Saturday August 13, 2005

Hello everyone,

There’s no new news but I felt like posting anyways. I guess I did hear back from the EGD and all that has been sent to my surgeon’s office. I think I already said that though.

I still haven’t heard back about my psych test and I’m somewhat concerned but not panicking. I just want it all to go well. I’ve worked so hard for this and I just need to get it done before the holidays!

I did find out that I am going to be able to get some help with the intial deposit for the surgery but then I am going to have to ask for a loan. The portion that I owe beyond what insurance pays is due upfront before the surgery. I have no idea how much that will be but I think it will at least be 20 percent. So whatever 20 percent of $28K is, LOL. I had thought I would have my Mary Kay business up and running a lot better before I was ever ready to consider this surgery but I became ready for the surgery a lot faster than I thought I would and my MK business has been really slow.

I’m not looking for loans or handouts…but I am curious. Do any of you have suggestions on ways that I can raise the money? I’d like something that is legal and fool proof!

Oh, I did have an interesting conversation with my boss the other day. He flat out asked if it was gastric-bypass and I didn’t know what to say so I fessed up. He said I must have mentioned it to him at one point otherwise he wouldn’t have known. It should be fine that people at work are finding out, I just wasn’t ready for people to know yet. So far three people that I know of know what kind of surgery I’m having and all three are very supportive. My boss said he thought everyone would do whatever they could to help me during the recovery. That was a good thing to hear.

I’m really hoping to have this surgery soon. For one, I just want it over with. But I am also concerned about my health after having the radioactive iodine for my thyroid. I know I need this surgery now to not only lose weight but to maintain a weightloss now that I don’t have a metabolism.

Part of me feels the need to document this whole process and write about it after it’s all done but at the same time, this weight loss thing is very very very personal to me. Heck, I don’t even know why I’m writing about it on a public blog! I guess I am writing more about the surgery process than anything else. The weight issue was nothing that I felt the need to discuss with others when I was gaining it and I sure as heck don’t want to discuss it once I start losing! It’s just not a public topic for discussion, ya know?

Oh well, first my insurance has to find out if (that, HA HA) I’m crazy. I just hope I did ok on the psych test!

Wish me luck, I’ll stop rambling now.

Monday August 8, 2005

I’m going to try out this blogging thing but don’t expect a lot of updates! Like I said in my first post, I’ll primarily use this blog to update on my surgery situation.

I must first say that I have not been discussing this surgery with a lot of people and most don’t know what kind I am pursuing. If you are aware of this information, please do not discuss it with anyone. I have not even told most people at work and some family that I am even considering gastric-bypass surgery. I will tell people details as I am ready. PLEASE respect this.

That said, this is what’s going on now. As most know, I started with a new surgeon in Tulsa, Okla. and I think he’s great. I am in the middle of insurance approval and my company’s insurance requires that I have an upper endoscopy (EGD) test and the MMPI (pscyh test) done before they will consider approving the surgery. I had both tests last week and the EGD came back good. I will hear about the psychology test this week sometime. After I get all those results, it should only take 2-3 weeks to hear back from the insurance. Once the insurance approves (pray they do), my surgery will be scheduled for approximately six weeks later. In that time, I will have to visit the surgeon’s cardiologist and pulmonologist. I will also have to make several visits to the surgeon’s office and the hospital in Tulsa.

Once I have the surgery, I will be out of work for at least two weeks and will go back for half days for at least another week. This concerns me to ask co-workers to cover for me that much during the school year but I have to remember that my health comes first. I also am trying to remember that if I, as one person, can cover my job then surely seven other people can manage to share covering my responsibilities!

If you have questions, you can email me but please remember that mum’s the word!