given to us by the masses? Is it given to anyone who goes to the conferences on a regular bases (oh crap..) or writes a blog? (I’m screwed, aren’t I?)
If there is a selection process, how can I submit names so I can help select people that represent the values that I find important? Is it like an election? Is there a poll, or do we get our hands painted green when we vote?
Let’s face it – it’s a popularity contest, just like everything else we’ve had to deal with as fat people. This is another way for there to be “popular kids” and for them to pass judgement on others under the guise of “putting the best face on WLS.”
Not that I ever was a “Professional Post-Op” but if I ever were to be? Please don’t ever call me one. I don’t want to be linked to some of the “Professional Post-Ops” that continually berate and belittle others on the path.
I’d much rather be an equal.
One that deals with the ups and downs of carb addiction and withdrawl, the struggles of being a mom with young children and trying not to force their own issues on them so they can keep healthy while being children in the process, and one that has to find the wherewithal to find the time to go to the gym even when they don’t really want to because they need to.
Good thing, too – I suck at politics.