It’s official. I have insurance approval for the surgery! For those that are unaware the nightmare of an insurance company it is very much like trying to make a phone call on a phone that has no battery. You do a lot of talking but no one hears you. So for this to not only have worked in my favor but in such a short time is about as mind blowing as the government actually functioning well.
I was told that the paperwork would be submitted on 9/3/09 (the Thursday before Labor day) and I received my approval letter dated 9/8/09 (the day after Labor day). I’m still stunned.
So now my little to do list looks like this…
- Attend bariatric seminar/ info session
- Fill out 9 pages of history and mail to surgeon’s office
- Arrange five years of medical records to be mailed to surgeon’s office
- Meet with surgeon
- Meet with psychologist
- Meet with Dietitian — appointment 9/23
- Follow up meeting with psychologist — appointment 9/23
- Surgeon’s office sends in approval paperwork to insurance — APPROVED
- Second meeting with surgeon – appointment 9/22
- Have labs drawn — appointment 9/17
- Take a bariatric class on what to expect at hospital and shortly after surgery — appointment 9/17
- SURGERY — 9/30
This still doesn’t seem real yet. I liken it to planning a wedding. You work hard to pull it all off only to sit back after it’s finished to say “wow, I’m actually married.”