So, I had the worst time finding a doctor to do the psychological review in my area. What an oddessey.
Yes, the surgeon did make a couple of recommendations to me. I have no objections to the doctors he recommended save one. Distance. Well, that and one of doctors he recommended did not take my insurance, so that one was definitely off the list. All of the doctors he recommended are about 25 miles from where I live and since I’ve already mentioned in previous posts that I do not have a car (crazy city-girl), that is a problem.
I spent two solid weeks calling every psychiatrist in my area to see if they would do the review. I finally found one doctor, who accepted my insurance and was very close to me. In addition to being a psychiatrist, she is a certified nutrionist. She does the whole mind-body healing thing. I think that might be just what I need. The only problem is she will do the review only if I have been a patient for six months. I do not want to wait another six months, so I had to cross her off of my list. I may, however, hold on to her number. I think I would still like to get some counseling regarding food, body-image issues as I lose weight and I think she will be a great resource in the near future.
In the end, I made an appointment with one of the doctors the surgeon recommended. My friend who suggested that I use this surgeon saw this doctor and she liked him. Yes, it is far from me, but I will figure it out. I will probably rent a Zipcar for a few hours.
The appointment is this Saturday. Once that is complete, the surgeon’s office can submit to the insurance company for approval. Once they have the approval, the surgery will be scheduled. I hope to have a surgery date very soon. (ominous organ music indicating trouble ahead!)
So, today I am going to take a break from cat pictures in favor of pictures from my hometown.
I went to Pittsburgh this weekend with my sister to see my mom for her birthday. I took gave her a book, she gave me new sheets, new flatware, some books, soap, and juice glasses. Yes, she gave me presents on her birthday.
I usually only get to see my mom once sometimes twice a year. I do miss her. Apparently, she misses me as well. She spends her time picking up little things here and there for all of her kids and grandkids. When I go to visit her, I usually come home with a bag or box of goodies that she’s been saving up.
I have a great mom!
I also had the chance to visit my step-mom. My dad died in ’96. My step-mother is a very good woman and she took very good care of my dad. The four of us, Ruby, my sister and her husband and me, shared a bottle of peach wine and had a great visit.
We also went to this restaurant called Eat’n Park. Way back when in the olden days…so olden it was before my time, Eat’n Park used to be a drive in restaurant. You know, the kind you see in 1950s movies where people drive up to the restaurant and and a girl on roller skates brings you your food. Thus the name. Now it is a family-style restaurant. They are also home to these wonderful smiley cookies. Yum!
I love that place. I wanted to have one last meal there before my surgery. They have a great breakfast buffet. Only in Pittsburgh can you get sauted pierogies on a breakfast bar. I know, breakfast bar food is not the greatest for you, but I just had to have some of it one last time. I did make sure I ate the fresh fruit first and vegetables first, but I did indulge on some of my favorites.
Anyway, here are some pics of my hometown:
I did not make it to the world famous Primati Brother’s. They have the best sandwiches that are famous for putting everything, coleslaw, fries, everthing, on their sandwiches. They are so good!
For more wonderful pictures of Pittsburgh, please see my cousin’s website. He has a great photo webpage and our hometown is featured prominently. He is a great photographer and has some wonderful shots. The last two shots above are his.
It was nice to go home!