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Surgeon TestimonialJeffrey Friedman M.D. I originally started my journey towards weight loss surgery with a different local surgeon. I didn't get to meet the surgeon, but for my insurance I met monthly with the nutritionist / dietician. The first visit with him had me leaving embarassed and angry... with only a few paper handouts to show for the visit. His assumptions and comments were what I expected from the general public, not a weight loss professional. I decided it was a "standard 1st visit speech" so I went back again the 2nd month. I received another fistful of handouts and instructions to cut out "all those deep fried foods" - even though he never reviewed the carefully documented food log I had in hand (which did not list any fried foods). Again, the 5-10 minutes he spent with me left me feeling humiliated and unsure.
I decided I would rather go through life struggling with my weight on my own than to deal with the frustration and embarassment.
And then a friend suggested I visit Dr. Friedman. WOW. What a difference.
The instant I walked in the office door I was greeted with a pleasant waiting room and an even more pleasant lady at the desk, Betty. Dr. Friedman came to the waiting room to get me and I had a consultation with him before even meeting the nutritionist. He was very friendly and down to earth. I wasn't even sure I wanted to go through with surgery, so Dr. Friedman reviewed all of the potential complications, risks and benefits. He sketched out the surgery on a piece of paper and wrote down the various medications and vitamins he would be requiring of me. When I left HIS office, I felt confident in my new decision to have RNY Gastric Bypass, and confident in my decision to have Dr. Friedman as my surgeon.
Throughout the remaining months of my insurance required visits, every visit was pleasant and reassuring. There was no rushing through and no "handout only" consultations. Every time I met with the nutritionist she explained her expectations, why she had them and how I could meet them. The nurse was WONDERFUL about making sure my anxiety and claustrophobia was addressed and made known to the entire team who would be involved in my surgery.
The morning of my surgery I expected to be frantic... but I was very calm and confident that I was placing my life in the hands of a great surgeon who had genuine concern for me as an individual, a friendly and thorough OR team who would see to my needs (especially the anxiety and claustrophobia, if the need arose) and I had advocates in both my surgeon and his nurse.
I woke up from surgery with mild pain, but mostly wanted something to moisten my mouth. I had very little pain throughout my stay (Tuesday morning - Thursday afternoon) and it was always addressed with reasonable quickness by the nurses on the floor. The nurses and techs were caring and attentive. Even the housekeeping staff seemed like my own personal cheer squad as I took my walks in the middle of the night.
Dr. Friedman visited me each day and checked on how I was feeling. He never made me feel like my questions were dumb or insignifcant.
I am only a week post-op and I feel great! I had my first post op visit and everyone in the office was happy and proud for me. It was like celebrating with friends instead of the usual feeling you get in a doctor's office. There is a 5yr aftercare program, so I feel good knowing I have resources available to me for the "long haul."
I adore Dr. Friedman and his staff.... and I feel like they are sincerely interested in playing a part in my success so that I can really LIVE life
- Animal Rescue - I foster horses that are seized by the county
- Cats - 4 of them inside - Diva , Leroy, Boots and Lil
- Dogs - I have a 110lb yellow Lab named Rio. He means more than this line lets me write.
- Horses - 2 horses - 29yr old Skye and 2yr old Buddy
- Gardening - LOVE my garden! Even at my highest weight I was out there in the Florida sun
|And Small Again
posted on 5/22/12 8:45 pm
Today has been a good day - not really a "small" pouch day, but a "Hey I can eat just normal and be satisfied" (new normal, not pre-op normal).
Last night I didn't do nearly as much cleaning as I had hoped to - but it sure seemed like a lot at the time. So I didn't get to call the AC man, and now tonight I have to stay up and get serious about sweeping, mopping and loading up all those dang clothes!! I think I will just try to shove most of them to the corner of my room - hopefully he won't even want to go to the fuse box but will just go straight to the closet for the unit. My luck never runs that way though.
