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It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005


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Gastric bypass

A friend of mine from a chat room revealed to me last night that he used to weigh over 600 pounds, and is now just over 200 due to a gastric bypass.

I oohed and ahhed as was deserved, and then told him how I can't get one because while Medicaid will pay for the procedure, the nearest surgeon who will accept Medicaid for payment is in Austin, way too far to go for the required twice weekly for six months pre-operative support group meetings.

My friend said: Have you checked out the local university hospitals?

Well, no, I hadn't thought of it.

It turns out that Baylor Hospital accepts Medicaid for all its programs, including weight loss surgery. And Baylor is about 40 miles from my front door.

I am quitting smoking March 1. April 1 I am calling Baylor and setting up an interview to see if this can happen for me.

Pray for me, please.

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Borderline symptom of the day: nervousnervous

THIS is the one reason I would like to go on Medicaid. If I could get my surgery? That would be amazing.

Good luck for you!

Go for it. I know someone who did it and it changed their life.

I have a friend who has lost 175 pounds with this surgery. She is no longer diabetic - it's amazing!

I did it 9.5 years ago. I couldn't imagine not having chosen to go through with it. Good luck!

good luck!

Yah for quitting smoking!

Yay quitting smoking, and YAY getting the surgery. :D

I would love to see a healthy Jenn! :-D

Chickie, I'll show you MY surgery results if you show me YOURS. ;)

You know you have a standing (well, supine...) offer to see that anytime you're back and we can get a little privacy. :-P

Hee! I know. I just couldn't resist being silly! :)

Quit smoking TODAY and call a month from today. Why push it another two weeks?! Girl, you deserve this. Don't waste a minute. You know that every second matters.

I will pray both for your smoking success and for your gastric bypass. I love you and want you to be healthy!

Good news. But why wait to call Baylor? Typically it takes several weeks/months from initial visit to actual surgery. Might as well check things out now. Definitely quit smoking now. It really, REALLY interferes with healing and you don't want ANY complications in your gut. Best of luck you ya~

I want to get the quitting out of the way before I bite off anything else.

I set my Q day two weeks ago, am following a plan of cutting down and self denial, so I won't move that date up. And I'm going to make sure it STICKS before I call them and get denied because I smoke! :)

Good plan. I truly hope you can stick with it. I know that smoking is one of the hardest addictions to quit. Best of luck to you!