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Make healthy eating and drinking decisions
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weigh less than 170
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lose at least 100 Pounds
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weigh less than 180
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Surgeon Testimonial

David Podkameni M.D.
My first impression of Dr Podkameni was that he was very knowledgable & experienced. Over time, I found him to be strict but communicated very welll with me, and I could even joke with him some. Some members of his staff have had bariatric surgery (nurses & the dietician, Donna) so they know what they are talking about because they have lived it.

I found it odd that he didn't care about taking labs since it was June when I had pre op labs but my surgery didn't happen until November. Also, I found him to be overly structured and strict at times, but I am a person who likes to test

There is a lot of support with the Banner Gateway Bariatric program, ranging from pre op to post op support groups. They even have a clothing exchange program!

The thing that I am most impressed with Dr P is that he is thorough, methodical, and careful with his patients. During my surgery, he found a benign tumor on my liver, and repaired a hiatal hernia I didn't even know I had! Afterwards, when I had some nausea, dry heaves, and a bad rebound headache (probably from the pain meds), he gave a combination of meds thru the IV that took care of all three problems. That made the difference in me having to stay an extra day or not. (I got to go home as scheduled.)
Member Interests
  • Cats - I have 5 cats...My husband wishes we only had 2 or 3...
  • Museums & Art Galleries - I love the Getty & the Getty Villa! I have been to the Smithsonian National Art
  • Walking - I am glad we have spring & fall in the year so I can be outdoors!
  • Computer Games - I am addicted to Frontierville on Facebook!
  • Movies - Always ready to for a movie! I love vintage movies from the 1940's.
  • Flowers - My favorites are lilacs and gardenias...
  • Scrapbooks - This is an extension of my love for old family photos & genealogy.
  • Cooking & Baking - I love cooking when I am feeling healthy!
  • Swimming - We have a pool and I look forward to swim season!
  • WLS in your 40's - I will be about 43 when I have my sleeve gastrectomy Nov 16th.

sedonagirl67's Journey

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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I felt like I was weak and couldn't lose weight because I wasn't disciplined enough. I had accepted that I would be a "big girl" for the rest of my life. It took several years to get there but I never felt picked on...just didn't have any energy...and I don't think I realized how much more I was eating than "normal" people. I always felt hungry...
Latest Surgery Support Comments

  • Comment by theresam74 11/16/10 7:44 am
    Good luck, my prayers are with you.
  • Comment by peyton88 11/16/10 2:20 am
    I've enjoyed reading your pre-op blog! I wish you all the best with your surgery and post-op journey! Get ready for the ride of your life!!
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Say Goodbye to "Obese" and Hello to "Overweight"

posted 4/24/11 3:27 pm
Today marks the day I am officially part of the Overweight Club!  And next week I am going to be shopping for some new clothes again!  WooHoo!  I hope to break into Onederland next week too!  Lots of changes...

Happy Easter Everyone!

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