- Name: Kym B.
- Username: eddiesgirlkym
- Location: Lawrenceburg, TN, USA
- Member Since: 8/20/2006
- BMI: 18.6
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (12/11/06)
- Surgeon: Hugh Houston
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Surgeon TestimonialHugh HoustonI met Dr. Houston for the second time during my surgery consultation on 11/01/06. What really impressed me was his interest in me personally. When he walked in I was reading a National Geographic article on the deepest cave in the world and I told him I was just reading about something I was in love with. He asked me what and we proceeded to have a ten minute conversation about caving. Then he said, \"Well, I guess we need to talk about surgery, huh?\" It was great to feel that he truly was interested in not just my surgery but in me as a person. He explained everything to my husband in detail and answered all our questions. His staff is awesome, very sweet and polite and genuinely interested in me. The office have a great aftercare program and support services so I feel I am in great hands. Dr. Houston explained the risks of the surgery very matter of factly. I can honestly say that the only thing I didn't like, and this is so minor it's almost a nothing, was that he did get a call during our session and seemed to lose his train of thought when he came back. But he had already answered all our questions so it was not upsetting or anything. Overall, I would have to rate Dr. Houston at a 9.75...pretty darn great!!! I truly feel that both surgical competence and bedside manner are almost equal in importance as far as making someone feel good about their choice and I really do feel good! I feel that I am in the best program I could be in!
- Books & Literature - Anything scary, Flannery O'Connor, Richard Laymon, Alice Hoffman
- Family & Friends - Husband of 9 years, Eddie. Daughter, Savannah, 7, light of my life!
- Fitness & Exercise - I love hiking. My goal is to hike every National Park...I've done 4.
- Pets - A spoiled cat, Rascal; 3 labs, Persnickety, Lonesome, Jiggles; 3 fish
- Board Games & Puzzles - Anyone else out there absolutely addicted to Sudoku...it's ridiculous how I am!
- Education - B.S. in Sociology, working on Master's in Criminal Justice...1 yr. to go!
- Mary Kay - On again, off again for many years. Currently on.
- Paranormal Research and Investigations - Have I mentioned I love anything scary...I have approx. 2000 books on this.
- WLS in your 30's - I wish I had started this so much earlier, but hey, I'm still young!
- Ceramic Painting - I really want to start my own shop someday...if I ever have the moola!
Is it over yet? on July 23, 2008 1:05 am
Well, one more surgery in May...oh Lord let it be over. Got my picc line out last week and will be on oral antibiotics for the rest of my life.
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My back is straight but scarred up like crazy!
My mom passed away in April and then the last surgery happened so I have just not been able to bring myself to blog until now.
Lucky to be Alive...and with a straight back! on March 10, 2008 2:26 am
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Well, I had my surgery and it nearly killed me. I got the MRSA virus and had to have emergency surgery on January 9th. The surgeon told us that if Eddie had not got me to the hospital when he did, one more day and I would have died. He told me that the only reason I was still alive was because I was young and healthy. Wow, talk about a life-changing event! I have still not wrapped my mind around that I nearly died. I spent a week in ICU and a month in the hospital in Memphis. Eddie missed an entire month of work and we have over a million in medical bills but I don't care because I am happy to be alive! Many horrible things happened in the hospital that I will write about later, maybe...maybe I will just let them go. I had a third surgery a little before I was released. I was supposed to get to go home a week earlier than I did but they discovered I had broken ribs after I kept complaining of constant side pain. I was injured during surgery when they flipped me because I had lost so much weight, I had no protection. From the time of the first surgery to the time I was entered back on Jan. 9, I had lost thirty pounds.
Now, I weigh 122 and that is with 8 pounds of steel in my back. I gained nearly three inches in height so I am slightly underweight but I know it will come back...I don't want to gain a lot back but five pounds would be good. I like wearing 4's but 6's were just as fun! LOL!!!
Anyway, I get very tired very easily now and am struggling...they let me come back to school even though I had missed a whole months so I will still graduate this summer....woooohooooo!!!!
