August 11: Psyche Eval with Deb van Etten: She asks me how things are, and I tell her good, really good and then "I have to say that when I left here last time, I hated you...." "I get that a lot.", she said. "But, I also need to thank you. I don't know where I'd be right now if I hadn't seen you. I'd still be stuck in a rut, waiting for a medication that was probably never going to work, to work" I told her what I was switched to, etc. She stated that you just need to try different combination of meds until you get it right, it's a common thing. She also said that she knew I was different, better, happier, when I walked in. I mean, she does this everyday. She knows people better than they know themselves!! I can't thank her enough!
August 15: depression med prescriber: Things are going well still, glad to hear. Continues refills for my meds. See you in 2 months
August 16: So... I guess my appointment was at 10am, I thought it was at 9am, and I show up at 8:20am. I check in. "I'm either really early, or really friggin early!"
"yeah, you're appointment isn't until 10, but NP Christine just got here, maybe she can get you in earlier! or now even!"
"Okay, but wait, I have to reschedule my Erika Nutritionist appointment for next week as I'll be in Atlanta on a business trip." She said she'd check to see if Erika could take me today as well a bit later.
NP Christine: you're doing good, looks like you are down 15 lbs, have you spoken with Deb (psych)? I told her how great the last appointment went and that she verbally told be that she would get my approval for surgery. I also discussed the blood sugars being way better and that Ellen would give my approval before the A1C test (which 9/15, i think). With that information, she said, "Well, i think with this information, I'm going to submit you to Dr Sandor for consent."
"What does that mean?" "Well, you meet with him, you both give your consent for surgery, pick the surgery and date." "what?? seriously?? that's awesome!!"
we go to the front desk: "Erin, can you see what Dr Sandor has available for this Thursday?"
"He's completely booked up, he has no room"
"Have a seat while you wait for Erika, she'll see you in a few minutes"
I sit. In the meantime i hear NP Christine talking with Erin at the front. I think she's going to finagle something to get me in asap.
While in the waiting room I strike up a conversation with a very friendly woman who told me that her son had the same name as I do. It's Italian and not very common. Anyway, we get to talking and she tells me her story, and I get more excited about the thought. We talked about the good, the bad, the ugly. She said it's the best thing she has ever done and has never been happier and has lost 60lbs in 6 months.
Erika Nutritionist: how's things? any issues? problems? etc? nope, all good. eating healthier and better. I'm just looking forward to NOT having to eat so much to feel full. great, great, great.
We discuss that 2 weeks prior to my surgery I will be on a liquid diet. 4 shakes a day, 2-3 fruits/veggies a day, calorie-free, caffeine free, carbonation free liquids, cottage cheese, egg whites, tuna fish. Confused, I ask, "All of this counts as a "liquid diet"? cottage cheese" solid fruits? eggs?"
"Oh, and provided everything goes well (with insurance, they clear me), this is our last appointment. Our next one will be 2 weeks AFTER your surgery."
Oh sh*t, this is getting real. I get nervous, I'm kinda shakey
Checkout: "okay, so the only thing Dr Sandor has is for this Thursday at 10:15am."
"um, okay. do i have to be here?"
"Oh! Yes, this is where you fill out your consent, and pick a date and stuff"
"oh my god, ok, yes. yes. I'll take it"
Now I'm really shaking.
Thursday 8/18/2016 can't get here fast enough!