So sorry I haven't been on or updating everyone! I got home yesterday and slept most of the day away. I am feeling pretty good today! Just a little bit of gas and muscle pain. Getting to learn my new stomach is harder than I though. I'm not even sure if I'm drinking too much or too little. I'm not attempting my protein shake yet cause it was causing stomach cramps pre surgery. So I'm just sticking to fairlife milk 2%. NUT wants 20 grams of protein and never really gave me a liquid goal. So I'm trying as much as possible!
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My surgery is tomorrow!!!!! I have to be at the hospital at 5:45 am and my surgery is at 8am!! I cannot wait! I did my pre-op body shot video and posted it on youtube it anyone wants to watch! i cannot wait to be on the losers bench! I will be in the hospital until saturday unless they release me early! Can't wait to update you all!!!!
I cannot believe I am only 2 days away from my rebirth, my second chance at life, my new world, my surgery! I am attempting to get my house all in order and I've been working a *&^% ton of overtime at my job to make sure everything is squared away. I'm feeling very anxious but part of me still doesn't believe this is real. Part of me thinks that Wednesday night I will get a call and something will happen.. It's just how my luck has always ran. I am just so ready to start the rest of my life, To fully enjoy every waking moment!!!
Well the nerves have finally really hit me but I'm okay with that. Everyone says if i wasn't nerves I wouldn't be normal. I have all of my vitamins ready for after my post op appointment, have my protein mix ready and will be picking up my week 1 liquids for after surgery this weekend.
After waiting what seems like forever.. i cannot believe it is really here.
There is no stopping us now! I went today and got my pre-op testing and my final surgeons appointment!
I got stuck in traffic on the way there and was freaking out cause i didn't think i was going to make it in time. But I did! I had blood drawn, an EKG, check x-ray and a pee test. Everything went fine except the lady who took my blood wouldn't listen to me and kept moving the needle around in my right arm instead of just taking it from the other arm! A little bruised but nothing to fret about!
I met with one of the nurses in my Bariatrics office first and we just went over what to except the day of surgery, what to expect in my stay at the hospital (2 nights unless they release me early) and what to expect once i go home.
I also found out since my BMI is under 50, I will not have a pre-op diet, Just nothing to eat after lunch the day before surgery and nothing but clear liquids after that until mid night.
I also found out i'll have to have a catheter put in during surgery... that freaks me out alot...
But I am so prepared and sooo happy! I'm going to post a new youtube video soon showing everything i've picked up to this point soon.
Well Wednesday is my final surgeons appointment!!! Meaning the final countdown for my surgery!!
I'm taking a half day at work wednesday and going to get all my final pre-op tests done. I believe i'll have an EKG, blood work and a few others. Then I'll meet with my surgeon and will be able to ask about my vitamins and such to make sure I'm getting the correct one! I'm also going to see if i'm going to be doing a pre-op diet cause when my cousin had her surgery done by my surgeon she didn't have a pre op diet at all except for 1 day.
So I know I'm about a month away from surgery so I honestly don't even get why I'm worrying but Im starting to second guess how prepares I really am. I'm looking through my post op diet list and wondering how in the world I am supposed to get my 60-70 grams of protein in. Worrying that I wont like the protein shakes... and definitely worrying about my liquids... Will I eat the wrong thing? will I make myself sick? ugh the pre surgery jitters!
So I finally made and posted my first WLS Vlog. Its pretty rough but oh well haha
if anyone has Vlogs of their own, I would love to watch them!!!
If anyone wants to follow along its youtube.com/katiesinclair0525
So I've decided years ago that I am way too nice of a person and give up so much for others to make sure they are good or aren't upset.
Same situation to going to unwind with this. A coworker of mine is leaving for maternity leave in about 5 weeks. I have been trying to get everything done so i can try and get surgery before she leaves that way they aren't down 2 people for the 2 weeks i am off. Also, 2nd week of April, i have to cover a different persons position while she is on vacation. I am super worried that i'm not going to be able to do surgery in April and then i'll have to take it while she is on maternity leave!