I will post more later...let me catch my breath!
Awesome News...Good and Bad...I'll... on September 26, 2007 9:28 pm
NOTE: For those of you who don't know my back issues, let me briefly explain that I have kyphosis, otherwise called humpback. No matter how hard I stand straight, my back will not cooperate. It caused extreme pain pretty much 24/7 and compromises my lung function. Okay, on with the update.
I'm baaaaacccckkkk....lol, got back in late this evening with lots to report. The doctor I met with is amazing. He did his entire fellowship in kyphosis surgery and he is one of the best in the country. He actually asked me not to advertise because he has so many surgeries he can't keep up.!! Talk about a definite vote of confidence. He measured my curvature and it is...are you ready...90 DEGREES!!!! Yep, I have a turn not a curve! He showed me my xrays and said that, as my other docs have said, my "Plumb line", ie posture, is PERFECT!!!! Yep, he said I had absolute perfect posture and that everything was lined up the way it was supposed to be but the curvature in my back was just not letting me be straight. He said it was definitely the reason I hurt 24/7 as my muscles are straining to hold me upright. He said my lower back was wonderful, perfect, NO lordosis, which is a huge relief since I really thought I had lower lordosis as well. He said I have absolutely no osteoporosis...wonderful! Best of all...he said he can give me a wonderful correction! He showed me before and after xrays for a guy my height, weight (he was a little heavier but close) and degree of curvature and the difference was unbelievable. Lynn started crying she got so excited! He also told me that this was a genetic issue that nothing could have helped...bracing would NOT have stopped this and he said it was NOT cosmetic but necessary as the curvature is to the point that one more degree and my lungs will start to be compressed and my breathing compromised. He will only have to do one cut, posteriorly, NO bone harvesting, and he uses steel rods so the screws don't come out like they can with titanium.
Now for the bad news, when we got there we found out that they are out of network for my insurance. They said I had to had $350 today and the out of pocket would be a total of $7200, UPFRONT. I lost it, started crying and said I knew it was too good to be true. Lynn paid fifty down on today, we called the referring office and they were so sorry. They had been misinformed. I talked to the referring doctor and he said, after apologizing, that there WAS another doctor in Nashville that can do the surgery and is good, but he said if it was his mother, sister, or daughter, he wouldn't dream of sending me anywhere but Memphis to this doctor. That carries a lot of weight. Lynn and I felt that I needed to be there withthat doctor so I just leveled with him and said, hey I'm broke, what do I do. He said, for what this is worth and what it means, that I needed to do what I could and we would not let money keep me from having this surgery. So I came home with this in mind...I am going to start selling everything I can...furniture, my Ford Taurus, my blue van, as much of my clothing that I can, huge yard sale, my parents are donating stuff, Lynn is donating stuff...every spare penny will go to the "straighten Kym's back fund"...my Dad even suggested starting an online donation site where my family, if any would do this, could go and donate online. We are all putting our head together so if any of you have any ideas, please let me know. Of course, I am going to ask my church for help and I am going to ask the charity I volunteer for if they can help any. I am hoping that there is some kind of hospitality house my family can stay in while I am in the hospital in Memphis. I will be at Baptist Women's Hospital in Memphis and we are looking at December after my school semester is over. I will be in the hospital about five days, in a brace for 8 weeks. I won't have to do physical therapy. I can have a baby in one year if we choose. No roller coasters or theme rides for five years so I have to figure out what to do about getting my 8 year old to DisneyWorld before she is too old...we promised her this year but you guys know how finances have been. We bought the tickets with income taxes and we have a place to stay but we would have to get the gas money and food money. I know it sounds nuts to worry about this when I have to come up with surgery money but my daughter has been promised this for years and I just can't see her waiting five more years. Even if she has to go without me...I don't know...I'll pray on this of course.
