Friday, June 29, 2012

Starting over again

Today was very frustrating.  I have decided to change bariatric doctors.  I wasn't totally thrilled with the original surgeon and the second surgeon has left the bariatric practice.  I hadn't been back to the doctor for at least six months.  So......I went to a new doctor.  He has taken over the bariatric center at Tucson Medical Center.  I went because I had been having problems with heartburn and pain.  I also felt like the port had dropped lower.  And the saga goes on.......
I really like Dr. Monash.  He had gotten my surgical records from all three surgeries and asked me  a lot of questions that made a lot of sense.  The end of the matter is that there was a hiatal hernia initially that was not repaired when they put the initial lapbands in.  Now there appears to be a larger hernia that the lapband is going through the area.  So.........I will be having surgery again when we figure out the financial side.  Right now, they may or may not be willing to pay for a revision of the lapband even though it was the surgeon that caused the problem.  I'm waiting to hear from the insurance person at the doctor's office.  My choices would be to do nothing and leave the band as it but without any solution in it or to have them take it out or to have them to repair the hernia and revise the lapband or to repair the hernia and do a bariatric sleeve.  Not sure what to do, Paul and I are talking about it.  He feels very strongly about the bariatric sleeve and doesn't want to go that way.  I need to do some research to decide.  What I'm not happy about is that I have to have surgery again.  I am praying for God to send us the right answer and the money if the insurance won't pay for it.
On a brighter note, I get to sing in the concert Let Freedom Sing again this year.  It will be a wonderful day on the 4th.  I hope you all have a wonderful day too.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Yes, I am still alive.  It has been almost six months (very busy months) since I wrote anything.  I kept thinking that I would post when I lost more weight but I'm still stuck.  Having a bit of a problem with throwing up too.  2 of the 3 doctors in the practice that I initially went to have left and the one who is still there is not my favorite.  I have an appointment with a new doctor who I have heard really good things about.  I'm not sure what the best thing to do will be but my eating habits have to get under control.  I've only gained back about five of the 45 pounds lost but I'm supposed to go the other direction so I need to figure out the best way to do this. Exercise is obviously a great idea but my knee is still disliking me and that is an issue.  I haven't decided when I'll have to give in and have the knee replaced but it will happen sometime.  I am very grateful that we have hired a new technical specialist and when she is trained, my life will be easier.  I am able right now to go and do some extra training and working with the account managers and their customers.  This is a part of my job that I have not been able to do much of until now.
I am also starting an online course that will cover everything that will be on the Specialist in Blood Banking exam.  I hope to take that exam in the fall of this year.  Small steps but I'll get there.
I hope to post a bit more often than I have been.  I was teaching an adult ladies class but have switched to the baby class again (it's what they needed) and so will get to play with the babies again for a time.  God is good and has allowed many things to happen in the past months.  He will always take care of us and love us.  I am so grateful for that knowledge and assurance.  God bless you all  as you go about all that you do.