Dear Bandits and Sleever"s
I am as on Monday 2years banded and going backwards in many ways
I am researching Band to Sleeve revision surgery and putting a call out to anyone who has gone through this procedure and would be happy to talk to me about their journey
Well I weighed in this morning after 12 weeks and I have now lost 10 KGs! So I am halfway to my goal weight of 68Kgs.
My last band fill was another half ml so have somewhere between 5 and 6 mls in the band. Not too much restriction so I can eat fairly normally, and still lose around 900 grams a week which is great! Slow and steady wins the race.
I am going on a sailing trip to the Whitsundays in 7 weeks - so let's hope I can lose another 7Kgs before then!
The band is certainly turning out to be my friend
Im really glad I found this site as I have so many questions and many of them are being answered in your blogs - so thank you!
A little bit about me...Im 53, female - moved here to be near my daughter and am loving Perth and the wonderful Australian way of life. Since leaving a physical job for a desk one, menopause and poor lifestyle choices my weight crept on and off through my 40s and then just on after 45. Im 115kgs and 173cm tall - most sites recommend I should be 67kg but it sounds too light (if there is something as too light). What I mean is that I liked the way I looked at 75kg and just cant imagine me being that size.
Anyway, having the band is something I have wanted to do for some time and its only in the past year I have made it a reality. In 6 weeks I will go into surgery. No more diabetes 2, seeya size 20+ clothes. Im really excited, very determined that it works and yes...a bit scared. So many positives come from the decision and yet why is it we focus on the negative.
Ive been reading about excess skin, I mean Im not young so elasticity is average to poor but what are the issues around this? And so many sites say No coffee, sugar, pasta and loads of other stuff. Ever. My surgeon said that most bandits complain of 3 things they have trouble with, dry bread, rice and meat - is that true? Why what happens? what did you do to lead in for surgery? What should I do?
Looking forward to any insights
peace, love and light
WOW!! Cant believe it is now a week since my surgery and oh so glad that is over!!
My week has been pretty good,fair bit of pain the first few days at home but just a little discomfort now.
Shoulder tip pain still grabs me occasionally but nothing a heat pack doesn't fix and still quite bloated and still trying to relieve myself of the extra gas!! Though thankfully my farting is now less!!
Incisions are healing well and are as itchy as hell!!
I am not finding the liquid only lifestyle too bad, thank goodness so I will hopefully be able to cope with that for another week without any dramas.
I feel that I am drinking too much compared to what I read others are but haven't had any issues and am sticking to what the dietician set out for me so all should be ok.
Weight-loss since last Wednesday is 3.8kgs so YAY!!! For that.
I have been taking it easy just hanging around the house, hubby and daughters are still doing everything so may just milk that for a little longer!! Lol
I have walked everyday since my surgery, which I am extremely impressed with myself for doing, first few days was only around my yard etc but past few days has been only about 15-20 minutes around the neighbourhood but better than nothing so i will continue increasing that this week.
So Woo Hoo!!!! Week one is over and roll on Week 2 and to finish off I just want to say I am Happy!! Just HAPPY!! Something that I have wanted for so very long is finally a reality
1week post op!- the slowest week!
Surgery day Start weight:126kgs:-(
Current weight: 119.4kgs
Loss for the wk: 6.6kgs:-)
Total loss: 6.6kgs :-)
Thank goodness wk 1 has gone! Pain- just a little pain at the port when I bend over but nothing worth complaining about lol I've taken the clear bandaids off the Incisions and they are sooo itchy! It's painful to yawn and I don't know if that's normal?
Because I didn't have to do a pre-op diet, I have to admit, I have been struggling with just liquids this wk. Up & gos were great and soup but I'm just really ready to chew something lol wk 2 is just mushy food. I did try mashed tots last night and it went down fine.
The 'full' feeling is a really weird feeling.. I was a bit confused by it for the first few days. For me it feels like I have something sitting on my chest or something at the back of my throat. Really not what I imagined. Or maybe I'm feeling something else?
