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J. Kenneth Reed, M.D.
I had heard from a co-worker that Dr. Reed was a "No-nonesence, don't crack jokes, don't take this lightly" kind of doctor. Which was ok, really, I didn't want a wise-cracking surgeon anyway. When I met him I went in with a smile on my face and a serious disposition, not wanting to put him off. He took me by surprise when he spoke matter of factly, but made jokes along the way...(I had asked if I was going to lose my hair after surgery and he touched his head and said..."Well, not like THIS...but..." It eased the mood substantially. He was encouraging and didn't talk down to me. Audrey (Nurse) scared the beans out of me the first few times I met her, but she made sure I had my tests done, my ducks in a row and didn't care for excuses. This is not a procedure to be taken lightly, it was the kick in the tail I needed when I missed a couple appointments. The point that is hammered home time after time is this. If you do not follow the after care/diet/excersize this surgery is a waste of time and you will fail. I refuse to let myself down. I thank Dr. Reed and all of his staff for reminding me that I can do it.
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
In short it has been my whole life's struggle. I recall being 121lbs in grade 9, getting German Measles and sinking down to 112lbs. At 112lbs my best friends Mom told me that I looked so much better...I looked sick! My whole self image fell apart from there. I was close to 200 lbs when I had my son, and gained to 263 before asking for help medically.
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