5/10/2007: 246lbs - 104lbs to lose!!!!
5/17/2007: 225lbs -21lbs
5/24/2007: 223lbs -2lbs
6/7/2007: 213lbs - 4lbs
6/14/2007: 211lbs - 2lbs
6/21/2007: 208lbs - 3lbs
6/28/2007: 203lbs - 5lbs
7/5/2007: 201lbs - 2lbs
7/12/2007: 199lbs - 2lbs
7/19/2007: 193lbs - 7lbs
7/26/2007: 191lbs - 2lbs
8/2/2007: 191lbs - My first stall, arrgghhh!!!!
8/9/2007: 185lbs - 6lbs
8/16/2007: 182lbs - 3lbs
8/23/2007: 178lbs - 4lbs
8/30/2007: 178lbs - My second stall, arrgghhh!!!!
9/6/2007: 174lbs - 4lbs
9/13/2007: 173lbs - 1lb
9/20/2007: 171lbs - 2lbs
9/27/2007: 169lbs - 3lbs
10/4/2007: 166lbs - 3lbs
10/11/2007: 166lbs - Another stall!!!
10/18/2007: 162lbs - 4lbs yipee!!!
10/25/2007: 159lbs -3lbs
11/1/2007: 159lbs - Another stall, I have to stop eating Hot Tamales!!!
6/19/2008: 132lbs - Below my goal weight yippee!!!
I am almost 40 years old, have been overweight for at least the last 10 years, and need, want, gotta have WLS. I am tired, (literally) of life passing me by because of my weight. I hurt from the minute I get up until I go to bed at night. There has to be more to life than this. I have tried to be proactive, and have contacted my insurance company to see what the requirements are. I have UHC, and from what I've heard so far everyone loves them or hates them. I have really bad asthma, and have been hospitlized several times, and insurance has been great about that, but I'm not so sure about WLS. When I called this week I was told the surgery is covered, but the rep couldn't tell me what the criteria is. I am considered obese by my bmi, but besides my asthma, I am a healthy fat person. Go figure. I am grateful that I am as healthy as I am considering my weight, but I feel like I am dying. I will try again on Monday with the Ins Co., and hope to get to the next seminar at Scottsdale Bariatric. Wish me Luck:-)
I have a Dr's appt on Friday with my PCP for my letter of referal. I have talked to him in the past about my weight issues, and he is aware of the stress and pressure's in my life. I've been on WW for the last several years, and have never been able to make it to my 10% goal, so I am really hoping he will be supportive and write my letter of necessity for me. I have signed up for Dr. Blackstone's seminar on 8/27, and am excited to get this process going.
I saw my PCP today, and let him know that I need a referal for WLS and he said that my insurance didn't require a referal (UHC), and I said maybe they didn't, but the paperwork I received from Dr. Blackstone's office requires one, and he said I didn't need it again, so it really sounds like he's not all that supportive of my decision. I will continue on in spite of him, and hopefully if Dr. Blackstone's office absolutely has to have it, I will find a way to get it from him. On a different note, the last time I weighed myself I was 240, and today I weighed in at 232. Interesting......
Well, I received a call from my PCP today following up on all the bloodwork I had done last week. Well low and behold, I have a thyroid disorder. Seems like I've been trying to explain to him how hard I try, and how tired and miserable and achy I've been. Now I don't feel like such a failure. He is going to put me on a regimen of thyroid meds, and he also said he will write me the LOM necessity for my Bariatric surgeon. Isn't it terrible to thank God that there's finally something tangible holding me back from losing the excess weight that I need too? I feel vindicated, and I think he feels bad for the way he made me feel at my last visit. I have decided to fly to LAS for a WLS seminar for a DR that did my friends surgery. We both work for the same company, so we have the same insurance and he was on the table 3 weeks from the time he started his WL journey. I'm so jealous, I just want to get this done and over with, so I can start on being healthy and living a normal life. With the drama going on in Dr Blackstone's office, even if I do get approved quickly, who knows how long it will take to get my surgery scheduled. I would much rather stay here in AZ, and I would love to have SBC do my surgery, but there's a chance my insurance will change for next year, so if I have to get it done in LAS, that's what I will do.
The surgeons office from the LAS seminar that I went to last week called and gave me some disappointing news. She said that I would have to provide a 5 year weight history, and that I would need to have been morbidly obese for the last 5 years. Does that make any sense to anyone????? I've been heavy for the last 9 years, and been morbidly obese for the last 2 1/2, I can't wait another 3 years to get this surgery.....
Went to Dr. Blackstone's seminar today, and was very impressed. She is very passionate about what she does, and really seems to care about people. Although I think it will be a fight with my insurance company to get approved. I am definite that I've made the right decision with Dr Blackstone. Let the fighting begin!!!!
I mailed my packet into the office today, it say's on the SBC website that it can take a couple of weeks so hopefully I will be able to update with more news by the end of the month.
Terri from SBC called today, and my appointment is on the 25th of October. I am very excited about this. I know this is only the first step in a long process, but it makes me feel like I'm moving forward. I'm scared also that I won't get approved, but I know in my heart this is the right thing to do, and I know God will lead the way.
10/25/2006 - I had my first appt today with SBC, very busy morning, but got quite a lot accomplished. I took my psychological test, had my psychological evalutaion with Dr Messer, met with the nutrionist Cassie, and met with Randy the NP. Oh, can't forget the financial meeting just to make sure I understand what the costs might be. Everybody today said I would be an excellent candidate, so it's off to insurance for approval. That can take from 2 to 4 weeks, so it's all about waiting right now. I'm so excited that this first part is over with, and very excited the SBC had such a great aftercare program.
11/16/2006 - OMG, I talked to my insurance company yesterday (UHC), and they said I have been APPROVED!!! I even asked the nice lady to repeat that for me, and she said yes, you have been approved. I'm so excited I don't know what to do. I called Freda at SBC, and she said she had to get the official word from UHC, so she will call me today to let me know what the next step is......YEAH BABY, I'm gonna be a "loser" too......
11/27/2006-OMG, I finally have a date!!! 3/21/2007 I am scheduled to be a loser....I am SO EXCITED....Everything I've hoped and worked for is finally coming true.....