I love not feeling bloated! And I can already tell my boobs are the first to go! My bra doesn't feel right. Hubby's spewing! Lol
I am a secret bander, only hubby, mum, dad, sis and bro know and I've made it clear to them that no one else is to know. My main Reason is I don't want people to look at me and ask 'well, why aren't you losing weight?' Like they think it happens over night. Or watching what I eat or how I eat. People that know nothing about the surgery and how it works are the quickest to say stuff about it. But don't realize that we still have to do the hard work. So I rather have to not explain myself. I did this for me and not anybody else. I've told some friends that I've gone back to Jenny Craig haha
Family are supporting me that's all that matters. :-D
It was great having a wk off baby duties! Of course my son changed when his dad started changing ALL his nappies, he started shitting 5 times a day! I loved it! Lol.
Really not that much to report, a very boring wk. lots of sleep and rest!
Keep smiling:-) xx
Thanks to those of you who sent well wishes and support. I was a bit worried there for a few days.
The initial CT scan the GP sent me to (not my GP as she is on holidays) was unable to be done as it required contrast and I have an allergy to that, so after more rescheduling for appts I was sent to Nuclear Medicine for a V/Q scan.
I've had alot of scans over the years, but this was a new one on me. If anyone is curious, here is a link.
Having to inhale radioactive gas, then be injected with a radioactive substance wasn't all that pleasant, however it did give the answer I wanted to hear of no abnormal blood flow detected or blood clots noted.
This test came about because I had chest pain, lethargy, pins and needles in my face, shortness of breath and a few long periods of immobility after some recent trips down south in the car. This is why blood clots were suspected. (just wanted to clarify that).
Surgeon appt on Wednesday stated the port area pain was unrelated to the above, but he believes this is due to (this surprised me and I haven't read this anywhere) the weight loss in my stomach. Due to my stomach losing the weight thus far, the heavy skin is "pulling" and dragging down the muscles and lap band equipment internally = hence the pain and discomfort.
This apparently was a possibility because I had a big tummy and it is quote "only going to get worse sadly" as the weight comes off! He is very happy with my weight loss so far and claim I am the model patient. In 85 days I've lost 25 kgs. But this doesn't take away my tummy problem.
In the interim, he suggests I buy a corset/girdle to offer support to my abdomen and lower hanging tummy area to stop the pain. Not to be worn at all times, but at times of need/necessity.
I'm not sure if anyone else has experienced this? I've had a search but nothing popped up. I was given a pamphlet of where to go, a store in Perth offering support garments, mostly for post op patients after plastic surgery. I thought of Shapewear or similar but they do not go up to my size just yet, so that is not an option at this point.
I got a 1 ml fill which takes me up to 5 ml now, and my meals are at 1/2 cup, no snacks and only half a cup of coffee. Feels weird to be this content/full all the time. I'm not 100% either, so I am just doing the best I can with what I've got. Having major bloods done next week to check for any depletions in vits or mins and to see if any of my meds can be altered or even dropped.
Here's hoping for a better weekend
High Protein, Low Carb & Low Fat snacks...
Does anyone have any suggestions how I can boost my protein intake (needing to get up to about 80g per day), without having to drink protein drinks ?? I am also gluten intolerant, so can't add oatmeal etc to my meals or eat a lot of those chemical laced 'chocolate' bars... I had a look at the protein snacks (low carb, low fat) in the health foods section at Coles and didn't think that they looked band-kosher i.e. some of them were very 'fibrous' looking!
Any suggestions, apart from baked beans would be appreciated.
** Also, please don't simply tell me to search through old posts, as I have done this, and there is nothing regarding snacks... I guess as most banders are told not to snack.
Finally.... Surgery yesterday went in at 1.30 and all went well, pretty good night despite a little pain and discomfort.
Took me almost 2 hours to have my first sip of water, I was too scared it case it didnt go down!!! How bloody stupid but anyway!!!..... But other than that all good.
Just returned home now and happily setup in the recliner with a heat pack and rug!
So so so so HAPPY IT IS OVER and I can now focus on the new me :-).
I am a fussy eater, don't like vege or steak. Also my 16yr old twins are becoming very fussy. Can't seem to find any meals that we can all eat. Having to think of 3 different meals everyday and it's driving me crazy. I have given up trying to find food for myself to eat which is making me turn to sliders. Eating cup of soups and choc pudding with custard. No wonder I'm feeling drained all the time.bi just can't seem to snap out of it. Haven't lost any weight for ages. Are there any fussy eaters out there, what do you eat.
