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Monday, August 1, 2011

It's VSG for me!


(Is anyone else having issues with Blogger not wanting to post pictures? I can upload them just fine, but then they don't show up inserted in the post. Hrm...)

I have to admit, I was beginning to get annoyed with my bariatric practice. I called them Friday and asked to talk to someone about the VSG -- explaining that I was done with everything I needed to do leading up to surgery, with the exception of losing two more pounds. I explained that since I was not scheduled to see the MD again, I needed to talk to someone about whether VSG would be appropriate for me. I mentioned that my insurance has just begun paying for VSG, and I was interested in pursuing it.

Nobody returned my call on Friday, which I sort of expected. But then nobody called me Monday morning, either, which is when I started to become annoyed. I called the practice back, and this time was allowed to actually leave a voicemail. I was told, though, that the person would be in and out all day, and therefore might not be able to return the call right away.

ANYWAY, to cut a long, boring story somewhat shorter, late this afternoon I finally got a call back. 'Yes,' the program coordinator told me, 'your insurance is now paying for VSG. I've looked over your chart, and I think that would be absolutely perfect for you.' Not only that, but she went ahead and noted in my chart that I'm having VSG surgery! Just like that! I even know who the surgeon will be!

To say that I'm excited would be a HUGE, MAMMOTH understatement! My intestines don't have to be cut! I get to keep my pylorus! Less nutritional deficiencies! Y'all, I AM PUMPED!

So! I can weigh in Wednesday after the support group, and assuming I'm still at 219 then (and there's no reason I shouldn't be), my file goes to insurance for approval, and I get an appointment to see the surgeon! *twirls*

22 comments:

Mary said...

Hey thanks for following me. We are like at almost the exact same spot in our journey. I'm adding you to my blog roll. I saw my dietician today and my therapist on the 15th and then submission time!!!! I'd jump on the table right now if they'd let me. Mary

Cece said...

All of the hoops jumping is coming to an end for you - yeah !

Jessica said...

CONGRATS!!!! How exciting!!!

Lee Ann said...

I'm thrilled for you! I just had VSG two weeks ago and am very happy with my decision so far!!

http://stealingskinny.blogspot.com

greenie said...

Hi there. New follower. I'm a few months behind you... Jumping through hoops too. Glad to have found someone who's at about the same stage as me.

Cat said...

Hi there! Robyn sent me by. I'm a bandster but curious about your process with VSG and the differences. Best of luck to you and I look forward to getting to know you.

~Lisa~ said...

Hey to YOU! New follower here! I'm recently banded and am anxious to follow your journey!! Great blog!

http://therestofmylifelisa.blogspot.com/

Amanda Kiska said...

Cool!

I'm a new follower. I had gastric banding WLS in February 2010 and have lost 115+ lbs. I'm now at goal. Come by http://amandakiska.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

hiya! I am new and Robyn sent me over! I bet you had surgery through the same clinic..or you will have. I am in Franklin NC and you are the first person I have come across in blog land that is close to me! My friend Lynda is in Atlanta...I am sure there are plenty around but not that I have found blogging! Would love to get to know you! I've got a lapband and am really happy with it. I WOULD have VSG'd if my insurance would have approved!

Fangirl Says/Monica said...

Mary, thanks for following me back! I'm with you -- so ready for this! :)

Fangirl Says/Monica said...

Thanks so much, Cece! At first it seemed like everything took SO LONG, and now it's just clipping right along. :D

Fangirl Says/Monica said...

Thank you, Jessica! I am so beyond excited right now. :D

Fangirl Says/Monica said...

Hi, Lee Ann! Thanks for following me. I've actually been reading your blog for a couple of weeks, but for some reason Blogger would never let me follow you. I just tried again, and I THINK it went through this time. :D

Fangirl Says/Monica said...

Hi, Greenie! I'm so glad you're following me. I'm going to follow your blog (hopefully Blogger will stay in a cooperative mood so I can do that.) :D

Fangirl Says/Monica said...

Cat, thanks for following me; I'm following you now, too. And I see from your profile that we like some of the same books and movies! How did you like the last Harry Potter? I LOVED it; I'm just sad there won't be any more!

Fangirl Says/Monica said...

Lisa, hello and thanks so much for following me! I'm following you, too. I'm sort of new to Blogger -- is it unusual that it will often not let me follow someone right away? Weirdness!

Fangirl Says/Monica said...

Amanda Kisha, hi and welcome! Thanks so much for following me -- I just followed your blog, too. Congratulations on being at goal -- I'll be looking forward to reading all about maintaining. :)

Fangirl Says/Monica said...

Amanda, hello, neighbor! LOL! Did you go through Mission? The coordinator there mentioned once that they had people who came from Franklin for their program. That's a long drive! Did you have to come back for fills, too?

Amanda said...

I come back often for fills. probably in the next week or so. Only about an hour drive, I love it because I get to go shopping, I did go through mission. They were great. I have not been back since surgery.. I just keep up with my surgeon.

Amanda said...

I come back often for fills. probably in the next week or so. Only about an hour drive, I love it because I get to go shopping, I did go through mission. They were great. I have not been back since surgery.. I just keep up with my surgeon.

Fangirl Says/Monica said...

Amanda, do you ever go to the support group meetings? I'd love to say hi in person sometime. :D

Amanda said...

I just saw this, sorry! I forget sometimes when I comment to check back! No, I never made it to a support group. I went to a local one and felt well, I felt it wasn't for me. I wasn't bypass and not really anyone wanted to talk band. Ya know? But I have no doubt once we get talkin you and I will get the chance to say hello. We are a pretty tight knit group of bloggers. Don't forget to follow me and if you can, reply back on my comments page so I don't forget to respond!