Well, I know this is a very long post but I wanted to update all you guys and share the mixed news. If anyone has any ideas on more ways to raise some money, please send them my way. I ask all of you to please pray for this to happen in my life. The constant pain is getting so hard to bear and the doctor said that while he cannot end all the back pain, he can relieve about 80% of it and that is HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reaching My Surgeon's Goal Weight...10 to go on... on September 20, 2007 5:50 am
Well, last week, I reached my surgeon's goal of 150 pounds...Yeah...I have just ten more pounds to reach my own personal goal of 140. Now I need to start finding out if plastics will be a possibility. I am to the point that I really feel that the skin is what is still hanging around, literally, my midsection. My thighs are bugging me too but the scars are so bad from that surgery that I don't think I would do it...or my arms. I don't really want my boobs any bigger but I sure wouldn't mind having them back in the right place, lol!!!!
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I am going to see a surgeon in Memphis about my back. He is the only one in Tennessee that we have found that specializes in the correction of adult kyphosis. I am excited but scared at the same time...I guess part of my worry is that he will tell me he can't do anything but I know this won't happen and even if it did, there are other doctors out there. But since this is his speciality, I have high hopes.
I have been really sick this last month or so. I kept having those attacks that felt like heart issues so I had to have exploratory surgery and the surgeon found that scar tissue had wrapped around and twisted my bowels. Then I got dehydrated and ended up in the hospital on an iv. Once I finally got home, I stayed so sick for days but I am finally feeling better. I ended up missing the first three weeks of school because of all this so I have been working really hard to make up the reading and the few assignments I had missed.
I went to a really wonderful conference in the end of July and I ended up joining the committee for next year but now I am worried I won't be able to devote the time to this it deserves. With school getting so intense the closer to graduation I get, and with the Girl Scouts and trying to volunteer at the food bank...whew, I am stretched pretty thin...but I will just do what I can.
Well, it's been nine months since my surgery and I have lost over 130 pounds since surgery and over 160 from my highest weight! I am pretty proud and realize that even though I have setbacks, like digging into my daughter's candy stash, I have to look at the bigger picture. Yeah, I ate five gummy crabby patties, but last year, I would have ate the whole bag. Yeah, I've done stupid things like this several times this past nine months, but I have still lost 160 pounds and now I realize what is happening a lot sooner and stop myself way before I used to so it is only getting easier and easier to control. The picture I am about to post is the perfect culmination of this journey so far...Savannah and me in a pair of my capris from summer of last year...the ones I wore to the seminar!
The day that changed my life forever!
So Much Catching Up to Do! on July 23, 2007 10:10 pm
Well, this is what I get for taking so long between posting. I have tons to report! Let's see...I went to Las Vegas...it was fun but not what I expected. I loved meeting some new friends and that was wonderful...and I loved meeting Dolly and SM...too great...but Vegas was not what I was expecting in many ways. I didn't find something around every corner...it's not what you see on tv...you have to walk everywhere! And, this is confusing, confounding, and if you don't know me well, you may not need to read this...I found myself the brunt of another person's ill will and I have no idea why. I try to be nice to everyone...you guys know me...so I don't understand why this person took a dislike to me and decided to be just pure ugly to me the entire time, but it made me vow not to ever put myself in that situation again. Enough said! For the country fans out there...I met Marty Stuart!!! He is a doll baby in person just like on CMT!
Okay, next big thing...attended the Losing to Live conference this weekend. When I got there...I found out that not only had I received a scholarship to pay for the conference, but an anonymous donor paid for my hotel as well. I had prayed the entire time on how I was going to find the money to pay for this and God answered my prayers! Just like in Vegas....when an angel paid for my dinner at Postrio...someone was taking care of me again. Money has been so tight, well, let's face it, it is nonexistant...so if not for the kindness of others...I wouldn't be doing anything. And God knows I am struggling! Ever since I hit this six month mark...I want to shove all the wrong things in my mouth. Like tonight....went to support group here in Lawrenceburg, came home and ate some Oreos!!!! What the hey is up with that...but by admitting it here and facing the demons...I know I can overcome them. And finding out I am not the only one to face this stuff is so helpful...I have decided to go back to protein shakes for a few days to detox myself and get rid of the crappy carbs that keep me wanting more. I know it's hard but I am NOT ever going back to the life I thought I was living before!
