my surgery is scheduled for March 5,2003 at the bariatric treatment center in Belvidere,Ill. I have 3 boys. Ages 13,11,and 25 months. My biggest fear about all of this is actually not in the surgery itself or the pain afterwards. my biggest fear is that my mothers instincts will kick in and that I will keep trying to do things for my active toddler son like pick him up or hold him too soon and that I will end up with a hernia or worse. I also work full time in an adult family group home for adults with developmental disabilities.I love my job and the folks I care for but it also is a very physical job and I am afraid of injury to myself there also. I'm hoping for the best though, and have faith all will go well! Hi everyone,and thank you all so much for your kind words and support during this last stressful before surgery!! I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it feels to see your messages. Last night was the first time I was online in quite a few days and when I saw all of those messages I litterally started to cry becouse it touched my heart so much!! Pre-ops are on Thursday the 27th. 2 days away.Eeekkk!!! Iwas not nervous before,but now I truly am. I am having some trouble sleeping from all of the weird dreams and I can't stop hugging my children becouse something like this makes you realize how much you need them and they need you. Surgery is next week Tuesday. One week from now I will be a new person.Well, the same person in a soon to be healthier body. I am looking forward to running and playing with my children, waterparks, amusmentparks, and not aching from head to toe every night from all the weight I carried around all day. And most of all I am looking forward to improved health and knowing I did everything I could do to be alive for a long time to come for myself and my wonderfully supportive,loving family who has always loved me no matter what I weighed even though I knew they worried about me. This surgery is for them so that a year from now they will have one less thing to worry about!
Hospital Reviews(Belvidere, IL) - Barix Clinics (NW Suburban Com. Hospital)
Surgeon: Brian S. Boe, M.D.
I was very impressed with Dr.Boe at my consultation. He was very helpful in answering all of my questions and did not seem to sugar coat the risks involved in order to get another client. He seems honest,intelligent,and trustworthy. I look forward to having him as my sugeon and May as my patient counselor. My surgery is scheduled for March 5,2003 and I guess I will know more after that time. I feel I must mention 2 other staff from the BTC who were very helpful,friendly, and reassuring to me. Those 2 people were Melissa in pre-cetifications deptartment,and Diane Campbell in scheduling. Melissa was available to help me get some last minute insurance approval info straightened out.In a matter of minutes she got done what would have taken me at least another 3 days on the phone. She then informed me that I was ready to scheduled for sugery,which came as a complete nice surprise since somebody on the phone the day before had said to expect another 2 to 3 weeks for that. She then went out of her way to send an e-mail on to scheduling to let them know I was waiting and ready for a surgery date. Melissa was so helpful and patient and I'm so lucky to have had her help. Diane Campbell was the lady to call and schedule my surgery date. She was promt in calling and so totally reassuring when I expressed my nervousness at actually having a set date. It suddenly seemed real now and Diane reassured me that many people reacted with the same anxiety that I was having and even shared a bit of her surgery experience with me also . So... all in all, between Dr. Boe and all of his helpful staff I'm confident that all will go well and that someone will always be avilable to support me.
My personal experience with Blue Cross was pretty good. I did get a little impatient but basically got approved as soon as they had all or the paperwork they needed. Im not sure why nobody let me know that a psychiatric evaluation was pretty standard for Blue cross of WI. but that held things up for awile getting that paperwork into them. So, if anyone out ther thinking of having this surgery has Blue Cross of WI PPO insurance, save yourself some time by asking your Dr. ahead of time if this and which other things are typically needed for approval and get them taken care of right away instead of a month later when they are looking for this info before they can approve. Once they had all needed info the process went fairly quick and I had my approval letter in hand. I would recommend them as a fair insurance provider.