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January 2018



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Second and Third Steps.

The first step toward bariatric surgery was getting a referral from my PCP. I got that last week. And at that time I was told I had to attend the seminar.

I didn't want to go to the seminar because I thought it would be pointless, but it is mandatory. It turns out I was right. They didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. But then I was one of only a handful of people in the room who knew what BMI or Laparoscopic meant. (They asked us to raise our hands if we had heard the terms before.)

On the positive side I got to meet the nice young man who does the surgeries. He was wearing a dapper taupe linen suit and seemed quite pleasant.

Guthrie in Sayre is a really nice facility. They have courtesy shuttles and a valet service that is really handy for people who can't walk. Sayre is a much smaller town than I thought it was, and Rt 34 practically drops me at the Guthrie campus door.

It was a beautiful day for a drive. Even with all the road construction. I saw road maintenance crews all along the route. On the way back I had to stop for a house being backed onto it's foundations. You don't see that every day. There was nice architecture along the way. I will have to stop and take pictures some day.

The third step is checking to see if my insurance will pay for the surgery. They will call me after they check my insurance. Then I will have to have an intake interview. That will cost $100 out of pocket. They specifically say that insurance will not pay this fee. The best case scenario for surgery is three months out. There are all sorts of screenings first, physical and mental. And there is the mandatory pre-surgery weight loss through diet alone. They have a pretty good dietary weight loss program. I'm going to have to look into getting my gym membership back. But that can wait till after I see if the insurance will pay for the surgery.


I can see your reasons for having this surgery, but I'd have a hard time with it personally. I've looked into the bands, and I'd love to be able to get that done, since I know some of my problem is having too much at once. And I agree, the classes you had to take were for people who are not as investigative and who don't read up on things as much as you do.

But honestly, if I had health care like the medicare/medicaid my gf has, I'd have chiropractic care and the exercise classes I really need to lose weight. That's why I hate this country with it's fucked-up health care system. PA is an "opt-out" state for the expanded coverage for people like me, so I'm just screwed.