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Paul Stanish, M.D.
My first impression of Dr. Stanish was that he is very sure of himself. I liked him in the hospital during my surgery stay and he proved to be a very caring person. He was concerned when I couldn't get the fluids down and wasn't in a hurry to get me out and home. rnHis office staff is wonderful. If you have any questions they are always there to answer them. His nurse Karen is wonderful and helpful and his assistant Holly is great. I love them all. rnDr. Stanish can be very arrogant but I think that he is good at what he does and he knows it. He told me that he is going to be the best doctor for me and he expects me to be the best patient for him and to follow what he says. I am and we seem to get along very well. rnHe is a big one on aftercare and expects nothing less from his patients. rnEvery time I saw him before surgery he would stress the risks of the surgery and I appreciated that. He would tell me the risks and then would talk to me about the ones that he thought would be more important to me. rnHe takes care of the person and and the patient and I like that. I am glad that I chose him as my surgeon and wouldn't want anyone else. I would reccomend him highly. His competence is beyond belief and his bedside manner isn't really bad. He isn't always the most friendly but you can always tell he is caring. To me the surgical comptence is the most important. I can always find a friend to hold my hand if I need too.
Brenda R.'s Journey
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I have been overweight my whole life. I can't really remember a time that I wasn't. I always felt like a second class citizen and a fifth wheel. I also thought the people around me was laughing at me when I would try things that a thin person does.
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I have been heavy my whole life. I think I was born at 125 pounds. I have tried just about every diet known to man and not much success. I take that back, one time there was. I did the Atkins diet for about 9 months and lost more than 90 pounds. I felt wonderful and thought that it would never end. But then I started doing things differently and thought that I would be able to eat a bit of this and a bit of that. Boy what a mistake that one was. It didn't work after that. I gained it back plus which was the story of my life.
I thought long and hard about this surgery. When I finally decided to do it the time went so fast. In a matter of weeks things were rolling and the approval came. I got approved the first time. I figure the insurance company was so tired of paying out claims for me they thought that if they approved it and I got this surgery things would change. lol
I think that some of the push that I had was seeing some of my family get so sick and pass on so early in life. My dad being one of them. He died when I was 15 of a heart attack and he was 53-the same age I am right now. I have always been told that there is one parent that you take more after and that one would be my dad. My mom always called me pocket copy of him. I guess she was right. When I got diagnosed with a heart problem 15 years ago I knew that I would die at the same age my dad did. Then when I got put in the hospital this spring with what they thought was my heart problem I just knew then that my time was here. I even told my cardiologist this. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a kidney stone! lol After all I just KNEW that my time was coming to an end. That is when I decided to get serious about getting some of this weight off. I knew that was my wake up call. This was the time that I got going. It didn't take being a bad diabetic. I was taking 5 shots and 2 pills a day and my sugars were still out of control. I at least got out of taking the shots when I got my insulin pump earlier this year. I got out of taking the shots but I was still putting insulin in my body. I was so insulin resistant that they had to have me put in 500 insulin instead of 100. When I was putting in the 100 insulin I was still taking just as much and I had to change the pump every day. It took a kidney stone of all things! I think that I was always a slow learner for some things in my life! lol
I guess what it took to bring me to this point in my life was just being tired of being sick and tired. I had no energy and my back hurt so bad that I couldn't even walk through WalMart anymore, I had to use a scooter. I thought to myself why am I doing this to me? There has to be a better way and thank God I found it. Now I am going to have the tool to help me to be the best well person that I can be. I am going to improve my health and get off some of this medicine. My cardiologist told me the other day that I will probably get off the water pill for the congestive heart failure. I really didn't think that would happen. I know that the surgery isn't going to make the cardiomyopathy go away but it will help it in that it is going to take a lot of the strain off the heart. For that I am grateful. It isn't going to take the disc disease away or the arthritis or the herniated discs but it sure is going to help a lot. The way I see this it is going to be a win win situation. With that I can live and enjoy my life life I haven't for a long time.
I believe in the saying "If God brings you to it, He gets you through it." and He has brought me to it and he is going to make sure I get through it.
I am going to end now and with these words I part "This is my story and I'm sticking to it!"