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Noel Williams, M.D.
I met with Dr. Noel Williams of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. He was very nice and a little funny. I believe he's British. He answered all my questions and was very patient with me. I asked him if this would be the last time I saw him until surgery. He said that I would probably see him around, but unless I requested for him to come in, I wouldn't meet with him again until my pre-op apppointments (2-3 weeks before surgery). During our conversation, he stressed the risks of surgery, the category that I was in (low-medium risk), and the other categories that patients fall into. He drew me pictures and explained most of what would happen immediately afterwards. I haven't had many interactions with him yet, but I would rate him as a 8 on a 1 to 10 scale. I also talked with the Clinical nurse Samatha Warner-Grimsley. She was very nice and gave a lot of information.rnrn1-11-06: After my initial consultation (February), I didn't see Dr. Williams again until 1-2 days after my surgery. He came into check to see how I was. I was very groggy, so he didn't stay that long. I really didn't expected to see the doctor to much because during my initial visit I asked him if I would see him again, he said most likely not until surgery, unless somethings wrong. Nothing went wrong, but I would have like to see him before they put me to sleep before the surgery, but I didn't.
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Here is my journey chronicled through pictures (only prior to Oct 2006): http://www.picturetrail.com/jcsteven
Here goes my Before & After pics on ObesityHelp: http://www.obesityhelp.com/morbidobesity/members/before+and+after.php?Member_ID=S1107963823
COME VISIT THE BLACK AMERICAN FORUM: http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/black_american/a,messageboard/board_id,4990/
PRE-OP: 296lbs (May 2005)
POST-OP: 174lbs (August 2006 - 15 MONTHS Post Op)
I saw a list called "What I Won't Miss on someone else’s page and knew I had to do one. Sorry for stealing it.
What I Won't Miss:1. Having people call me “big mama.”
2. Seeing the looks on the people’s faces that I knew from high school.
3. Having family tell me I’ve gained a lot of weight.
4. Taking pictures from the head up, only.
5. Having bras cut into my sides.
6. My feet and ankles hurting when I stand up.
7. Legs hurting when I walk or try to climb stairs
8. Being out of breath from walking.
9. My back killing me during the day.
10.Waking up in the middle of the night from back pain.
11.Feeling exhausted all the time.
12.Always being sleepy.
13.Not finding any cheap stylish clothes my size.
14.Having clothes from when I was smaller that I just don’t want to throw out.
15.Not fitting my favorite top.
16.Getting evil looks from the person next to me on the plane or bus.
17.Feeling self conscious about how I look.
18.Not being able to cross my legs. (I don't remember ever being able to do this)
19.My fingers and toes being swollen.
20.Having to spend more money than thinner people on my clothes
21.Having men avoid eye contact with me.
22.Not being able to give myself a pedicure comfortably.
23.Having to do the fat people shoe tie. (u know, tie your shoes from the side.)
24.My shoes being too tight on my feet.
25.Having to wear flats instead of high heals.
26.Feeling like I need a fork lift to get out of the bathtub
27.Having people at a pool stare at me.
28.Being treated like I can't do anything athletic by small people.
29.People saying “you’re so soft, I just want to hug you.”
30.Not being able to see my feet.
31.Looking at pictures and not recognizing myself.
32.Having people say "you’re pretty for a big girl."
33.Using the big girls stall in the bathroom (aka handicap stall)
34.Having my breasts be a net for my food.
35.Having the bath water only cover half of my body.
36.Avoiding all cameras
37.Dreading my jeans in the drier, because you know it's going to be smaller when it comes out.
38.Taking blood pressure medicine.
39.Distant family members thinking its ok to comment on my weight gain.
40. Buying Big Beach Towels and using them as a regular towel.
41. Always wearing my business shirts untucked. I look like a fool with them tucked in.