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05/28/07 This is my 4th attempt at being approved for Gastric Bypass Surgery. The first two attempts were a few years ago with my previous employer. The 3rd time was in 2005 after changing jobs. A new insurance company.. I figured couldnt be any worse than the last... I was wrong. I called the insurance company and spoke with 4 different people, 1 being a supervisor, (what I was told didnt sound right so I asked for a supervisor) each saying that I needed to have 1 year of weight loss history along with the other normal test in order to be approved. I asked specifically what needed to be in the notes monthly, I was told by all 4 employees, including the supervisor, that all I needed was the date and the weight. I didnt need to see the doctor, just go in, get weighed and make sure that it was put into my notes monthly. I did this for a year. Was again declined, later found out that I actually needed to "see" the doctor monthly, and it was only for 6 months.. not a year.. Another Year Wasted. I went to monthly meetings with the surgeon that I have been planning to use for the last 3 trys, (whom I didnt care for.. there was just something about him, but this was the only surgeon that I knew of locally). One day I found this new surgeon online, at a better hospital that was closer to my house. He seemed more confident & his staff was wonderful. I went to one of his support group meetings and was completely sold. It wasnt the insurance all along... it was the doctor. My 1st meeting I was asked what type of insurance that I had, after telling them I was told that this would be no problem. The nurse said she knew exactly what was needed. She gave me a list of what to have the doctor notate on my charts monthly, was told to make sure that NOTHING was left out. 4/4/07 ends my 6 months.. we will see what happens.
4/25/07 I dropped my records off at the surgeons office today, I was told they would be faxed to the insurance company ASAP.. they asked that I not call the insurance company until Monday to check on it... today is only Wednesday... do they realize how far away Monday is??????? I am keeping my fingers crossed.
4/27/07 OK.... so I called the insurance company this morning... I just wanted to make sure that they received the fax.. ok and to ask if there is any status yet.. of course there was none yet.......
4/30/07 ..... ITS MONDAY ..... I called the insurance company (again).. and was told that IT WAS APPROVED... I was told that the doctors office will call me to schedule the surgery ..... I'M APPROVED!!!!!
5/3/07 ... ok its been wayyyy too long... The doctor still has not called to schedule.. I have called them just to make sure they knew.. but the scheduler is out of town until the 8th... how could she go out of town at a time like this??? ok.. maybe I am being a little dramatic there....
5/9/07 I got the call.... I have a date set for July 11,2007 .... 07/11/07 .... sounds like a lucky date..
5/10/07 I am so ready to have this nightmare overwith. I never really said much about myself. I am currently 5'5, and 325lbs. This is the most that I have ever weighed... I was always a fat child. I lost ALL of the weight my 10th grade year... It all came back by the time that I was in the 11th grade. At least I got a few good pictures while I had my temporary skinniness.. I have 2 wonderful kids that I am missing out on. I have missed so much already. My weight was just annoying a few years ago, but the last 2 years I have started really hurting every time that I move. Its like my bones are just giving out. My back, knees & ankles are the worst... it hurts to stand, walk, even to sleep sometimes. What I want to be doing is dancing and running with my kids. My kids Clogg Dance... they put on shows most weekends for different events... what I wouldnt do to be able to be on stage with them, and not feel like everyone is staring at me and laughing at this kids for having someone as big as me for a mom.. my kids have never come out and said anything but I know its got to be hard on them.. My daughter who is now 13yrs will make sure that I keep away from her friends and her school as much as possible... but part of this is just the normal teen thing I am sure.. I use to be the same way. My son who is 11yrs so far begs me to come to his school etc. I know this is about to change though.. he is starting middle school this year.. I want my kids to have a happy childhood... not one that they will try to forget for the rest of thier lives.
The important thing right now though is that I am APPROVED and I can hopefully get some of what I almost lost back.
7/25/07 Well.. Surgery is now behind me. Everything went fine. My 13 year old daughter stayed by my side from the little time together before surgery until they wheeled me out the door ro go home. She really surprised me. She is normally the type that will not let other people know thats she is scared, she seems afraid to let anyone in. She scares me sometimes because she seems not to worry about people & things.. ever.. but.. before they took me off to surgery both of my kids gave me a last hug, and she whispered in my ear.. "dont die on the table Momma" which I guess sounds bad.. but it meant so much to me... that was her way of saying she was worried. That 1st night after surgery she came to my bedside every couple of hours and wet a washcloth and put it on my forehead. It was wonderful, I learned so much about my daughter that I didnt realize until that night.
I started at 325lbs., then I went on the famous liquid diet, which I thought would kill me. I went to surgery weighing 302lbs. Now I am exactly 2 weeks post - op. and I am already down to 285lbs. I average 2 lbs a day here lately. This stage 3 diet is for the birds though.. I can no longer drink milk, eat soup or tuna without puking... which leaves me to eat eggs, grits, beans & cheese, and... and... well thats about it. The family & I went to Olive Garden the other night. My moms favorite place to eat. She insisted that it would be fine.. I could eat thier wonderful soups... she doesnt understand that if I see another bowl of soup in my life time I really may puke... There was NOTHING on the menu that I could eat,,, except soup, when it came out it was so full of stuff that I couldnt eat and hardly any broth... I started crying.. right there in the middle of the restraunt. I want my food!! I miss it so much!! I want my breadsticks & soup from Olive garden & My Mexican food!!!!! I LOVE chicken burritos!!! and OMG Sweet Tea..... I would die for a McDonalds Sweet Tea right now!!!!