You know how most of your college education isn't the actual information that you learn as much as it is learning how to research, study, find answers, etc...? Well, I'm pretty sure that the point of getting approved for gastric bypass surgery isn't to determine if you are a good candidate physically. I'm pretty sure the real reason for the tests and hoops you have to jump through is simply to see if you have the mental fortitude to stick it out. Gee whiz.
I've been in the process of being approved for gastric bypass surgery since July of 2015. At the beginning of this month I thought we were ready to submit everything to insurance. I called my case worker to see what happens next. She looked at everything and realized that my insurance requires a psych eval. I told her that was the very first thing I did (per the insurance's request) so it should be in the system. It was. But my insurance wants it to be within the past 6 months.
So let's review. My insurance required me to have a psychiatric eval in July before completing anything else. Then, once I passed that, they required 9 months of physician supervised monitoring. And now that the 9 months is done, they need another psych eval. It's probably because they know that this whole ordeal can make people nutty.
The doctor they recommend's first available appointment is May 19th. Assuming I haven't lost my mind since the last visit, we will submit everything to my insurance company for approval on May 23rd. If I am approved, we're looking at a surgery date around 6 weeks from then...so who knows - maybe I'll be watching fireworks on the 4th of July from OSU's bariatric center.
I really hope I pass. I'm feeling a little twitchy.