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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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2 and 1/2 weeks later...

posted 9/11/07 1:21 am
Okay - not since the last post, but since I had my right hip replacement.  I am AMAZED at my recovery thus far.  I can't believe that it's only been that long!

I went for my *almost* two week post-op appointment last Wednesday, the surgeon took one look at me and said, "You look more like a 4 week post-op, not an almost two week post-op!  Amazing!"  and then he immediately upgraded me to a cane from my walker.  Cool!

So - interestingly enough, while I was still in the hospital, one of the pharmacists at the hospital came to talk vitamins with me (ha!) and try to understand all that I take and why...  We got into a talk about how smoothly my surgery and recovery had gone thus far.  He said the first thing, of course, was having a fabulous surgeon, and the other he felt was diet.  He asked if I'd had any diet changes of late.  I said no, not much - well, except I'd given up High Fructose Corn Syrup May 29th and that I hadn't had any sodas since then.  HIs eyebrows raised and he said, "Interesting!  I was just reading about how folks who abstained from carbonated beverages healed up faster!  I wonder if you'll be my first in real life confirmation of the theorum?!"  VERY interesting, huh?!

So - I'm walker free.  Have the cutest cane - it's white with little blue flowers all over it.  (The little old ladies at the memory care facility where my Mom lives want it!)  Not only am I getting proficient with the cane, but I can actually walk a little bit without it.  AMAZING!  I'm still getting used to the fact that my right leg is now 5 mm longer than the left - a little wild how that feels.  But, it seems to all be easing into place, and I'm feeling more and more "normal."  Hooray!

Interestingly enough, since my hip replacement surgery, I've actually lost some weight.  I've lost about 10 pounds.  I'm not eating less.  I'm not eating much differently from what I would normally eat.  BUT - walking does take a lot more work...  Who knows.  But it's kinda fun! 



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