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Medical Donations...

I hate having to resort to this and I have applied for all sorts of medical financing.... But I unfortunately need help.
I'm going to have to get GBP surgery (That's Bariatric Bypass) because it has become medically necessary.

My Diet - Perfect I'm doing everything RIGHT and have been a long time
But for 14 years my weight does not BUDGE. It hasn't moved more than 10 pounds up or down with the exception where I gained 40 pounds in three days back in October because of all the steroids and it has NOT come back down a single POUND in 6 months.

That 40 pounds has made everything worse by a long shot. It put me over into 35 BMI range, it has made my diabetes go BONKERS and I'm taking almost 500 units of insulin a DAY. (The heavier you are the more insulin you take, the more insulin you take the harder it is to lose weight and so very easy to gain it!) It's a vicious circle. The extra weight made the Blood sugars too high, which made the Neuropathy get worse and spread and it has spread to my Kidneys.

If I don't make a drastic change right now (and GBP surgery can almost negate Type II Diabetes OVERNIGHT) if I don't have this surgery to get my diabetes down to where I can stop taking truckload of insulin, I'm looking at rapidly deteriorating and the threat of Kidney failure and Dialysis is not only there, but I'm at extremely high risk. Not to mention the possibility of losing my legs too eventually.

I'm terrified, the doctors are concerned, it's beyond medically necessary for me now to have GBP surgery. The weight loss is a bonus, but the main reason is GBP surgery changes how your stomach processes nutrients and by not letting food into the Duodenum part (lower part) of the stomach and skips the traverse colon... this means sugar is not processed and allowed to be absorbed for an extended amount of time, which means less exposure to sugars, less insulin required, and gives your cells a change to relearn how to absorb insulin. This is why GBP is called a "cure" for Type II diabetes... it's not really a cure of diabetes, just a cure for the worst symptoms of Diabetes. Insulin resistance and High Blood Glucose. This is why it is recommended for me, my diabetes is getting worse and worse. I'm getting more and more resistant to insulin.

This brings me to my problem... Affording this surgery, it's going to cost around $26,000.00 give or take a few hundred dollars. (that's all inclusive from Hospital to all the specialist fees involved.) I've managed to secure CARECREDIT (A medical revolving credit card for $5300.00), I've applied for an independent loan for financing, but you know banks lately, I'm terrified and I have to have $16,000.00 UP FRONT for the hospital and surgeon portion of the bill....

BECAUSE....

My Insurance, even if it's medically necessary, does NOT cover ANY obesity  or even morbid obesity treatments including but not limited to surgical procedures. All of it is excluded, even just plain old diet office visits with your PCP... Ya know, no wonder the country is getting fatter and fatter, people can't even get a diet plan with their doctor or a nutritionist covered. Most people are NOT like me. I eat like a bird, my caloric intake is very, very low. I'm on a healthy diet for many, many years... my weight comes from insulin resistance and injections. And even my "obesity" ( BMI > 30) is NOT a covered benefit.

I have to have this surgery, I have to save my kidneys and my legs and it has to be drastic because the old fashioned methods I've been on for 14 years just do not work for me anymore.

If any one has advice where else to go (I've got medical revolving credit for $5300 already secured (Thank goodness I have excellent credit and even that gets you almost NOTHING in credit cards anymore....) and I'm waiting for my installment loan request to be processed by the bank. Any other help you know of, heard of, have a rich philanthropist uncle twice removed, anything... I could use the help.

Well I know the Trouble with the "donate" button I'm not a Charity and Paypal is purposefully blocking the link from the blogs... oookay. I didn't know that... and why the links worked for me and NOBODY else.


By just sending a paypal payment to fablespinner-AT-gmail-DOT-com Sorry for the hassle. :(

Thanks Everyone <3 I hate to ask, every little bit helps. I also understand if you can't do anything other than cross your fingers I get loan approval. No one has money or decent health coverage these days. Thank you just for reading.

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heartshope
Apr. 16th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
I tried to donate, but clicking the link above gives me a fatal failure message ; ;
fablespinner
Apr. 17th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
Damn Paypal....

Thank you.... the paypal e-mail this is linked to is my gmail

fablespinner@gmail.com and I'll go and re-generate that button....

Geez
oatmeal_queen
Apr. 16th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
if you ever have any questions/concerns btw about the surgery, i just had that exact procedure in September of last year :) i'd be happy to help if you need.
fablespinner
Apr. 17th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Thankfully I've been studying this surgery for many years. I know what to expect but thank you! <3
finnyb
Apr. 17th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
I can cross my fingers that everything works out. I'd donate, but that's not possible at the moment. If it is later on at some point, I definitely will.
fablespinner
Apr. 17th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
I totally understand people NOT having money, good wishes are more than enough <3
spubba
Apr. 17th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
You can have this done in Mexico but for cheaper. I am looking into having Dr. Huacuz in Tijuana work on my absent esophageal sphincter (birth defect, runs in my family, I've had it forever) because my insurance won't cover this procedure and he quoted me $16,000 when Dr. Overcash here in the states (who does the EsoPhyx procedure) quoted me over $40,000 for the same procedure. During the past 10 months my acid reflux has only gotten worse and worse and I'm suspecting I developed a hiatal hernia or did some other serious damage at around about the same time I was having a real hard time at work last year.