Well...other than being on the verge of bankruptcy...but still being blessed by angels around me...life is pretty much the same...just expanding!!!!
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Too Much Exercise!!!??? on June 10, 2007 12:21 am
Well, I had my six month check-up on Thursday. Everything is looking good. I am now 189 pounds and even though that is 33 pounds less than at three months, I have been stuck for two months. Dr. Houston said not to worry about this, that I am still ahead of schedule and that the weight will start dropping again. I have lost 71% of my excess body weight, which means that even if I don't lose another pound, I am still considered a success. On a funny note, I had to see Jamie, the exercise physiologist and learned that I am exercising TOO MUCH!!! Is that not hilarious?? I have been doing around an hour and a half of cardio and doing both upper and lower body strength training every day. Turns out I need to keep the cardio at no more than one hour a day and I need to alternate upper and lower body weights. I also need to count my lunges and squats as weights. Also, when she found out I am doing six to seven days a week, she said to cut down to five to six...that if I kept up at the pace I am going, my body will eventually just refuse to work for me the way it should. I first thought that was crazy but then she explained that we ALL need some days off now and then so it made more sense. Overall, I had a really good day. I ended up just doing some really light housework and a few minutes of walking that day and I took Friday off. I wasn't feeling tiptop so I was glad to be able to do it without feeling guilty. This morning, I got up bright and early and walked four miles in one hour. It feels so good to be able to do a fifteen minute mile and still feel good when I'm done. Actually, the route I take is a little over a mile so by the time I finish it turns out to be about 4.5 miles.
Now for some different news. Now that I have lost so much weight, my hopes that my back curve would improve have not come true. It is obvious now that my curvature is like hip bones, without the fat, it sticks out even more. I can't ly on the floor to work on my abs, I can't do a lot of the exercises I want to, including pilates, and the pain is getting worse and worse, excrutiating, every day. So I finally made the leap and talked to my PCP about it and he agrees that I have achieved the health I have never had before and that it is time to pursue this. We had a setback with insurance because they wouldn't pay for the second MRI I need...I needed both a lumbar and a thorasic one but they would only pay for the lumbar one. I just had one last year but no doc in Nashville will see me without a new one. So my PCP said he will send me on to a surgeon with the new MRI and hopefully they will have better luck pushing the second MRI through...or that they won't even need that one once they get me in and do x-rays. I don't know the degree of curvature but I think it is nearly 80 degrees.
I am so excited about the possibility of correcting this! After a lifetime of being called humpback and quasimodo...to actually be straight. My doc says that I have excellent posture but it doesn't show because of the curve. So anyway, anyone reading this, please pray for me to get my surgery. It will be a hard recovery but I am ready!
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Maslow Would Be Proud! on May 28, 2007 10:34 pm
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Just last week, a friend of mine who I had not seen for a few weeks picked me up for a quick ride to a neighboring town. When I opened her car door to get in I was immediately greeted with an amazed, "Oh my God, you look so good!" I just laugh and ask her if it had really been that long since she'd seen me.
Today, I am shopping with my 8 year old daughter for some desperately needed shorts for her and a good quality pore minimizer for me. I present my debit card to the cashier. It's the kind with my picture on it...one taken in 2001...when it's renewed, they just send out a new card with the same picture on it. The cashier looks at the card, looks at me, and says, "Well, you sure look different." And there it is, my first opportunity to present the picture I have been carrying around in my purse for months to a total stranger. My "before" picture of me at a miserable 316 pounds. After many more, "you look greats", she actually comes around the counter and hugs me. We have never met before yet she wants to hug me.
This is becoming a regular occurrence for me, the shocked looks, and the amazed guffaws. I am grateful, don't get me wrong, but at the same time I find myself unable to really take in the applause. I have been robbing myself of this joy with my own self-depreciation.
