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Thursday, February 18, 2010

I talked to the insurance company again and...

I'm frustrated. I called yesterday and she told me that my appeal is still under review but that my file says I'll have an answer one way or the other by March 8! At least I have a time frame now. I can't stand the way that makes me feel though. I'm like, if the answer was no, then they would tell me quickly. So, since they are thinking about it, it must be okay. Anyway, I'm beginning to think they enjoy toying with me. I want this so bad.

I've been eating better and really trying to not drink with meals. OMG, that is really hard. I hope I can do that. Any tips on how to get past that? I feel like I've spent most of my adult life training myself to drink water constantly. Now, I have to rethink that. Hmmm. Anyway, I feel good that at least I have a time frame. I'm thinking good thoughts and my mantra for today will be, that I want, need and deserve to have this tool! So there.

Have a great day....one day til Friday!

11 comments:

Amy W. said...

I am sorry that you are going through this waiting game!

As for the drinking with meals...I think LOTS of people worry abotu this at first...me included. It hasnt been that hard for me. First, meals at home...just dont have it anywhere near where you eat. When you go out it's a little harder bc the servers want to refill your cup...ALOT. But I have found that if I am eating and drink...sometimes it makes me feel sutck. So that is a nice way to stay away from it as well!

LDswims said...

Good for you for keeping on with the calling. And even though they've given you a time line, keep on with the calling anyway. At least that's what I was told to do when my paperwork gets submitted next month. Helps 'em to know you are serious and committed.

I started working on the not drinking, too. Not banded myself, yet, and thought I'd struggle with this as well. But I've found that working on it one meal at a time is helping. In other words, I've gotten used to lunch without a beverage and now don't even think about not drinking. I finish my coffee in the morning and don't eat until at least an hour later, usually around 12:30 or 1. And I have found I don't mind that the water glass is sitting right there. I've discovered that not drinking water actually helps me to savor the flavors longer...so less food is satisfying me. Dinner...well...I'm still struggling with a glass of wine, when I have one. And maybe that will just continue until I'm banded and I start feeling effects of drinking wine with dinner. But I think, if it will work, that one glass of wine might not go away. That's if I even have it. If it's water or tea, I can do without picking it up. Again...that whole savor the flavor thing. I never knew I was washing those flavors down...and it was more flavor I always wanted which kept me eating bite after bite...

Julie said...

I guess it;s not easy to have to wait all the time like that but I think having this time frame will make things a bit easier. Fingers crossed it will be positive

Debi said...

Hi Tessie,

I too worried about not being able to drink with meals, and at first it was a bit hard, as it was just natural to pick up the glass and take a drink!

My Surgeon's office told me I can drink up to eating the meal, then wait until 30 mins after eating to start drinking again!

What I have started doing though, is to occasionally take a very small sip of liquid throughout the meal. I do this to gauge how full I am getting. If the sip goes down with no problems and no pain (like I am getting stuck), then I know I can eat a bit more.

Obviously, if I do feel like I am tightening up, then I stop eating right then and there, which helps me to not have a stuck episode or PB!!

Michelle said...

I do not have any liquids around me and as soon as I am finished my meal I chew a piece of gum... That seems to be working for me...

Southern Belle said...

I used to go through 3 glasses of crystal light with dinner. So I was really worried about the no drinking rule. Most of the time I do not have fluids at the table when eating. However I will admit that I do not follow the rule all of the time. I drink wine with dinner when we eat out, I occasionally have a glass of milk with dinner. I just don't chug fluids with my meals anymore.

THE DASH! said...

Why do these stupid companies mess you guys around so much? It was so much easier here in Oz - one thing I'm happy about. I hope it sorts - and fast for you!!!
I can't really help much with tips on not eating and drinking together. It's about the only rule I found really easy lol. I never drank while eating so score one for me. I hope you find a solution though. Maybe just keep practicing :)

tessierose said...

Thank you all for the comments! Great advice and support. I really appreciate it!

Joey said...

Ugg! Insurance companies are the worst. I got a letter the other day denying coverage for a medication that was never prescribed to me! I also was denied coverage of an appointment because I didn't have a referral from my PCP. Turns out I did have a referral AND the insurance company didn't require a referral for that type of appointment! Have you ever seen "Sicko", the Micheal Moore documentary? It'll make you want to move to France. Hang in there, girl. Sending you the good vibes for a positive answer.

Girl Bandit said...

I agree with cara...you guys in the States get put through the mill with the insurance. For me I wanted a band, have insurance and so they pay. We do have about $5000 out of pocket expense though. Hang in there

logancummins said...

Waiting on insurance is the worst. By far. At least you have a timeframe, though. Not that you'll rest at night until then.

Keep us posted!

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