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Carlos Barba, M.D.
Getting an appointment can be a bit difficult. If it's an emergency they will see you ASAP. Normal visits can take a month to get into see Dr Barba. This can be frustrating especially if something unavoidable comes up and you have to be reschedule. His office staff can be somewhat difficult to deal with, especially when trying to accomplish something over the telephone and avoid an additional office visit. The good news is although he operates out of a busy office, you don't feel rushed through an office visit. He's very thorough with answering your questions and concerns. He's extremely knowledgeable and makes sure that you understand all follow up procedures and what you need to make the WLS successful. Add in a great bedside manner and I highly recommend him.
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I've been overweight nearly all my life. I was a skinny active child up until about the age of 10, at least that's what the pictures show me. My mother became ill and was diagnosed with lupus. They gave her an expectancy of less than a year. I think because of my fear for her dying, I stopped going out of the house a lot and stayed close to her, even though she mostly slept. In any case, I started putting on weight from inactivity. From that point going forward, my waist size appeared to mirror my age. Family offered me bribes to lose weight with rewards of new wardrobes and other such nonsense. My step mother took another approach of calling me a fat cow to my face. Neither approach had any effect.
I formed a shield around myself and decided that if people couldn't look past the weight and like me for what was inside, then I didn't want to know them anyhow. Fastfoward a decade and half. I'm married now and I would like to have children. Unfortunately, given my family history of miscarriage and other medical conditions, having the extra weight will make it difficult to bring a child to term, and the likelihood of miscarriage a reality.
I don't have diabetes or high blood pressure, but I do have sleep apnea. Apparently I have had it most of my life and the more I weighed the worse it got. So I've begun to take steps to lower the risks. Having no real memory of what it's like to be slender and able to shop in 'normal' stores, the results are intimidating.