Well the day has finally arrived!! Surgery is today I am off to the hospital in 2 hours and anxiety is at an all time high!!!! Slept surprisingly well last night thank goodness and now just want the day over!!
Goodbye big girl and Hello new me!! ðŸ˜ƒ
Well here I was fixing to update the blog with the pending surgeon visit tomorrow and expecting my 3rd fill, however the day hasn't panned out that way.
After a fun weekend away down south, I've returned with port area pain (first I've experienced since surgery day) and a discomfort in my right breast area and above. Almost feels heart related, but knowing anatomy as I do, I figured the heart was okay.
Appetite is suppressed (shocker) and I almost feel nauseated. A constant dull headache most of the day too. Then mid morning the feeling of numbness took over in my extremities and off to the GP I went.
E.C.G. came back normal, as did B/P. The physical exam however was very painful and to rule out anything else, I had bloodwork done.
Got the call this afternoon from the GP that my blood work showed the "markers" for a blood clot, so tomorrow morning I am off to have scans done and given that tomorrow is my surgeon visit day, then I go to see him for check up and possible fill.
I haven't exercised for nearly 2 days and I feel awful, tired and uncomfy with pain. I haven't felt like this since before the surgery when I weighed so much heavier!
Something just doesn't feel right and it's a little scary. I hope it's all okay......
First time poster but definitely a lap band veteran, hey when I had my band done in 2002, technology hadn't got that far that I could blog!
Started my journey as a 29 year old mother of 2, weighing in at 141kgs, generally healthy but suffering depression. Had my lap band put in Feb 2002 and never looked back. It was a long slow process, but hey the weight did not go on overnight.
Finally I have been at my goal weight range around 63-65 kgs for about a couple of years, had some successful skin removal and generally loving my new life, changed careers and very happy.
I have learnt what food to avoid and been through all sorts of cravings over the years. I suffer from reflux occasionally, and quite regularly loose some of my meals but this is just the way my life is. Travelling in a car can be a problem when I need to eat and I need to be better organised for these trips.
I have now however developed a problem where this year I am quite run down and therefore picking up colds and flu's quite easily. When this does occur I have a lot of trouble getting anything through my band, including liquids. In the last few months I think I have dropped more weight due to this (I don't own scales), I can tell by looking in the mirror as I have that gaunt look around my face, I wouldn't be surprised if I had dropped below 60kgs, even though this is still in the low end of my healthy weight range, it is way too low for me to be healthy.
So I'm in too minds as to what to do, I am trying to eat more smaller meals to gain a little weight, and I would really prefer not to get anything taken out of my band.
Anyway that is my blurb, open to suggestions as always
I'm pleased to say that things are moving (in the right direction) again. Got on the scales this morning and have dropped 700g for the week. But I'll take it, a loss is a loss after all, sure it's slower than it has been, but I'm still happy.
Still have to make an appointment to see the surgeon but don't know whether he will do an adjustment or not (I think I want one but am scared of getting too much, too soon), I guess time will tell. If I hold off until next week it will be three weeks (almost) since hubby was banded and we can both see him (we go together anyway, it'll just save us an extra trip into town).
As for how things are going, we've started using the eat slower app again in our house, it helps both of us to be mindful of not eating too fast. I'm pleased that I've done this as I may have swallowed something I shouldn't have tonight except for the fact I was eating slower. I chewed that mouthful of food for 2 minutes, but there was no way it was getting softer so I was able to spit it out, instead of regretting it after.
Anyway, my June challenge isn't looking so crash hot, I just hope that I can find some time to do some exercise (it has been so wet here lately). I also hope that my weight continues to decrease (who knows, we still have a week left).
My day finally came.
Arrived at The Avenue Hospital,Windsor to get lapband surgery by Prof Paul o'brien at 6am for a 630am check in. Ended up getting seen at 620am and being a self funded patient, paid my hospital fee $6590 :-| and shown to my room, where my partner, little man and mother waited around for me.
