Lisa's Diary reveals the emotions and day-to-day experiences of a real patient in Fort HealthCare's Bariatric Program.


August 31, 2010

If you live in the Fort Atkinson area and listen to WFAW, you may have heard Patrice, Dr. Erickson and me on the air recently talking about bariatric surgery at Fort HealthCare. It was a little daunting to us but, of course, the good doctor always takes everything in stride. Patrice and I were going to play the laryngitis card and let him do all the talking, but we found out it doesn’t work that way.

Michael Clish, the host, decides who is going to talk and when. He’s a pretty funny guy — after the first couple of minutes, he had us laughing pretty hard. He claims he heard Dr. Erickson say that we do “lap dances” instead of LAP-BAND®, and if you know Dr. Erickson at all, you can imagine the look on his face!

Then, Dr. Erickson’s phone rang (with his “Crocodile Rock” ringtone) not once, but TWICE! How can you not laugh at that?

The best part is, it wasn’t a life-or-death emergency like you’d think it was — it was his golf partner calling to find out the tee time! Ha!

I guess we’re all human, right?

All in all, it wasn’t the frightening drama I’d dreamed up in my head. I was a little concerned when Patrice asked if she could spin a couple of tunes on the radio.

Thank goodness our time was up ;)

Next time,

— Lisa

P.S. The proof is in the pudding — I’ve gone down in scrubs sizes at work!