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A Really Big Decision


Tuesday, December 17, 2013



I'm about halfway through Stage 1 of the New Rules of Lifting for Women program. I am definitely getting stronger in a major way (look at those guns!!), and really enjoying the program. I mention this because New Rules was a HUGE part of my plans for 2014. I have a lot of big plans for 2014 - it'll be the first year in about fifteen years that I'm not actually making weight-related goals!!! - and the first was to finish this program in May/June. Then the plan was to go to a writer's conference at the end of June - one I've already booked - and then in July, go through with the surgery I need to repair my belly-skin (severe pregnancy damage).

Back in September, I started doing research into the particular surgery I need to have (a panniculectomy, complimented by abdominoplasty) and the surgeons in town who perform it. Long story short: my insurance claims to cover panniculectomies but rarely does, saying they are purely cosmetic procedures (even if you've had constant rashes/infections due to the overhanging skin like I have), and only one plastic surgeon approved by my insurance actually performs panniculectomies rather than the more traditional abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). The good news is that when I met the doctor, I liked and trusted him. He gave me a lot of good information and said he would submit the application to the insurance even if there wasn't a lot of hope that route.

I haven't heard back, from either the doctor or the insurance, which was to be expected. At the time of my consult in September, I decided I simply needed to save up money for the procedure out of pocket, and hoped I'd have the chance to do that by April or so next year (which I'd also hoped would give me time to lose a bit more weight first, too - want to be as close to my final goal as possible before surgery!). I figured I'd call the doctor back - if I hadn't heard from him or the insurance, of course - a few months before I wanted to schedule the surgery. But then in November, I decided to switch focus from losing weight to building strength, and began the New Rules program. That will take me to May/June, and I have that writer's conference at the end of June...so my thoughts about surgery got pushed back to July.

In reality, however, this is a TERRIBLE idea. Surgery in July means surgery while my kids are out of school, which means they will be around all day long while I am unable to move much. Recovery from this surgery is six weeks long, and that's assuming there are no complications! I'd basically spend most of their summer unable to be with them at all, or take them anywhere, or do anything with them, and my husband would have to be home from work for a lot longer. Surgery in July also means going through recovery - you know, wearing compression garments and such - during a time of year when the temps are 85 degrees at dawn and 100+ at midday, every day, through the end of August. Sweat, much? I have NO desire to do that, or to deal with possible infections from all that sweating... Then, of course, there are the practical issues with the fact that I don't want to be recovering from surgery while I'm supposed to be contacting the agents from the conference, and later, getting my kids ready to go back to school.

This past weekend, Jason and I talked about this. I have a few options - postpone the surgery until next fall after the kids are back in school and the heat isn't *quite* as bad (though really, we've had 90-degree days in December this year!!!) - or move it earlier. My original plans of April - based on the need to wait until after my sister has her baby in February, and until after we celebrate the five family birthdays we have in March - are no longer really an option. If the surgery is done in April, the recovery time will barely have me healed in time for the writer's conference that I've already booked and paid for, and that's assuming there are no complications. "Earlier," then, means January. Assuming that's possible. And if not, then ASAP, and I might just have to see my sister's baby pics by email for the first few weeks.

Which means...I might be getting my stomach repaired NEXT MONTH. emoticon

I called the doc yesterday and they are checking up with the insurance and will call me back. I'm hoping to schedule a second consulting appointment sometime this week, and get things rolling. Ideally, we would really like to do the surgery sometime between January 6th and 24th, the sooner the better. But I don't know how fast these things are scheduled. In any case, Jason and I have decided we are definitely going to schedule ASAP. It messes up my original plans for 2014 - particularly, needing to lay aside the New Rules program AGAIN while my belly fully heals (not sure how long before you're allowed to do heavy lifting) - but honestly, this surgery means more to me than sticking to my plans. I'm nervous and excited and really hoping I can get to it soon!!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SAPHRAEL 12/24/2013 1:22PM

    That's great news! All plans need to be flexible. You'll just slide things out a little for this awesome opportunity that will make you look and feel great. I'm happy for you!!

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TINAJANE76 12/21/2013 8:22PM

    Good for you, Amanda! I hope that you have a great experience with your surgery and an easy recovery. Looking forward to seeing your great results!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/20/2013 11:39AM

    dr told mew 6 months to 1.5 years if goes well longer when not.of course mine happened to be longer because of complications lol.but i am still glad that i had it done.hope all goes well with yours. emoticon

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MINERVASPARKING 12/20/2013 11:01AM

    WOW! That is huge news! I hope things work out the way you want them to!!!

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SYNCHRODAD 12/18/2013 8:40AM

    The surgery may stop the lifter, but won't stop the writer, nor the calorie controller. Keep sparking and blogging us aplenty. I am sure your experience will help others. Lord bless you and your family, and keep you and them.

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HDHAWK 12/17/2013 6:13PM

    It will all work out somehow! Good luck to you!

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LORILEEPAGE 12/17/2013 5:00PM

    Keep us posted! I'm hoping for you that insurance oks this. You're looking great!

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C8TSON 12/17/2013 2:40PM

    Wow! That is really soon! But, I know it will bring you a lot of relief. I hate the post-partum belly. emoticon I know you will be able to get back on track after your surgery. You always get right back up no matter what stops you from time to time. emoticon

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KAMINEKO 12/17/2013 1:59PM

    Whoah! That is some news--and it's just around the corner!

I'll be crossing my fingers for you! emoticon

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DEB62BIE62 12/17/2013 1:43PM

    Hope everything works out the way you want it.

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AZULVIOLETA6 12/17/2013 1:35PM

    You are very brave! I probably need to get this done too (no baby, just a VERY large tumor removed, several abdominal surgeries and a lot of weight loss) but I can't bring myself to have surgery for something that is not life threatening.

Let us know how it goes.

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/17/2013 1:20PM

    Hope you are able to arrange it so it works best with your schedule. Wishing you the best for your surgery and recovery. emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/17/2013 12:23PM

    Woah! I have my fingers crossed for you!

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RYDERB 12/17/2013 11:04AM

    Wow! That's so exciting Amanda! Good luck! Fingers crossed that your insurance comes through and helps pay for it.

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DEZZIEJAMES 12/17/2013 9:56AM

    WOWZA!! Keep us up on all of this! Hoping it goes smoothly for you!

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RINLYN 12/17/2013 9:43AM

    Sometimes our best-laid plans get defenestrated.

Hope everything works out!

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