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Surgeon TestimonialAlexander D. Abkin, M.D., F.A.C.SUpdate 04/23/07: Still love Dr. Abkin but am TERRIBLY bummed that he no longer accepts my insurance. He has been dropping out of insurance plans left and right lately so make sure you check to see if he accepts yours! I may have to look for another surgeon now. I will have to see. I do have out of network benefits but I am not sure I want to pay 20% of another complication like I had in Feb '07.rnrnDr. Abkin: My first impression of him was that there is just something about him that makes you like him. He is very friendly, has a good sense of humor, knows his stuff. As an added bonus, after a while you also realize how devastatingly handsome he is (I understand this is not at all relevant but, hey, I thought some of you might like to know...). I went to see him for the first time in June of 2005. I did not go to see him again until December of 2005 and I pretty much assumed that he would not remember me from Eve. But he actually did which impressed me. I also assumed he would not remember me when I went for my one month post-op appointment (if you have ever gone to his office, you would know what I mean...HERDS of people go in and out of there all day...how could he remember everyone?!). Not only did he remember me, but he commented that it felt like more than a month since he had seen me (which it was...it was 6 weeks). So, again, that impressed me. And his blue eyes REALLY impressed me but, okay, enough about that. I think he is a fantastic, highly gifted doctor. I am saying that because I am currently a 2-month post-op with nary a complication. How would I describe his office staff? Hmm...well, let me point out the highlights. The guy that takes your vitals (blood pressure, pulse, weight) is named Nino. He is awesome...always courteous and upbeat. The lady who submitted my insurance is Kathleen. At first I have to admit I hated her (because she submitted my forms almost a week later than she said she would). However, AFTER that I thought she was wonderful. She was NEVER rude to me the 7,245 times I called her before I got approved. So...snaps to Nino and Kathleen. Now...the front-desk staff? I am not too impressed but I think that is because they are SO SWAMPED (again...see herd comment above). They are probably really great but just have zero personality from being frantic all day (that is my guess, anyhow). Overall, I give Dr. Abkin and his staff two thumbs up. I am so glad I chose him and would recommend him to anyone seeking WLS.rn
- Books & Literature - I am a voracious reader. Janet Evanovich is one of my fav's (especially Ranger)
- Computers & Internet - I really enjoy surfing the net - there's no such thing as too much information
- Travel - Love to travel! India is the farthest I have been
- Dogs - I am an animal advocate and have a 120 lb. Black Lab/Great Dane mix, Max
- Theater - I really enjoy going to the theatre (Broadway, Off-Broadway, etc.)
- Parenting - This is the greatest 'job' anyone could wish for!
- Movies - If I like a movie, I can watch it over and over
- Music - John Denver, Peter Paul and Mary, Maroon 5, Beatles...and on and on...
- Radio & Television - I listen to WPLJ in NYC (95.5) and NPR. The only show I watch is House, M.D.
- Photography - My beautiful son is my most photographed subject
March 29, 2007 on March 29, 2007 7:28 pm
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I did it! I told you, I told you I did... ~Dave Matthews
Thank you so much, my January 2006 friends. Although I have not yet responded to your wonderful posts (I plan to), I just want to say thank you. Your love and suggestions got me through that horrible night.
And, so...I did it! I chopped my hair off! I thought I would get there and they would tell me that my hair was hopeless. On the contrary, the woman (Wendy) told me that the hair by my scalp was very healthy. That made me feel so relieved because, honestly, my hair was so bad that I truly thought it was not even growing back in! She was only going to take 3-4" off but I said, "Look...just do what needs to be done." She said, "REALLY? THAT'S AWESOME!!" So here it is! I cannot stop running my hands through it...it feels so light and free. You have to remember, I have had long, straight, one-length hair for TWENTY YEARS!! Granted...I think it makes me look older and, quite frankly, I feel as though I look like a newscaster! But whatever!
The pictures are not that great. I look very tired a little blah (I am both) but I wanted to show you all before everyone! Please be honest...what do you think?
Love you guys!!
March 5, 2007 on March 5, 2007 7:27 pm
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My Boy, so much more than just a son you are my joy...the very thing that gives me meaning. You've made my life so special, you're my boy. And from the very day that you were born, I thank God above for all the days that we've had and have yet to come... ~T.J. Loughran
Hi Everyone! I do not have much to say today. It is my first day back at work since my emergency twisted bowel surgery. I got to spend a lot of time with my son and, so, today is VERY emotionally painful for me. I miss him SO MUCH! I would love, love, love to be a SAHM. Ah well...
I have also reverted back to my original goal weight. Since TWO people today told me my face is way too thin and, therefore, I look like crap, maybe 146.5 is too low? I will re-evaluate once I hit my original goal of 160. Here is my most up-to-date photo...I will try to update my profile more regularly!
And a close-up (I designed this shirt!)
Love you all!!