Earlier this year I injured my back so badly that I knew I had to lose some weight for my own health - it was the wake up call I needed to take action. I made the decision to see Dr Lockie and get the process started. I had gastric sleeve surgery in August and I’m very happy with the results. My daughter’s friend’s entire family had this surgery done so I was familiar with the everything the process entailed. I chose Dr Lockie because of his great track record of doing this procedure.
The before and after surgery care was brilliant. I’ve still got another dietician appointment and blood tests to do. In the new year I’ll see Dr Lockie again and then I’ll have a psychologist session too. I think knowing that such an amazing support system is in place, just sets you at ease. That was the best part for me, just knowing I was in good hands. The doctors at the clinic are a married couple, but they kept everything professional at all times. A woman named Shirley was my nurse, and she came around often to check that the nursing staff had support and that the patients were getting the best possible care. Anything we needed, we were entitled to. When I started getting awful migraines after my surgery and needed to stay on an extra night, she even checked up on me to make sure I was okay. All the staff were simply fantastic, and I’d recommend the clinic to anyone. At the same time, though, I understand that my body is different than someone else’s. For example, I’m having trouble with my cortisol levels at the moment, but I’m willing to accept that. My own personal doctor is helping me get through this, but it’s the path I’ve chosen and I have no regrets. I’ve lost 22 kilos so far and I’m feeling okay. I’m ready for the next stage now. Next year I’ll be in England and I want to be fit and healthy then. I think this is the best decision I’ve ever made for my health and for my age. I’m turning 60 next year and this has definitely been the turning point in my life. It’s been an amazing journey, and I’m a different, better person for having gone through it.