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I had heard so much about Dr. Schweitzer not being a nice person but I thought he was great. He was very professional and nice. Smiled a lot and answered all of my questions. He was certain that I could be successful with the VSG based on my history but he explained all of the procedures to me. The only hiccup I had with him is that his Medical Office Coordinator is pretty slow. She gave me the only problems I had with his office. Everyone in the Bariatric program at Hopkins is very attentive, responsive and eager to help and see you be successful. When I picked Dr. Schweitzer, I chose him because he is one of the best at what he does but I was pleasantly surprised that he was a genuinely nice person. Mind you I didn't see him very often but when I did he was great.
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I am an African-American female. I am 33 years old. I have a 3 year old son. I have been obese since I was young. My highest weight was 311 (323 when I was pregnant). I have Sleep Apnea, lower back pain, severe joint pain, and an extensive family history of diabetes. I don't have diabetes yet but I had gestational diabetes when I had my son, which is an early sign of future diabetes with excessive weight. My quality of life is suffering and will only get worse if I don't get this weight off.
My older brother had the LapBand surgery done at the end of June 2010. I never thought of having WLS for myself. It just seemed like something other people did...not me. Well, when he had his surgery done, I figured I'd look into it. He gave me his doctor's card and information but I didn't actually do anything with it. I let it sit on my dresser for about 2 months before I even looked at it.
In September 2010, I made a firm decision that I would pursue WLS for myself.
- 9/22 & 28/10 - attended WLS info sessions at 2 different hospitals
- 11/1/10 - First surgical consult with Dr. Schweitzer - It's the VSG for me baby!!
- 11/22/10 - Psych evaluation
- 1/14/11 - Approved!!!
- 1/28/11 - Surgery scheduled for Feb. 17!!
- 2/17/11 - Surgery day
- 2/17/11 - 296
- 2/21/11 - 293
- 2/24/11 - 287
- 3/03/11 - 282
- 3/10/11 - 280
- 3/17/11 - 275 (21 pounds - month 1)
- 3/25/11 - 271
- 3/31/11 - 265
- 4/07/11 - 260
- 4/14/11 - 258 (17 pounds - month 2)
- 4/21/11 - 256
- 4/28/11 - 252