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Stitches78

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    Stitches78 got a reaction from Ohcinders in Buyers remorse   
    You're not alone in all this. Just remember that. I went and saw my regular doctor today. He was telling me how much better I was going to feel. Hearing those kinds of things ease the fear a bit.
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    Stitches78 got a reaction from Ohcinders in Buyers remorse   
    My surgery is 3 days after yours, and I'm feeling all those emotions. It's enough that it's a surgery, but it's something that will change your life. I've been big ever since I was a kid. I was a skinny kid, and then I turned into a fat kid. food has been a huge part of my life. But, I keep reminding myself that this is for my health and my overall well being. It's not just so I look good. I already look good (I kid). But I want to feel better. I don't want to be tired and I don't want to feel uncomfortable. That's what I keep reminding myself of. I am having a huge amount of anxiety...but, from what I've heard, that's normal. So remember that. Only you can determine if you're ready. YOu must be, because if not, you wouldn't be at this point. You can do it, and it will all be ok.
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    Stitches78 got a reaction from Tlily730 in Telling family, friends, work, etc.   
    My wife went with me to the first visit with the surgeon. My parents hated the idea, but my mom is one of those people who think they know more about medicine that doctors. In fact, when I told her, she said something like "well maybe it's X Y or Z?" I told her I was tested for those things and she said that the doctors were all wrong. Other than that, I've told my close my close friends, but nobody else. At work I was vague as to why I was going to be gone for 2 weeks.
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    Stitches78 got a reaction from Batty2000 in June 2019 sleevers   
    I'm having mine on June 5th. I got insurance approval back in March, but I had a bunch of things coming up that would have gotten in the way. So, I'm sitting here, anxious as can be. All the insurance hoops you have to jump through are annoying. If I hadn't had to do that, I would have had it last year when I was just under my out of pocket max. It would have cost me 300 bucks total. Oh well, moving forward, just a few more weeks. Good luck everyone.
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    Stitches78 got a reaction from Sharlanay in Insurance Approval   
    My approval went through on a Friday. The surgeons office called me on the following Monday morning to schedule everything. I scheduled mine for a little over a month later due to prior commitments. My surgeons office told me they have up to a month, but most of the time it gets approved much faster.
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    Stitches78 got a reaction from Sharlanay in Insurance Approval   
    Depends on your insurance. I got approval in a week.
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    Stitches78 got a reaction from LeaG in ANXIETY   
    I'm having my surgery on June 5th. My insurance had me do that whole dance of going to a therapist and nutritionist for several months before they approved it. I was cleared in April, and set my date for June so I could go on vacation and do a few other things before the surgery. It still had not sunk in that this was happened. Yesterday, I got email from my doctors office with what I needed to do next. Get my labs done, start my diet a week out, and my last appointment and class with my surgeon. That really hit, and I'm excited, and very nervous. My anxiety is at a 10 right now. I just got off the phone with the hospital and I paid them (bonus: I hit my out of pocket max for the year!), and now it's just really hitting hard. I don't think I've felt this much anxiety in years...and that says a lot since I'm an obsessive compulsive. So I need to really keep focused so I don't flip out and run away screaming. I'm guessing this is a normal reaction?
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    Stitches78 got a reaction from egs93 in ANXIETY   
    I have a feeling I'll probably be like that the day I go in. I won't sleep the night before, I'll be a wreck. But, I have to keep telling myself it's going to be worth it, and it's all going to be ok. Glad you got through it all!
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    Stitches78 got a reaction from LeaG in ANXIETY   
    My wife is really awesome. She's been very involved in everything and it means a ton. My Mom is one of those people who thinks they know better than the doctor. The only reason I even got to where I am is because my doctor, whom I had been working on weight issues for years, decided this might be the best way to go. We had tried diets and exercise, and it just never really took. I lose a few pounds and then just get stuck. And to say this is an easy way out is a joke. I know the amount of work it's going to take, and I'm prepared for it. It's going to be hard, but I know how I am, and I can do this. I just gotta keep calm until then.
