Julie's Journey

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Moving (hopefully) in the right direction.



Well, had my upper GI and upper endoscopy. No suprises in either of those. The endo doctor told me she would "Call Dr Chae" (the one who removed my band), and call me that week. No call. At the end of the week I sent her this email:

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I was just wondering if you ever got in touch with Dr Chae and what our next step is.

I have been using the Mirilax as you suggested, and it is not making any difference to the pain and discomfort.

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These are our next few messages (the next week):

To: Julie
Subject: (No subject)

I have sent a message to weight management to see if you could get a follow up appointment with Dr. Chae
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To: ELIZABETH SOFIAN-CONLAN, MD
Subject: RE:(No subject)

Sorry to be a pain, but just wondering if you specifically suggested that I need surgery or have just requested I see Dr Chae again?

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To:
Julie
From:
ELIZABETH SOFIAN-CONLAN, MD

Received:
05/02/2011 2:22 PM

I am going to try to get an appointment for you to speak with him in the office and talk about surgery at that time


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Wish she had been a bit more clear. Did she tell them I needed surgery? Did she just ask for a referral to see him as a follow up to the last surgery???


Anyway. Was giving up hope when I did not hear from the insurance company. But, finally they called. I talked to the nurse at weight management. She asked lots of questions. She asked if I had had this pain since the band removal. She was quite taken aback when I told her I had it since November!!!!!

I also told her I had not been eating or drinking (it's hard to do that when you know what is coming) She was very insitent that I at least drink enough to be able to urinate 4-5 times a day. She also told me I should get in to see Dr Chae ASAP. I called and have an appointment for this Wednesday at noon. I truly do not know where things are going to go from there. Dr Chae and I had discussed the fact that a bypass is the only thing that "cures" gastroparesis the first time I saw him. He also told me that physically he would be able to do a bypass in 3-4 months. So.... not sure how this is going to go with the insurance company. Hoping Dr Sofian has already advised them this is something I need for medical reasons, and they will OK it.

Think good thoughts for me and I will post on Wednesday when things are (hopefully) clearer.

Later...

2 Comments:

Blogger Sarah G said...

I hope you get some solid answers soon. Best of luck to you!

May 8, 2011 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Darlin1 said...

FRUSTRATING!!!!!

I wish you the best!

May 9, 2011 at 11:38 AM  

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