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Surgeon TestimonialCharles Bollman, M.D.*Note Dr. Bollman and Dr. Stevens did the surgery together. Dr. Stevens was my primary surgeon for aftercare.*rnrn Dr. Stevens is small in stature. Not intimidating. Dr. Stevens was very up front about the risks of the surgery and that this has to be a life style change. Also stressing that this shouldn't be a decision that one should consider lightly.The two doctors (Dr. Charles Bollman and Dr. Scott Stevens) that do this surgery at Geary County Community Hospital in Junction City KS; are truly dedicated to making the morbid obese person's life longer and more productive. These two doctors were doing this long before others jumped on the money making band wagon. They both show the precise amount of knowledge, care and compassion to make every patient feel like their only patient. I would rate these doctors 20 on a scale of 1-10. I would not intrust my life in the hands of any other doctor('s) for this procedure. I also have to note that Eileen (Dr. Boleman's nurse) and Karla (Dr. Steven's nurse) are awesome as well. I call Karla my angel, she is the earthiest, kindest, most soft spoken, gentlest, giving, beautiful, loving spirit I have ever known. There is nothing she would not do for her patients. I am confident that all will go well with my surgery, because I could not, in my opinion; be in better care anywhere else with anyone else. I know we aren't suppose to rate excellent on everything. But honestly I cannot think of anything negative to say about the doctors or their staff.rnrnrn**This is my insurance info**rnrnAetna, PPOrnI actually changed insurance from Coventry Health (HMO) to Aetna PPO in January 2003. Coventry would not pay for this surgery, they deem it \"cosmetic surgery\". It is amazing to me how many insurance companies are so ignorant still of the plight of the morbidly obese. Or maybe they just don't care. Probably they just don't care. Well, I switched to Aetna PPO as soon as possible, which was the beginning of the year, because they do pay for this surgery. I had a co worker that had the surgery in 2000 and she had Aetna PPO. So, I knew I would be okay with this insurance. I couldn't believe they turned me down on my first application. They had a new clause in the plan. Not only did you have to be 100 pounds overweight and have a doctor deem this medically neccesary; but you have to within the previous 2 years have 6 months of doctor supervised weight loss and excercise program. So, even though I had been fighting my weight my entire life, and had tried every diet and excercise program under the sun. I still had not had what they wanted. So, they denied me. Well, long story short. I got them on appeal with a technicality. Since I switched insurance at the beginning of the year there was a delay getting authorized for surgery. This new clause went into effect January 17th, so on appeal we contested that I had tried to get authorization prior to the new clause. I guess they felt that was the case because shortly after my appeal I got approval. So, for anyone else that has Aetna PPO bottom line is YOU MUST BE 100 POUNDS OVERWEIGHT, HAVE A DOCTOR DEEM SURGERY A MEDICAL NECCESSITY, AND HAVE 6 MONTHS OF DOCTOR OVERSEEN DIET AND EXCERCISE IN THE PREVIOUS 2 YEARS BEFORE SUBMITTING FOR SURGERY. Hope this helps someone else. Actually, I am glad that in the end they are paying.~ rn
- Books & Literature - I love reading! I like just about any kind of books (except sports..lol).
- Computers & Internet - I'm on the computer a lot, but I'm not very literate. I'm learning constantly.
- Travel - I haven't traveled much in the past. But that's going to change!! :-D
- Theater - I love our community theater and try to catch every show with my sis.
- Meeting People - I always enjoy meeting new people with common interests.
- Parenting - I have two boys 7 & 9 and I can always use parental feedback raising them.
- Walking - I try to walk as much as I can. It's a great feeling to be able to walk again.
- Spanish - My family is from Spain, so I'm trying to learn the language.
- BMI over 50 - Mine was much higher before WLS, would like to meet others with the same.
- WLS Grads - I am now 3 1/2 years out and it's a struggle. I like the commraderie of grads.
7 Weeks Out and Feeling Good-July 15th, 2003 on July 15, 2003 12:00 am
July 15th, 2003....Weight 334
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Hello everyone. I am doing fine. I had my 6 wk check up a week ago today. My weight was 334. That is down 20 pounds since my 2 week check up. Dr. Stevens said he would like to see me lose a 100 pounds my first 6 months. He thinks this is reasonable for me and the weight I started at. So, I guess that means by the end of the year that should be my goal. I think I can do it, as it is so far my weight loss has been averaging 5 pounds a week. Sometimes, I wonder if I'm eating too much though. I haven't thrown up ever, nor have I ever felt really full and miserable, haven't dumped either..not pushing that one for sure! But, I can sit down with like a tv dinner and first eat the meat for the protein and then almost finish the potatoes and the vegtable. I guess they aren't very big anymore. Not like when we were kids..lol. My sister and I will be celebrating our 40th birthday in 11 days. I'm excited. This will be a great birthday for the two of us. It's like every other birthday I think I need to lose weight before another birthday passes. And, I never did in the past. This year there really is eternal hope on the horizon. I can't wait to have some new photos taken of my sis and I. We both got our hair cut off recently. She had 13inches cut off and I had 10inches cut off. We really look identical now. It's fun. Another thing I have to voice which is really profound to me is that all my life I have yo-yo'd with my weight so I have a closet full of different size clothes. I never gave away stuff that got too big. I guess subconsiously I knew I may need them again someday. Well, recently I got rid of a bunch of clothes that are too big on me now. That was such a freeing, awesome feeling. For the first time in my life knowing that I will never, ever again wear those sizes. What a feeling! I hope someday that each of you can know what that feeling is like. God Bless all my brothers and sisters! Toodles~
A New Meaning to Independance Day-July 5th, 2003 on July 5, 2003 12:00 am
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|July 5th, 2003....
Hi Everyone, it's been a long time since my last update. Not a lot going on. I haven't weighed so I don't know how much I've lost. I go to the doctor July 8th for my 6wk check up. I'll weigh in then and see how much I've lost. My clothes are feeling looser. And today I went to see a movie at the movie theater and fit in the seat. Damn, that felt good. It has been way too long since I've fit into those seats. I have been kinda depressed though. I don't really know why. It's just something I haven't been able to kick recently. I was walking through the mall today after the matinee and these guys started laughing when I walked by. I got really mad and said some things I wouldn't normally say to them. I was so disappointed in myself for letting their ignorance get to me. But, I guess right now I'm fragile. I had an epiphany why I'm fragile after that happened. It's because after everything I've been through with WLS and recovery; mentally I feel like I weigh 125 pounds. I have more energy and just feel better. And, then something like that happens and it reminds me that I'm still super morbidly obese. That just brings my chin down. And, I shouldn't even be griping. I know there are many people out there that are fighting for their lives right now with the insurance companies. So, I need to just get over it and be patient. Okay, I'm going to close for now. I'll say an extra prayer tonight for all my WLS friends.~