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About CdnExpat

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    Expert Member
  • Birthday 05/25/1963

About Me

  • Biography
    Living in the Middle East, loving the culture, the experiences, and the opportunity for adventure.
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    Grandsons, photography, travel, culture, music
  • Occupation
    Medical Professional
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    GCC Region Middle East
Diagnosed with MS in 1996 after the year from hell. Physical activity dropped from daily (race walking/weight training) to nothing. Gained 80 pounds in 10 months. Ended up in a wheelchair in 2000. De-stressed (changed city, job, career) and recovered enough to ditch the wheelchair. Lost and gained the same 20 pounds over the next 15 years and eventually resigned myself to be overweight. Got work overseas (on my Bucket List) and moved to the Middle East. Developed idiopathic hypertension in 2009 which medication couldn't control. Specialist suggested I work with a nutritionist, which I did. Wasn't impressed with her knowledge or professionalism - not an uncommon issue here. Went back for another suggestion, and doctor recommended I consult with Dr. M, a bariatric specialist.

Turns out he was part of clinical trials for new protocols for the VSG, and the study was taking subjects with BMIs under the qualifying guidelines but who had additional obesity related issues or chronic health conditions. I qualified on both counts and was accepted into the study. Whoo hoo! I did a tremendous amount of reading/research including lurking a lot on VST . Had the surgery April 4, 2012, and so far, no complications and definitely no regrets.

Age: 59
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Starting Weight: 222 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery:
Current Weight: 132 lbs
Goal Weight: 140 lbs
Weight Lost: 90 lbs
BMI: 21.3
Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 11/30/2011
Surgery Date: 04/04/2012
Hospital Stay: 3 Days
Surgery Funding: Combination
Insurance Outcome: n/a

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