Showing posts from September, 2006


My bad! Here's the rundown -- it's not 6 in one year -- it's 6 over the course of 23 years! I was looking at the "Date Retrieved" column, not the "Date Field" 1982 (1) 2003 (2) 2004 (2) 2004 (1) I have a friend in the legal field doing some footwork for me today -- so far she's not found more than I have. I hope it stays that way.

Investigative Reporting

Okay, so I have some issues of concern which are going to require some investigative research. A few entries back, I rant about our online supprot group moderator. I shared my frustration with her lack of details and innuendo which has left pre-op support group members wondering if our doctor of choice is the "wolf in sheep's clothing" she keeps referring to. I used Lexis/Nexis, a leagal research system available to anyone online, and ir found 6 malpractice suits, in 2006, against my surgeon. Of course I know we live in a letiginous state; people sue for everything. This doctor has such an awesome reputation that I'd hate to fall into believing there is anything substatial. So, now at least I have the docket numbers. I guess a trip to public records is in order. I messaged the moderator and asked her if I was on the right track, and she could only respond "I think so" and "there is more". I hate that she's making me question my surgeon at th

Starting Month 6

Yesterday I had my appointment with my PCP, and so it marks the start of my 6th month on my medically supervised diet. I verified that my papers were submitted to BCBS of TX on the 18th; no word yet -- just have to wait.

Vermont Addresses Obesity...

Nice to see that ieven if the Federal Government is not taking a stance on Obesity, that the local state governments are. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* September 24, 2006 By JAMES TASSE, Director of the Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition. Imagine if a third of the population of the U.S. had a life-threatening infectious disease. The government would be looking for evidence of a terrorist plot. It would be perceived as a crisis of epidemic proportions. Well, that's the situation with obesity right now. Thirty percent of Americans are obese — not overweight, but obese — right now. These individuals are facing substantially elevated risk of premature death due to chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Vermont is doing better than the national average, with only about 20 percent of the adult population classified as obese. However, the Vermont Department of Health reports that 56 percent of Vermonters are overweight, a condition which also carries signifi

Like Opening a Can of Worms

Now I know from those who have gone before me and have had weight loss surgery that this is going to be one heck of a ride emotionally . I'm a firm believer with dealing with things and moving on, so I really wasn't prepared for some of the emotional eruptions I have faced thus far. That being said, I always, always, always have to say my peace, piece, peas... whatever. :) I am sure like many others in my situation, I have spent the majority of my adult-life working extra-hard so as to convince others that my weight doesn't bother me; that I know who I am and it doesn't make me less of a person. I try to be confident, and am told I come off so, but never have I felt comfortable in my body. Everyday there is something to deal with -- even if it is just a dismissive glance from a stranger. I've done things that people at healthy weights wouldn't consider doing. I love cycling and I enjoyed pushing my body, as I did with the triathlon... I even loved taking tap

Prayers for our Pin-up Girl!

Oh my goodness! I'm so excited for Danyele . Today is her re-birth -- she's having her surgery. Watch out world, here comes one hot Pin-up girly-girl! By the time you see this blog Danyele, you'll be home recovering. It might get challenging at times, but keep focused on your end result and how good you'll feel later. Truth be told, you strike me as a pin-up girl already! Positive thoughts are of you today! I look forward to seeing an * by your name again! *hugs* Donna

And We're Off!

Well, I finally made it to the point in my journey where I actually got to meet my surgeon one-on-one. I was surprised to find I had 2 messages from his office when I returned from vacation, because I thought we weren't going to submit to my insurance and just wait until January when I'm on my husband's policy. My H. Pylori test was negative -- one less thing to worry about. Dr. Naaman was exactly as I expected him to be. He was friendly, professional and forthright. His office staff was accommodating, and seemed to genuinely care about getting me approved and to my end result. So in less than a week (as of today) the surgeon's office will submit to insurance. I'm fairly certain I will be denied, but it's a step in the right direction. Denied only because I haven't completely satisfied BCBS of Texas' pre-op requirements. But, you never know, someone might look at my 5 years STRAIGHT worth of Weight Watchers books and say, "yes". A girl can dr

My Heritage...

In the words of Ellen, this "freaked my freak!" LOL Thanks Dagny and Shel for sharing! MyHeritage - Create your own Celebrity Collage

Back to the Grind

Well, it's back to the grind for me today. We returned home from sunny, beautiful California on Sunday -- thank goodness we had Monday's holiay to recouperate. I still need more time; I am simply exhausted. We did the pool, Wild Rivers, SeaWorld and Legoland. We also visited a friend's restaurant which just opened in May out in Oceanside. I didn't bring much home with me, except for a case of sun poisioning -- ouch! Much to my surprise, when I did get home, I had a message from my Surgeon's office. They want me to come in for my initial exam! They're going to try to submit based on what Dr. W has documented so far. I'm not hopeless, but I can't say I'm hopeful. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas is pretty stringent with their requirements. More later.