As I've mentioned before, my health insurance company does not pay for weight loss surgery. That means I had to cover the entire cost of my gastric sleeve on my own. Before making the decision to go ahead with the surgery, I talked to my bariatric health center, and they quoted me a flat rate for the procedure. It wasn't cheap. In fact, it was enough to make a light sweat break out on my forehead. But it was doable.
I obtained a medical credit card and scraped together some money I'd made doing freelance writing and editing projects. Then I paid the center. It was done. My finances had taken a big hit, but at least I had paid everything that was due and could get started on the process of getting healthy again, physically and financially. Or so I thought.