Five months ago, on December 11, 2006, I took a radical step toward good health for the first time in my life. I had open gastric bypass surgery. It was not, contrary to much popular opinion, the easy way out of a life of obesity. It was in fact, and remains so, the hardest thing I have even done. This journey makes childbirth seem like a summer picnic. The pain was horrendous and I spent the first month crying and wishing I could take it all back and reverse the surgery. The next two months were spent battling constant nausea and learning how to eat in a completely new way. The very notion that this was the easy way out is an affront to my psyche.
I did not enter into the decision to rearrange my insides lightly. I was originally one of the naysayers that looked at it as the easy way out...the quitter's choice. I used to tape a show on the Discovery Channel every morning titled, "I Lost It" but I would always delete the ones with surgery patients. I wanted to see the ones who did it the "right" way...the way I just knew I could do it if I only tried hard enough. I did all the standards, all the gurus plans, bought thousands of dollars worth of books, workout tapes, makeover plans, diet pills, you name it, I bought it...and I followed them, religiously. I would lose a few pounds, feel hopeful, and then nothing more would happen other than gaining it all back plus more. But this is not about the same old tired story we have all heard, this is about an awakening and realization of self that comes after the fact.
Today, just over five months since surgery, I have lost a total of 122 pounds since my highest weight. I still have 40 to lose to reach the goal weight set by my surgeon. I have done fabulous. I am far ahead of schedule and am already considered a success by my bariatric surgeon. So why am I so hard on myself? Why am I not happy?
I recently spent part of the day with my best friend. I was complaining about the "pooch" in the middle of my belly. My lower belly doesn't have it, just the upper belly and it drives me nuts. It's perfectly normal and most women who have had children have at least a slight pooch, even the tiny women, but for some reason, I was looking at this anatomical oddity as a sign of failure. My friend reminded me of a conversation we had last year..."Remember when you first started talking about surgery and what your goal size was..." I had forgotten. "16," she reminds me. What???? That's the size I am currently in, and leaning quickly toward the 14's ...but I am not at my goal!!! Her point of course was that I should already feel successful.
So, again, why am I so hard on myself? I sit on my couch and feel guilty because I did not exercise but for a fifteen minute walk today. I have a perfectly valid reason...Aunt Martha came to visit and brought particularly heavy luggage this month...but I can't see that as a reason. I have been diligent with exercise lately, getting in at least five days a week, usually six or seven, but this missing one day is driving me crazy. I have the expected excess skin beginning to sag on my upper thighs and my upper arms. I have been toning and toning but nothing is going to help this skin. Or so I think...keep in mind, I am only five months out. I am sitting here, playing with the skin on my arms and thinking...what can I do...okay, I have to up the toning, make absolutely sure I ingest no carbs except for the tablespoon per meal of green beans I enjoy...I decide on only the leanest proteins. All things for the most part I have done...I have done!!!!!! In the back of my mind, I realize that this is ridiculous, that I should be proud that I am exercising regularly instead of beating myself up over one missed day. But these self-destructive thoughts are having their way with me for the moment.
My daughter pads into the room, sleepy eyed, to tell me she is getting a glass of water. On her way back to bed she mumbles, "Love you Mommy" before leaving. It is a wondrous shock to my heart, a sudden epiphany-creating moment.
I AM DOING FINE! I have some skin to deal with at just five months...so what. I am doing fine. I am not a size 6...so what. I am doing fine. I may end up with saggy thighs...so what. I am doing fine!!!!!! I have a husband who adores me and finds me sexy at any weight...who actually worries I'll lose too many of my curves. I have an intelligent, loving, giving child who sees me as the center of her universe. I am intelligent; I have a college degree and am not far from a Master's. I have friends who love me and would walk through fire for me. I have family who have supported me and shown me fierce love. I have parents who make me proud to be their child.
I am doing not just fine, I am PHENOMENAL!!!!!
