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Fly and fit in the seat
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Eliminate high fructose corn syrup from my diet - forever!
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Surgeon Testimonial

Aniceto Baltasar, M.D.
My PCP (Marnie Foley - very cool chick) initially referred me to Emma Patterson at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
My experiences with Dr. Patterson were less than positive. I have come away with a great distrust of her, and am thankful my insurance ended up NOT covering surgery. I did end up following up with Walter Lindstrom regarding my insurance - however, learned that our coverage (ODS Health Plans of Oregon) simply have an air-tight exclusion. My husband's employer also refused to eliminate the clause that excludes treatment of M.O. from their insurance product.
So, I end up a self-pay. I've done much research, and am confident that the BPD/DS and Dr. Baltasar in Spain are the right choices for me. So, what it all comes down to is the money - I'm saving my pennies, and praying for the surgery to come soon - before my health gives out.
8/10/2002: 5 weeks and 4 days ago I had my surgery with Dr. Baltasar. My first impression of him was that our meeting was something akin to running into someone you've loved and admired your whole life, but only knew from afar - yet on first meeting, I was genuinely welcomed, and made to feel as if the feeling were mutual. My impressions of Dr. Baltasar did change over time - but all only for the better. Not that I can think of a single negative thing. It's just that I grew to love and respect him more with each passing day - as I still continue to do.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to go to Spain and feel so fortunate to have Dr. Baltasar as my surgeon - and new friend. My surgery couldn't have gone smoother, and my recovery has been phenomenal. Dr. B is simply the best.
Latest Surgery Support Comments

  • Comment by Valerie G. 8/23/07 3:28 am
    Hey Dina, If you see a feather while under sedation, it's the magic of the chicken I'm swinging. It's sending you juju to do high kicks in the near future. Happy hip replacement. Val
  • Comment by KRWaters 8/23/07 2:35 am
    Dina, I am only thinking good thoughts for you on this day. May your surgery be uneventful and your recovery smooth.
  • Comment by Redhaired 8/23/07 1:11 am
    Dina- I hope your surgery goes well today. You are in my prayers for a successful surgery and an easy recovery. ~~~~~~~Red
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23 Days Later...

posted 6/22/07 2:19 pm
I cannot believe I've made it 23 whole days without any HFCS *or* Coke!


So - it's blowing my mind how infrequently I have ANY inclination to grab and down a Coke.  Today was probably the first time I felt like I had to fight an actual urge to drink one.  My cousin and her children were over for lunch - her daughter decided to have a Coke as her beverage.  She popped the can and poured it over ice, and I seriously nearly grabbed the thing!  From a 7 year old!

What's kinda wild is that we bought some Coke before Memorial Day weekend when it was on sale.  It's all pretty much still there.  Good thing we're having a few BBQ's here at the house this summer - we'll have to pawn them off on other folks!  LOL!  Actually - I guess no one ought to be drinking them.    Scary stuff that HFCS.

Several people have asked for more info as to the WHY I'd do such a thing as give up HFCS, so here are a few:

Well, there's a little to get you started.  I'll bring out some more later.



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