I am a 29 year old type 1 diabetic. I've been T1 for 24 years now. I am a Medtronic pump user, CGM (for now), and i'm overweight. I have been fighting this battle for a long time and i've tried everything. Symlin, phentermine, lots of exercise, diet, and also Victoza. Victoza has helped but not enough, and it's not a long term solution. Luckily, my doctor is very supportive, as I look into this "Last Resort".
I know most insurances cover the GB, but for the moment i do not have insurance. Long story, but i qualify for California's Pre-existing condition Insurance Plan at the end of January. My plan is to get all the paperwork together so that when i am finally on the plan (all things going accordingly, that would be March 1st), i can get the ball rolling right away and things can move quicker.
I've done a lot of research on the subject- lapband vs. gastric sleeve vs. bypass. Hospital stays, how long before one can get back to work, the liquid diet, dietary requirements after the surgery, etc... I'm curious to know if anyone, preferably in California, has gone through the process and how long it took from turning in first forms to surgery date. As a diabetic, did you have to do a 6 month diet? Were you required to lose weight before the surgery? Can past records of say, 1 year, be used to show weight fluctuations, exercise programs used, medications tried, etc.. or do you have to apply for the surgery first and then go on a regimented program for a certain amount of time before qualifying? I know that with my diabetes and a BMI over 35 already "qualifies" me, but i know there are also other qualifications the hospital or insurance programs need fulfilled.
Being diabetic makes it so much harder to lose weight, and not everyone can understand that. Which is why i thought i would post here. Anyone that can offer some advice, suggestions, or experiences would be greatly appreciated!!
Thank you so much!!