August 9th, 2004 - Well, had to do the dreaded bowel prep that night. Had to drink 10 ounces of Citrate of Magnesium - gross stuff. I must have drank a gallon of Crystal Light along with it!
August 10th, 2004 - Surgery Day - I was calm as a cucumber - the last thing I remember was being wheeled into the O.R. and being asked to put my head on this round squishy pillow thing - that was it - I remember NOTHING else from that day - nothing at all - not waking up in recovery, being wheeled to my room, having visitors, nothing!
The hospital stay was great - nurses, interns, everyone was just wonderful! And the first day when I finally got to drink some Carnation Instant Breakfast, it was like drinking pure gold it tasted so good!
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Surgeon: Donald Hess, M.D.
Maybe some day I will get a
GOOD photo of me taken! ;-)
Got my hair chopped off on
Feb. 27, 2004 - YAY!!!!
Dr. Hess is a very kind and thorough doctor in my opinion. He knows his stuff! I have only grown to appreciate what he does for us more and more every day - he truly is a life saver! His office staff is great as well - Maria in his office goes well above and beyond what her normal duties are I am sure of it. There is nothing I don't like about him. Heck, he even took me an hour early for my last appointment - how many doctors do that? ;-) Dr. Hess is very intelligent yet also has a sense of humor and knows how to calm any nerves you may have. When you ask him a question he will answer you and not sugar coat it. Plus he REMEMBERS you! He remembers all of his patients so well it is scary at times. His aftercare program is top notch, and if you ever need to see him or someone on his staff of interns, you will get in no problem. He did advise of the risks of the surgery, but also the risks of NOT having the surgery. Overall I would rate him a 20 out of 1 to 10. He has incredible surgical competence, bedaside manner, and stamina - my gawd - he will do two operations and still make rounds and stop and talk with every singl patient of his in the hospital - he is a walking miracle man! ;-)
No problems whatsoever dealing with them - they requested a letter from my primary care doctor stating my weight history for the past 5 years and that was it - took just under a week for approval ;-)