I've given surgery a lot of thought before deciding it was my best life choice.. I attended an orientation, I've watched many YouTuber's post-op videos, I've made a couple friends recently who have had the surgery, and after coming to the conclusion that it's what I want to do, I've hit a rock and a hard place.
For starters, I originally planned to have the surgery in April 2012 (that's when I should have been finished with the appointments prior to making a date for surgery) However, my husband landed himself in the hospital and delayed things a bit. He is a juvenile diabetic and had an infection on his toe. He was in the hospital for a week before they inserted a PICC line and after that we had visiting nurses for six weeks. The doctors were debating whether to remove the toe or see if the antibiotic would clear his infection. He was out of work for quite some time and the healing process took a while. (Luckily, he got to keep the toe!) He was unable to stand on his foot (other than using the bathroom, shower, etc.) So he relied on me for everything. I had to put my surgery on hold during that time.. Once he was better we decided we were going to get married. (We originally planned to get married on 10/11/12, but since his hospitalization, he had an attack of paranoia and wanted to do it sooner, so I agreed. We got married on April 13th, 2012)
After getting married things seemed to be going in the right direction so I continued to wrap up my final appointments so I could get the surgery.. I ended up getting sick around my birthday (May 25th) and the last appointment I had to attend was a blood test. Naturally, being sick, I missed it and figured I would just do it when I was feeling better. About two weeks later I decided I was well enough to do the test so I fasted the night before, woke up bright and early to head to the hospital and I went. When I got there they were having trouble with my insurance so I had to get on the phone with MassHealth and try to figure it out. They ended up telling me that I neglected to return a review form so I was no longer covered until I returned the paperwork. (Pain in the ass!) The worst part is, I never received a review form, the woman informed me that it will take up to 47 days to be processed and an additional week if I'm still eligible.
Well, since I am newly married I've been having an insurance battle.. My husband is on Blue Cross Blue Shield through work and he is not able to get the family plan. (He works for his brother, it's a long story.) So therefore, I must find my own policy and either buy an insurance (I only work part-time.. 3 days a week for 4 hours - I'm a nanny) It's not much money, or I could wait for MassHealth. It's now into August and I still have no insurance and am not sure which option to do.
I really want the surgery more than anything! I know I cannot have a family until I lose a substantial amount of weight. My husband just turned 35 in March (I'm 24) I know there's an age difference, but I am hoping we can have a family in the next few years! The more I think about the surgery, I am still nervous about it. I have never had a stitch, a serious wound, or a broken bone in my entire life. I don't know what stitches will feel like, anesthesia, or that kind of pain. It's a lot to think about, but it would change my life! I suppose my best bet would be to visit my hospital and sit down with a financial ad visor to figure out what insurance I'm eligible for.
Ok, that's my rant and update!