I am 57 years old and am a music teacher.I have three grown daughters and four beautiful grandsons. My youngest daughter had WLS last summer and I was her main support. I went through every step with her and watched her life totally change in such a beautiful way. I never thought I would have the courage to go through the surgery myself, but, now I know I DO have the courage and am so excited about the possibilities. I am in the stage of waiting for insurance approval. I am so encouraged by all of the wonderful people on this forum and I look forward to getting to know many of you!
Pets - two wonderful dogs
Teaching - I teach elementary music and am a choral director. I also teach private piano l
Christianity - my faith is central to everything I do
Cruises - the best way to travel
Grandchildren - four grandsons including a set of twins
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Surgeon: Andrew P. Kramer, D.O.,FACOS
I now have insurance approval and a surgery date of July 11! I have all my appointments scheduled for pre op and now it's time to jump through all the hoops! Bring em on!!!
June 17th 2005
I have now jumped through all of the hoops successfully!! I have had all of my blood work, CXR, Abdominal ultrasound, cardio echo, cardiac clearance, psych. eval. Now I just wait. I continue to read everything I can get my hands on. And for some strange reason I am eating MORE!! I think it's just because I CAN. Not good, but I know it will stop soon. I got to classes on Monday night and last week I left there and went immediately to a gas station and bought a candy bar. I kept looking over my shoulder expecting Dr. Kramer to walk in. This is ridiculous! But maybe it's just part of my grieving process. It's not like I am out of control or anything.
Only two days left before my surgery. I am totally READY. Going through all of the pre-op tests and doctor visits was very tiring but they all went without a hitch. I cannot believe how totally easy things have been up to now.
Bob and I went on vacation to Cape May New Jersy and there were so many things I could not do--like walk on the beach--or walk anywhere for that matter. My knees and back are so bad and it hurts so much to walk any distance at all. Bob was really nice about it and did not insist that I walk a lot. But I know we are both looking forward to NEXT summer when I will be able to do so much more. I didnt even put on my bathing suit this year. That's another thing I miss so much--swimming! We did a lot of antique shopping but even that was hard.
Lately I have been more aware of my size than I ever was before. I really used to just live with it and not allow it to interfere with anything I wanted to do. Now it seems to dominate me.
Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, PPO