A reminder that we have a general set of guidelines that are available at http://www.thinnertimesforum.com/guidelines/. If you have any questions or concerns, you may express them to me or a Community Leader directly. Thank you, John Callery
COBRA is the management portion of your insurance. All benefits remain exactly the same, except you pay full premium. You keep the same doctors and insurance card. If you are pre-approved, that should carry over. You can cancel COBRA anytime and go with a different plan. I was surprised my COBRA was more affordable than I thought. I've done COBRA in the past and it was $700/month. Current COBRA is $400/month. I was going to go with health exchange 7/1/2015 as I haven't used any of my benefits in years....on June 26th, I was hospitalized for an emergency related to my RNY. In one day, I met my max out of pocket and now need f/u, additional labs and testing, etc. I found out when I was in the hospital, the new plan wouldn't cover anything that occurred within the 60 days prior to the plan start and I would need to go 3 months before they covered any f/u stuff and start all over with the deductibles.
Don't forget, with massive weight loss, you can easily carry 20+ pounds of extra, saggy skin. I knew a person, 450+, got to 220 in 12 months. To remove the excess skin was going to cost $25K at the time
I follow a ketogenic diet now. No clue on calories....it's how I lost 20 pounds I had gained back in spite of sticking to my original low car, low fat, high protein diet. My cholesterol is the best it has ever been.
They are all tools....and only work if you use it properly. I've known plenty of people to regain all of their weight back oft RNY and even the more extreme, duodenal switch. I've met a few who have had 2-3 gastric surgeries and regain their weight....the're more to it than having a procedure done. It's a whole new mind-set and lifestyle to achieve long-term success.
Yep..the size ranges are tighter in the lower numbers....5 lbs is a size difference from 0, 2,4,6,8....about size 10, you get more leeway...then you get into tents....I always hated no nice, tailored clothing for larger sizes unless you spent $200+ for an item
Some of it is very normal.....I went to monthly therapy sessions the first year post-op....the hormones are flooding your body with the rapid loss and the many changes in your life affects your emotional health. If you're feeling like hurting yourself in any way, get immediate help.
I have had two GI bleeds at the same site.... in 2006 and again in 2008.....then I had a small bowel obstruction this year. It's a life long of unknown risks....still better than diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases that occur with morbid obesity. Take nothing for granted and live life...never know what may be next in life.