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  2. Mine too. The surgeon didn't require it though. Sent from my SM-N960U using BariatricPal mobile app
  3. Briswife15

    BCBS but employer opted out

    I agree with Gradycat. It is not like they cover it but denied you. Then you could appeal. If your employer just choses chooses not to to purchase that coverage you are kind of stuck. So sorry! Maybe ask HR if they would consider adding it next time they purchase their coverage. If enough folks ask maybe they will cover it. Sent from my SM-N960U using BariatricPal mobile app
  4. Sberryblond

    April 2019 Surgeries!

    Keep in mind that our daily goal is 60-80 grams of protein a day, not 80, so quit stressing yourself out and know that the upper end will come eventually!
  5. I had to be on a medically supervised diet for 6 months, although they did not dictate how much I had to lose. Over the 6 months I probably lost 15 pounds. Sent from my SM-N960U using BariatricPal mobile app
  6. Oh no y'all didn't... I'm the Corny Meme King 😁😁😁😁😁😁
  7. I had my vsg on Monday 22nd and I'm trying so hard to get my liquids in but its weird when I'm sipping water I keep making this gurgling noise lol. Anyone else have this going on? Also how many ounces are you able to get in? I'm not sure what is normal Sent from my SM-G930V using BariatricPal mobile app
  8. Damn girl... Meanwhile tempting the dumping fates 😓
  9. Yes. My insurance required that i be on a medically supervised diet for three months. I had to be weighed monthly and submit progress reports through my dietitian. I guess they wanted proof that i was committed to weight loss and a good investment in my own insurance benefits! I lost 8 lbs. the first month but then gained 5 pounds back in the second (which turned out to be PMS) and then lost 3 in the last month. Despite the yo-yo i was approved. It was frustrating but i paid only $350 out of pocket for everything.
  10. GradyCat

    BCBS but employer opted out

    I don't think there's an appeal level there for you if your employer opted out of that specific coverage under your plan
  11. No, I didn't have any requirements for approval other than meeting BMI and comorbidities. I didn't even have to do six months of weight loss management.
  12. GradyCat

    What Counts as Water

    Yes, any sugar-free liquid. I even include my protein shakes as liquid intake.
  13. OhMyGracious!

    April 2019 Surgeries!

    Consider Protein Water. Premier Protein Water has 20g protein, but counts as water too. I have to add Crystal Light to cut the aftertaste, but it’s been a lifesaver for me.
  14. Mine didn't. The only thing he had me do was the pre-op liquid diet for 5 days to shrink my liver.
  15. My BCBS is through the hospital I work for. The hospital has opted not to pay for bariatric surgery. My question is, who do I appeal to? If I have my doctors send letters, what department or job title do they send it to? The insurance company won't help because they say it is my employers choice. Any suggestions appreciated.
  16. westponka

    When Can I Ride?

    my friend can help you, wait!
  17. Colorado Cowgirl

    April 2019 Surgeries!

    April 1st sleeve. In soft/solid stage. I find that if I add flavor and light spice to my food I enjoy my food better. For instance I add salsa to canned chicken and really enjoy the taste. Just tried Wendys chili last night and it was yummy. Seeing energy levels get better. Started gym on Tuesday. Overall. I feel like I'm doing well.
  18. VSG_Me_2019

    Experiences with Phentermine?

    I took Phentermine for several months before I decided to have surgery. It helped control my appetite for sure, but it also gave me mood swings, dry mouth, & completely killed my sex drive.
  19. Bari_KS

    What Counts as Water

    Anything fluid
  20. RHCD

    Non Scale Victories

    So this is a weird one. Last night while taking a bath if I had my knees bent and touching and there was an honest to goodness visible gap. Like I could see thru it and had to really contort myself to close it.
  21. Thanks so much I will look. Can you be more specific which one?
  22. ErinshayWV

    First Day of Liver Shrink Diet

    The clear protein drinks are easier to get down if you don’t like the milky ones. Test drive Syntrax Nectar, Isopure or Premier cleat. My surgery is April 30th!!
  23. Hey folks - my main reason for seeking RNY is my type 2 diabetes. I think I am a bit of an outlier given my history with PCOS, the young age I was diagnosed with diabetes and started on insulin, and how little improvement I've seen despite following a strict ketogenic diet for over a year. My PCP has told me I might still need insulin after surgery, which is fine, but disappointing, but he thinks I will have a much easier time keeping a good a1C. My biggest fear is that I will also be an outlier among people who have had the surgery and will be right where I am after going through all of that. Did anyone else with really resistant diabetes see improvements? Thanks.
  24. ErinshayWV

    Protein making me nauseous

    Also, they make clear protein drinks now, Isopure, Nectar, Premier, which don’t give you that sometimes gag-reaction to milkshakes.
  25. ErinshayWV

    Protein making me nauseous

    I got the smallest Yeti tumbler, double walled insulation, will keep your milky-shake cool for hours.😉
  26. nenes78

    amusement parks post-op

    One of the best NSV since surgery as being able to go to Six Flags and ride any coaster. I had not been able to go on 80% of the rides in the last 15 years because of the girth I was at. I love them just the same and they feel no different now.
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