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princess_mercedes last won the day on February 17 2012

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About princess_mercedes

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    Veteran Bandit
  • Birthday 09/14/1975

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    Female
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    Darwin
  • Band/Sleeve Status
    2+ Years Post-Op
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    10%
  1. Got a fill on Thursday. Much better now. Getting pretty close to the green zone.

  2. princess_mercedes

    Here i go again...

    Thanks everyone. The bride and groom where totally fine. My hubby went and just said "emergency surgery" and everyone was cool. Thanks for your support.
  3. princess_mercedes

    Back in the saddle again....

    Well, I'm back. The past 8 months have been rather rocky and to read all about it, go to my blog page. It's good to see some familiar faces are still here. A as restart, it is great to read your stories, tips and hints to help me get back on track. Looking forward to seeing all around Banding Together.
  4. princess_mercedes

    Here i go again...

    All was going very well with my band. I had lost 41kg. I had thrown out most of my fat clothes. I was feeling fantastic. Pretty close to the green zone. Tuesday 13 August 2013 - I've got the flu. Coughing and spluttering and feeling like crap. Keep coughing up flem. Yuck... Thursday 15 August 2013 - 3 days of cold and flu capsules and I'm not feeling any better. My throat feels really puffy and swollen. Looking forward to having Friday off to attend a friends wedding. Got my outfit all sorted. I'm looking pretty good too. I'm down to 107.6kg. I’ll just dose up on cold and flu capsules. Friday 16 August 2013 - I've been up almost all night. I couldn't sleep laying down because I'd throw up. Ended up on the couch, trying to sleep upright, but from 12pm onwards if I drank any water, even a sip, I would fall asleep and wake up shortly after throwing the water straight back up. Not able to keep any fluid down all night. Feeling pretty lousy. Once my surgeon opened I rang up and got an appointment straight away. I need some fill taken out. ASAP. Went in and saw Dr Treacy. He attempted to remove some fluid from my band. No luck after numerous tries, in different positions, with different size needles. He thinks I may have a kink in my port line. He even puts a little more fluid in the band, hoping it may unkink it and then he can suck some fluid back out. It doesn't work. At this stage I've only keep down a few tiny tiny sips of water since last night. I go and get an xray, so he can see where the kink is in the port. The xray shows a kink up close to the port, so Dr Treacy says he'll give me a local anaesthetic, a small quick cut and unkink the port line. All good. Wheeled into the theatre, surgeon ready to go. Local anaesthetic given. Now comes the quick cut. He seems to be having trouble sorting out the kink. He says he can’t see the kink where the xray showed it would be, so he’ll open the cut a little more and search a bit further along the tube. Ok. Can’t feel anything. Just looking forward to a drink. Hurry up and finish. He gives more local anaesthetic, apologizing for not being able to find the kink. This is taking a while now. More tugging, pushing and pulling. Dr Treacy is getting pretty rough now. I can feel pulling and pushing and starting to be in pain. This is hell. Feels like he’s trying to rip my intestines out. Bad pain. I’m swearing at him. Surgery stops. They clean me my and I’m wheeled out into recovery. I don’t think he stitched me. Feeling pretty crappy now. I get more pain relief through the drip and normal saline drip to rehydrate me. A few minutes later I’m feeling good. Ok, get to this wedding. Dr Treacy comes and informs me that he was not able to find the kink. It was not where the xray said and after lots of looking he is concerned. I’m feeling really good (must have been the drugs) and am like, yep, that’s cool. When can I go home? I’ve got a wedding to go to. He’s says no, you have to have a general anaesthetic. We’ve got to fix this. It will all be covered by the original cost as it is a compilation, so no out for pocket for me. Cool, I don’t really care. He informs me that I am in serious danger. I NEED to have major surgery today. I’m crying and a bit