Updates. I got my eye surgery date moved. I had surgery on 12-4-04 and the next day I was seeing 20/20!!! What a blessing to not wear glasses anymore. I am loving it.
Cori center has still not returned my call. I've called again and just got an answering machine, which they never returned my call from that either. Maybe they just have so many patients that they don't need me, I don't know but it does turn me off!!
I had my orientation at McLaren in Flint today.... and I guess I have to eat crow, because I've always said I would rather die than go to McLaren (had a bad experience with the one in Lapeer); but I've got to say I was IMPRESSED!! They were so friendly and they had answers to all my questions before I asked them. Most of the information was in hand out format, all the risks and benefits of WLS, a surgery check list, and prices for all non-surgical things (ie. psyc. eval, nutrition assessment, etc.)
McLaren uses the Opti-Fast liquid diet for six weeks prior to surgery, and they go over what that costs as well. FYI it will cost me $120 a week for those six weeks. I thought it was kind of high, but then we considered the fact that I won't need "food" during that time, and we won't be eating "out" either. So actually it will only be an extra $40 - 60 a week. That's not pocket change to us, but it is worth it to me and I'll just have to tighten the "budget belt".
So I have my psyc.eval scheduled for 12-27-04 and my nutrition assessment will be right after the eval (that will be a long day) I'm excited, and scared! I'm sure they will tell me I have "food issues" duh!!! Like I don't know that. But I just don't want to get into my "childhood" and did my father love me and that kind of psyco babble!
At least today I feel like I've accomplished something towards getting a surgery date. It is a good feeling!!! Wish Cori would call me back, just so I can tell them, they were too late and I went elsewhere! (yes, I have a mean streak in me, I know that too!)
I went for my psyc. eval. yesterday. It went well, I guess. Wasn't anywhere near as bad as I thought. The lady was prompt and told me that we'd be done in 1/2 the time - and we were!! After the first of the year I'll call back for my report.
I also saw the dietician. She was wonderful. Gave me some homework to do over the next two weeks until I see her again.
1. Eat three meals a day ( I hardly ever eat breakfast, so this is going to be difficult for me to do. )
2. Drink 48 oz of water a day. I usually only get in 24 oz or so, but I can do this one pretty easy. It's just a matter of being aware of the need to drink more.
3. Keep a food journal, including the time I eat, the amount, and the estimated calories.
I also was started on vitamins. I'm not a pill taker at ALL!!! So this one is very difficult. I bought them last night, and already forgot to take them this morning!
She gave me a lot of information on how to stay on a 1200 cal diet. Including restaurant info., shopping tips, and meal prep tips.
Next step is to follow up with psy. after that clearance is given then I see the surgeon and then get my complete physical and any other clearances needed.
The only clearance I might need is sleep study, so I'm going to request one from my PCP now instead of waiting a month. I go see the PCP on Jan. 5th.
I obtained a copy of my medical records and was very shocked at how LITTLE the doctor put in my records. A lot of my complaints have not been noted at all!! So, I'm going to have to "persuade" him to include more information in my medical records!!!