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Update on the surgical process

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Got good news, finally RE the surgical process. I am all set for the upper endoscopy on Friday morning. I also have the name and number for the psychiatrist who will do my psych eval. I go back to my doctor in a couple weeks and will get the referral for the cardiologist. I still have the pulmonary appt in July but if I get everything else done before then, maybe they will rush me in and get me pushed through. The end of the testing phase is nearing. I was told I will have to pay out-of-pocket for the fitness eval. It has to be done prior to surgery per the Bariatric Center. I'll double check on that one. If it is true, I'll figure it out somehow. I am beginning to think the end of testing is near. Then I get to wait on the insurance company to approve me or deny me and continue from there.

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NUSHARGURL 5/2/2008 8:25AM

    I am praying for you Karon!

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Ranting about the process

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Got a call from my pulmonologist office today. Seems there isn't an appointment available until July. Are they kidding me? I really wanted to have all the testing done by the end of May so everything could be submitted to the insurance company and I could hopefully be approved and set for surgery no later than June. I am so frustrated by this entire process.

I have my primary doctor who has to do referrals for everything under the sun. I have the bariatric center which wants me to get things to them they should be able to access on their own in the computer system. I have the surgeon's office wanting me to get everything done. And then I have all the others who just don't get how important this is to me now that I've made the decision.

My husband says it's all this way because everyone wants to make sure that I am committed and really want this surgery. I'm beginning to think I've lost my mind! One day at a time and I guess I just have to wait and see. It's the waiting that makes me nuts. Once I make a decision I'm a "I want it yesterday" kind of person. I know the process will not be a miracle happening over night but I didn't expect to hit roadblocks like this all along the way.

Okay, I guess my rant is over. *sigh*

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    Karon, I know this must be difficult for you. Paper work and red tape can be such a hassle. Hang in there, things will eventually all come together and then you will be ready for what's ahead. Keep us posted on how your doing.

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    Give your hubby credit for this one! Having this surgery cannot be an impulsive decision. And be aware....they may want to see you lose another 25 pounds before they'll make the cut, just to have you show them how bad you want it! Just know...God's timing is always perfect.

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KITT52 4/4/2008 11:20PM

    I am praying for you. Good luck.


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Doctor Appointments

Thursday, March 20, 2008

I met with the gastroenterologist yesterday. He basically explained the upper endoscopy procedure and h-pylori biopsy to me. His nurse scheduled it and then called me later to say I couldn't have it done in the surgical center but had to have it done in the hospital. I'm guessing that's because of my weight and any risks that might be involved.

I met with my PCP for my monthly visit. It went okay. He put in referrals for me to see the exercise guru and the psychologist. He said that the psych one may get kicked back. He's supposed to call the bariatric treatment center to find out how to handle it. Insurance says it's not a medical issue. Psych will say it is because of it being for bariatric surgery. *sigh* Just one more hoop to get through.

Went to a nutrition group for those who are going to have or who have had bariatric surgery. It was interesting. It really was all about support. I did get to taste two protein drinks. One was so bad I thought I was going to gag. The other one, I think I could deal with.

I am sick this morning. Woke up barely able to breathe. Sinuses are draining, I guess. Got sick and feel like crap. And so ... it's off to work I go!

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KITT52 4/3/2008 7:12PM

    Karon I hope you know your friends are here for you no matter what you decide. There are plenty of people here who have had the surgery or are still debating. Just do what is right for you.
I was talking about you today to Sun_Clay, Melissa, I was telling her how you inspired me and got me on the right track. I thank you so very much. I'm still not to my goal yet but I will be there one day and I have you to thank.

Good luck,


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NCJUNE 3/24/2008 2:18PM

    You will feel like you've seen more dr's when you are being considered for bariactric surgery. Don't panic about the endoscopy & biopsy. They will give you some great stuff that basically knocks you out and then do the procedure and then you wake up feeling fine.

Trying the protein drinks is good, but please remember that after surgery your taste buds will change and what tastes good now might now taste good after surgery.

Good luck,

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Here it is an entire month later. Where has the time gone? How do I manage to forget to post here? I guess it's just I've had a lot on my mind. The anniversary of my mom passing is just nine days away. This time of year always plays havoc on me. The time 'sprung forward' last night and I have to say those time changes mess me up, too.

I have to be honest here and say I've been looking into having weight loss surgery. At this point, I feel that I may never get the rest of my excess weight off. It's disheartening to admit, but it's how I feel. I am proud to have done so well in the past and to have maintained my loss for two years but I want so much more. I know where I've been. Now it's time to see where I can go.

I have talked with a surgeon and am seriously considering gastric bypass. At first I was dead set against it. After talking with the surgeon, I moved to the thinking about it stage. I am going through the pre-op stage and working on the things needed to get set for insurance approval. I will make my final decision about whether it will be lap band or gastric bypass a little later on. I have heard many pros and cons on both. I am attending support group meetings for patients in both groups. I am also going to attend a couple nutrition support group meetings as well. The bariatric treatment center I'm dealing with is amazing and I'm thrilled to have some of their resources at my fingertips. I may even be enrolling in some water aerobics classes soon!

I'll keep you all posted about what I decide. Either way, I've made many friends here. I won't be losing my weight the Sparkpeople way and that makes me feel like a fraud for using their website and tools, but I've made many friends here and the support is amazing. I hope that Chris Downey won't mind if I continue to hang out here, whatever I do. Maybe one day he'll create a place like this for those who are thinking about or have had weight loss surgery. Who knows? I know I've been looking for a good support group online for it and so far have not been impressed with what I've found.

I'm heading off to the land of nod now. Good night my friends.

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GREYHOUNDER 3/28/2008 5:13PM

    You have never and will never be a fraud. Best wishes on whatever you decide to do.

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NCJUNE 3/10/2008 9:55AM

    I know how you feel because I went through with the same emotions. Having a good surgeon and great support group to go to is awesome because you can talk to people who have had both.

I was considering the lap band but let me tell you, it's not for people who have a BMI of 50+. The lap band only restricts your intake of foods; it doesn't force you to change the foods you eat. The bypass does. When you have the lap band you can still go eat the fast food, drink the soda and eat the sweets and not have any consequences except gaining weight. If you do that after the bypass you get violently ill! It's called dumping syndrome.

I'm not trying to tell you what to do. I just want you to know the truth from someone who's been there; done that. I wish I had done this a long time ago. True, I can't go to the local fast food joint and order food, but I can eat a lot of the things I used to. My dr says I'm one of the lucky ones, but I personally think it's all in your mindset after surgery. I have made up my mind that food is not my enemy and that the food choices I make will agree with me and I won't get sick!

If you want to discuss this further, I'd be happy to tell you what I know. I did a lot of research on the bypass and the lap band and will be happy to give you the websites I was given to check out. If you want to talk, I'd be happy to call you or have you call me and discuss what I went through.

I know what you mean about Feb being a hard month. I lost my Dad in Feb 1991. It's still tough to get through but I do.

Good luck and Godspeed to you.

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Stupid Scale

Sunday, February 03, 2008

So I weighed yesterday and find that I am once again back up to 411. I don't understand it as I ate pretty well and moved more than usual. I did do a lot of shoveling snow and perhaps therein lays the explanation. Muscle tears and retention of water as they repair themselves. I don't know. I was in tears about it yesterday but today am moving on. I will continue to eat well, track, and move as I can. Maybe a good loss will show on the scale next week. I sure hope so as this is getting old really fast!

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    Scales smales, I would love to say.

Keep on trying to do your best.


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GRANDMANEE 2/18/2008 12:48PM

  hey Sweetie...I just joined today. I am so glad I found this place. I started a journal today and named it "Journey back to me" I wondered as I was sitting here who else has named a journal etc...that and typed it into my laptops browser and your blog came up!
I hope that your tears were not long spent...My heart goes out to you and your pain...chin up...I know after a 100 pound weight loss you know what you need to do...doing it and not seeing results has got to be hard...I will keep you in my prayers. I have 70 pounds to lose here in 2008. I didn't get here with a healthy emotional or spiritual self so that too is needed to change as I journey into this year. Looking forward to taking this journey with others!

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    Concentrate on your good lifestyle changes, the weight will finally come off. Also make sure you are eating enough, I know it sounds crazy but when I do not eat enough my weight actually will start to climb again. Persevere through this, you will do it, I know you will!


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    Just concentrate on eating well and being active. Stay away from the scale for awhile if you can. ( I can't). If you keep eating right you will lose the weight Don't give up!!!

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