I realize that I am the same as nearly every other woman. We never feel as if we are good enough...our arms are too jiggly, our thighs are too big, our stomachs are never flat enough. I watch workout shows on television and think how nice it would be to be them...but I have no idea what they really think of themselves. Now, I play back a recorded workout and notice that even the toned goddess leading the class has a little upper arm jiggle...my God, could this be, gasp, a normal part of being a female...??? I read an article on a very successful woman and experience a thrill of who knows what when she admits to hating her nose. A thrill of perhaps happiness that I'm not in this boat alone.
So today, I make a choice. I make the choice to love myself, "faults" and all. But now, I'm not going to look at these issues as faults. I'll probably never be my dream size and I'll deal with stretch marks my entire life, but now, I am choosing to let them be my badges of honor. I got these marks, these pooches, these sagging areas, by living...by creating and bringing a life into this world...by being human.
I chose to take a step I had formerly seen as a sign of weakness...I made the decision to take charge of my health so this body, sags and all, will be around for years to come...to continue to nurture my loved ones...and to keep hearing words like, "Love you Mommy." I can hear that I took the "easy way out" and just laugh, knowing the real truth.
Finally, I feel at peace with my decision.
Finally, I feel at peach with my body.
Finally, I feel proud of ME!
Onederland...finally!!!!!!!!!!! on May 5, 2007 5:23 am
I did it, finally, I got on the scales this morning and it finally said 199!!!!!! I'm so excited...I've been stuck at 205 forever so last week I really kicked up my exercise, started doing a cardio session AND a walking session every day with only one day off and really stayed diligent with my water and protein intake, watching the carbs closer than ever...slowly the scale started dropping a pound every couple of days and so this morning...voila!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm excited and yes, tooting my own horn a bit. I have really struggled with carbs lately, Melinda has helped me through this, thanks girl....so this is a victory for me in more ways than one.
Now, on another note...I got accused of being anti-social yesterday by a friend, you know who you are, lol, because I haven't been posting like I normally do...well, no I haven't but it's not because I'm antisocial, it's because I have been in the middle of finals. As most of you know, I am working on my Master's and while other finals are tough, no doubt, most Master's finals are in essay format and have to be at least twenty pages long...so as you can see, I've been super busy. Not to mention the added exercise and the end of the year activities at Savannah's school.
I'm taking my last final online this morning...Advanced Statistics...at least it's not an essay but it will be lots of calculations but I will be so glad to get it done. Once that is done, I am off until the first week of June when summer classes start. Thank God they are all online...I won't be tied to a classroom schedule.
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New Family Member! on May 1, 2007 6:16 am
I took Savannah to some yard sales with me on Saturday morning. We had been to only a few when we went to one at local church. Well, Savannah found herself something alright!!!! Take a look at our newest family member...meet Gizmo! (Check out the newly uploaded pics.) He is the cutest little ball of fluff, weighs nothing...and whines a lot!! Just like a real baby...he also definitely thinks I am Momma...he tends to stay curled up on my shoulder asleep. When he is awake, he pesters Rascal to death but I think the old boy loves having a youngster around to watch after. We couldn't get Giz to use the liter box or eat from the cat bowl but after a few hours with Rascal, he had it all down pat!
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I haven't posted for a while since I have nothing to post. I have only budged a few pounds, hanging around 205 for a few weeks now but I know it's my body catching up...also, I have been so bad, bad, bad with carbs!!!! I finally got a hold of it and am back on track. Also, I have been exercising at least every other day but mostly every day. I do at least one mile with my "Walk Away the Pounds" tapes with Leslie Sansone and the waist belt. Also, yesterday I added a half hour workout with Denise Austin. I was tired but it was a good tired. I have no doubts that with getting back on track with my eating and adding the extra exercise that I will bust through this plateau!
New me calls for new hair! on April 11, 2007 3:04 pm
Well, I did it...I got my hair chopped off but good! I love it...it shows off my newly slimming down neck and I am in love with it...I never thought I would love my neck but I do!!!
I have lost a total of 38 inches off of my waist, upper arm, left thigh, bust, and neck...a total of 75 pounds...I am 207 pounds.
