This post is something I forgot to mention in my last post. This is going to be mostly for the potential bandsters that read this blog. I am going to talk about MONEY!!! Everyone on LapBand Talk always wants to know how much other people's surgery costs. So, I am going to give you a rundown of my numbers.
The bills I received are as follows: Pre-op testing, pre-op radiology, and the actual surgery. This does not include my primary doctor bills for my physical nor does it include the mandatory psychological evaluation that is not covered by my insurance (that was $250, btw).
My insurance is TriCare Reserve Select. (My husband is in the National Guard.) And you will see why I waited until I got this specific insurance to have my surgery!
Pre-Op testing total cost: $4581.00
After insurance I paid: $76.57
Pre-Op radiology total cost: $28.00
After insurance I paid: $2.12
Actual surgery total cost: $37,320.90
After insurance I paid: $25.00
Grand total surgery cost: $41, 929.90
Grand total after insurance: $103.69
No, that is NOT a mistake...I paid $25 for my surgery! I had done my research on other people with my insurance and was hoping my outcome would be the same, but of course you can never make assumptions with insurance pricing. I was so shocked and happy when I got my bill I actually laughed out loud. Needless to say, I have already paid all the bills for my surgery off. :) It's a pretty good feeling, I'm not gonna lie. I do feel a little guilty when I think of the other people who have to pay out of pocket, but I waited and did my research and planned accordingly.
In other news, I worked out this morning! I am dog sitting for my sister this weekend and they decided I should get up at 7:30 this morning. So, I got up, took care the dogs, got changed, and went and worked out! This was my first morning workout...ever. It was nice and empty. There was only one person there besides me and that was really nice. I did my regular workout that I usually do and thankfully, after not working out for 3 whole weeks, I was still able to do everything I was doing before and a couple extra reps on a few machines! Once I get the money for some new workout shoes I will pick up my cardio too. I can't do it right now because my cheap Walmart shoes are NOT working. I can't walk for more than 15 minutes without my feet just KILLING ME. And it's not pain, its from rubbing...which is totally lame.
I'm still very sad about my dog and still have quite a bit of stress in my life, but I am taking it all one day at a time. I think working out helped with my stress (as I knew it would...why is it so easy to stop working out for periods of time even though you know it feels good afterwards and helps in every aspect of your life?). Keeping busy helps me not think too much on things so that's what I'm trying to do. We will be packing up our house soon and moving (yay!) so that should keep me pretty busy for the next month or so. As Dory would say, "Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming!" So that's what I'm doing, yo. If you need me, I'll be in the deep end.