When I went for my information seminar I was impressed, but when I went for my first appointment I was convinced Dr. Curry was the surgeon for me and I needed surgery.

When I went for my information seminar I was impressed, but when I went for my first appointment I was convinced Dr. Curry was the surgeon for me and I needed surgery.

Wow! 8 days since surgery and I feel better than I have in years. I read lots of things before surgery and how people were miserable and starving and felt like they would never eat real food again. I didn’t realize how bad I felt before. I was my highest weight this past spring at a whooping 316lbs and I am only 5ft 2in. I have chronic knee pain and have had 3 surgeries. I have slept good for years. I use to get up every 1-2 hours to go to the bathroom or just change position. I didn’t think I had any sleeping or breathing problems. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure this spring. My dad died at age 42 from a heart attack and this year I turned 42 so when they said my bp was high the panic light switch came on. I finally realized if I didn’t do something- and something drastic- in 5 or 10 years I wouldn’t be around anymore. So I went back to weight watchers and lost 10lbs over 3 months. I saw myself falling into the same old trap again. I’ve tried all the diets- slim fast, Jenny Craig, Weight watchers several times, and a lot of crazy word of mouth diets. I can lose weight, but I couldn’t keep it off. It always came back plus some for good measure. I had talked to a few people who had a band and was on the fence. Being in the medical profesion a bypass just scared me to death and I had a friend die after one. So I did some research and I decided there was no one better than Dr. Curry. I had also decided on a band. When I went for my information seminar I was impressed, but when I went for my first appointment I was convinced Dr. Curry was the surgeon for me and I needed surgery. He also recommended I consider a gastric sleeve over a band because ” I would have to be an a+ patient to suceed with a band”. For the amount of weight I needed to lose, I would reach my goal much faster with a sleeve. So it took me a long long time to decided what I wanted to do. Removal of a natural part of my body- and cutting into the bowel- scarred me because I know the risks of infection and leakage of bowel content into the body could mean death. It actually took me 3 months to lose 20lbs- which is required for all people who have surgery- but mostly because I couldn’t decided between the band and the sleeve. Finally one day I asked my husband piped in and said, “you know he’s the doctor, he’s the best, you should do what he recommended”. So I finally decided he was right and I moved forward, scheduled nutrition class and surgery. Again I am 8 DAYS out from surgery and I feel fabulous. Since this spring I have lost a total of 60lbs!!! My knees don’t hurt nearly as much, I only get up once during the night, I sleep in the same position almost all night, I have more energy than I’ve had in years! I can’t begin to thank Dr. Curry and his amazing staff enough. I have very little pain after and since surgery. I was only on pain medicine for 2-3 days after surgery. I can’t wait to get moving and seriously exercising. I miss food but I keep telling myself this is not forever. One day I can eat cheeseburgers and pizza. I will just eat part of a cheeseburger and part of a piece of pizza not 4 pieces. My new stomach is fabulous. I can now tell the difference between emotional hunger and real hunger. I won’t even realize I’m hungery and all of a sudden my stomach growls. It is great because my focus is not on food but what all I am doing. I can’t wait to see how I feel as the next 60lbs come off.

March 18, 2014

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