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Surgeon Testimonial

Elmer L. Valin, M.D.
My first impression was fine. I didn't think much about it. He was dressed like a doctor and looked good. He made a good first impression.
Over time he confirmed my first impression. He was great, professional and so far it seems that he was a skilled surgeon.
The office staff has been very good. I have not asked anything of them other than the normal office stuff and they have been great.
There is nothing that I would really say I did not like about him or his staff.
Future patients should know that he does not talk much and he is busy so you will not see him often. His wife who works in the office can answer any question that you have and probable knows more than he does about the surgery. I don't mean that literally but she is very knowlegable.
They have support group meetings that I have yet to due to the distance. It was stressed that people who attend support group meetings have a better chance for success.
The risks of surgery were explained during my consoltation.
Overall, I would rate him and his staff highly. I have nothing nagitive to report. Like I said earlier he is quiet so when he visited me in the recovery room, there was not much interaction other than the obvious Doctor - patient questions. I can't subtract points for that.
Scott William's Blog
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Leaving for the marathon!

posted 1/3/07 10:01 pm
On Sunday, 13 months of work and determination will culminate in my crossing the finish line at approximately 11:15 am. I am guessing that it will be pretty emotional since I have cried at the end of every run that I have had over 16 miles. I am not sure why but whatever. Thanks to everyone who has helped to get me to this point. I feel more prepared to succeed with this race than anything I have done on my life. 5 hours to glory!

I leave at 240 lbs which is the upper end of my goal range.  I would guess that puts my in the top 2% or so for weight of everyone running.  Like I said, it is only a guess.  I will post the results when I get back.

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