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Morris Washington, MD
My first impression of Dr Washington was he is a very gentle man. He is a good listener, and he explained everything to me very clearly. He told me the risks of surgery, very openly and honestly, but with care. He told me he wouldn't make the decision for me, that it was a personal choice. ( I was undecided between the Lapband and Roux-N-Y Gastric Bypass. ) He said he would do either one I chose, but he would vote for the Bypass due to my \"Metabolic Syndrome\", meaning Type 2 diabetes, high cholestrol, and high blood pressure...which are all potentially fatal conditions in and of themselves.rnrnAfter seeing him a couple of times, I realized how competent and trustworthy he truely is. ..and he never rushed me or made me to feel like he was in a hurry, even though he is a very busy Doctor. I have grown to love him, and I would recommend him heartily.rnrnHis office staff is very nice and professional. There was nothing I didn't like about Dr Washington. I was just apprehensive about putting my very life into his hands because I didn't know him. I was referred to him by my PCP. But I grew to trust him. I learned about him from hospital staff, and found out how highly respected he is there.rnrnHis aftercare is greatly emphasized right from the beginning. Nutrition classes are given , and the importance of aftercare is stressed.rnI would rate him on a scale of 1-10 as a 10. His surgical competence, bedside manner and personality are terrific !
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I was always a normal weight growing up. I got married young, and had my first daughter when I was only 17. I had nausea and vomiting for almost the whole nine months. I gained 50 lbs and almost had toxemia. I gave birth and continued with nausea and then abdominal pain.I lost the 50 lbs and went back to my usual weight of 140 lbs. I went to a Dr. and found out I had gall-bladder disease and over 20 stones. I was operated on with an exploratory surgery on Christmas Eve Day. I was very sick . I had a huge incision site, and buttons and staples , which was all new at that time.
This then was the beginning of my weight gaining problem . Within about three years, I gained about 40 lbs. Then I got pregnant with my son. I took such good care of myself that I lost a total of 34lbs at nine months pregnant. I had taken my pre-natal vitamins, ate healthfully and I swear to this day, out of four pregnancies I was never so healthy or felt so wonderful before or since, than when I was pregnant with my son who is now 34 years old.
After my 6 week check up I had lost a total of 48 lbs from the time I got pregnant, ten and a half months earlier. I was not that toned and healthy since high school...4 years earlier.
Over the next few years I gained back about 50lbs. I realize now why, and what I have done to myself after all of these years. I was never a binger or big over eater at all. But on hindsight I now know, I "starved" myself into gaining year after year, a little at a time. How I did that was I never ate breakfast, and mostly never ate lunch. MY nutritional intake consisted of coffee and cigarettes. For the past let's say 35 years. I always ate dinner, cooked for my family. ...and I always loved sweets since I was a little gir. So a bowl of ice cream, or a couple doughnuts, and those sort of things (candy bars), became my way of life. Don't get me wrong, I love a good meal. I became a terrific cook over the years, but I know now what I didn't know then. My metabolism was sleeping for a long time. The nicotine and caffiene I consumed for years and years didn't allow me to feel hunger, daily for years, up until maybe 3-5 pm everyday for the past thirty years. This has been my downfall.
In 1975 I broke up with my first husband. I lost wt and stayed on the healthy trim side for about three years. I think I just had youth and general good health on my side. In 1981 I went to nursing school . That year I gained wt. I went into a size 18. I ate alot of chocolate candy bars & coffee that year to get thru an intense year of study and raising my two children and all that motherhood is responsible for. I graduated with high grades, and was very proud of myself. Then I got remarried, and had my third and fourth children within a year and a half of eachother. Both of those pregnancies were very healthy. I lost 12 & 17 lbs over the nine months, once again. At nine months pregnant I was that much less than when I got pregnant. And so after giving birth I was like 55lbs less than 9 months before. It seems like , on hindsight, that my metabolism must have increased drastically during pregnancy, and I had consiously ate healthy, and took better care of myself than when I was not pregnant.
Of course, I tried all the diets that everyone else did. In 1997 I went on Jenny Craig. When they took my wt gain history, and asked what I normally eat in a day, I realised how terrible my eating habits were. How far away from "healthy" I had become. At 1700 calories a day, I lost 43 lbs in only 7 weeks. They told me you have to eat to loose wt. It was the truth. I never ate so much in one day as I did on Jenny, but it was the right foods. Needless to say , I stopped Jenny, and went right back to my old ways. And regained it all and more.
I am grateful I have decided to have WLS.My surgeon wants to do the RNY because that will resolve all of these co-morbitities I have.
I have all of my pre-ops done and nutrition classes out of the way. Right now I have to stop smoking and then my surgeon will give me a date.