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    Stitches78 got a reaction from LeaG in ANXIETY   
    My surgeon has been great. He gave me his phone number and email and has been available to answer any questions I've had. Everyone at the office has been great. Even the receptionists. So, I feel like I made a good choice. My wife is super supportive. She made me a book with recipes and she's even going to follow a similar diet. My parents think I'm being stupid...so I just don't mention it to them. But, I feel like I have the support I need. I've read about all the risks, and even though I know the chances are slim, I still worry. But I get anxious going to my yearly physical...so yeah. I think I'll be ok. I just need to get myself relaxed.
    I know it's going to be hard after. I used to be addicted to other things, and I've been able to give them up...but food is different. You need food to live and it's readily available. I think my biggest issue has always been that feeling of hunger. Hopefully that won't be as much of an issue.
    Oh, and I'm glad to know pb fit can be used. We actually buy it and eat it regularly. Thanks for the words. It's good to know I'm not alone in the anxiety game.

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    Stitches78 got a reaction from LeaG in ANXIETY   
    I'm having my surgery on June 5th. My insurance had me do that whole dance of going to a therapist and nutritionist for several months before they approved it. I was cleared in April, and set my date for June so I could go on vacation and do a few other things before the surgery. It still had not sunk in that this was happened. Yesterday, I got email from my doctors office with what I needed to do next. Get my labs done, start my diet a week out, and my last appointment and class with my surgeon. That really hit, and I'm excited, and very nervous. My anxiety is at a 10 right now. I just got off the phone with the hospital and I paid them (bonus: I hit my out of pocket max for the year!), and now it's just really hitting hard. I don't think I've felt this much anxiety in years...and that says a lot since I'm an obsessive compulsive. So I need to really keep focused so I don't flip out and run away screaming. I'm guessing this is a normal reaction?
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    Stitches78 got a reaction from ARMoma45 in June 2019 Surgery Siblings!   
    Fantastic! I seem to be the only person who only has to do the diet for a week. Lucky me.
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    Stitches78 got a reaction from ARMoma45 in June 2019 Surgery Siblings!   
    I was also looking at compression stockings to help out. But, I think I'm just looking for things to scare myself. I get real nervous before anything big happens...even when I go on vacation. I was a mechanic for several years, and I was always moving. Then I got moved into an office job, and I find myself being less mobile. I think I put on 15 pounds after they moved me. So yeah, movement is very important all around. Good thing I have two dogs who won't let me sit around all day. They'll love all the extra walks.
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    Stitches78 got a reaction from ARMoma45 in June 2019 Surgery Siblings!   
    I'm scheduled for June 5th. As the date gets closer, I get more and more nervous. I'm making a list of questions to ask when I go see the surgeon again in 2 weeks. The list is getting longer. I'm not looking forward to the pre diet, but I'm prepared. Got a case of Protein Shakes and planned out my 1 meal a day that I can have. I think I'm mostly paranoid about forming clots. I don't know why...I've never had an issue with it before, and I plan to move around a lot afterwards. My doctor said that the more movement, the faster the pain goes away. My wife got me a fitbit thing, and I can set an alarm to remind me to get moving again. Sad that I need that. So, between that and the fact that my teeth are suddenly having issues, I've got a lot on my mind. Anyways, good luck to everyone.
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    Stitches78 got a reaction from Frustr8 in Abnormal EKG   
    I had an irregular ekg about a year ago. I got really scared and was told to see a cardiologist. Turns out, my lungs were having some issues due to some construction we had in the house, so my oxygen was all screwed up. Anyways, a few weeks later, i had another ekg and it was fine. I guess the point is, it all comes down to what the issue is. It might be something that was just off at the time. I hope it works out for you. I've had to wait 8 months because of insurance requirements, and as the date gets closer, I get more anxious. Having something like that as a set back can stress you out...but you'll be ok.
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