Dec 21, 2006
Dec 17, 2006
Dec 15, 2006
Dec 13, 2006
Dec 13, 2006
To make a long story short, once a week I work on a special project at work that is based in a really small office (about the size of a walk in closet). Yesterday, my boss comes in there to eat his lunch...a cheese burger and french fries!! In that small confined space it was torture. Of course I didn't say anything because I realize that people don't stop eating just because you can't. But, damn, have a heart!
Today I volunteered to cover the front desk so the rest of the office can go to our office Holiday Party. I didn't want to put myself in a situation where all of that food is right there in front of my face! But of course the smells are drifting down the hallway and right up my nose so I'm in hell. I'm so hungry!! Please let this be over soon.
Dec 12, 2006
Dec 10, 2006
Dec 09, 2006
Dec 08, 2006
I literally decided to peruse weight-loss surgery the NIGHT BEFORE the new "Staff Benefit Changes for 2007" booklet arrived on my desk at work. Imagine my horror when I read that, starting January 1, 2007, Bariatric surgery would only be covered if you were employed for at least three years and if you paid a 2500 dollar co-pay on top of your 250 dollar deductible! (There were new medical restrictions too, but I wasn't worried about those since I met all the criteria). First of all, I'm 8 months from being at my current job for three years and after all the soul searching and thinking and agonizing I had done while reaching the decision to take this journey I couldn't imagine being put on hold for another three-quarters of a year. Second of all, if I had 2500 dollars I'd spread it out all over my bed and roll around in it. I knew that my only chance at surgery was to get everything done in the two and a half months that I had before the first of the year.
I contacted Bariatric Services immediately and told them what I was going to try and do. They were skeptical, but I told them that I was determined to try and even if it didn't happen then at least I would know that I did everything in my power to make it happen. They supported me every step of the way. They got me all the appointments I needed as soon as I could get them (and all of you know that there are A LOT of appointments) and I had everything I needed for my insurance submittal within 3 weeks (would have been 2 but there was an issue with my psych evaluation not being mailed when it was suppose to..But I digress).
Everything was submitted to insurance the second week of November. Because of the time constraint I didn't have the luxury of waiting around for my approval before I started spending money on all the many many things required for pre-op. I had to start on everything right away, not even knowing if I would even be approved for surgery and with the very real possibility that it would all be for nothing. I did my 75 dollar dietian visit and my 300 dollar half day bariatric class, had so much blood drawn I didn't think I would have any left, had my pulmonary testing and my EKG and my chest x-rays, met with Dr. Scott twice, the anesthesia team once, got my tentative surgery date and pre-registered at the hospital to save time on surgery day..All before I knew if I was approved by insurance.
Well, needless to say after my paperwork arrived at the offices of my insurance company I called every day to find out what was happening. I wanted to make sure that they understood the deadline I was facing. Every time I called I was told that my case was still being reviewed. For three weeks it was being reviewed. Finally, two weeks before my surgery date and after three days of being transferred to every manager in Care Coordination and leaving dozens of voice mails that were never answered (and with some help from Dr. Scott) I realized that I was being put off so that my approval would not come in time for me to get my surgery before my time was up. Well, I snapped. The last time I called the insurance company I let them know that I was not a stupid person, I knew what they were doing and that they would not get away with it. I told them that someone would either talk to me or they could talk to my lawyer. Anyway, I was approved the next day (Thursday Dec 7, 2006) and found out when put in my daily call this morning.
So as of this morning around 7:30 am everything is officially in place for my surgery. All that's left for me to do is make though 10 more days of this horrific (bordering on cruel and unusual) high-protein liquid diet and to show up two hours prior to my surgery on December 18th. I can't believe its happening. I've spent the past 2 months rushing around getting everything done and I haven't had the time to sit down and take it all in. My life is about to change forever. I'm determined to be a success story. When I turn 30 in June I want to be the healthiest I've ever been.
I want to say a very special thank you to the Bariatric Services team that the University of Missouri-Columbia Hospitals and Clinics. I know they were just doing their jobs, but I couldn't have asked for a better group to depend on. They put up with a lot from me (like daily emails full of panic) and I will be forever grateful.
I look forward to keeping up with this journal. I will upload some pre-op pictures as soon I get some. I can't remember the last time I allowed my picture to be taken, but now I'm looking forward to it. I want to be able to watch my progress and to share it with everyone else. I'm so thankful that there is a community like this full of people who know exactly what I'm going through. I hope to be around here for a long time.