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About Rakat

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  • Birthday July 22

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    West Virginia
  • Interests
    Sports Entertainment fan. Fan of other stuff e.g. cooking,debating, binge watching and gaming. Currently binging on OITNB. Afraid of being afraid.


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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Shin

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  1. I got good news yesterday. I called the doctor to see if I could go ahead and schedule for October. That is when my new insurance coverage begins. I have an appointment to see him October 5th! Three more weeks and the journey starts stepping into high gear!
  2. I believe so. When I spoke to them last week, they suggested I change to Aetna. I'll call them tomorrow and confirm.
  3. Apparently, what they say is true, you can't believe everything you read on the internet! Yesterday, I emailed AetnaBetterHealth. I was advised to contact my DHHR case worker and also to contact WV Mountain Trust, the Medicaid Managed Care connection. My case worker was really nice. She gave me Trust's phone number and said I shouldn't have a problem. She was right! I almost can't believe it was this easy! I called and asked to switch plans. I was asked to explain why. The representative changed it on the spot! It goes into effect October 1st. Only a one month(and perhaps a few days) setback! I can wait one month. I'll just keep doing what I've been doing. Eating less. More focus on protein, less on carbs. Walking more. All that good stuff. I don't have to worry about enrollment, special circumstances or any of that crap. Thank God! I really didn't want to have to find someone to marry, LOL.
  4. Today, I was feeling a little impatient. So, I called the surgeon's office. I was put on hold for 8 minutes. Then, I was told they could not find the referral. I was questioned about my insurance. It turns out they do not accept my Medicaid HMO. If I'm able to switch to Aetna, there won't be a problem. However, I read you can only switch if a major life change, such as marriage, is happening. So, I have to find a doctor who accepts WVFamilyHealth. I'm kinda down about it. After hearing and reading all this hype about him and his staff, I was really looking forward to becoming a patient. I am anxious to get this started.
  5. Thanks, everyone! It feels great that things are starting to happen. I can't wait!
  6. I met with my new doctor today. My anxiety was completely wrong! I was referred to Dr. Shin. As it turns out, my doctor had WLS just a couple years ago. He was her surgeon. She spoke very highly of him. She also told me a bit about the process and such. Between now and a couple weeks, I should be getting a call from his office to set up an appointment. She faxed a letter of referral with my medical history included. Once I meet with him, things will start to happen. I'll have to see a nutritionist. go on a diet, take a 3 hour mental exam and a series of other tests. She said it takes about 6 months to get things in order. So, that means this Spring I should be several pounds lighter and feel healthier! Just gotta wait a bit longer. I've waited most of the summer. A few more weeks won't be that bad.
  7. I received a letter from my (now former) doctor's clinic today. My PCP has resigned. I called and was offered an appointment with the new one. I accepted but can't help but wonder if this will postpone things. I've been a patient at this facility for years. So, they have all my records and info. I don't see why this would change anything. But, my anxiety is telling me this is a setback. Even if it isn't, I have to get comfortable with a new doctor. Luckily though, the waiting time isn't long. The appointment is scheduled for 8/8. The original one was for 8/7. I'm going to proceed as nothing has changed until I know differently. This anxiety needs to stop, though.
  8. Nothing really new to share as of late. I noticed today that in exactly 3 weeks, I finally see the doctor to get the ball rolling. I can not wait! In the mean time, I've been researching surgeons, diets, and other tools needed for this journey. I've even somewhat binge watched My 600 lb Life on TLC. It's not a bad show. Somewhat educational and such. In each show, you see the life of a person as they prepare and deal with WLS. Each show consists of a year. I've also have been forcing myself to eat veggies. The only ones I like are beans, tomatoes, lettuce and potatoes. I'm trying to expand my tastes. Starting with celery. It's not bad with peanut butter. When I was a child, my mother never really insisted we eat veggies. She tried on occasion to get us to eat corn and peas but I just couldn't get into them. I hate onions. So, this 6 month diet will be challenging in regards to that. I've also started walking more. It's been really hot, though. The only time I can is late evening. I've been trying to distract myself with hobbies but my mind always returns to this. 3 weeks feels like forever!
  9. Good luck to both of you!
  10. Hi everyone! I called my insurance today. I was told I have to see my doctor and then proceed with any directions she will have.
  11. I will check into that. I'll give them a call tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestions!
  12. I have read about a few but unsure of their reputations. There doesn't seem to be alot of WLS and related info in this state. I have googled their names and such but haven't found many reviews. I'm new to using insurance for surgery. This is going to be my first major surgery. Actually, this is my first surgery of any sort. So, certain things are new to me. By the way, I just realized what I said in my last post "see me in person" lol. I meant she said needs to see me to start the process.
  13. I called my primary doctor for a referral. She said she needs to see me in person. My blog shares a bit more info about that. My insurance provider is WV Family Health, a branch of Medicaid. I'm speculating my PC doctor might be the one who supervises the 6 month diet.
  14. Thank you for the advice. Possible change to health care is what prompted me to do this now.
  15. Hi there! I'm at the waiting for that first doctor's appointment point. I've decided I want to get WLS. However, I have to wait until August to see my doctor. She's booked until the first week or so of August.