Its not a bad situation for myself, but it leaves all the work on 2 of my coworkers instead of the 4 of us...
Some times i just wish i could shut my brain off about worrying for others and just worry about myself for once.
One good thing is No matter what I've already decided I'm not pushing my surgery back to accommodate anyone else anymore.
Well I finally got a call back from my surgeons office, She told me that she received all my necessary paperwork and was submitting it to my insurance today. She said it should take about 3-5 days to hear back from them. So I'm hoping to have my approval by the end of this week. I also got the chance to ask how the billing all works and she said post surgery after insurance gets billed i will receive my bills for what I need to cover. She said that they also allow us to make payments as long as we are paying something towards it monthly.
I am so excited. I'm trying to prepare my family too and figuring everything else out so once i get my approval i can get this adventure on the road.
Well I'm all ready to submit to my insurance but i found out last night that there is no way i can get my surgery before may due to issues at home.. Me and my significant other work at the same place, and she does not drive at the moment. She is working on getting her own car and her license, but needs to have a certain amount saved up before she had put the down payment down. Well i found out last night that she won't have that amount for the down payment until late may or early june...
I cannot get my surgery until she has her license at least because i will not be able to drive back and forth to work.. I told her this months ago, and yet as it comes down to the time for me to submit to insurance and get everything squared away, i find out that it all has to get pushed back..
I have waited my entire life for this moment.. i am preparing myself emotionally, physically and mentally, and now this..
It's very hard to handle...
I don't want to wait anymore..
Well I just got back from my Final Pre-approval PCP appointment! I am officially down 13 pounds from my highest weight. My weight rocked back and forth through out my 6 month diet.. It was annoying but i'm glad i ended up a high note (or should i say low number).
My doctor said she will go ahead and get my paperwork over to my surgeons office so i'm calling them tomorrow with all of my questions and to make sure they have everything they need to submit to my insurance!!!
Well today is finally my last visit with my PCP for my Required 6 month supervised diet/visits!!
its crazy to look back to October when i start and was thinking i had no clue how i was going to make it patiently through all of these appointments and now its here! I'm going to call my surgeons office tomorrow to make sure they have all that they need to submit to insurance. I don't really care how long my insurance takes to approve it or how long until my surgery date is, because i have some things I have to work out with my job and figure out when the best time for me to be off for them will be. I am still preparing and am a little worried about the finiancial side of things and being off work side of things. One of my co workers will be going on maternity leave at the beginning of may so i was trying to get my surgery before that but thats a little rushing. I may have to wait until she gets back, which would be around June.. I'm hoping we can figure something out so i don't have to wait that long.. Pure Torture. Haha
So as I am currently typing this, my girl friend is sitting next to me eating a bowl of sugary cereal. I have never been a huge fan of overly sweet stuff but it feels like when I know i cant have it, I want it even more!
I've been doing so well on my Pre-approval 6 month supervised diet when i actually got my head in the right game. But some days I just feel so hungry, like i cannot get enough food in me!
But at least I'm craving healthy food! All day all I wanted was to get home and make myself my tilapia and broccoli!
7 days till my final appointment with my PCP before approval submission.
Well here goes nothing. We are coming down to the last step in my pre-approval process. So many things flying through my mind.
Come March 18th, I will have my final weigh-in with my PCP and she will send my paperwork over to the Bariatric Center to submit to insurance! Still feel like I'm doing this blindly.
The Bariatric Center I'm going through had all of us attend a informational seminar where they gave us a big binder with all our scripts needed, our pre-op requirements and our post op nutritional requirements. After that I've been doing everything else on my own.
Had to call three different places to finally find out who to contact to schedule my Upper GI- From what I know, that went perfect, was never told otherwise.
Called around to every single therapist and psychologist office to find someone who took my insurance and offered the Evaluation- Finally found one and passed that!
Next is figuring out how I'm paying my deductible for the surgery. Its no where near what I was expecting which is a good thing, but they haven't explained if that gets paid prior to surgery, after surgery,in 1 lump sum, if possible in payments, etc.
Oh man this process is so stressful. I just want my approval and my surgery date! I've came this far, and refuse to back down!.