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My first impression of Dr. A and Dr. R. was \"Lordy, they look like they should be in College!\" However, both were very sincere and sweet in answering any and all questions or concerns I had. rnThe more time I spent with each Doc, the more I realized that this is not just for \"show\" they really do care for their patients.rnThe nursing staff could not have been more helpful. Well, one more English speaking nurse to work the night shift would have been nice. But all worked out very well. We had sheet that translated some important info.rnI would recommend Dr. A. and his team to anyone considering the sleeve.rn
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I wasn't always obese. I was heavy as a pre-teen, but that passed quickly. As a matter of fact it wasn't until I had to deal with some serious health issues of my husbands that I really started to gain weight. I am by no means blaming him!! With the exception of my children and grandchildren, Greg has been the greatest gift I have received. It is the three strokes that he had at age 43 that I am really mad at.
He had the first one at work on May 3, 2006. We are not real sure when the other two happened because he was home by himself. I had to work. The hardest part was leaving him home alone to go to work for 12 hours. I was so afraid to even open the door in the evening because I was scared of what I would find. I would eat to comfort myself.
I was so very happy that I still had him here with me that at first I didn't notice how bad it was. Greg was not himself! Sure, he could walk and talk, but he had trouble handling his emotions. Not just the typical macho man thing, but all of his emotions. He became so depressed! I thought that the depression would pass once he got used to the fact that he would probably not get the chance to work again.
Greg really loved his work. He is a welder. He could look at drawing and see the completed piece in his head. It was amazing to watch him work! To look at him, you would not know that he has survived 3 strokes. He has somewhat of a limp. He can't be around too many people or he will freak out. He can't cross over a bridge without almost breaking down completely. Noise is another big problem for him. He used to joke that I learned how to whisper in a saw mill! I come from a loud bunch of Cajuns! Quiet is not in my blood!! LOL There are other issues as well, but none are as important as him being here with me!
Instead of me just yelling back or throwing a fit of my own, I just ate. I shoved it all down and topped it off with chocolate! I hate what those strokes have done to him! I hate that he is so unhappy all of the time! I hate that no one even wants to visit us anymore! I hate that our six year old grand-daughter can't enjoy playing with her Pop the way she used to. Until you have lived with someone with these types of problems it is very hard to explain. It touches everything in your life. Every single aspect!!
So here I sit, almost 100 lbs overweight. Now I'm not sure who is in worse health, Greg or me? I have to get healthy for both of us. Greg can't change his illness. I can! I can be healthier for him and my grandchildren. However, mostly I need to do this for myself. How can I take care of them if I don't take care of me?
I've been on WW (at least 5 times), Nutrisystem, Sensa, the Lemon-aid Diet, diet pills, patches, counting calories-fat-carbs, and a host of others. WW would work for a little while. Then something would trigger my eating again and all that point counting would go right out of the window. Deciding on the sleeve was something I had not considered before a great friend told me she had it done.
She has done so well! In about 4months she is down about 80lbs. She is looking and feeling great!!! She and I are more alike then either of us care to admit!
This surgery is a tool that I can use to help me learn to deal with the stresses in life without the comfort food. I must admit that is not an easy thing to do here in Louisiana with all this good food lurking around every corner. However, I will succeed with a little help from my family and friends!!!!!!!