Surgery Dream

Last Monday, a new show called Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition premiered on ABC.  Did you watch it?  The show follows one participant every episode as they work with a trainer mentor transformation specialist named Chris Powell over the course of a year to lose hundreds of pounds.

I can’t say I loved the show.  Because there’s a year’s worth of material to cover in one hour, there seems to be a lot that’s glossed over.  The premiere episode focused on a young woman named Rachel, who went from 369 pounds to 208 pounds (a loss of 161 pounds – almost exactly what I’ve lost so far!).   At one point in the episode, Rachel is approved for surgery to get excess skin removed.  And basically, the next time we see her, the surgery has happened and she’s all healed up and she’s smiling and happy and there’s no mention of scars or recovery time or anything.

Isn’t a surgery like that a big deal?  I’m not trying to be sassy or sarcastic – I really don’t know, but it seems like it would be, and the show skims over a lot of the details.  Over the past few months a couple people have asked me if I’d be getting surgery to remove excess skin.  My answer has been “I don’t know, I haven’t really thought about it.”  And that’s the truth.  There are a few places on my body, particularly in my belly (where I used to hold the majority of my excess weight) where my skin seems loose and is puckering.  I haven’t researched excess skin removal at all, and don’t really want to.   For now, I’d like to continue focusing on losing weight and working out, and maybe, at some point in the future, it can be something I look into.

Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition premiered last Monday, and the reason I’m writing about it 6 days later is because last night, I had a dream that I had undergone an excess skin removal surgery.  Chris Powell, the host of the show, was in my dream, always standing off in the distance, arms crossed, never saying anything.  The dream began with some doctors removing bandages and gauze, and then inviting me to look at my new body in the mirror.  I look in the mirror, and my entire body is covered is criss-crossing scars and stitches.  I look like the baby that Frankenstein’s monster and a jigsaw puzzle would have.  The doctor tells me that it all went according to plan and was a complete success.  I notice there are even scars and stitches on parts of my body that didn’t have excess skin, like my hands.

The doctors say that there are people who are eager to see me, so I should go through the door at the other end of the room.  I open the door, and all of a sudden I’m in my condo, standing in my living room, and there’s 20 or 30 other people in there.  There are bright lights pointed directly at me, blinding me, so I can’t see else is in the room, except I do notice Chris Powell weaving his way through the crowd, arms crossed, silent.  It’s quiet, and in the silence I notice that my body feels tight, and I somehow come to understand that if I make any sudden movements, I’ll break open some stitches, and then all the other stitches will unravel, and my entire skin will fall off me, onto a pile on the floor.  This scares the shit out of me, so I want to get out of the room and out of the lights, but I can’t move.  My feet feel nailed to the floor.  The doctors are nowhere to be found.  Then, I realize that it’s not quiet anymore, and the room is slowly filling up with the sounds of laughter.  People laughing at me, whispering amongst themselves, cackling and giggling, and it escalates, getting louder and louder, and the lights seem to get brighter and brighter, until I can’t see anything and all I can hear is the vicious laughter of what sounds like hundreds and hundreds of people.

Dream over.

I’ve been awoken by my nightmares before, but I didn’t wake up after this one.  In the morning, though, I was able to recall it without any hesitation.

I’m not a big dream analyzer.  But I know it’s a fun thing to discuss – so if any of you want to take a crack at deciphering what it means, than please have at it in the comments section.

In the meantime, I’m gonna go for a run.

Keep it up, David!

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7 Responses to Surgery Dream

  1. Elizabeth Tudhope says:

    I think it means – keep focusing on the weight loss and don’t give another thought to surgery for excess skin!

  2. Jess says:

    I too was wondering about how they just glossed over the surgery! I did NOT like that one bit!

  3. Debra McDowell says:

    When I have weird dreams that I remember I go to the dream dictionary. I look up what parts stood out in my dreams. Sometimes the analysis is interesting. Here is some of what I found :
    To dream that you have stitches, represent your responsibility in keeping and holding a situation or relationship together. You fear that this situation or relationship is falling apart and it is up to you to mend it. Consider also the symbolism of where the stitches are on the body for additional significance.
    If you are being laughed at, then it indicates your insecurities and fears of not being accepted.

    To hear evil, demonic laughing in your dream, represents feelings of humiliation and/or helplessness. You feel that someone is working against you

    To see slow, difficult movement in your dream, indicates a fear of failure. Something is holding you back and preventing you to take chances

    To see light in your dream, represents illumination, clarity, guidance, plain understanding, and insight. Light is being shed on a once cloudy situation or problem. You have found the truth to a situation or an answer to a problem. Also consider the color of the light for additional significance.

    If the light is particularly bright, then it indicates that you need to move toward a higher level of awareness and feeling.

    Hope this helps some. 🙂
    You have really done great on your weight lose journey. Keep it up, David!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Vivid dreams are a result of good serotonin production in the body. IMHO the topics for me always seem to be on whatever I’ve been thinking or ideas that have crossed my experiences. So it just means you’re healthy and having good sleep.

  5. Nurse Karen says:

    Jennifer’s right and dreaming is also a way for the brain to assimulate new data. I wouldn’t worry about excess skin or dimples or whatever. What matters is your health and undergoing surgery for vanity is not healthy. I’ve seen too many instances of scar tissue that looks unsightly & is often painful as well. Anyone who does not love you: for ALL of you, is not worth having as part of any intimacy in your life. You’re young, so your skin will tighten as you tone. You’re emphasis on fruits & veggies will see to that, as well as incorporating Omega-Three Happy Foods such as halibut, sardines, herring, salmon, Pacific Red Snapper, walnuts, flax seeds, and your yummy kale chips, into your diet. You’re doing so well!

  6. Nurse Karen says:

    I should add the caveat that surgery to repair burn victims, accident survivors, etc., is not so much vanity as for psychological health, too. Having no nose or lips is way different surgery to consider compared to that for treating some loose skin. Although I have seen cases of such excess skin that severe complications from fungal & bacterial infections arose. Every case is unique and to be addressed as such. Interesting topic!
    All I know for sure is we worry too much about looks; really, your true friends love you for your Inner Person, your Spirit…which is Joyous! Keep it UP, David!

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