Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Call to Schedule Surgery

I posted the story of "the call" on my Obesity Help profile. So rather than re-writing the story, I thought I'd just copy it to here as well. --- I was sitting at my desk at work chit chatting with a co-worker when my cell phone rang. I checked the caller ID and it wasn't a number I recognized, so I sent the call to voicemail. A minute later my work phone started ringing and the caller ID showed the same number that just called my cell phone but this time it said "Hurley Medical Center." So I told my friend I'd catch up with her later and took the call. It was Monica from Hurley Bariatric Clinic saying: "Hi Pam, I'm calling to schedule your surgery today." I was shocked because I didn't think she even had all the paperwork she needed since I'd only asked my PCP for his letter of medical necessity just 2 days earlier. I figured I was still a few weeks from even getting a call. I was thrilled, of course. She gave me the choice of which doctor I wanted (Wagner or Farhan) and I told her I would be happy with either one. As it turned out, Dr. Wagner wasn't available until November 27th, but Dr. Farhan had an opening on November 13th so I grabbed that date. I meet with Dr. M for my pre-op testing next week (October 24th) and do a meet-and-greet with Dr. Farhan just before I see Dr. M. Then I will be going through the "nursing and nutrition class" on Thursday morning. I start my pre-op liquid diet on October 29th! Which is only 10 days away! Can you believe it?! Amazing that it's going so fast. I have a feeling I'm going to be eating uncontrollably for the next 10 days... I need to make sure I keep a handle on that bad habit. Gotta remember that any weight I put on now I'll just have to work hard at getting off after surgery. And I certainly don't need to do any more work then necessarily. My boss is taking me out to lunch next week. She's so happy for me and knows how hard I've worked to get through all the insurance hoops. Also going out to dinner with a friend this weekend -- didn't realize I'd have a surgery date when I made the plans, but I think I'll request we go someplace yummy. So yeah, I'm excited. Everything feels like a huge whirlwind of activity right now and it's coming a lot faster than I ever figured it would. Once things got moving, they just went so fast. I'm a tiny bit nervous. A lot anxious. My head is spinning. So much to do in the next 4 weeks to get ready. So many things I have planned. So happy. ~Pam

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