Today I got the letter from my insurance company approving my surgery, yay!! I'm trying to stay positive that it will all work out. The major problem I am facing right now s that my partner broke her ankle the other day and may need surgery. Even without surgery she'll still be casted for a while. I'm faced with a major decision here. Part of me thinks I should postpone my surgery since one of us needs to be able bodied to take care of the kids and part of me thinks I should just go for it and we'll figure it out. Thoughts??
So I emailed my insurance company because I couldn't stand the wait anymore. They called today. I'm not happy. Apparently they received the request for my surgery in the mail TODAY, 2 weeks 2 days after my appointment. The woman I spoke with said that it would be a few weeks until a decision was made and that until a decision was made nothing would be covered. They also can not retroactively cover anythng. So, those pre-op tests I was scheduled for Tuesday? Not going to happen. No pre-op tests=no surgery. I just emailed the surgeon's office to see what I should do but at this point it's my best guess that my surgery will be postponed. I'm very sad, very frustrated and just feel let down. I just wish that for once things could go smoothly and easily. I'm up for a challenge now and again but doesn't everyone deserve a break??
One week from today I begin my two week pre-op diet. Here's what it looks like;
Option 1: 3 protein shakes 1 Lean cuisine style frozen meal (under 300 calories) 2oz lean meat 1 cup cooked veggie 1 med. piece of fruit 4oz low fat milk/yogurt 1 tsp reg fat or 1 TBS light fat (margerine, butter, oil, salad dressing)
Option 2: 3 protein shakes 4oz lean meat 1/2 cup or 1 oz starch (potato, rice, pasta, etc) 1 cup cooked veggie 1 medium piece of fruit 4 oz low fat milk/yogurt 1 tsp reg fat or 1 TBS light fat (margerine, butter, oil, salad dressing)
With both options I get unlimited raw veggies. I need to drink 8 cups of non-carbonated liquids per day and that includes any protein shakes, water, crystal light, sugar free popsicles, sugar free jello, fat free broth, decaf herbal tea, etc.
The day before surgery I can not have any solid food and am allowed 5 protein shakes and non caloric liquids.
It will be hard but nothing is impossible with determination.
I am still waiting to hear from my insurance company. It will be two weeks tomorrow and I'm getting really anxious.
Diet wise I have been doing OK. I am trying not to get the "last supper syndrome" and eat everything in front of me. I have had a few splurges here and there but I have maintained my loss and am still down slightly over 31 pounds. I've been walking every day so that helps. I am hoping to maybe lose 2-3 pounds this week before my pre-op appointment on the 23rd.
Other than that things are same old same old. I've been spending more time on lapbandtalk.com and obesityhelp.com reading up on lapband experiences etc. I feel fairly prepared for what lies ahead.