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  1. 4 points
    Depends on your anaesthetist. I've always been able to wear my acrylics if the nail beds were clear. Toe nails painted also fine. I had my ecg and pre admission today. Not happy. 115.6kgs. So basically I've only down 2.4kgs. I don't get it.
  2. 4 points
    I just wanted to say Welcome back Dave For those that don't now me I'm admin and moderate this page and have for many many years (i feel old now ha ha) I dont post very often but I'm lways lurking behind the scenes I wanted to thank every member of this forum. I read your posts and assist where I can but generally all members are responsive, courtous and very supportive to one another. Thank you for also being very patient with me moderating this page. At times we have had very active spammers but I have tried to keep up with it and remove asap. Keep recommending changes to this site as no suggestion is irrelavant to the continued improvement and running of the page. Remember that I am only a click away
  3. 4 points
    So list of jobs so far, based on the excellent suggestions above: 1. Set up seperate forums for each procedure. 2. Update code of conduct to make clear the behaviour we expect on here and to return forum to a supportive, caring and welcoming environment. 3. Put out call for new moderators to support our existing team 4. Look into a way of setting up sub-groups or sub-forums for the monthly bandit groups 5. Look into seeing if you can hide or block people who you don't want to interact with I think from here on out I want this site to be procedure agnostic, not just for lap bands. So any "why did you get that, you should have had this" sort of comments will be something we want to say goodbye to. Any sort of bullying behaviour is going to be strictly controlled and I'll set up a warning system. Anyone using the new site will have to agree to the new terms and conditions. Finally, I want to invite people back, letting them know that the site is still here, and letting them know about the new changes, new rules etc. Any other ideas?
  4. 3 points
    Hi all, I am back! I was discharged from hospital yesterday morning and feel much better now. Here is my surgery experience: Op Day -09/May: I registered at surgical reception at 7:00am on 09/May and scaled of 98kg in hospital. I was the third patient of Dr Patrick Moore and pulled for anesthesia at around 10:55am. The anesthetist tried 5 times on my hands and finally found my blood vessels on left wrist for at least 10 min, he said he would find one on my arm during my surgery. Anyway, I was sent to theater and got injection, and then got black out. The handsome nurse waked me up at around 2:20pm, I was super tired and nauseated 4 or 5 times, very disgusting and embarrassed. I might have stronger anesthetic response than other people, handsome nurse comforted me it was still normal, no need to worry,. The surgery went well and lasted around 1:31-1:35, per Medicare claim history(I only got total $400 out of $1,700 from Medicare (300) and BUPA(100)). Dr Moore also repaired my hernia in the surgery. I was sent to ward when nausea was settled down, very dizzy during the transaction and nauseated 2 more times when I was in ward. The time was around 3:30pm when everything was finally settled down in ward. I was put with dripping on my arm, oxygen in my nose, pump on my legs. I also passed wind on the bed, that is quick. I did not feel any pain or reflux, just very sleepy. I slept for around 3 hours and served with all liquid dinner. I called nurse to release me from bed, and then sit on the sofa to sip a little bit water. The first 2 or 3 sips made me nausea again, I vomited a little (because there's nothing left in my stomach) and walked to toilet to urinate. It was amazing, I could walk around without any problems, just a bit slowly to avoid falling down. For my poor dinner, I just sipped some water, apple juice and broth. Sustagen and milk were too heavy for me. After talking with my visiting friends and family, I was sleepy again and called to equip with the pump and oxygen. At 10:00pm, he gave me a small tummy injection to prevent blood clots, which is bit pain. I was falling into sleep again. During night, I felt freezing and got temperature of 37.5C. Nurse added one more bottle dripping to lower my temperature. This is my experience of surgery day, feel ok and bearable.
