Julie's Journey

Friday, November 18, 2011

New blog

I finally got my bypass date. I have started a new blog at canigetthattogoplease.blogspot.com Please feel free to check it out and join me for the next part of my weight loss journey.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Still waiting......

This waiting crap is getting annoying. The way I figure, I will not even be getting a call from the insurance company until December, at the earliest.

My stomach is really bothering me the last couple of days. It's funny... I will few days when I feel just fine, no pain, nausea, gas... nothing. Then all of a sudden it is like I am hit by the proverbial bus. I was feeling fine the other day, then all of a sudden my right arm started hurting (which is unusual, it is usually my left) Then a few hours later my left started (guess I should be careful what I ask for) Then the stomach-ish pain starts (the one that feels like a fist in my chest). Grrrr..... why didn't I just wait the 6 months required by my insurance company and have a bypass in the first place???? Three frickin wasted years.

Ah well. Such is life.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Been angry lately

I am just pissed off at life right now. My knee hurts and I am STILL waiting for the insurance to come through for my bypass. I know it is going to take at least another 4 months (best case scenario) but it just gets me so angry I have to go through this. I HAD my surgery, I DID the program. I was doing well. I should be having plastic surgery, not be waiting on a seemingly endless waiting list for a bypass. I am so frustrated that that idiot that maimed me is off in another state probably doing the same thing to other people.

I had a girl write me and ask me my opinion of him. What I really, trully wanted to say was "RUN!!!!!" and tell her not ot let him anywhere near her with a scalpel. Instead I kind of soft soaped it and hinted around that she probably wanted to find a different doctor. I guess I was afraid of getting sued. Stupid. I would not have told her anything that wasn't true. I would have told her I almost died because he didn't take care of me post surgically. I would have told her I was pretty sure he was high when I went for my one week post surgical appointment. I would tell her this is the reason I felt that I needed emergency surgery and came so close to sepsis that I could easily have died. I would tell her that I blame him for my erosion. I know this is a possible complication. But really..... 2 patients of his????? (that I know of) This is such a fairly uncommon complication, and to have 2 patients within a couple of months?? Coincidince? I think not.

I am still having gastric issues (chest pain and left arm pain and numbness after eating... and we won't EVEN get into the horrific belching from all that rotting food just sitting down there). Not that this is stopping me, of course. I have gained back almost 30 pounds!!!!

I am so angry. At myself, at fate, at life, at the insurance company, and at that asshole who did the original lapband surgery.

I could just explode.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Today's thought

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realise that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Long time no talk...again

Hi folks. Sorry it's been so long since my last post. Had my knee replaced 4 weeks ago tomorrow. Still NOT glad I did it!!! They say it takes about three months to be happy you'd done it. Guess I have another 2 months to go!!! It is getting easier and a bit less painful every day. Having said that--- it still hurts, a lot.

Had a moment of sweating in pre op when the nurse plugged my weight into the hospital computer thingy, turned to me and said "Um, have you gained weight recently? The computer is showing you up 17%" I thought, "Oh CRAP, there goes my surgery". I guess they didn't say anyhting to the surgeon, cuz the surgery went on as planned.

Unfortunetely,I am up in weight. My all time low was 113 pounds lost. I am now at 86 pounds lost. It sucks, but could be worse, I guess.

Still waiting for the insurance company to come through, I'm figuring it's gonna be at least another 2-3 months for that ;(

My husband might get a job back in Michigan. My biggest fear is that he gets the job and I have to start all over with another insurance (Kaiser is not in MI) and they give me a big hassle/make me do a 6 months diet or flat out refuse to pay for the surgery. This job would still be with the same company (AT&T) but the first insurance we had with them when we got here was BCBS of IL, and they are the ones who gave me such a hassle. Why is it that all of my friends can just walk into a surgeons office, say they want to have weight loss surgery and get it???? It's just not fair. Yes, I will take a bit of cheese with that whine ;0

Well, that's my update... hope everyone is doing well.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Hanging in

Been awhile since I posted. Sorry.

Kayleigh and I went to Michigan for a couple of weeks. The trip was OK, though I gained a LOT of weight. How the HELL can anyone gain 21 pounds in 17 days??? I know a bunch of it was water weight, and my usual, quickly lost, MI weight gain. I actually lost 11 pounds the first 3 days back. But that still leaves an 10 extra pounds!!!

I am stressing because I have my pre op appointment for my knee replacement in 3 days. I am concerned that with my recent weight gain (it will be around 20 pounds since I saw the surgeon) that he will refuse to do my surgery at this time. I know that with knee replacements they are very picky about weight/weight gain.

Still waiting to hear from the insurance company.... again. The nurse in charge of bariatrics there had told me she would call me "next Tuesday".. when I hadn't heard from her by Friday I started calling and sending emails. I heard from her the next Wednesday. She told me the surgeon (the exact same one who said I should have surgery sooner, and that he would request it) told her that in his opinion I did not need to be expedited, which means I will have to wait my turn. She told me she would get ahold of the gastro doctor and see if her opinion on this differed. She would "call me back" This was almost 2 weeks ago. I did send a email to the gastro doctor letting her know Natalie (the nurse) would be in touch with her. Never heard back from her either.

So, as things stand right now, I am having my knee replaced July 7 (assuming the surgeon does not refuse to do it) and I will probably be up for a bypass sometime early next year!!!

Tired of pain and misery.

I'll post after my appointment on Thursday.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Well, called the surgeon's office this morning. I was told I need to call the scheduler at Kaiser. So.... I call her, she is in the weight management department. Left a message, she just called back. Turns out I am NOT approved for surgery. I am approved to go see the surgeon. WTF????????? I just saw him 3 weeks ago. Now I have to talk to the head nurse of the weight management department on a phone consult Friday morning.


This was the first line form the letter I recieved:

Kaiser Permanente has authorized the service(s) that have been requested by your health care provider. Your authorization has been sent to the provider listed below. Please call this provider to make an appointment.

All that jsut for a consult???? Which, by the way, THEY set up for me 3 weeks ago.

He TOLD me he was going to suggest I have the surgery soon to help cure this painful medical condition.

I HATE insurance. Grrrrrrrrr