I have strep throat and Monday at the doc's office, he looked at my chart and said, "Do you realize the last time you were this weight, you were 15 years old?"
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October 12, 2006---Well, I am much more calm now. Many of my online friends have reassured me about what to expect at Centennial and I feel much better. I don't know how to explain my feelings. I have such strong desire to find out what I'll look like as a healthy person since I have never seen myself that way. I have always been big, even as a baby...I was nine pounds at birth and never stopped gaining! I wonder if I'll have dimples like my brothers and sisters did (when they were living, both my sisters drowned in a flood in 1969 three years before I was born so I never knew them). I hope I am cute...you all know we have seen people who were cute big and dog ugly thin...what a cruel joke life can play. But I'll still take it because I can't stand the looks you get as a large person. People seem to think if you are large, then you are stupid and lazy. I just sometimes want to scream..."I have more brains in my little finger than you have in your entire body...and I work harder than most skinny people I have known in my entire life!" I'm sure many of you can relate! Oh well, I'll stop my ranting for now and get back to my obsessing about the surgery. Oh, I got my actual approval letter, in black and white, today! My hubby wants to frame it as he calls it my new birth certificate. He's right in a way, it does feel like I have been given a new lease on life...I have been reborn! Watch out world, here I come...a smart, sassy, and hopefully cute member of the GRITS...girls raised in the south...LOL!
October 7, 2006---I am completely going insane. Now that my worrying has shifted from "will I get approved" to "now what", I have been on the internet like hours upon hours a day. My hubby is really getting concerned. I just keep wondering what it's going to be like. I keep reading others profiles and just marveling at how much weight they have lost. It is also amazing at how many differences there are in surgeons, diets, etc. I just wish I knew what to expect for my hospital. Even the comments page about my hospital is radically varying in comments. Also, the diets...one dr. says only one kind of protein, others say any kind, one says no potatoes, no bread, another says all things in moderation. Also, I am wondering what kind of pre-op testing I will be facing and will I get it all done in time to have my surgery by the end of the year. I have already met my out of pocket maximum for the year so if I can get the surgery done before the end of the year I will pay nothing out of pocket...wooo hoooo....so it makes a huge difference. I really am wondering how I am going to keep from driving myself crazy before I even have the surgery consult...November 1st is the date I meet with him...maybe I will not go insane!
Huge Update! October 5, 2006-- I just got the call that after the first letter...the first day!!!!! I am approved!!!!!!!!! Everything was sent in late yesterday and I was approved by 9am this morning...unbelievable and don't even think that I didn't cry like a baby! This is so awesome. I was so scared to get my hopes too high and now it has happened. I worked really hard to get all the information I could...I had every doctor treating me for anything write letters, I made copies of every diet I have tried, I gathered every single medical record from everywhere I have been for the past five years, I did everything my surgeon's office asked me to do and I did it as quickly as possible. My psychological screening and nutritional analysis wasn't scheduled until today but I called and rescheduled for last Friday and what a difference that made! Well, enough already I know...I'm just so happy!
Update: October 4, 2006. Well, my entire packet has been submitted and pending approval. Please, please, all fellow Prayer Warriors out there pray for me.
Update: September 25, 2006. I am so excited. My insurance has responded and unlike what I was expecting, a flat denial for the first try, they have told me to go ahead and have my psychological testing done asap as this is the last step for my approval!!!! I am bouncing off the walls with excitement...I wish I could do everything tomorrow...heck, it doesn't hurt to try!
Hello, my name is Kimberly but my friends call me Kym. My hobbies are lots of reading, writing short stories, watching scary movies and reading anything scary, going to haunted or otherwise scary places, playing with my daughter, husband, dog, and cat, in that order, and cruising the 'net.
I have finally begun the process of getting approved for wls after many years of researching and soul searching. I have been told very positive things about my insurance approving someone such as myself, and since the first letter has just been sent I am very hopeful.
I have a BMI of 47 and my PCP has written a seriously pro-surgery letter so I am keeping my fat little fingers crossed.