Tuesday, December 16, 2003


I know it has been a while but things have been a bit hectic. First I got my shrink to write a letter of clerence to my surgeon. Second I have had both of my sleep studies. The first was on Dec 5th. During that one they hooked me up to all sorts of electrodes to monitor my sleep, breathing, snoring, etc... They also video taped me sleeping. When the tech woke me the next morning she said that I definately needed to come back for the second study. During the second one they not only did the same monitoring as before but they also hooked me up to a CPAP Machine. That was ok except that it made my nose so dry that it hurt. Today I met with the nurologist to go over the results. He said that I stopped breathing 11 times in an hr for a total of 69 times during the first study. My oxygen dropped to 80% also during that time and out of a possible 8 hrs of sleep I got 6. So he ordered a CPAP for me with a humidifier (for the dry nose problem). I go for my fitting tomorrow. The nurologist is going to fax the results to my surgeon. So now it will just be a waiting game for the insurance.

Thursday, November 6, 2003

Well I have good news and sort of bad news and bad news. First of I went to see Dr. Hruska (my surgeon) the good news is that because of how good my overall health is Im an excellent canidate for the RNY surgery. The sort of bad news is that she is now booked up until January for surgery dates so even if I get my approval before my sleep studies I won't have a surgery date until after the new year. The really bad news is she misinterpreted my psych eval report so I have to have the shrink explain to her that he has cleared me for the surgery.

Saturday, October 25, 2003

weight loss

Well my dietician consult went well we discussed what my post op meals at the hospital will be like and how I will need to structure my post op at home. I also weighed myself today and I am down to 357 that is 7 lbs Ive lost since September 1, 2003.This brings my BMI down to 65.3 This also makes for a total of 38 lbs lost since OCtober 2002.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Sleep study

well I met with the nurologist today and he had decided for me to go to two sleep studies. However those can't be scheduled until the begining of December. So I  have those appointments. My PCP's office called today to tell me I have a dietician consult this Friday in Clarksville. I also scheduled my surgeon appointment for Nov 6. My insurance has a program where if you need transportation they will provide it for you and since my car is doing good to get around town and Clarksville is 3 hrs from me I have decided to use this service. However my PCP's office and I have gone around and around to get this scheduled hopefully my PCP's office is able to get this all straightened out tomorrow.

Monday, October 13, 2003

Psych Evaluation

well, the results are in and Im not crazy. I have evidently one underlying problem that stemed from my childhood. Which I will be working on. Also I have a verbal IQ of 106 and a performance IQ of 94 which gives me an overall IQ of 100 which is average. The psychologist has given the go ahead for the surgery. I now have an appointment with a nurologist. So I can get the sleep study out of the way.

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Psych Tests

Ok I did my Psych Tests yesterday and let me tell you that was an interesting experience. I got to play with blocks, imagine things in ink blots, make up a story for a picture, and a few other unusual things :) All I have left are my sleep study and my dietician consult. My PCP's nurse said she would be getting back with me at the end of the week on that. *crossing fingers*

Monday, September 15, 2003

Okies I went to the shrink on friday he attempted to pick my mind and even talk me out of the surgery. However in the end he told me that he knows that more than likely Ive already made my mind up about this so he will write his report as he has gone over the pros and cons of the surgery with me and that I am capable of understanding them and capable of making such a decission. I still have to go back and take a few tests though. Hopefully he will call me back this week to schedule the testing.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Good news called the surgeon and I need to have a psych evaluation, a nutrition consult, and a sleep study. I already have an appointment with the shrink for tomorrow. :) Woo HOO Still working on the rest. Hopefully I can get all this done before the end of the month. Then get in with the surgeon next month and have surgery scheduled in December :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Well it appears this journey is about to get of to a good start. My case manager with the insurance called today to let me know that she spoke with a surgeon's office in Clarksville and they do not have a BMI limit and is now working on getting an appointment for me :)

Monday, September 1, 2003

6 down 39 to go

Weighed myself today and I am now 364lbs and a BMI of 67 thats minus 6 lbs from 11 days ago and only 39 lbs to lower my BMI to 60 (which is what I need in order to have the surgery done locally.)