I am new to the community of surgery of any kind....
I am new to the community of surgery of any kind. I have wanted to get breast reduction surgery for about 5 years now but I have been scared that I will be denied by my insurance (medicaid) because I am overweight. I am 5'8" and 228 pounds. I am considered obese but I have actually lost close to 25 pounds since the beginning of September 2013. It is now October 30th so within two months I feel that is a really good number. I have already called my doctor for previous years and gave them the heads up that my surgeon will be calling for any medical records detailing back/neck/ shoulder pain. I have a consultation on November 15th at 4 PM.
Am I a G or an H?
When I went to my doctor the other day she asked what my bra size was. when I told her a G she was really surprised. Most people don't realize my breasts are as big as they are because I try my best to conceal them. Back in September when I first decided to lose weight I measured myself and realized that instead of wearing a DD or a DDD like I thought I wore I was actually supposed to be wearing a G. So I ordered a G from online (because there are no stores around her where you can buy them from) and when I got it it was amazing. I fit in it really well. That is I thought I did because I was so used to squeezing into a DD that there was just so much more room. But yesterday with the G bra on I measured myself again and now I believe I am really supposed to be wearing an H. I'm 8'' in difference between band and cup and most charts I have seen say that should be an h cup! Holy cow that is just crazy.
Only ten days until my consultation!
I got my recommendation letter from my chiropractor yesterday. She is such a great woman. She joked with me about not writing one for me because she was afraid she would lose my business if I got smaller boobs but in the end she wrote it and I was so happy. I have my permission to release medical records paper ready to fax to my old doctor so that my surgeon can get info for insurance. I am trying to think of everything I can do to get approved and I was even thinking how wonderful would it be if I got approved and able to have my surgery before Christmas? I know it is a long shot but if my consultation is the 15th of Nov. and the insurance gets back to me within the two weeks after that and my surgeon doesn't have to busy of a schedule it might happen! It would be great because I usually get about 2 weeks off for Christmas break from my job so I wouldn't have to miss to much pay....
Well anyway, a girl can hope right? LOL Wish me Luck Ladies!
One week until consultation!
I am dying! I can't wait for my consultation so I can get this thing going! Wish I would have gone with the first appt. time available but I didn't because I had to work. Now I am wishing I would have just skipped work that day because the waiting is killing me! Anyways, I have been out shopping lately and I was checking out the matching panties and bras! OMG they are so cute! I haven't owned any since the beginning of high school 12-13 years ago! This weekend I am going to find my goal bra. I have pics of before and after to show the surgeon what I am hoping for and ones I don't like. My friends at work are starting to get freaked out by me because I keep staring at their boobs. I am totally boob obsessed right now. Well here are some pics. May I will post more later.
Consultation on friday!
Ugh.... it has seemed like such a long time since I set up the appointment. At this rate I know all the other parts of waiting (waiting for approval, waiting for surgery, waiting for drains to come out, waiting to heal) are gonna be killer. But I know it will totally be worth it. So anyway, I got stuff at the dollar tree for after surgery ( pads and gauze for dressings, paper tape, and Cocoa butter too) but I am not sure if I will use the paper tape if I can find something better. I bought the fruit of the loom front closure bra size 42 from walmart and tried it on and I love it! It fit me decently right now pre surgery so I actually wore it to work today, and I bought a new one size 38 for after surgery. I hope it will be the right size. I am continuing my weight loss. I'm now 223 so that is another 5 pounds off of me and my cup size hasn't changed but my band size did. I was 41.5 (rounded up to 42) and I just measured last night and it dropped to 40. I am still hoping for a December surgery so I hope the insurance company decides quickly once they get my info. I will be one of those crazy woman who call every day until I hear if I have to! I have also been wondering about size as well. I am undecided about where I want to be post surgery because I feel like I wouldn't identify with myself with small boobies! I have always been the girl with big knockers (just like all of you). I'm tall and stocky, but up until about two months ago I thought I was wearing DD's and when I realized I was really a GG/H I was blown away. Even when I thought I was DD it was too big for me to fathom so I think a large C would be the best for me.I know I need to be porportionate too so I hope a C will be good as a D is just to close to a DD for me to want anything to do with! Anyway, if you are reading this wish me luck that I get approved! I
Going for my consultation today! I'm nervous, and normally I am not but when I do get nervous I sweat. Poor doctor is going to have to examine me all gross and sweaty. Guess that will just add to the list of my problems that are caused by my huge boobs. LOL
I just finished my consultation. The doctor was very knowledgeable and she made me feel comfortable as well. She said I am a great candidate for surgery and the only thing she sees that may hold me back from getting approval from is not having recent physical therapy. So I have been referred to do that in the mean time but she will turn in the papers on Monday so we can wait for an answer. I will have to get a mammogram because there are parts of dense tissue but she doesn't see it coming out bad. So now I'm playing the waiting game.
A little humor to keep me going .....
At my consult yesterday my PS told me that she will try really hard to make my breasts sisters once the op was done but they may end up cousins! LOL she said it is like that for all ops and that she has had so many patients worried about being perfectly symmetrical. I told her as long as they are a lot smaller I don't care! I was laughing so hard when I left my husband (who was in the car waiting) was so confused. He didn't get it when I told him so I had to explain in detail. He asked that they at least be related somehow! LMAO
At the consult my PS ordered a breast reduction and physical therapy as well as a trip to my PCP for my shortness of breath. I had my first PT session yesterday and it went well. The therapist acted sort of put out that I was only there as an insurance requirement. My PS did not say why she wanted me to attend PT so when I told him it was basically because my insurance will most likely not cover my surgery unless I had participated in PT he was upset. I don't blame him because in all honesty it does seem like a big waste of time for him and me! I think some of the things he worked with me on will help for after surgery though so it won'e a total loss. I need to work on my posture as my big boobs have made it really hard for me to sit straight up and I have a very noticeable hunchback. Then today I went to my PCP for my check up for the shortness of breath and she ordered chest x-rays and blood work as well as a lung test. I was todl the blood work and xrays could be done in the same building but had to schedule an appointment with another building for the lung test on a different day. So I went down for blood work and after checking in and waiting for 3 minutes the secretary asked me if I had anything to eat yet. Seeing as how it was almost 4:30 by this time I was surprised that she asked because duh yes I had! well that nixed my blood work as one of the tests needed me to fast for 8-10 hours ahead of time. Waste of 30 minutes! i was upset because I was missing work for nothing. Then I go to my chest xray. It went well and I went back to work. So now I have physical therapy 2 times a week for one month and more after that, a mamogram that is schedule in a town 2 hours away from my town, a lung test, and a sleep test as well. these all take place the next town over which is 16 miles from my house and gas is not cheap! On top of all this I am scared I will be losing insurance soon because my husband is in the process of switching to a new job! I can't take the pressure! PS said they were going to submit the claim without PT and should have done it yesterday but I called my insurance today just o confirm they receive a claim and they havent! I know I am being a tad over dramatic and over obsessive but I really need and want this!
Been on the phone all week back and forth with drs, insurance and ps. Called ps.dept to see if the.info had been submitted yet and they said yes. Called insurance and they didn't have it. So lady for insurance call ps office and they told her they were waiting on my photos to come back. They said sometime next week. Hopefully by wednesday because thursady is turkey day. Im just so frustrated. Insurance will only last maybe for the next two months and once they get info it could take up to 14days for a decision. Then I could get denied because I don't have enough physical therapy. What is a girl to do? It sucks hubby has to decide to switch jobs all of a sudden!