This insurance thing is taking some time. The first inquiry was denied because my doctor's office hadn't sent the referral correctly. Now that I've officially been referred to the surgeon, they had to appeal the decision. I should probably have had my doctor write another letter of medical necessity, I have a feeling they're going to deny it again due to it being "cosmetic". Worse come to worse, I'll pay for it. It isn't much comparatively.
I asked my boss when a good time to take a week and a half off would be and she said not til early January because we're still slammed and short staffed. Hopefully by then there will be a lower animal population and we'll have new people all (or mostly) trained up.