I was showered & dressed at 715am, in the theatre room at 755am and Went to sleep at 8am. In recovery at 845-915am. It all happened sooo fast and I wasn't left waiting around all day with butterflies as I was first on the list. Very impressed with the service I recieved at The Avenue hospital. The nurse that stayed with me all morning was so kind, gentle, funny and understanding, she even stole my son (1yo) and went and showed him to everyone:-)
I had pain in only one part of my stomach and gas pains inbetween my shoulder blades. I did the biggest burp as soon as I woke up, felt so great! I was expecting heaps bigger incisions. I was up and walking at 10am, given Endone to take home and discharged at 12:30. Best hospital experience I've ever had!
I haven't been able to pick up my son and that's prob the only pain I'm having haha.
I had a sleep when I got home only for an hr, had Pumpkin soup for tea while everyone else had Chinese and I didn't care one bit! Haha
I tried to do some house work because we were having visitors, which was the biggest mistake ever. The feeling of throwing up came around and I was trying soooo hard to keep it down (which I did manage to do) but I was so scared, obviously of pain and slippage. So now I know just to rest, rest, rest.
My mum and partner have been fantastic helping me out with house work and with our son.
I was thinking of doing a YouTube channel to track my journey with everyone, but I'm thinking now blogs will just be easier. I have before shots but not comfortable putting them up just yet I don't want to scare everyone yet haha
So, my blogs will be published on Mondays for anyone that wants to track my journey.
If anyone has any questions about anything feel free to ask:-)
Today is the day!!!! Up at 6, pack overnight bag, transfer movies to netbook charge phone, showerX2 with the pink liquid, jump in car, fuel up and start the drive to Joondalup from Waikiki, it might be a bit early but rather get there early than late
OK. This is obviously not something to be proud of at all... and apologies to those who find the title of this blog a little 'crass' !!
But yesterday saw me experience what I suppose was my first 'stuck' moment. Not great news or anything very interesting for anyone else, but as this is my journey... it was certainly a learning experience for me after being banded for only 5 weeks.
So the offending food item (which shall remain anonymous) was heartily scoffed, as I went into "anxious eating mode"... Usually precipitated by certain company (also to remain anonymous). Yep, stuck and stucker. I simply did not chew enough or eat slowly enough....
Scoff scoff scoff = stuck stuck stuck.
Trouble was, I couldn't shift it. So the incident occurred at about 5pm, and I was still in pain at bedtime. Now it's tomorrow already, and there is still some referred nerve pain up into my chest and upper oesophagus area. Quite sure there's nothing there now, as I've been able to get through a bottle of water in that time, and also went back to Optifast this morning without any problems or PBing. So am guessing I have some residual swelling of sorts, thanks to being a little nervous piggy and forgetting myself for a moment.
Time to go back to liquids for a day or two, and hope the sensation of something being stuck in my throat dissipates. I have a follow up with surgeon booked for this Wed anyway, so a chat and an examination is on the cards there too.
Clearly it takes a while for little piggies to get their heads right!
So here I am 2 days away from my surgery and after sticking to my optifast diet this past few weeks 100% I broke last night and gave into temptation!!!!
No it wasn't, chocolate or takeaway or cake, something that tasted oh so good to me!!!
I was serving dinner out for hubby and the grandkids staying overnight and it was a couple of mouthfuls of mashed potato and OMG it was heavenly!!! Lol
My bad, but who knew something so simple would be so satisfying after so long!!!
So here I sit 4 days away from my lapband surgery and after reading and enjoying others blogs that others have written on their weight loss journey, I have decided that I too need to document the start of the new me.
My family's nickname for me has been " the big girl" for as far back as I can remember, and oh how I HATE it!!! Don't get me wrong I LOVE my family, my hubby, 3 gorgeous daughters and 4 amazing grandchildren and my life, but juts once I want to be somewhere - anywhere and not be the fattest person in the room.
I have a great job, in a great company and they all comment on how happy and funny I am ( if only they knew) I am taking a leave of absence for 3 months to focus on ME for the first time ever!! I want to start my new life the right way by focusing on my weight-loss and new lifestyle.
I have told no one of my surgery other than a close girlfriend, hubby and daughters as I don't need the negativity of others and lets face it everyone has watched me try every diet, pill, magic potion etc etc etc over the years and I just don't need that anymore.
