Well, I did it. At least I think so.
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.” Continue reading
I took a shower yesterday.
You know you’re in bad shape when that’s news. But I am, and it is. It’s now been a solid month since my emergency surgery, and just over three weeks since the incision became infected. Since then, I’ve basically been sleeping most of the time, or just laying around. After a month of that, I have no energy.
Since I hadn’t seen myself without clothes for a while, it was more than the normal shock. You see, with clothes on, I look pretty darn good. I’m somewhere between a size 8 and a 10, depending on where I’ve tried stuff on. And I’ve even begun to see myself as being this size.
But once the clothes came off… Well, it’s a bit jarring to see my sagging skin. I’ve lost 10 pounds pretty quickly during this ordeal, and those pounds have been the hardest on my skin.
My stomach looks like melted candle wax. Continue reading
Gasp! Who Knew? OMG!
OK, enough sarcasm. This story (“Weight Loss Surgery Can Leave Saggy Skin“) came in while I was too busy to post, but I just had to revisit it. Mostly because I have a psychological need to be snarky this morning, and because I’ve always hoped that by the time I’m ready for plastic surgery (maybe this time next year?) BCBSNC will cover it. They sent me a letter when they approved my gastric bypass informing me that they would not cover plastics. But I shall stubbornly cling to hope.
And in fact, the article says that more insurance companies are beginning to cover plastics. The key is to have your PCP document problems – any rashes or pain or sores will help. (Does just being grossed out because my skin looks like that of an 80-year-old woman count?)
Here’s a link to the video version (sorry, they have a notice saying you can’t reprint the article and they won’t allow embedding – hope they don’t get ticked about the screenshot of the video above):
Best of luck to Sue, even though I’d rather go to UNC hospitals than Duke. It’s a TarHeel Thang.
I recently saw this report on FoxNews.com about a woman who’d lost 185 pounds through Gastric Bypass. The problem? Now she has hanging skin.
It’s something to consider. As I work my way down the scale, it’s certainly starting to bother me. Sure, I look great with clothes ON, but come bath time… all I can say is YUCK.
How are you dealing with it? Or, how do you plan to? My insurance company told me up front that they would not pay for plastics after my gastric bypass. And with costs in the thousands, well… Let’s just say I’m looking around for another idea. I’ll let you know if I find one.
Till then, check this story out: