Waiting... on March 28, 2011 8:30 am
Hi! Not much of a blogger but I figured this is gonna be one hell of a journey so I might as well get a few words down. I started all of this, research, gathering of facts, opinions, etc, about 6 months ago. At that time I got a name and number from my primary physician and though, it took me a while to actually call the number, I had blood work done, and quit the diet Coke, which was my life's blood, and started drinking water. About a month passed, and I finally called the insurance company that we had at that time and it was crazy, the hoops I had to jump through to get this surgery approved. I was very discouraged. I had been thinking, stalling, wondering but now I was ready and I have to wait 6 months?!?! Whaaat?? Whatever it takes, right? So I went back to my primary doc and started to document my weight, which was the requirement of the old insurance co. In about 6 weeks I had lost 12 lbs... just from the absence of the diet Coke in my diet. Wow! So in the next month (Dec) I lost about 8 more pounds, just making better choices, less crap, fast food, bread, rice, etc... all the things that I love, but I know are no good for me. My doc almost fell off her chair when I went in Jan 2 8 lbs lighter. "Most people gain weight over the holidays!" During this time, my husband's company also dumped the crappy insurance company and we got Blue Cross. So now I was excited again... No more hoops. Called Dr Zare' s office, went to his orientation. Got ALOT of info, everything reconfirming what I already knew. I need this surgery. I am ready fo this surgery. I want this surgery not only for myself, but for my family, as well. How much longer am I going to be able to get around normally at 400lbs? I have a three-yr-old that I want to go bike riding with and on roller coasters, and horse back, etc. Shoot, who am I kidding, I want to be able to go up and down the stairs with out killing my knees. Stop snoring, get off my blood pressure meds, fly comfortably, shop in a 'normal' store... Who am I kiddding... there are a million reasons! Sooo... I saw Dr. Zare, I've got all the things on my checklist done; dietician, psychiatrist, support group mtg, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and will be going back. It was great to hear all of the individual stories of people's trials and tribulations pre and post op. And made me thank GOD I wasn't haing to deal with Medical! Started on my optifast shakes, with a 'sensible' dinner... hoping to take off a little more weight. Ideally my goal is to have surgery at the end of April or 1st week of May. I am traveling back east for a wedding April14-18, and then Easter, we do a 'brunch' and egg hunt and I don't want to be fresh from surgery. After that, though, it's on... I hope. Today I am waiting for a phone call from the doc to see what the next step is. Hence the "Waiting"... I want to get my surgery date, so I have a ultimate game plan. I need to get some help arranged for myself and my son. And I am scheduled to be starting school at the end of May, so I want to make sure that's going to be do-able or else I'll have to push that back. Ahhh!! There is so much going on, so many things is my future... it's been a long time since I've done something for myself, I can't wait to get this all going!
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