So it was New Year’s Eve when I said to myself there has to be something that could help me with my weight. It came to me well it came from God, to get weight loss surgery. So I went online and looked up everything from the cost, to what doctors, to who has done it and what’s best for me. I found doctors but couldn’t find anything in my area but that didn’t stop me from finding the right doctor. So I did pick a great doctor office Carolina Surgical in Charlotte, NC. I didn’t have to even go to a class or listen to someone tell me over again about the surgery. I have done all of that before I called the doctor office. I went to the doctor office and talk to the doctor and he went over the options and went over everything with me and asked did I have any question. I just wanted to know the next step.
He had one of his staff members to talk to me and told me it was just 3 steps and then I could get my surgery. I was thinking okay just 3 steps yea I will be having surgery in February. Nope that wasn’t the case. I had to get my medical records of my weight for the last 2 years which wasn’t that easy to get. Doctor offices I went to had changed and didn’t have records, one had them and said they sent them and later on found out they didn’t. Another one just didn’t have them anymore. It was so crazy just to get the medical records. So once that was done I had to get a psychological evaluation which the doctor had a few places that they knew of and I could get call and talk to them. Out of the 8 people on the list only one worked for me which was great because I found it hard to find one that I didn’t have to pay so much out of pocket. One I called told me it would be $700 just to have the evaluation done. Another wouldn’t be able to see me til March sometime. The last one I could was just right. I had to do two evaluations one was $0 and the other was just my copay $15. I didn’t know what was going to happen at this visit. I was truly scared out my mind because she was the one that could make it or break it for me. It was truly helpful to go and I was on to the next step which was my last step and that was my weight management program. They had a program fee which was $250 and that is for a year program. The program timing is different for each person some may have to do a 3 month program or a 6 month program which is up to their insurance company. I got my apt on March 28th for me it was just a 40 minute visit with my dietician. She was so sweet and nice and by that time I had been changing my eating habits. I wasn’t the best at eating 3 meals a day I wouldn’t eat breakfast and then maybe eat something and then wait and eat something late. She really wanted me to stop that and eat 3 good healthy meals a day which I work on.
When I started my search for weight loss surgery I was at my highest of 287 lbs. and I am 5”2. Since January it’s been so hard to get the weight off. Now I’m 284 lbs. which I didn’t move much and the crazy thing is I have been trying. Tuesday April 30, 2013 I will be having surgery this is a restart for me. I don’t know what is to come of this change. I don’t know what I should be doing to get ready for it I do have the protein and sugar free thing. But I have read people getting clothes ready for them losing weight. I’m not sure if I should have been doing that. I am really at a lost now.
I really want to share my story with others and walk down this long road that is ahead with me and also for me to do the same with anyone else. Thanks for reading.