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About snap228

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  • Birthday 02/28/1989

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    Albany, NY
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    Writing, Photography
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  • Surgeon
    Dr Keith Zuccala
  • Hospital
    Danbury Hospital
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  1. Hi All! I had my gastric bypass last Tuesday, and I am currently one week into my three week liquid diet. That being said, I still haven't felt that classic "full" sensation everyone talks about. I'm never really hungry (the most i have is head hunger right now) and I try to eat three meals a day, usually yogurt or creamed soup or a protein shake. After I eat I feel satisfied, but I never really feel full. I'm wondering if this is normal, or something I'm doing wrong? My guess is that everything will work itself out when I start eating solid foods, but I thought I'd get some feedback. I tend to overthink everything! Any help is appreciated!
  2. I am three days post-op, and I'm glad to hear it's not just me that feels this way sometimes. The first couple of days especially, I couldn't stop thinking about all of the foods that I really love that I won't be able to eat again, at least for a very long time. But then I remember how long I've wanted this, and I know I've made the right decision. I feel like I'm going through a mourning process; like I've lost a good friend. I once heard a quote, though, that said something like "don't give up what you really want for what you want now," and I really think that's the case. Just try and remember all of the things you've always wanted to do, but couldn't because of your weight, and let that be your motivation. I hope you start feeling better!
  3. Thanks for the support. Just an update, I'm pretty sure I'll only have to pay $1000, as that's my max out of pocket (plus my $40 copay), and I plan on switching plans during open enrollment, so that should come down to $600. I also found out that my job offers a benefit I've never heard of, called a "health advocate" where they will call your insurance company and advocate on your behalf. I've already written them a small novel and gotten two calls back as a response. This board is a really great resource, I really appreciate the support. :-)
  4. Hi all, I decided on WLS a few months ago, and now I'm going through the process of getting approved. I have BCBS, and the further in I go with this process, I find myself getting more and more frustrated. It seems like every time I call their office, I get a different answer. The first time I asked about WLS, I was told it was covered, and I'd only have to pay my $1000 surgery deductible, and my $40 copay for the surgery itself, and it would be covered 100% after that. I asked the same question later (after losing some faith in their credibility) and was told there's a $600 deductible and then they cover 90%. That's a jump from paying just over $1000 to paying over $3000, and I'm not sure which to believe. I was also told that dietitians weren't covered in any way shape or form under my insurance. Based on that information, I found a young, fairly cheap (and in my opinion very good) dietician, and have been meeting with her since August. However, after asking that question AGAIN, I was told that dietitians are covered after a $600 deductible for in-network, and $1200 out of network. And, wouldn't you know, the dietitian I'm seeing is out of network. I love my dietitian and I'm not going to switch now, but if I'd known that from the get-go, I probably would have gone with someone in-network, as I would have known I'd only have to pay $600/year. Every time I call and ask about something involved with the surgery, requirements they have, etc, they offer to send me the guidelines for it, which I've read through and through. I'm afraid I'm missing something, that there's some loop-hole they'll find to deny me. As an employee of my insurance company, shouldn't they at least be able to look up these questions for me? Or am I just going crazy? The latest thing is that I've been told by the hospital I'm going through that I need five years of weight history. I'm only 23, and I've kind of avoided doctors of the past couple of years for a number of reasons, so my last doctor only has records up to 2006. I'm going to see if my previous PCP can write another letter of recommendation for me, and see if the schools and/or gyms I attended have any weight history for me, but other than that I think I'm SOL. And I'm being told this might hold up my approval. At this point I've put so much money and work into this thing, I'm terrified I'm going to get denied and it'll be for nothing. There's no way I can pay out of pocket, not at this time in my life, anyway. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions for this kind of thing? Has anyone had similar issues. Sorry, bit of a rant, here. I'm just fed up. If you've made it this far, thanks for reading. :-)
  5. What part of NY? I live in the capital region, but I'm planning on moving back to NYC shortly after surgery, if everything works out. :-)
  6. snap228


    Thanks, guys! I think I'll end up waiting, especially not that it looks like I'm definitely going to do the surgery (as long as I don't get shot down for some reason). I'd rather get it and have it look good long term than get it now.
  7. Thanks for the advice, guys. I have my appt with the surgeon on Jan. 10, and a tentative surgery month of February. I think I've decided that I'm going to tell my supervisor in our next one-on-one, only because the surgeon appt falls in a technical "no time off zone," (I work at a payroll company), and because I think it's time. I probably won't tell my coworkers unless they ask, but I'm not going to lie either. The bigger issue was what I'm going to tell all my clients. I have about 275 clients I talk to on a regular basis, and I have a very personal relationship with some of them. That being said, I don't think I really want them to know I'm having WLS. *sigh*
  8. I don't have a surgery date, yet, my appt with the nurse practitioner is coming up, but I'm hoping to have it early next year (I'm projecting maybe February?). In any case, I'm wondering when you guys let your jobs know that surgery was a possibility. It looks like I'm going to have to tell them about the surgery, because I'll have to use sick time and/or disability (they made me take vacation this year that would have rolled over to next year). So anyway, I don't want to wait until the last minute and spring it on them, but I'm really dreading telling my boss, and I'm not really sure why. Maybe because it's something so personal for me. Does anyone have any insight into this? Any thoughts are appreciated.
  9. I'm currently on the road to WLS; I just had my second appt with my dietitian and I'm scheduled to meet with the nurse practitioner on the 26. So here's my question - I have a tattoo that I've been wanting to get for a while. I'd promised myself I would go and get it over labor day, but because of financial issues I had to put it off. But since I'm planning on getting WLS, should I wait? I'm afraid of getting it and then losing a bunch of weight, and it distorting the tattoo somehow. It's going to be a cute over the shoulder thing, so it'll be in an area (I hope) won't shrink or change too much, but does anyone have any experience with this? I would hate to wait several months and then have something happen where I don't get the surgery. :-(
  10. Hi guys! I'm just starting out on my journey toward WLS. I meet all of the insurance guidelines, have discussed it with my pcp and have a hospital picked out. Now I'm just cautiously proceeding toward my goal, and hoping there aren't any major set-backs. :-) Any tips or words of wisdom from those more familiar with the process would be appreciated. I've done a LOT of research and I think it's fair to say I know what I'm getting myself into, but more information is always welcome. This seems like a great resource! I've been lurking for a while, but thought it was about time to introduce myself. So howdy!
  11. Always. Talk. About. It. Ignoring it just makes it too weird for both parties, because deep down you both want to discuss it. My current relationship started as a drunken fwb situation as she was getting out of a bad relationship, and I'm really, really bad at initiating conversation, and it just makes things worse. I vote bring it up and have a conversation about it. It doesn't have to be weird, but I think it should happen.
  12. I'm the same way. I've just begun the process of getting approved (had my first appt with my dietitian today, and my second appt with the hospital later this month), and so far I've told only my significant other and my parents. I'm not really keeping it a secret, and while it started out as embarrassment, now it's more of "it's none of their %$#$ business." I'll tell my job when it gets closer to getting a surgery date (and once I know I'm approved), but the bigger issue I'm starting to worry about is that since I work at a payroll company, I have about 300 clients that I speak to on a weekly basis, and I'm not sure what I'm going to tell them about why I'm out for two weeks. I'll probably end up telling them I was gone for health issues, but their next question is going to be "oh my god, are you okay?" I have such a good working relationship with most people, that it's going to be weird to avoid the question. But apart from inventing a fictitious vacation spot, I don't know what I'll tell them. That's thinking a little far ahead, perhaps, but I just wanted to let you know I know where you're coming from. :-)