of a mess. The wedding is for the daughter of a really good friend’s daughter who I have known since birth and I HAVE to be there. I ring my husband who knew I was going in for a fill and tell him the local procedure didn’t work. He’s like, do you want me to come and get you. I’m like yes, I have to go to the wedding, even if I’m in a wheelchair, doped up, I can’t miss it. Apparently I need surgery, but I can’t miss this wedding. He’d ready to come and get me. Dr Treacy comes back, someone must have overheard my conversation. I’m informed that I’m going in for surgery NOW. I will miss the wedding. I’m a blubbering mess. I’m wheeled back to the operating theatre. Going under, I’m devastated. I wake up in recovery. Lots of cool drugs. I feel great, just a little discomfort around my stomach. Sometime later when I’m fully conscious and in my own room, Dr Treacy comes to see me. He explains that the problem with my kinked port line was a complication that he had never even heard of. Scar tissue had grown over my port line, kinking it completely, so that no fluid could get through. He found a kink, unkinked it and then tested to see if he could get any fluid into the port. Nothing. He searched further down the port line and at the very bottom where it connects to the band, he found another section of scar tissue completely kinking the port line. He decided that the band must be faulty and removes the entire thing and replaces it with a new one. Luckily, he didn’t have to restitch my stomach at all and was able to thread the new band straight through the hole from the old band. OK, all fixed. I ask how long I’ll need off work and am told 2 weeks. I don’t really understand why I need that long and want to get back to work on Monday. No, major surgery requires major rest. The recovery will be faster than the original surgery but I have had major surgery. Man these drugs are good. Tell my boss, who just knew I was having the day off to go to a wedding. Sorry, major surgery today. A surprise for everyone involved. I’m home 2 days later. All good. I have 4 incisions like the original surgery, but this time my stomach is deep purple with bruising and fairly tender. The realisation of what has happened has still not really hit me. It is only a few days later when I’m speaking to my mum that I realised what a bad situation I was in. Holy crap. It takes about a month for the bruising to go away. But I feel fine and am back at work 2 weeks later like Dr Treacy said. Dr Treacy was fantastic the entire way throughout my experience. He tried his absolute best to fix my band, doing everything he knew how. He was an absolute professional, so much so that I never fully understood the danger I was in because he and all the staff stayed so calm! In the end I was just a one in a million. Damn it! I can’t thank Dr Treacy enough for the way he looked after me. And I told him so, first follow up after the surgery. So because I have a new band, and with all the swelling, there is no fluid in the band and I have to start from scratch to get to the green zone. Once I’m recovered from surgery and back on solids, I have a huge appetite compared to what I had. I eat copious amounts of food. My weight creeps higher. Not creeps, just steps. Leaps. I get regular fills but Dr Treacy is careful to make sure I don’t get over full. By Christmas I’ve put on 20kgs. By February I’ve gained 28kg. I feel terrible. None of my clothes fit, except the few fat clothes that I kept. I have to go shopping for a new fat wardrobe. Very depressing. 28 April 2014 – We have a new staff member at work. A really big girl who wear baggy clothes. She mentions that she has lost 38kgs. I ask how, lap band, Dr Treacy. I realise how far I’ve fallen in the past few months and come on Banding Together. I actually remembered my password. And now here I am. I’m getting another fill next week, hoping to get to the green zone. I suppose some people might think that I’ve wasted the last 2 ½ years weight loss wise. I’ve lost more 41kg and put 28kgs back on. I’m a failure as a bandit. But I would still do it all again in a heartbeat. I don’t ever regret getting my band. I just have to get back on board, get back to following the golden rules of banding and remember, that I’ve done it once, so I can do it all again. Loose this weight and get even healthier than I was before. Even get to my surgeons goal weight of 99kg. So here I go….
  5. princess_mercedes

