I think I found a reason to have my insurance cover some plastic surgery for me. A real reason. Something I actually really need fixed whether it would look better or not. Although I was worried at first about getting plastic surgery, but then I read some after care guides that helped me feel more at ease. You can read their guide here.
In a nutshell, I had the gastric bypass. I lost 150 pounds. So pretty much everything on my body is.. well… lets just say lower than it used to be. Gives new meaning to the term “sportin’ a sag.”
In the front it’s actually not too horrible. Nothing like some pictures I’ve seen, and I am very thankful for that. Of course a tummy tuck would make an awesome improvement that I would just LOVE, but it isn’t crucial to my well being.
The backside, however, is a different story.
As I was saying, it’s lower than it used to be. How can I put this delicately? The padding I need to sit on is lower than it used to be. (Yes, it’s ok to laugh at this post. I know it sounds funny. I think it’s funny, too.)
Well the lower padding has left my tailbone a bit exposed. It actually sticks out somewhat. Yeah, its as funny looking as you’re imagining. Worse yet, it HURTS.
It hurts when I sit. It hurts when I drive. It REALLY hurts when I sit for a long time. Like half of a movie long – by the middle I’m squirming in my seat.
And I don’t even want to talk about church pews.
So I took this up with my doctor, and she referred me to the plastic surgeon here in town. Before they’d keep the appointment I had to discuss it with my insurance company (Anthem Blue Cross/ Blue Shield). The lady I spoke to there said it sounded like a good case to her.
So I went for the initial consultation. I got info about the surgery (which is WAAAY more intense than I expected and I knew it was big) and got tantalized with the possibilities of how I might look afterwards.
Then I found out that my local doc only works on fronts. No butts. (Sorry, couldn’t resist). So I’ve been referred out to a surgeon at UNC Chapel Hill. (He actually said he could refer me to Duke if I wanted and I said OMG NO WAY – Tarheels or nothing!!)
I just got a packet in the mail from UNC healthcare. I have to fill it out and then they’ll try and determine if I can be covered.
So that’s where it’s at. I’ll let you know what I hear!