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    Farida Bounoua
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    Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. athenarose

    Anthem BCBS

    Unfortunately, sometimes I think it’s a total crapshoot how long it takes. My in-laws and I have the exact same Anthem insurance (same policy, in the same state, from the same employer, etc). My case was approved the same day the doctor’s office sent it, while my MIL’s took a couple of weeks and was approved literally the day before surgery. It couldn’t hurt to call the insurance coordinator at your doctor’s office and ask.
  2. Awww, thank you!!! FWIW, I weighed in almost daily during my active weight loss. I knew there would be ups and downs and, for some reason, weighing in frequently made me less obsessed and helped me learn my body’s patterns so, when the scale did go up, it wasn’t quite so upsetting. Good luck on your weight loss and I hope you heal up quickly.
  3. athenarose

    Newbies in LA California area?

    Welcome! I hope you find a local buddy, but we’re all here to support you too if you want or need it.
  4. Welcome! I remember being super exhausted post op too. I think I spent a good chunk of the first few weeks pretty much sleeping all the time. Personally, it took a couple months before I fully felt back to normal. Keep resting as needed and listening to your body. In regards to my first week’s loss, it was about 7.5 lbs (I was 245.2 the day before I had surgery and 238.8 at exactly a week post-op).
  5. athenarose

    Low BMI maintainers: How do you do it?

    Gastric bypass here, but, so far, it hasn’t been hard for me to maintain at all (I’ve been at goal weight for a year and a half). In the beginning, I watched what I ate pretty carefully and weighed in really frequently, but at this point, my eating habits are pretty ingrained so it doesn’t take much thought. I don’t follow a particularly strict diet (I eat ice cream, bread, pizza, etc just in much much smaller amounts than I used to) and I never use protein shakes (I never found one that was palatable). I weigh myself every couple of weeks or so (really, whenever it occurs to me that it’s been awhile since I stepped on the scale) and I primarily use my size 2 jeans as a gauge. If they start to feel tight, I’ll cut back a little bit. I was working out multiple times a week for awhile (after I hit goal weight), but life got crazy a couple months back and I’ve slacked on that. It all worked out though as working out kept me at a lower weight (between 123-127) that basically everyone but me thought was too low. So for me, the difference between exercising and not is being a size zero or a size two, which really isn’t a dealbreaker for me personally. All in all, maintenance has been much easier than I expected it to be and really hasn’t taken much thought or effort as all so far (knock on wood it stays that way).
  6. I just realized that I wasn’t completely clear in my post. The extra six months I had to wait after calling the doctor’s offices was simply the earliest appointments they had available (not because they wanted me to be at goal longer). It seems the good plastics surgeons are quite booked and it can take a while just to get in for the initial consult. In regards to figuring out a goal weight, the scoliosis definitely complicates it, doesn’t it? It sounds like you have a good goal that makes a lot of sense. I’m willing to bet that you’ll have a better idea of an ultimate goal weight as you get closer to 165. As long as you’re in a healthy range and you’ve maintained for a bit, particularly given how much weight you’ll have lost at that point, I’m guessing it won’t be too big of an issue. So many things can vary from practice to practice. Good luck with everything!
  7. You’re welcome. I think I was editing my post to add some extra info while you were typing, but I hope your skin does tighten up. I know, even during my first year post-op (during active weight loss), I saw significant tightening and it’s continued to tighten up, so hopefully you have a similar experience. I didn’t do anything special, but I’ve heard positive things about dry brushing and other techniques if you so feel inclined.
  8. I can’t help with most of the questions in the OP, but one thing I did want to mention is that, when I looked into plastics, I found that many doctors want you to maintain at goal weight for 6-12 months before they’ll even consider doing surgery. I know when I called to schedule consultations, they wanted to know how long I’d been at goal and then I still had to wait six months for my consultation date and to begin the process. I only mention this because it wasn’t clear if the timeline mentioned in the OP took maintaining the weight into account. And in regards to losing too much weight before plastics, I found that doctors want you to be at your smallest when they do surgery because they don’t want to have you end up with more excess skin. I was 6 pounds lighter than I am now (so 5’7” and 126 lbs) when I scheduled my consults and I was deemed the “perfect weight” for surgery by the schedulers. So, from my experience, (as long as you’re not crazy underweight) the more weight you can lose before surgery, the better. Also, from what I’ve read on here, those who were able to get insurance to cover some of their plastics had to have a medical history documenting the rashes, irritation, etc caused by their excess skin. Not sure if any of that is applicable, but just wanted to mention it as something else to consider. Also, as a sidenote (and I know I’m younger and am somewhat unique in that my excess skin is relatively minimal compared to many others, but) I found my skin has continued to shrink and tighten in the 2+ years since I had surgery (and 1+ year at maintenance), so maybe you’ll have a similar experience? I hope you’re able to find some more info from those with more similar experiences to you. Good luck on your continued weight loss and I hope everything works out for you.
  9. athenarose

    I just want a little taste

    Exactly this. Carbonated drinks are a no go for me, but I can eat pretty much everything else in small amounts.
  10. athenarose

    Brave, brave article by Roxane Gay on WLS

    Agreed. My marriage did end after I had surgery, but my surgery had absolutely nothing to do with my divorce. There were pre-existing issues and I was considering divorce long before I thought about surgery. I also wonder if “bariatric divorce” is related to people finally addressing issues that they weren’t dealing with before surgery. Ideally, post-WLS life includes working through emotional and psychological issues and any time someone addresses dysfunctional behaviors and patterns, there’s a chance that relationships that worked within that dysfunction won’t in a healthier environment. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I believe that any big lifestyle change (including WLS) can magnify problems that are already there, but if someone has a healthy, strong relationship before surgery, they’ll be fine after. The article is definitely an interesting read though. I love reading about the experiences and perspectives of others during & after WLS regardless of whether they mirror my experience or not.
  11. athenarose

    New to thinner times

    Welcome Audrey!
  12. athenarose

    That "time of the month"

    My weight loss didn’t affect my cycle at all (but my cycle did affect my weight loss). That all said, theoretically, your cycle could be affected since fat contains hormones, so as you lose fat, hormones are released into your system.
  13. athenarose

    Almost to the loser's bench!

    Welcome! How exciting that you’re almost done with all your pre-surgery stuff!
  14. athenarose

    Hello! New member, here.

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    Hello... New member