|REQUIRED SEMINAR - CHECK!
||[Jun. 24th, 2007|06:46 pm]
And then you're someone you are not . . .
Yesterday I completed the two hours seminar on weight loss surgery, as required by Dr. Michael Snyder, M.D., who I have chosen as my surgeon. I had previously completed this in August of 2004, as I had at that time attempted to be approved for surgery through my insurance (Aetna). During the course of the six months of required dieting, my husband's employer changed insurance plans and our new plan excluded weight loss surgery. After speaking with Dr. Snyder following the presentation, I was relieved to find out that I am eligible for something called "re-upping," which means they can pull my chart and use the previous information gathered -- this means I won't have to repeat certain tests.
I'm particularly relieved about this, as I actually put off pursuing surgery again because of the arterial blood-gas draw I had to do for my pulmonary functioning test back in 2005. My God, that test was single-handedly the most painful thing I've ever endured in my life, and I include childbirth in that statement. ABG determines whether a person has an adequate amount of oxygen in his or her blood, and also if one's blood is properly PH balanced. The blood is drawn directly from the artery, though, in my case at the wrist. The tech warned me that this particular test was "hit or miss" (nice pun, dude) and, well, I guess I got the "miss." My reaction was like a kid getting vaccinated, and I bawled and drew away uncontrollably -- I couldn't help myself! It was totally an inherent reaction to the pain. I was left with residual numbness and a pinching sensation in my wrist that took over a year to totally go away. So, yes, I'm beyond relieved to not have to go through an ABG test again. In speaking with Dr. Snyder, he indicated that he would provide a written exclusion for me. I should mention that my pulmonary functioning test in 2005 was excellent at 96%, which I'm sure is part of the reason that I can skip the ABG this time.
I do, however, think I need a sleep study. I'm pretty sure I have sleep apnea and I may need CPAP or oxygen after surgery. I have all the symptoms of apnea, especially thunderous snoring that is cacophanous enough to wake the dead . . . *shoos zombies from room* . . . I often wake up choking for breath and I am more often tired than not, no matter how much sleep I get. If for some reason a sleep study necessitates an ABG, I will see if they will do it by sedating me. Maybe some nice Versed would help . . .
I'm going in as a self-pay, which with Dr. Snyder is approximately $22,950.00. I have taken out a personal loan and added an extra $3,000.00 to the loan to cover extra expenses, such as protein drinks, medication, housecleaning and sundries.
People pay more than that for a car, so *shrug* I'm looking at it as an investment in my future and my health. In my mind it falls under positive debt, rather than negative.
Tomorrow I will call Dr. Snyder's office to schedule a consult. I'll keep you updated! With the re-upping, it looks like I may not have to wait as long as those going through the insurance process. Frankly, that's a relief.