  5. 3 points
    I have been slack on updates for a while, as I have been away. As of May 7th I weighed in at 95.3kgs, for a loss so far of 40.7kgs. That's just 5kgs short of my target weight, which is due to come around by September. Last week in the US, was also time to start buying the new wardrobe, as all my shorts and jeans all now just slide off. I was thrilled to be able to buy Levi's in a waist size I have not seen for 30 years. I also bought new work clothes and was so pleased with the new look, after getting about in such baggy stuff for 6 months. Also people are able to see what the new body looks like much better and I have had so many positive comments, it makes me blush a little and makes all the sacrifices worth while.
  6. 3 points
    Good luck today @back2normal big gentle hugs xoxo hi @LosingKAL my faves are the coffee and chocolate- esp the chocolate dessert (mixed then frozen for an hour or so- it’s like frozen mousse!). The choc coated berry bars are good too, once you are hungry enough! The chai is kinda spicy, but still sweet. I absolutely HATE the soups, and refuse to eat them. guess what everyone?! As of this morning I’ve lost 10.7kg!!! Huzzah!
  7. 3 points
    Hi Bandits, For those who don't know me (it's been a while!), my name is Dave Townsend and I originally founded Banding Together back in 2009. Over that time this forum, plus the wonderful people on it, have provided an incredible amount of support to thousands of people who have had bariatric surgery in Australia. Over the last couple of years, despite my neglect, this forum has continued to survive thanks to the wonderful work of Nonny, Princess and luvmyband, who have kept this place going while I have ignored it, and left many aspects of this site to break down. I can only apologise to them and to the rest of you for letting things get to this stage. To be completely honest, I have had a very difficult journey with my weight and my band journey, which made me feel like a failure and left me finding it difficult to come back here and stay involved. I regained most of the weight I lost with my lapband which had a big impact on my physical and mental health. It's not an excuse, simply an explanation, as I feel you all deserve it. I have been ignoring this place when really, I probably needed to get MORE involved so that I could be supported, just as you have supported so many others. I will tell my own story at another time, but things are improving and my life is on the right track since having a band to sleeve conversion last year, and have since lost 40kg. This has given me the strength to overcome my fear and come back here, to right the wrongs and get this place back up to scratch and turn it back into the thriving support community it once was. You're going to notice some changes over the next few weeks and months, but before I get too carried away, I want to ask for your help. I want to hear any ideas, suggestions or gripes in this thread, so that together we can make this community the best place to get support for bariatric surgery for Australians. No idea is too big or too small. I have seen how little support many people receive post-op, and I want to help change that. I have a lot of ideas, and can't wait to make them happen, but I'm going to start with the changes you guys want, so I can make this a better place for you to be. Thanks for reading, thanks for sticking around, and thank you all for the amazing support you have given to countless people over the years. Dave Townsend Founder Banding Together
  8. 3 points
    129.8!!! I finally cracked the 120's!
  9. 3 points
    With two weeks to go I kinda just wanted to be put in a coma... I can’t stand waiting! But it goes super quickly, I promise. just had my last pre-op Opti. They said I could eat before 6am, but no way- I’m going to have a sleep in! Thank you for your positive wishes @trillions xoxo Sounds like you guys are both on track with the loss- yay! I’ve averaged out at about half a kg a day- which is awesome considering I haven’t increased my activity. At all. Lol
  10. 3 points
    Hi Dave, thanks for the forum. I don’t know what you did, but it already looks better than it did a week ago! i really appreciate the forum, and have spent hours reading through the old posts and topics. It’s nice to be somewhere anonymously (so many groups on FB, but I’m not going public about my surgery) so thank you.
  11. 3 points
    Welcome back Dave. I don’t come onto this page very often, I felt that for us banders who didn’t transition to sleeve are the odd ones out now. And I felt that asking for help got responses from some that were very discouraging. Hope that things can change and it can go back to the welcoming forum it used to be.
  12. 2 points
    What is everyone looking forward to post op? If you're already post op what is the best change? For me besides being able to buy whatever clothes I want (I'm called in love with a faux fur jacket which comes in pink as well as grey but biggest size is 16) I am looking forward to being able to shake it (dance) without thinking that I look like Homer Simpson in that episode where he's in his underwear running on the treadmill or where the doctor taps his belly and it starts wobbling for ages. I love dancinf but get embarrassed about bits shaking that shouldn't be even though no ones watching. If I can budget it in I'm going to be doing dance classes once I've lost weight. It means dancing onstage at the end of year concerts.
