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Luis Reyes, M.D.
My initial impression of Dr. Reyes was good. He is professional, knowledgable and approachable. He isn't in a hurry, and he will take time to listen to you if you need to talk. That first impression has been validated as I have gone through the surgery and am now recovering. I find him to very kind, calming and compassionate. He has the kindest eyes!rnrnHis office staff are very good - they try to handle each patient individually, and are genuinely interested and concerned in everyone's well-being.rnrnFor me, the fact that the practice is growing quickly and the staff seem overwhelmed can be frustrating - especially if you have an immediate concern. rnrnI would tell future patients to stay on top of their insurance paperwork, make follow-up calls, and be involved in the planning before and after their surgery. Dr. Reyes has an excellent program, but it is a busy one.rnrnDr. Reyes is an exceptional caregiver, surgeon, and physician. I rate him as excellent. I will recommend him to others.rnrnIf I could make any recommendations, I would suggest a requisite pre-op visit with the dietician to go through how to eat, the diet stages, discuss supplements and vitamins/minerals. This would be the time to provide the patient with the protein powder supplements,vitamins, whey powder, etc. - or to inform the patient where to get these items.rnI would also suggest that it might be good for the dietician to visit each patient in the hospital to help them start eating again.
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I was born into a wonderful supportive family. I tell everyone I am the runt (I'm the second child) because, after puberty, I became the shortest, fattest, and loudest member of the family. My brothers and sisters, and my mom have been rail-thin all of their lives. Middle life has crept a few extra pounds around their bellies, but I hold the title of being the biggest. My dad has battled his weight by staying physically active - otherwise he would be overweight too.
When I met my husband, I was getting fit. I was at 190, and exercising daily. After our first date, I dropped everything and we went on to gain 10 pounds a year for the next 3 years. I thought I was happy because he liked me big - loved me big. How lucky I was to find a handsome talented man who liked fat girls? He wasn't a slouch though - he's a big boy too. By the time we were married, I was at 220 and gaining, and he was at 240.
After the birth of our son, I weighed close to 280 - but I eventually got it down to around 265, and stayed there for years. In the last 3 years I gained 20 pounds, putting me at 285. This last year I was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and Hypothyroidism, and I have some sort of hormonal problems too. It became clear to me that I wasn't going to beat the odds - I could die before I was 50 if I didn't take control of this problem.
This last year, I finally found a company who recognized my potential, and am doing the kind of work I can get behind and put my unique abilities to good use. My primary passion is really communication - helping others see, know and understand. By having this surgery, I am giving myself more energy and time to be an effective part of my company, my community, my church, and my family.
So, here I am - beginning the journey... I hope your journey brings you strength, peace, energy, and LIFE.