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I just got the phone call from my surgeon's office. Tricare has now

APPROVED ME!!!

Surgery is Sept 30th

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I am SO GLAD! When I saw the headline I hoped it was your post! :thumbup:

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OMG! That is so awesome! I was pulling for you!! Oh isn't it a relief! I know it was for me!! Congratulations, keep us posted on how everything goes! Best wishes for you!:thumbup:

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CONGRATS!!

This is very good news!!!

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Yay!! Woo-Hoo!! I just knew that they would approve you...see it pays to fight the system!! Congrats, now you can relax and focus on the next phase, getting ready for the surgery. Thats the stage that I'm at. I'm scheduled for Sept 16. Welcome to the September Samurai's!!

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Thank you!

I would not have made it through all of this with out you all. And I think it was you, Aculberg, that told me to go for it back in June when I was snooping here on the boards and just looking into it. Thanks everyone for your support!

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I'm so happy for you! When is your pre-op appt? I start my clear liquid pre-op diet next Tuesday, and I'm trying to get ready for that, and I've been stocking up on things for the all liquid phase after the surgery. I've even been cooking huge meals and freezing them for my family for afterwards, I think theyre gonna hate me! lol At least for the first month or so!

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My preop appt is Sept 26th. My surgeon requires that you can not take pills again, unless they are crushed..meds must be liquid. So I have been looking for Vitamins and Protein Shakes. One of my coworkers sells Shakelee products and they have liquid vitamins, and their shakes are pretty good. Also, nectar sent me several free sample packages of Protein shakes. I don't think that my approval has set in yet. Seems like it has been a long journey but really only about 4 months.

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Congratulations on your approval and upcoming surgery. It pays to fight for what you want. Hopefully I will get my approval next week. Maggie:thumbup::tt2:

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WOW I'm glad my doc lets us take pills if we can! LOL in fact for my pain postop he gave me Darvocet N in pill form! LOL

My surgeon has specific guidelines for Vitamins and Protein shakes...make sure yours doesn't before you invest a bunch in something that he won't want you to use!

AND I am still excited for you. I love my band and I've only had it 6 days!

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