Gift ideas for my surgeon

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   Posted 4/13/2010 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm looking for a really nice gift for my surgeon.  He has helped me so much and truely goes out of his way to make sure I'm taken care of.  I want to show my appreciation but have no clue on what give him.
Any ideas???
Crohn's Free Since April '06
Total colectomy/ileostomy April '06
Reversal July '06
Bowl resection/ileostomy July '07
Bowl resection/Stoma repair June '08
6ft. intestine left
Currently trying to learn about the "new me"

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   Posted 4/13/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I gave my surgeon a card and some life savers because he saved my life...though I think you're looking for something a little more substantial...I will brainstorm!
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10!
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
Currently on:10 mg Prednisone, Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 

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   Posted 4/13/2010 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
RITAS~I've always done small gifts of appreciation...and I usually address them to the doc and their staff. I have a local chocolate company that I have sent 'mixes' from and even done edible type arrangements.

My surgeon always says he is undeserving (which is why I include his staff)...but I don't think they understand how appreciative we really are!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008

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   Posted 4/13/2010 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I always gift good bottles of wine.

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   Posted 4/13/2010 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   

I sent Dr.Berg a thank you card with a movie stub in it. It was the stub from the first movie I was able to sit through, thanks to him and his handi work giving me Oscar. It wasn't grand or expensive, just something truly from the heart showing him how he gave me my life back.



RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."

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   Posted 4/13/2010 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I gave my surgeon a card and a sampler of starbucks coffee's and chocolates (it was Christmas time).
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
i only take vitamins now, when I WANT to. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

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   Posted 4/13/2010 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
im not much into gifts like that, but you could bake him some cookies, muffins, brownies different things you can eat now with no problems, or just any kind of muffins, everyone likes muffins!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
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   Posted 4/14/2010 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I would address it to him AND his staff - his staff are the ones that enable him to do what he does, without them organising things for him behind the scenes, he'd have no patients to operate on!

Speaking from experience, it's always special when the other staff are acknowledged, 1) because they are rarely thanked and 2) because most people forget that they exist and only thank the surgeon/doctor etc involved. They tend to forget the 'others' who make the surgery actually happen.
Ileostomy for 33 years due to UC

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Post Edited (Shaz032) : 4/14/2010 4:54:32 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/14/2010 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe in sitting down and writing a heart-felt letter. I think the important thing is that they know how much you appreciated them and the difference they have made.

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   Posted 4/17/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Rita,  I was thinking about a gift for my surgeon too, but instead I wrote him a letter telling him how he has changed my life, and put it in a nice card...but I am no gift, but a heart-felt letter...
Leslie King
  1984 Tubligation  1992 Diagnosed with Thyroid tumor    
1993 Gallbladder Removed  1997 Hysterectomy  1998 Carpol Tunnel 
 1999 Spinal Cord Surgery for a Anacroid Syst
2001 Lower Lumbar Fusion L4-5  
2003 Sigmoid Colon Resection
 2006 Right Knee Replacement 2005 Breast Reduction
 2008 RE-did the Lower Lumbar Fusion/ lamanoctomy
2010 DX: colonic Inertia/ Pelvic Floor Disorder
2010 Total Colectomy ABD W/O proctectomy; w/Ileosto

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