I got up at 0930 and then remembered my parents had gone grocery shopping, so I probably could have slept later. Oh well - up and tending animals then headed to my folks house. I decided to see if I could find something quick and easy on Nik's site to make for lunch - knowing I didn't have time to do a lot of meat thawing and such. So I made Cajun Tuna burgers. I put spicy cajun in my dad's , but just a little Old bay for me and my mom. We all really liked them and they were SUPER easy and quick!! I may try them with Salmon next time.
After lunch I made sure my mom was settled then headed up to the house to pack my work clothes and such. I had a workout with the trainer at 1. Except for spin last Thursday and the 5k on Saturday, I have been taking it super easy on my legs. They were still kind of tired feeling, but nowhere near the fatigue and sheer exhaustion of before. Originally the trainer said I was going to be training outside today, but decided we will do that workout on Friday morning and so she changed it up.
after a 3-4min warmup on the TM.
Today was tobada (tabatta?)) - 20 sec work, 10 sec rest, 8x (4min each station)-
stairs - run, every other step, hop
BOSU pushup shuffles (did a couple sets of "real" pushups, then on one knee)
Sumo squat high pull - 45lb
started plank pulls but my right elbow REALLY hurt so we moved on
overhead dumbbell pull / press / whatever (lay on bench, hold dumbbell w/ both hands and lower past head, then raise over chest) - 20lb
went back and did plank pulls no problem (well they were crazy difficult!)
captain's chairs - alternating one set side, center, side and one set legs straight raise high as I could
then I cooled down for a few minutes on the stationary bike
WoW my shoulders were so crazy trashed I could hardly wash my hair!!
Right after the workout I had a peanut butter "sandwich" on half a slice of P28, then I showered, cleaned up and headed over to work. Busy day all around, but was able to head out for my nephew's spring concert (trombone player :) ) and then still catch the finale of "Dancing With the Stars".... Yay Donald!
Tonight I'll work on cleaning for quite a while hopefully. I can put some more laundry on , feed the horses, go in help my mom, let the horses out, change over the laundry , tend my rabbits , gather eggs and then work in the house. I have to get it presentable, it is about to get HOT around here and I need my AC! (though not nearly as much as I needed it pre-op, I would have had it set on 70* weeks ago... I think I can do 78 now!).
Tomorrow I am getting up super early in case I need to go to my older nephew's award ceremony. He just told my sister today that he is getting an award at 830am, so she is going to try to make it (3rd grade teacher) and if she can't she is going to call me to go. Since I will be up anyway, even if I don't go I will probably stay up and go swimming, but just easy swimming. Or maybe I will ride the horses for a few minutes each? Titan needs a chiropractic adjustment so I don't know if I need to ride him or not.
Then it is work, big meeting with the VP, work. And probably go home to do more cleaning etc
Thursday is spin class and then crazy busy at work with 2 meetings back to back then training at midnight plus having to approve time cards. Hopefully tomorrow night after work will be just go home and tend my animals, go help my mom and head on to bed.
Friday morning is trainer (outside?!?!) counseling and should be a free afternoon. Hoping Saturday will be free and we can convince my brother to come help us see if we can get my mom in the pool (out of it is the real issue -even though we have a lift).
Lots of good stuff.... happy with today's eats. In a way wish I would have resisted the SF ice cream tonight, but I was fine on calories and protein, so I don't feel bad about it.
All vitamins in except bedtime iron; over 100oz of water, probably about to go get some more
B - none (oops)
L - Nik's Tuna burger (2 small patties, the size of my mom's salmon patties), steamed squash, green beans, peppers
S - 1/2 P28 with peanut butter
- other 1/2
D - shrimp, peppers, green beans, small fresh tomato, laughing cow light cheese
S - SF ice cream
I also have cottage cheese and SF jello w/ fruit as well as a couple of peppers w/ cheese if I decide I want them. I will probably have the cottage cheese, but the stats include everything:
Cals - 1021
Carbs - 76
Fat - 32
Protein - 99
Sugar - 36
Fiber - 23
Carbs - 31%
Fat - 28%
Protein - 41%
EDITED - I did eat the other snacks, so I'm glad I included them :)
+ 4 home made cheezits (deli cheese microwaved, maybe 1oz)
Good good day. I like it! Now to go clean my hoarder house!
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