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Thomas H. Magnuson
At our first meeting, I felt relaxed and put at ease. Even though they forgot to put me into the system,he didn't rush me out and took the time to answer all of my questions. I felt comfortable with him. I was a bit disappointed with him after surgery though. He only saw me once post op; the rest of the time, his surgical team visited me. When I went for my 2 week post op, I didn't see him at all, I saw a P.A. She was very nice but it would have been nice to see him. As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, I was concerned about having to recieve blood. Even though he reassured me that he has never had to do a transfusion for this surgery and said he would totally respect my wishes, he made a couple of comments that I guess he thought were funny, but not to me. One right before I was wheeled into surgery. I guess all in all, as a surgeon I would rate him a 10+, he is very skilled and takes his time.
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I wasn't overweight as a young child; I started to pick up weight around 11 years old. Most of my family was overweight and we didn't have rules as far as food goes. I lost weight for the first time when I was 16 and lost about 50 lbs. When I met my husband at age 19 I was well over 200 and my weight just went up from there. I would lose weight through various programs over the years but I would always gain it back plus some. When my husband and I got married, we partied most weekends and that included eating all hours of the night. When the kids came along, we ate out a lot and it wasn't until my daughter was cleaning out her room and we came across some old journals that I realized that 90% of the time we spent together as a family...
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