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Melandy

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Melandy last won the day on November 8 2012

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About Melandy

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  • Birthday 08/11/1974

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    Townsville
  • Band/Sleeve Status
    Post-Op
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    30%
  1. Melandy

    November 2012

    Hi everyone Been ages since I've been on here, but wanted to poke my head in and say hi. You all seem to be going really well. I went and got a fill a couple of weeks ago, got another .4ml. She said she was being daring because I was exactly the same weight as my last visit and so nothing happening. Since then, still no difference I don't think, but I can feel the band a little more. Don't think I'm in the green zone yet, though. Problem is, even though I know I'm not to eat more than a cup, I CAN eat more if I feel inclined and that is stuffing me up. I've not had a single stuck moment, which is good, but sometimes it's still " band?. What band??" I also need to watch my snacks. Stop giving in to head hunger. I'm happy I've not gained weight, but I've lost motivation and feel like this may not work for me, and if it does not, it won't be the bands fault it will be mine. I've got the tool now, but I've failed to use it so far to capacity. I'm defiantley not eating as much as I used to, but I had a 6 inch subway sandwich for lunch today, and ate all of it. Thinking this must surely be too much, so not sure if I need more fill or more self control lol I've been getting a lot of shoulder tip pain though, started before my last fill, but has been a bit worse since then, and I can feel it in my neck too, so we are keeping an eye on it. It's not just when I'm eating though. I even wake up in the morning with it, and omg, if I hiccup, ouch! Clinic nurse said sometimes people need more surgery to re position the tubing as it gets under the diaphragm and flicks on a nerve which causes pain. Hoping I don't need this, but don't want to continue having this almost constant shoulder pain mmmm.... Anyway, hope you are all tracking well, Melissa
  2. Hi everyone! Not been on here much lately, but wanted to ask if anyone had been told to have more surgery to fix shoulder tip pain? I was banded in November last year and in the last 6 weeks or so I've had pain everyday pretty much. I told my clinic and she said that sometimes the tubing inside flicks onto a nerve which causes the pain and some people have had to have more surgery to fix it. Don't want to have to go under the knife again, but I'm feeling the pain right up into my neck now and it's not only when I'm eating (but gets worse then), I actually wake in the morning with pain in my shoulder. Just wanted to know if anyone else out there has had the same issue?. Thanks!,
  3. Melandy

    November 2012

    Hi everyone, Been absent for a while now. Feel like a dismal failure. Not really loosing at the moment, too much stress and too many distractions and quite frankly too many excuses! I worry myself some days I may do damage to my band because I can pretty much eat the same as I did before! I do take more notice of when I'm hungry and when I'm not, but I don't always listen to myself. Wondering if I've done the right thing really, I've spent so much money and we are struggling with our budget now. Need to get back into it, so a trip to the clinic is in order I think, but first a dr visit, because I've been suffering from anxiety due to work stress. I really need to get a grip.
  4. Melandy

    November 2012

    So, went for my third fill yesterday and Ive lost another 2.6kg, so I'm happy with that, especially as Ive fallen off the wagon a little. She put in another 0.2ml bringing me to 5.9ml in total. Not hungry this morning, I'm hoping I'll be fine till morning tea at 10 am. I have a wholemeal muffin to have then and a chicken and cheese croissant to have for lunch. (not particularly healthy I know). I was telling the clinic nurse how stressed I am at the moment and she said she was too and so we had a little venting session together, it was pretty comical lol. Even though Im doing ok she wanted to give me a little more fill 'to keep me honest' and so far so good. Im hoping I have no stuck moments with this latest fill, they sound horrible. I had chicken and salad last night no problems so think I'll be fine. Have a good day everyone!
  5. Melandy

    November 2012

    Good Morning Everyone! I hope everyone is travelling well, life has been crazy, so no time to post normally. I go back to the clinic tomorrow after 6 weeks. I was meant to go 2 weeks ago, but stuffed up my knee/leg playing cricket on Australia day, and couldn't get in as I could barely walk. It's coming along ok now though, I went for a walk the other morning and enjoyed it, but could feel my muscle pulling where Ive torn it. Weight wise I'm at a stand still, which is actually good, because I am doing nothing to help myself at the moment. I try not to get too disappointed in myself because I have a lot on my plate right now. I got a bit down in the dumps when I busted up my leg, and also at work I'm now carrying the load pretty much on my own and so Im really stressed out right now. When I get stressed, I tend not to make good food choices, and end up running for sugar, even though I don't need it. I keep those extra sugar free mints handy at my desk, but if I eat too many my tummy gets all gassy and I end up running to the loo. Restriction seems to be a funny thing these days - some days I have it and some days I don't. And some days, I'll wake up hungry and sit down to a wholemeal muffin and then I don't really want it, and some days I'll wake up and think I'm not hungry, but then driving to work, I'll be starving so I can't win. And, I still have not gotten the hang of eating slowly, or telling myself to stop at times either. Oh well, it will all take time I guess. I have 5.7ml in my band and no stuck moments yet thank God. So I guess my fill will only be a small one. I have no idea if Ive lost/gained or stayed the same weight wise. The clinic's scales never match mine at home. I'll keep you posted Have a great day everyone
  6. Melandy

    November 2012

    Hi! I think its really funny how one person who only has 1ml of fill can be having stuck moments when someone like me who has 5.7ml has not had any issues at all. we must all be so different on the inside!
  7. Melandy

