Hospital Reviews(Carmel, IN) - St. Vincents - Carmel
Weight Loss Survey ResponsesClick Here To View
Surgeon: RoseMarie Jones M.D.
I don't want to say the same yadda, yadda, yadda!
I am happy to be able to have a site filled with people who understand how I feel.I am the middle child with a sister below me, and two above me who were all normal-sized children--except me! I am married to a wonderful man who loves me and shows me much affection everyday. I sometimes get sick of all the touchin, feelin, squeezin, (but only because I am NOT happy with me, in addition to the fact that I am TIRED the majority of the time! I have twins (boy and girl-5) and a single (girl-3)who keep my fat butt running and I want to catch up to them. Sometimes, it is hard! But, look who I am talking to..you have all either been there or is still there!) Things WILL get better! I go for my initial consult with Dr. Rosemarie Jones on December 19th.
I worked up enough nerve to call my PCP to request a letter of medical necessity for my surgeon. Since I spoke to the nurse, I hope that he will not have a problem doing this for me. I guess I will find out. Dr. Jones did state that once approval had been received, surgery will be scheduled for at most 1-2 months after.
PCP's office called today, they faxed my letter to Dr. Jones!!!!!I am really excited. I have not received my new nsurance cards yet and that ticks me off! I will not let that bother me, I will call the new insurance company and make them give me something that I can fax to my surgeon so that she can send the information in!
Hello all! Nothing new to report. I still have not received my insurance cards from Cigna. They should have been mailed out almost two weeks ago and I am very frustrated. The insurance carrier did give me a number to give to the surgeon but they need cards and all of that good stuff too!
Finally, I have a date. I was disappointed with the lack of help I felt that I received from the doctor's office. I called every week for three months straight trying to get them to fax my paperwork which they had but the insurance company did not know where it went. The insurance company told me weekly to have the doctor's office to call them, speak with someone, and get a valid fax number from that person because where they were sending to obviously was not the right division. Well, I finally had to call the bariatric center at St. V's, the girl there did what I asked her to do and after just TWO days, I was approved. It did not stop and get rosy there. I called the surgeon's office once again to verify they had received the fax from the insurance and she said they had but the surgeon needed to review my file. That took two weeks, but today they called and I have a date for August 19th. I am a bit disappointed because I could have been scheduled in July if they had taken the time to schedule me when the paperwork was received, but I will be patient.
I found out last week that I have gall stones, I have to go and see a surgeon about those today. I tried to find out from Dr. Jones' office if she can remove my gall bladder during surgery but was told that they don't do them together. That was a big disappointment as I do not want to go through 2 major surgeries. I will wait to find out from the surgeon this evening if I can put it off until after my WLS surgery.
I called my surgeon's office last week and told them that my gall bladder was causing me increasing amounts of pain so she pulled my ultrasound from my PCP and told me I might get a date change if it was bothering me so much. She also prescribed some vicodin. All weekend I was curled up in pain, I have three kids and after taking the first pill, I could not really function on them. I had to call them back after my husband threatened to take me to the ER. The nurse called me today and told me to get ready for surgery on Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had to do some blood tests, breathing treatments, and I will have to meet with the dietician tomorrow morning at 9 but I am set to go! The pain I am experiencing with my gall bladder is way too intense for me to be worried about what might happen! God is watching over me and loves me!!!!!!!
Not sure what date today is but I made it thru with flying colors!! My gb was full of stones, I can not remember what happened before the surgery or after but I do know that I did not need any pain medication. I think they dope they gave me to put me to sleep carried through from Friday until I was released Sunday. I have only had to put up with my husband's need to give me lortab whenever I forget he is within earshot and complain of a minor pain.
I am working really hard to do everything that I am supposed to do. It is hard!!! After a couple of sips of the protein supp, I gag and have to leave it alone. I am generally able to finish half of it. I am afraid that I will not be able to find one. Especially since they are so expensive. I think I will try to mix them with water. Anyway, I am having some pains in a stange place also. I get on and off pains in my pelvic area. It feels like the pain I used to get before my mentrual starts so I was not concerned. Now that it has started, I am still getting the pains. I am mourning food also! I never thought I would as I losing to prepare for the surgery. After I knew I was approved, there was a lot of things that I would not eat. Now, I long for a Coors light (can't explain it as I am not a drinker!), a white castle hamburger, and bread (always my downfall!!!). I need encouragement. I am making sure to take my Zoloft as several friends have stated that this will help me. I am trying to focus on different things and staying active. I would not change anything though!
I have been slacking off of the webpage basically because I have nothing interesting to say. Last check I have lost 35lbs (at my 6 week check up) I am sure that I have lost more but I will wait until September to find out. I would not be a nice person if I had a scale at home, I would be so mad if it did not move. Anyway, I have visited the library several times because I have been freaking myself out thinking I have a leak or staple line disruption. I am concerned because I have had some really good food that I did not want to stop eating but basically had too because I ate too much! I am not one of those people who are not missing and not mourning food. I have been walking about 1.5-2 miles a day and I think that helps me because everyone sees a tremendous amount of weight loss except me. I only see it when I put on jeans, the legs are way too big! I want to lose it all and I understand why I am not, I put things into my mouth without thinking about it, I might not take the next bite but I will swallow what I have. Anyway, I am going to get back to work.
I went to orientation at St. V's yesterday with Dr. Jones. I liked her but only spent maybe a 1 minute with her alone.
I never got a chance to ask her any questions. I was told to get a letter of medical necessity from my PCP. I hope the next time she will be able to spend a little more time with me as I have questions.
My company is adding a new provider, CIGNA in January. They will be discontinuing service with Sagamore, and for this I am glad. We wrote our own policy with Sagamore and any WLS, diet, etc was excluded. They were tired of paying for it. I called CIGNA, as HR directed me to do to verify that WLS will be paid for...IT IS COVERED as long as there is medical necessity...NO PROBLEMS there!
I was told by doctor Jones that she will submit my information to both carriers as soon as I get my letter of medical necessity.
Finally, I talked someone at the doctor's office into calling the insurance company to get a valid fax number. Once I did this, it took two days to be approved, and two weeks to get a date.
Counter provided by http://www.digits.com/