RN and Bariatric Coordinator at Desert Springs
Weight before surgery–296 pounds
Weight six months after surgery–206 pounds
Weight two years later–142 pounds
Before surgery Naquita struggled to climb the stairs in her home, sit on an airplane comfortably, play on the floor with her seven grandchildren, or go to the movies without people gawking and much physical and mental discomfort.
Naquita, who meets with bariatric patients before and after they have surgery at Desert Springs, says it is a major lifestyle change and it requires determination and dedication to be successful and keep the weight off.
"The first six months after surgery were almost impossible," Naquita said. "I had to keep telling myself, ‘You're not hungry.' I didn't realize that my whole life had been focused on food until I couldn't have it. It's very difficult to change, but the fact is, I can live on less food."
Her advice for obese patients who are considering bariatric surgery: "It's not a fast fix. It's a tool and a means of getting you to an end ... which is your ideal goal weight, to be healthy, live longer and enjoy your family."
Desert Springs Hospital works hard to accommodate the needs of its bariatric patients and its staff has undergone sensitivity training. Desert Springs Hospital offers seminars in English and Spanish and nutritional education and support for its bariatric patients.