Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hopes Dashed

Howdy, friends!

I am sooooo disappointed!  You all know that today was the day I went for the  initial appointment for the Lap-band system/program.  I was so terribly excited to get started on hopefully, turning my life around and starting anew. The whole family was excited!  We (me, my husband and mother-in-law) headed out this morning at 8am as my appointment was at 9am.  We had no problems with getting there, as we used our handy-dandy Garmin GPS.  I just love Garmin, they are easy to use, the voices easy to understand and it has never steered us wrong.  It takes away the "nervous element" of driving because if you don't know where you are going, that IS nerve wracking!  My husband will rarely stop at gas stations to ask for directions, so we wander around, yelling at each other, because we can't find where we are going.  And those fold-up maps are for the birds! The print is so small, you need a magnifier glass to see it.  Anyway, that was my lil' sales pitch of the day.  I LOVE Garmin GPS and if you need a GPS, why not check out the link to the left of your screen. Amazon has a wide variety there to pick from.

Okay, on with my story.  We get to the place and park. I waddle into the building because my back and right leg are killing me this morning.  Morning is NOT my best time.  I'm stiff as a board and feel like hell.  This morning was no exception, except I was excited to start my new life.  We get to the right office and check in and I start filling out the paperwork.  Before I could finish, we were called back to the exam room.  The financial lady came in first and introduced herself.  She had a piece of paper in her hand. She sat down and started to explain the program and what it would cost. Then, she drops the bombshell that they DON'T ACCEPT AHCCCS, MY INSURANCE!  I couldn't believe it!  My insurance was the one that referred me to them in the first place!!  We told the lady that, and she couldn't believe it.  There was absolutely NO way that I could afford this program without insurance.  The total price was $11,000!!

I just was completely floored. I started to cry, I couldn't hold it back in any longer.  Why does this stuff always happen to ME?  The lady was very nice, she got me some water and said that she was calling one of the surgeons to come and talk with me. I didn't want that, as I didn't want to hear about a procedure I couldn't have.  That was just pure torture.  But then she said that she would fax all the information to another office that she thought took AHCCCS.  The doctor came in and said that he knew of some surgeons out of a hospital-based clinic that could help me.  So he took my information (name, phone, address) and said that they would call me to set up an appointment.  We then left the office, our heads hung, our hearts broken.  What a let down!  Now I have to go through another waiting period! It just sucks!

So that was how my appointment went.  I wanted so badly to report a different when my surgery was going to be.  Now I've got to go through everything again and wait for an appointment, wait for them to call me.  I'm so depressed!  Why does this crap always happen to me???

Okay, on to more cheerful stuff.  The new Fibro Forum is going extremely well.  Last time I checked the membership list, we were at 119 members and counting.  I hope that everyone that belonged to my fibro group on Facebook will join the forum, too.  It's really cool and fun.  I've met a lot of neat folks over there.  And all the forums cover such a wide variety of topics, it will make your head swim!  So please's free and easy to do.  But if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

That pretty much is it for this post.  I think it's enough!  Oh....I've also got some new blog award winners to announce and on the brand new page set up JUST for the winners!!  So head on over to the winner's page and check out some excellent blogs.  :0)

I hope you all have a blessed day!
Until next post,


  1. I'm so sorry. So sorry. I'm sending you not a gentle hug, but a gigantic squeeze that doesn't hurt.

  2. Oh Missy, I'm so sorry. I hope one of the other docs can help you, please don't give up. Hugs,

  3. Thank you, so much Carmen & Patti for your comments. I won't give up, but I'm not going to get my hopes up again. It's just too hard when you fall. I'm going through major flare-up mode right now and my legs are killing me. I'll be checking out the other doctor from this "Bridges" program. I don't know what hospital they run out of. Anyway, thank you both for being such good friends. I really appreciate it!


  4. I am so sorry about this. I hope the other place will accept your insurance and you will be able to have the surgery. Good luck with that!

  5. I am sorry that you had to experience such a major disappointment. My whole year has sort of been like that, so I can really empathize with you.


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