Thursday, September 22, 2011
Today is day 1 of the 1000 calorie, high protein, low carb, mostly liquid diet in prep for lapband surgery next Wednesday. A few other items, such as Tums, are also added to my daily routine. Bought most of the food items on my surgeon's list of approved foods last weekend so I am all set!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
OK, so I have gone through the "hoops" in preparation for Lap Band surgery. The EGD was actually pretty interesting. And do those "happy" meds (propofol) really do a number!! Hard to imagine that what Michael Jackson's Dr was giving him to sleep!
So..now time to wait. I've done everything I'm supposed to (well, I still need to exercise and watch what I eat! and keep losing weight and inches!). Here's hoping for a positive result from the insurance co.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
This morning I go for an EGD, short for Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, or put in plain terms, it's a camera down your throat! This is done to make sure my stomach and adjoining areas look good - no cancer, ulcers or any other bad things - prior to the Lapband procedure. So, when this test is done, I will have gone through all of the "hoops" that my surgeon believes my insurance company wants me to go through prior to approving the procedure. Of course, insurance companies have been known to change the "hoops", so until I hear back, I'm assuming nothing.
Friday, May 20, 2011
So it's been a little over a month since I last blogged about my health, weight, and the possibilities of going the Lap Band route. Here's where I am at:
- I've gone to an initial appointment with the bariatric surgeon. He is the one who spoke at the Lap Band seminar last month. His office has submitted the request to my insurance co to approve the surgery. From what I have heard, I should get a response on/around 6/1.
- In the meantime, I am starting through the required appointments with the various Dr's and medical professionals.
Assuming i get all of the medical clearances AND my insurance co approves the procedure, this could happen somewhere between August and November (a lot will depend on how long I need to see a nutritionist).
I think the most challenging part my mind is still trying to wrap itself around is the nutrition. Today, I LOVE to eat. As my mom has been inclined to say, I'm the kind of guy who does not walk away from food! I clearly am eating better than I used to -- more fruits and veggies, limiting sweets, especially at night, etc. But all too often, it is the quantity of the mostly good foods I eat is the problem. I just rarely if ever feel full, and one of the benefits the Lap Band is supposed to provide is just that -- the feeling of fullness!
I'll plan to blog again in June on this topic. Hopefully with more good news. Thanks for your comments and words of encouragement.
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