So a week after I went to the info session I was excited and cautiously starting to tell close friends and family. Most were very supportive, others meant to be supportive but were frustrating i.e.: "Are you going to be seeing a psychologist to address your real issues?" Thanks. Yes, I already see a therapist and will be consulting with a psychologist throughout this whole situation. And how are YOUR issues being addressed? OK, I didn't say the last part but I thought it.
Then I got a call back from the bariatric center's financial counselor who dropped the bomb. The cost of the surgery is $40,000. What? What happened to 20-30 K? Nope, it's $40,000. And that doesn't include the surgeon or anesthesiology. So it could be 50 or 60K. WTF? I felt betrayed, duped, and ticked.