  13. 2 points
    I'm ready. I've been to Kmart today for pjs, knickers, suitcase, jumpers and food containers. I'm excited.
  14. 2 points
    Hi Zaruse. It does take a while to ‘read’ your body and to know how much is enough. You are still in the very early days but you will be amazed at how quickly your body will settle as long as you follow your dietitian’s advice and don’t try to skip any steps. In the early days it used to take me 20 mins to eat half a soggy Weetbix. I can remember being so impatient to get back on to solid food, but then when my dietitian gave me the ok, I was scared. So I took another 2 weeks before I had the courage to have some solids. You are right about exercise helping the food to shift. I went for a walk around the block and it definitely helped. It’s a good lesson to us all that we need to watch our portion sizes and eat slowly no matter how far along the weight loss journey we are.
  15. 2 points
    I’m up 400g this week. Weight this morning was 80kg which is bang on goal weight. Boganlicious, don’t stress about slow weight loss pre op. This time is all about shrinking the liver for a safer operation and that is not dependent on the amount of weight you lose. Weight loss (if it happens) is just an added benefit of the pre op diet.
  16. 2 points
    Well done @zaruse, 10.7 kg is awesome! I have a dog that weighs pretty much exactly that. I just picked him up to see how much you've lost and it is heaps - he's a heavy little bugger, lol!
  17. 2 points
    I second all of these!! I will never forget a trip to Circ de Soleil with one of my best friends a few years ago. I was maybe 105 kg, so 25 kg smaller than I am now, and soon after we sat down she got really annoyed and snapped at me to move over. I had someone seated to the other side as well and I was right in the middle of my seat trying to pull my arms in tight in front of me to make myself smaller. Everyone around us heard her, and I was so embarrassed and ashamed I couldn't wait to get out of there and didn't enjoy the show at all. I never ever ever want that to happen again.
  18. 2 points
    Ive actually gone to drinking coffee! I used to only have probly 6 a year... now im having one every night and 2 a night on weekends. Im only drinking water the rest of the time as a posed to 3 litres of diet coke before the sleeve. Still crave sweet foods but not doing to bad staying away. .. mostly .lol Some good benefits are my blood tests are now great and im hhealthier than ive been in 6 years!
  19. 2 points
    That's good! At least it's gone back down. I seriously thought today was gonna be my 'whoosh effect' day, but alas I am exactly the same weight I have been all week. I'm not stressing about it anymore, though. It's going to have to shift eventually!
  20. 2 points
    Op day! I’m waiting, waiting. Tummy is grumbling- I haven’t had anything since an Opti shake at about 7pm last night. 8.2kg lost on Opti. Feeling good. A bit jittery but happy and excited. Will check back in after. and welcome to the mAy team @back2normal !
  21. 2 points
    It’s great that you have the support of each other as you begin your weigh loss journey. Zaruse, best wishes for tomorrow and please keep us updated with your life post surgery. Molly
  22. 2 points
    Sounds good, I am going to set up seperate forums for each procedure. I want to make the site more generic so it's relevant for all procedures, not just banding. Thanks for the suggestion
  23. 2 points
    Up, down, up, down... I'm up 200g this week. Weight this morning is 79.6. My body seems to have found it's natural comfort zone and I'm still under goal weight.
  24. 2 points
    Yes 2.1kgs lighter on his scales. I weighed myself this morning at home and then again when I got to my appointment. I need new scales I think, ones that won't rip me off when I weigh myself lol
  25. 2 points
    I am looking forward to buying clothes that will actually fit better, clothes that aren't too big in the shoulders or too long in the arms or legs because I have to buy a size 18/20 but am about 5ft tall. I will be happy to fit into petite clothing sizes again. I am happy that I will be improving my health, I want to be an active and well, I want to be able to walk up steps without gasping.
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