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About Pelicanlady

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[font='comic sans ms'][size=4]Hi everyone,[/size][/font]

[font='comic sans ms'][size=4]I am just starting my journey. I have found a surgeon and will see him this coming Monday to discuss my options. I called my insurance company this morning to find out what they require for Gastric sleeve. They say I have to have a BMI of at least 35 and been classified in the "Obese" category for 5 years. I asked if there was a way that I could have my doctor write them a letter stating that my medical conditions would be improved if I had the surgery. So, now I hope my doctor can convince my insurance company that I really need the surgery. I have osteoarthritis, osteopenia, peripheral neuropathy, blood pressure that is getting higher with every pound I gain, high cholesterol, and diabetes runs in my family.[/size][/font]
[font='comic sans ms'][size=4]I have been overweight most of my life and tried every diet out there. I can lose the weight, but just can't seem to keep it off. I lost over 100 lbs in 2005-2006 and managed to keep it off until around 2009 and started putting it back on. I know this isn't a quick fix and I will have a hard road ahead of me. I feel that gastric sleeve is the tool that I have been missing all these years.[/size][/font]
[font='comic sans ms'][size=4]I have been reading everything I can about the gastric sleeve and this forum is wonderful. I am really learning a lot. My step-daughter had gastric sleeve done about 1 1/2 years ago and she is telling me about everything she has gone through. She isn't sugar coating it.[/size][/font]
Well, that's about it. I hope my insurance company comes through for me.

Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Starting Weight: 248 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery: 244 lbs
Current Weight: 130 lbs
Goal Weight: 160 lbs
Weight Lost: 118 lbs
BMI: 21
Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 04/28/2014
Surgery Date: 07/08/2014
Hospital Stay: 1 Day
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval
Pelicanlady's Bariatric Surgeon
3945 East Fort Lowell Rd, Suite 110
Tucson 85718

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