Well, I got an e-mail from my Patient Advocate at the Surgeon's Office on Friday, saying that my Insurance said that my Surgery will be covered, so long as I follow the Surgeon's Pre Op schedule of classes, etc. Which I was totally expecting to have to do anyway! But I am not going to celebrate just yet...I want to call my Insurance Co on Monday, or Tuesday (whichever day they open this week) and verify that it is a go.
Actually, I expect that the Insurance Co just told them that my Surgery will be covered under these circumstances. Because the Surgeon's Office still has to send off for the "official" Surgery approval, once all the steps have been completed! So saying this, it is highly doubtful that I will actually get a real answer from them regarding approval. As they do not want to promise something, before I have gone through the steps first.
I'm just hoping to get some sort of feeling that it is true, since I will be having to put out money towards the Psych and Nutritionist appointments. I am not sure if they will be covered by my Insurance Company. In fact, as I remember, I don't think that they were covered when I went through these steps for the Lap Band....Which is fine, so long as I get the Surgery approved!! I just would hate to put out hundreds of dollars, then be told that they will not cover the Surgery!!
So now I am on a fast track to try to get everything accomplished as quickly as possible! I want to get the Surgery approved, and accomplished sometime between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve!! But preferably not too long after Christmas at the latest, as you never know what could come up to have to cancel and reschedule the Surgery!! Like the Surgeon or myself getting sick....
Anyway, I am happy!! I am on my way to the rest of my life. And although I am not looking forward to having such an extreme Surgery done, I am realistic enough to know that this is the only way that will keep me from ending up being 300-400 lbs. I have many family members who are extremely obese, and I can see myself ending up this way too. I am already back to having a BMI of 38.2!! And I was down to being considered just a little overweight....(sigh)
Anyway, on Friday, Walt and I went to Sparks for their annual Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Walt was in seventh heaven!! I couldn't even tell you how many Food Booths there was!! With Barbecue from all over the Country. Of the ones that we tried this year, my favorite was Porky 'N Beans BBQ. I loved their Pulled Pork, it was so juicy and tender, and their sauce was fantastic! I wanted to try their Baked Beans, and although they were good, they weren't what I expected them to be. Walt had them substitute their Cole Slaw for Collard Greens, and he said that they were the best that he has ever eaten!! And the Corn Bread was divine!! It was so good, that you didn't even have to put Butter on it!! So I am glad that I got to eat it this year. Last year, I had the Lap Band, and I was barely able to eat anything, and well....next year, I will have the Bypass, and will be in the same boat as I was last year!! (sigh)
I am glad that we took my Walker. We ended up having to park about 2 blocks away from the Festivities, and to tell the truth, I was hurting as soon as I got out of the car and started to walk!! But we went anyway, and it was pretty warm outside. Why do these great Festivals always have to be in the Summer???? I was so glad that Walt was very understanding. He knows how much it hurts me to walk very far. So whenever I asked to stop and sit down, he just smiled and said ok! And I think that I stopped at just about every shade spot I could find....Days like that really makes me realize how lucky I am! Walt is very understanding of my problems.
Well, I better go for now, I have so much left to do!! I will post when I have some more to share....till next time....
Aloha My Friends :)