First and foremost I want to thank y'all for being so sweet and supportive during this process. So thanks to all my friends and family!
So if your following this crazy journey; you know that I had a psychologist appointment on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. And it went really well! I loved it, Dr. Serber is amazing. She made me feel relaxed, and we just talked about everything. The fact I'm nervous about this HUGE change that's about to go down. The fact I'm going to see what life is like with a "1" in front of my weight. I don't even remember when I had a "1" in front of my weight. Maybe when I was born! HAHAHA! Just kidding...maybe. :) She mentioned the fact she didn't want me to sabotage myself because of that fear. She believes that I can kick ass and lose an ass load of weight...my words of course...but you get the idea. And I know I can but to hear a complete stranger...a medical professional. It was very encouraging. Then we did all these "how do you learn" test...I mean tasks...her words not mine. :) A brief sample; she reads a story to me and I had to recite it back to her. Well let's just say that test.."task"...was a bust. :) lol I'm a complete and total visual learner. I can't remember what I did yesterday, how am I suppose to tell you about some fire in Cleveland; where a hotel and restaurant burned down before the fire fighters could get to them. Seriously... :)
But she gave me draw the picture you see test, then at the end she made me draw it again. I nailed that bitch both times! :) lol Then it was resiting numbers and fruits and after 4 hours my brain was throbbing! It's been awhile since my brain was challenged like that.
After we talked about everything, she said I look good...mentally. She said I have a good head on my shoulder, I have a good game plan for after surgery, I have a great support system...i.e. my family, friends, and twitter/facebook lovelies! :) So she said I was good to go. Check this off my list. One more under my belt!
Then today came, Thursday June 21, 2012. THE day...meeting my surgeon face to face, meeting my dietitian face to face and the last step before my information gets sent up for final approval and then I'll be getting a surgery date.
So the day began with me helping, my wonderful and supportive, hubby so he could be there with me. Then we parted and we met downtown at the hospital. I get checked in, and everyone at MUSC is so wonderful and sweet...FYI. They called me back to check my stats...weight, height, blood pressure...etc. I apparently shorter than I thought...boo! I'm 5'4 and 370 lbs...I can only imagine all the stress on my body. But not for long...hopefully.
Then they put me in this room and I meet with the dietitian...we just went over what we talked about on the phone. She was sweet, Debbie is her name and getting me healthy is her game. Sweet...I like that game. Then Diana came in! Now she has been my favorite. She was funny, put me at ease, knowledgeable, and just all around very helpful. So after a few minutes the man of the hour came in. The one that is going to give me the tool to get this weight under control...for good. Dr. Pullat! YAY!!! He came in, we talked, asked questions, and decided that RNY gastric bypass is the best option for me. I have the ability to lose about 170 pounds. Let me explain that 1-7-0 POUNDS! Yes an average size MAN! OMG! So after we talked squared things away. I went and had blood work done just to make sure I didn't have any thyroid issues or vitamin deficiencies.
So it's out of my hands now. All the medical people I've met have all agreed this will help me..110% hands down. They're passing it on for final approval from Cigna and this is where I'm going to need all the feel good thoughts and prayers. Because Cigna is well Cigna. :) But Diana said they at MUSC fight and usually get approval with Cigna...after they get a hold of someone!
Here I am asking for positive thoughts/prayers/sacrifices/shady deals/hexes/good magic...etc that everything pans out. And also patience for me during this time! :)
So that's all for now! :)