    Help please....

    I have been banded for almost 14 months now. I have lost 40kg all up but put a couple back on in the past few weeks due to stress. My last fill was in April, which was a bit tight but I did ok. The first couple off weeks after that fill I had to start sleeping o my side and not eating anything late at night or I would get night reflux. But I figured I could live with the tightness as it really controlled my eating. The last month or so I have been really struggling. Overeating, getting stuck and then having to vomit to clear the blockage. I would overeat knowing that I could then vomit and go to bed with any empty stomach. The reflux was starting to get worse and I have taken to sleeping on the couch to stop the night time reflux. But then 2 weeks ago it got worse. I had a bad day food wise and stuck/vomit wise and had to sleep on the couch. I was waking every 30 to 40 minutes and vomiting up my saliva. Nothing would stay down. So in the end I just waited until the morning, and then the vomiting/reflux stopped. I had a huge sports drink and got a few hours sleep. Saturday night was a bit better but not great. So I arranged to get some fill taken out on Tuesday. When I lay down on the table in the surgery, I couldn’t lay for very long because the saliva was backing up. The dr took out ¾ ml and said that it should take a week or so to settle down. So, then to celebrate??? I started eating more and now am back to where I was 2 weeks ago. I am overeating, then purging and now my throat feels swollen and I know I won’t get much sleep tonight either. I started off today on just liquids hoping to fix the issue but caved into food when I got home from work. I need people’s suggestions as to what I should do. I have been super stressed which is why I am over eating, but I seem stuck in a rut at the moment. Do I go back onto fluids only for a few days and hope the swelling goes down or should I go see the dr and get more fill taken out, knowing that I will probably start eating even more and then start putting weight on? Any ideas and all honesty appreciated. Thanks
  6. I have been banded for almost 14 months now. I have lost 40kg all up but put a couple back on in the past few weeks due to stress. My last fill was in April, which was a bit tight but I did ok. The first couple off weeks after that fill I had to start sleeping o my side and not eating anything late at night or I would get night reflux. But I figured I could live with the tightness as it really controlled my eating. The last month or so I have been really struggling. Overeating, getting stuck and then having to vomit to clear the blockage. I would overeat knowing that I could then vomit and go to bed with any empty stomach. The reflux was starting to get worse and I have taken to sleeping on the couch to stop the night time reflux. But then 2 weeks ago it got worse. I had a bad day food wise and stuck/vomit wise and had to sleep on the couch. I was waking every 30 to 40 minutes and vomiting up my saliva. Nothing would stay down. So in the end I just waited until the morning, and then the vomiting/reflux stopped. I had a huge sports drink and got a few hours sleep. Saturday night was a bit better but not great. So I arranged to get some fill taken out on Tuesday. When I lay down on the table in the surgery, I couldn’t lay for very long because the saliva was backing up. The dr took out ¾ ml and said that it should take a week or so to settle down. So, then to celebrate??? I started eating more and now am back to where I was 2 weeks ago. I am overeating, then purging and now my throat feels swollen and I know I won’t get much sleep tonight either. I started off today on just liquids hoping to fix the issue but caved into food when I got home from work. I need people’s suggestions as to what I should do. I have been super stressed which is why I am over eating, but I seem stuck in a rut at the moment. Do I go back onto fluids only for a few days and hope the swelling goes down or should I go see the dr and get more fill taken out, knowing that I will probably start eating even more and then start putting weight on? Any ideas and all honesty appreciated. Thanks
  7. I have lost 35kgs!!! Very happy!!

    1. Nicolalia

      Nicolalia

      Amazing!!!!

      We were banded the same day - going to have to kick my self in the arse if i want to keep up! Amazing effort! Reassuring to know - if you can do it, I can do it too!

    2. Veggo Mumma

      Veggo Mumma

      Oh wow, congratulaitons! Hopefully I will be joining you with that milestone by the end of the year :)

  8. princess_mercedes

    The constipation situation

    As long as I have a glass of benefibre (about 3 or 4 teaspoons) every night, I don't have a problem. I simply can't eat enough food anymore to get sufficient fibre, so benefibre saves me. If i get busy and forget to take it I really pay for it.
  9. princess_mercedes

    6 months on.. disappointed.

    You have lost 74%!!! That is amazing. JUst remeber how far you have come and look at photos to remind you of it and try to be positive.....
  10. My BMI is now under 40!!!!!!

    1. -kirsty-

      -kirsty-

      Congratulations! You must be really stoked!

  11. princess_mercedes

    1 year banded today

    Congratulations on such a great result so far!
  12. princess_mercedes

    Has anyone used the "BariMate" app?

    I use both. I am an app-aholic! I also use Target weight.
  13. princess_mercedes

    Too tight or just right???

    I had another fill last Monday so am now at 10.25ml in my band. The previous 2 months I hadn't been able to get into get a fill and had stopped losing weight. Since my latest fill I am a lot more restricted in what I can eat. I PB’d after lunch for the first 4 days but I think I have adjusted now to how much I can eat. I do get a bit of reflux at night though, but have found that if I don’t eat after dinner time, that I have almost none. I am losing lots of weight so will wait another week or so to see how it goes and if I need to get some fill taken out. It’s sort of annoying not being able to eat very much. Only about 2 tablespoons per meal but my weight is finally moving down so I am sort of tempted to put up with it for now. It’s nice to see the scales finally moving down again.
  14. princess_mercedes

    Residue from steri-strips

    Pawpaw cream! it fixes everything, removes sticky bits as well.
  15. princess_mercedes

    Reward For 50 kilos Lost...

    VERY nice. Congrats on 50kg gone!!!
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