12 July 2010

Where I've Been & Where I'm At ... Update

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!


  1. Thanks for commenting on my post. I'm going to post a link to your blog.

    I'm sorry about your mom.

    I can't wait to hear when your surgery is scheduled. I am so glad I did it!

  2. Nice to meet you, Amaris. I was banded on May 24, 2010. We used to live in Tehachapi, CA. It is in the mountains NE of Los Angeles. Welcome, and I am very sorry about your mom.

  3. Amanda sent me on over. My name is Pam and I am scheduled to have my lap band surgery on August 10th. I live in Memphis, TN and I can sometimes be a firecracker.

    My condolences on the loss of your mother.

    I hope all goes well with you getting banded and look forward to updates from you in the future.

  4. Hello! Just found your blog. Can't wait to read more about your journey. Hang in there!

  5. Amanda sent me...happy to meet you and follow your journey.
    So sorry about your mom.
    I'll keep my fingers crossed concerning your insurance.
    Good Luck.

  6. Hi - just found your blog. I hope the insurance process goes OK. Can't wait to hear you got approved.

  7. Amanda sent me too. But I really am looking forward to following your blog. I was banded May 5, 2010. I have lost 32 pounds and feel so much better already.

    I lost my mom several years ago....some days are harder than others...she was my best friend and I miss her so much. Email me if you ever just want to talk.