In my last post, I said that I would catch you up to date on where I've been -- why I stopped blogging, why I came back, and where I'm at in the process. Here goes!
Actually, I'm not sure why I stopped blogging in December, 2009; that was so long ago! I probably got sick, didn't feel like tending to my blog, and then lost momentum. In March, my husband lost his primary job. Thank God our insurance comes from his second job, so that wasn't a worry. The problem was, with no steady income, we couldn't afford for me to have the surgery.
I'm a little confused about this, but because my doctor is out-of-network with my insurance, his office requires a $4,000 cash deposit, and with Hubby not working, we just couldn't afford that. I'm going to have to have Dr. Krahn's office explain to me again what that $4,000 is for. It is not a program fee, I know that. I'm just not sure what it's for, since I expect my insurance to pay close to 100%.
I'm back -- does that mean Hubby is back to work? Well, no. My mother got sick in April, and made her transition into the non-physical in June. The estate is still being settled, but my sister (who is the administratrix of Mom's estate) wants to give me the money. She thinks Mother would want that. Personally, I don't think she would, but because she gave me such a hard time about my weight for so many years, I think it's fitting that she pay for it -- even indirectly! It is, however, sad for me to think that she'll never see me at my natural weight, when my weight was such a big deal to her. I know she can see me on some level; that will just have to suffice.
As soon as Lola told me that she wanted to give me the money for my surgery, I emailed Dr. Krahn's office and asked where I was at, hoop wise. All I had to do was have a nutritional consult and watch an online, interactive, program (EMMI) about lap-band surgery, and get a clearance from my Primary Care Physician. Within eight days (Tuesday, 06 July), I had all that done. A nurse needed to review and sign off on my chart, and the office would submit to insurance. I'll call tomorrow and check on that -- find out if/when my packet was submitted. I have online access to requests for authorization for my insurance company; you can bet I'll be watching that pretty closely!