The reason I know this is because they told me gastric bypass was something like $8500 at their clinic when I first inquired about having my stomach fixed and I had to tell them like SIX TIMES I wasn't interested in gastric bypass. I guess Dr. Huacuz does a whole lot of those.
fablespinner
Apr. 17th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Going to Mexico scares me to death frankly. Good luck with you, but I know the regulations are enforced in the states... regulations in mexico are merely suggestions to independent facilities.
jo_mako
Apr. 17th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Done and done dude.
fablespinner
Apr. 17th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
*loves on you*
jo_mako
Apr. 17th, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
denada Baby. Even put in my repost in BIG letters "BOOST AWAY!" so yeah, yer all good.
fablespinner
Apr. 17th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
I think at y-con you had better let me infuse you with at least coffee in thanks!
beechan2
Apr. 17th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
When I'm on my pc later today, I'll send a bit of something your way. Can't be much, but I hope it helps even a little!

~~Bee
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caerfree
Apr. 17th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you explained it, because I'm sitting here thinking "if you're doing everything right, how the hell is a GBS gonna help you" I didn't know that it actually would change the way and the rate at which you absorb sugars. As you know, I am wholly against them, for people who want to lose weight, but your case is totally different and if there were anything I could do to quickly reverse the suffering you've been through I would. I get an extra paycheck at the end of the month and I can't give you much, but I will give you what I can. I hope that you can get it done soon. *hugs*
fablespinner
Apr. 17th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was against them too for a long time in the beginning because I considered it cheating and so many people (Like Randy Jackson, Carnie Wilson) who had them done, didn't change eating habits and gained it all back. It's not a "quick fix" for weight loss, it's a TOOL to kick start loss in people with a BMI over 35. You still have to eat a healthy diet and move your butt....

The moving my butt is PAINFUL but I do move and do the best I can with my limitations.

It's a lifestyle change... I was and have been living the lifestyle for many years and the surgery for me will "fix" my absorption issues and metabolic rates. I'm in one of those rapidly spinning downward spirals and this will toss the wrench in the works so to speak. :)

And babe you have a wedding coming up, save your money for that, well wishes are just as valueable! *hugs*
quillaninc
Apr. 17th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
My phone bill came in under budget, so I sent the difference for you. It's not much, but pensions being what they are .. meh.

And people here wonder why I snort when they complain about Australian health care.

*is concerned*
fablespinner
Apr. 17th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
*hugs you tight*

Every penny helps it's so very appreciated. xoxoxoxxo

Hey how's that mandatory filter legislation going? I'm always afraid all my Australian friends are one day gonna vanish... O_o
quillaninc
May. 2nd, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Much delayed reply :-(

Seriously, it's one of those occasions when I really wished I had the cash. Very glad to hear those early bills got covered, though!

Eh, the filter. Well, in theory it shouldn't be that much of an issue, in terms of access - the 'idea' is to block anything that's RC (refused classification), like photographic child porn, so 98% of the country won't be affected in that sense.

The real worry is that (a) they won't publish exactly what sites are being blocked, to prevent people working around it (which leaves it open to abuse, obviously), (b) all the experts are saying it'll suck whatever speed we gain with this new national broadband network, and (c) it simply. won't. WORK! It's a band aid at best, and an expensive one that's far too open to corruption. It's getting the average Joe in the street to understand this that's the problem.

*le sigh* The up side is, we're not nearly as tight a$$ed as the US when it comes to Hot!Sexy!Gay!Pr0n!, so you don't get rid of me that easily :D

*gives you extra hugs for good luck* I'm sending as many positive thoughts as I can your way.
bubbaq
Apr. 17th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
I should be starting work up again next week. So I'll try to get you some :D I'm a college kid as you know so I virtually have none BUT I love you and want to help as much as I can.
fablespinner
Apr. 17th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Honey you pay for your college, if you dare send me money I will send it back to you sweetheart. You need it for school! I love you too.
beechan2
Apr. 18th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Check your Paypal, D. ^__^

It's not much, but I hope it helps!

~~Bee
biologygirl
Apr. 26th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do everything in your power to make sure you have a GREAT surgeon and get started on iron supplements and such immediately. My mom had a gastric bypass in 1999 and it resulted in severe iron deficiency anemia, which led to her immune system becoming so compromised that she almost died from valley fever-induced meningitis. I'm doing my senior project thesis on nutritional deficiencies related to gastric bypass because of what happened to her. Also watch out for B12 deficiency and such. I'm sure you know all this since you've been researching it, I'm just emphasizing how very important it is to make sure you don't become deficient in anything.

Are you thinking of lap band or roux-en-y?
fablespinner
Apr. 26th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
The Surgeon is wonderful and he's already gone over with me a daily vitamin regimen and I will go in for B4 and B12 shots pretty much the rest of my life yearly. Your mom had a poor surgeon if he didn't go over that prior to surgery.

And Lap-band will not work for this. I'm not fat because I over-eat and I'm not getting the surgery to "lose weight", that will just be a nice side-effect. I'm getting it to bypass the duodenum so I'm not absorbing sugar etc... I'm having it for totally different reasons than most people.
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