I have done amazingly well on the optifast pre- surgery diet, I think I am shit scared that they will begin my op and my liver will still be too large and they cant do the band, so I have stuck to it religiously and bonus I have now lost 7 kgs ;-)
Has it been hard, hell yes!!! But the last few days have been great I am not so bloody cranky and shitty and gone are the headaches, nightmares, insomnia, and general feeling of being hit by a bus.
So folks my questions are, hope do I cope for the next few days???
Any tips or hints on anything special to take with me to hospital or my first few days at home?
Some of you I notice have had a last splurge meal the night before your surgery?? I feel that I want to do this also but why screw up the last few weeks hard work and effort on the optifast, thoughts on this ? And why am I even considering it????
So I have to admit I've been struggling since the op. For the first couple of weeks everything was fine, lost weight regularly and didn't have a lot of interest in food. Of course finally the hunger came back and with it all the bad eating habits
Had my first fill 4 weeks after the op and had 4mls and to start with that was a real help, but it quickly relaxed and I continued to be able to eat anything.
Now I know this is a big learning process so I'm trying not to be too hard on myself. I have maintained my weight at aroun 89-90kg but am really looking forward to my next step down. Today I had my second fill and given my history DR decided to pump it up to 5mls.
So I'm hoping I will start to feel a real difference that will last for more than a couple of days. Need to get back into a better head space and hoping that I will stop feeling so hungry. Next appointment is in 4 weeks time and Dr thinks I'll probably want another smaller top up by then.
My beautiful little bundle of fun (7 yo DD) put her arms around me tonight to say goodnight, and linked her fingers together. She remarked, "look Mummy, I can get my arms all the way around you. Wow".
Have never kissed her so much!!! Must now remember to take my measurements, and see how things are changing.
Hunger still reduced thanks to Friday's fill... can see now, that I will look forward to getting this whole process moving along with extra fills. It actually works !!!
Well the milestone that is 12 weeks (3 months) post-op has come and nearly gone and I can't believe it. I feel fantastic and getting a lap-band was definitely the best thing that I've ever done for myself. I can't help but reflect back on where I've come and look forward to future progress.
I am sitting at 94.7kg which is 100g up from a fortnight ago, but I'm still pretty happy with this as I have been a bit off track for the last fortnight and expected it to be way up on this. I should probably go and see the surgeon for an adjustment but have decided to wait a week and see what happens (sorry TMI, I think I may be carrying a bit extra due to it being that time of the month).
Hubby had his band fitted last Friday and after having a gastrograph Saturday lunchtime we headed home. Sunday was spent at the ED of the local hospital (not where he had the band fitted, they have no ED) due to his severe pain, reflux and nausea. After a CT scan which showed nothing, and a couple of shots of morphine as well as an anti-nausea medication he was feeling much better. Before leaving the hospital he was given a script for panadeine forte, advised to take nexium and sent on his way. We got the script filled and also got him the nexium and some de-gas which appears to be working. He has had some shoulder-tip pain this afternoon but aside from that seems pretty well.
Anyway, that's enough of that... Here is a before pic as well as one today for you all to see just how far I've come (sorry they're sideways). Looking forward to the next 12 weeks
What an awful day yesterday was...2 weeks on optifast, sleep being broken by meat related dreams, the massive detox that comes with optifast had broken a lot of evil eating habits but created a cold sore (eewww) the ever irregular period, decided to drop by for a visit in the very early hours and as I am driving to work I got that phone call that no one wants - a staff members husband has passed away from a 3 year battle with cancer
All the awful things that could happen did!! I got to work and resisted the need for a jammy cream donut in the fridge and a steamy hot chocolate and put the kettle on for tea as the staff came in. After an hour the girls were ready to hit the road and go out to work and the worst of need to comfort eat had left, but it niggled for the day. Calls were made, messages sent and jobs resorted, and the emptiness that is filled with creamy goodness was still there.... Never has a person been so happy for the thick chicken soup at lunch time.... Grief is awful and it inspires a hollowness inside .... Yesterday I managed to control it enough to have a soup instead of a donut, I hope I don't have too many challenges like this, I love the people I am surrounded by and the loss of one is devastating any more would be unbearable.