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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Houston, We have a Problem!

I won't be having my revision surgery from lap-band to sleeve on Friday :-(

When I received the insurance approval in the mail I realized that there was a totally different hospital listed than what I had actually expected. I have no idea what has happened and why nobody told me that the surgery wouldn't take place at Cedars Sinai because all my other surgeries where performed there. And believe me, I would have went to the wrong hospital on Friday because I had no clue at all :D

Anyway, after some some soul-searching I decided to cancel the surgery at that other hospital and to have it re-scheduled at Cedars. I do not like hospitals in the first place and just the thought of needles and general anesthesia freaks me out already... I am not willing to take that additional stress to deal with a hospital that I do not feel positive about. I trust my surgeon 1000% and I wouldn't let anyone else perform that surgery but him. But in the end it's not only the surgery, it's also the hospital stay, the nurses and the care I'll receive once the surgery has been completed. All of this has to feel right... and it didn't!

I am kind of disappointed because I was really, really excited and sooooo ready!

On Monday I had my pre-op physical, tomorrow I will go for the chest x-ray and I have all the paperwork to go for the lab/blood test once I know when the surgery will take place. The labs are only valid for a limited period of time.

Let's see what will happen. I hope to have surgery soon because the scale is not my friend at all and that greedy stomach of mine isn't making it any easier for me.

I will keep you informed.

Love and Hugs,


Monday, April 9, 2012

Revision to Sleeve....Wow, it's happening so fast

On Tuesday I met with my surgeon and today I got confirmation that my insurance approved the revision surgery for late next week.

Wow... it is happening so fast. I am kind of nervous now and I hope it's the right decision. There are so many more Pros to have the revision but still... it's the "not knowing what it will be like" part that makes me nervous.

Unfortunately I gained 10 lbs during the last couple of weeks since I got that big unfill (plus the 5 lbs that I previously gained). It's a little frustrating and I truly hope that the sleeve will work as good for me as it worked for all the other people. I guess that is one of my biggest fears, that I won't be losing.

I am kind of excited, happy, and nervous all at the same time.

During the next couple of days I will need to get the medical clearance and start with the pre-op diet. I wasn't expecting it to happen so fast because it took forever to get a lap-band surgery date back in 2009.

Please cross your fingers for me that all goes well. *thankyou*

Love and Hugs,


Friday, April 6, 2012

Upper GI Endoscopy

I had my upper GI endoscopy done on Friday. It wasn't that bad because everyone around me was in a very happy mood and the staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center treated me like a little princess. The worst part, as always, was the IV needle :-( I am such a needle-phobic cry baby ;-)

The Doc found a hiatal hernia and something else that I cannot remember because I was too "high" from the anesthesia but I believe he said that there is inflammation and some kind of gastritis? I will find out more once my surgeon receives the report from the Endoscopy-Doc.

At any rate.. I do not exactly know what the "hiatal hernia" means in conjunction with the band. I had a hiatal hernia before the band and it was repaired during lap-band surgery by my surgeon. So something must have happened. I am now on 40mg Prilosec a day.

My mind is now completely set on the sleeve. I really want to have the revision surgery. Actually the sooner the better. I am ready. I will see my surgeon on Tuesday and hopefully we can get this process started so I can have surgery before summer.

(PS: I actually wrote this on Saturday but never got a chance to post it)

Will post a follow up soon.

Wishing you all Happy Easter or Happy Passover or just a Happy Weekend!

Love and Hugs,