    November 2012

    Ive been seeing mine monthly too, however I don't have to pay for any of my follow up visits, which I'm glad about. I am going to post pone this weeks though because it works out to be the worst week for me to weigh in and I feel like crap after because it is right before my cycle and Im all bloated and gain weight at that time. I'd rather wait till the week after so I know where I am really at if you know what I mean? I already have 5.7ml, and this was great for the first 2 weeks, but Ive slowly started to eat more again, so perhaps a very little fill will be in order, I'm not sure.
  8. Melandy

    November 2012

    Thanks Julie, It is a little better, the swelling has gone down, but still rather sore, especially if I have been sitting at my desk for a while and get up to walk around. I went to the doctor and she wants me to get an ultrasound and xray and also go to the physio to get a knee brace. it all adds up to a lot more money. I'm so sick of 'wasting' money on my health all the time. I know its necessary, but if I were not overweight in the first place I would be so much better off financially. I'm not one for pools, Im very self conscious and even though I live in Queensland I don't own a pair of bathers lol Its one of those NSV that are on my list to achieve. One positive from seeing the doctor though, is that when she took my blood pressure, it was almost on the low side and I normally take medication for that. She told me to cut my pill in half now, so I'm pretty happy with that, Im hoping to be able to stop altogether soon. I have to go to a work training session on Friday and they are going to take a group photo for our brochure and how I hate my pic taken! BUT! it HAS to be an improvement on last years photo, so Im kinda looking forward to it in a way. Anyway, I know Im not posting as much these days, but I am reading all of yours and love to hear about your stories, so keep it up. It brightens my lunch hours! Take care, Mel.
  9. Melandy

    November 2012

    Feeling a bit down in the dumps at the moment. The month started off really well after my second fill on the 6th I was eating really well, very small amounts and I could feel the weight coming off. Then, 2 weeks after that and PMS hit, making me want to just eat, then last week I did something really bad to my knee playing cricket. My leg is swollen - I actually measured my calves and the right one is 2 inches larger than the left! and its been very hard all week at work and aching, throbbing, pins and needles in my toes, bruised, the works. So I went to my GP on Thursday and she wants me to go have xrays and ultrasound on Monday and go to physio to get a knee brace. I think that I've probably torn a ligament or something. I've been on Endone, and Voltarin. Today it feels a little better than yesterday but not by much. So, its put a stop to all of my activity, and I feel bloated, and over it, and not sure if I will have lost a thing now by the time I weigh in. I will have to put off my fill next week because of my other appointments also. I'm sorry for the pitty party, but I just feel like I'm taking one step forward and two steps back.
  10. Melandy

    November 2012

    Hi! Well I kicked off Australia Day in true Aussie fashion, with a game of cricket with the neighbours in our street, followed by a trip to hospital! I kind of forgot you had to run once you actually hit the ball, and my poor unfit body was not ready for such an undertaking and I've strained my ligaments behind my right knee! Oh! The agony! I thought I was going to pass out, but as I did not want to look foolish I finished batting my over, with my young son as runner before I faded away inside where I put ice on it, but soon realised that as I was feeling very faint and nauseous that I probably needed to go get some medical treatment! My poor husband was woken up after working all night on night shift to sit with me for 1.5 hours in emergency. The dr I saw did not spend more than 5 mins looking at me, but said not torn, just over stretched, but by that time I was ok as the nurse had given me panadine forte on arrival. He prescribed me endone, which I was worried about taking so rang my surgeon and he said should be ok, and I've felt fine. I got given maxilon as well after I told them about my band. I've just taken another dose now, hopefully I'm. Not going to be too sore tomorrow. The worst thing about endone is it makes me very itchy like morphine does as aparantly it's morphine based. Moral of the story..... Well, guess I'm too old for cricket, and next year I'm going to be a spectator only!
  11. Melandy

    Is this normal?

    MMMM.. Yes bit uncomfortable. Its like I have a lump in my throat that a big burp would move lol
  12. Melandy

    Is this normal?

    Hi guys, this has probably been asked before, and I fully intend to speak to my clinic, but is it normal to feel a little achy when you're that little bit tighter due to PMS or stress?
  13. Melandy

    November 2012

    Well done on your loss Leanne! Not sure how I'm feeling at the moment. I have PMS and I'm stressed at work because the lady I work with is going on maternity leave. I feel like a kid who is going swimming without floaties for the first time at best, and at worst I feel like I'm being left holding the bag! Either way I'm going to have a difficult 6 months or so and I'm going to need to step up to the challenge. Not sure if I'm ready Since my last post when I said that I'd eaten too much, I've had a strange achy feeling in my chest, and at times very slightly wheezy?? Given all of the above though, I'm not sure if its just that I've got too much stress and that, because I'm not having any trouble eating or drinking, so don't think I'm stuck or anything. I even had my monster sized centrum and iron tablets with no probs this morning. I'm happy with the amount I'm eating, and I'm snacking much less. I just "don't feel right" but it could be just hormones. I don't think I'm in danger of any complications, but will certainly call the clinic if I get worse. I have 5.7ml and I got my last fill after my last cycle and I know I got tighter last month. That and stress is probably setting me off.........
  14. Melandy

    November 2012

    Hi I hope everyone is well, we are enjoying a huge downpour of rain this morning and it's so nice after all the heat. Finally our wet season is here. I'm feeling really good, I'm pretty sure Ive lost some weight, although I still don't have scales that work properly to prove it. My clothes are a little looser and I just feel 'small' which is kinda funny. Last night my eldest son cooked dinner of spaghetti bolognaise and he dished me up a rather large serve. Instead of taking it back and making it more band friendly, I just thought that I would just eat half and I'd stop. Well, I probably ate about 3/4 and if I had not told myself to stop or else!, I would have kept going. I was a little uncomfortable, but no real issues, I just hope that all that food did not stretch my pouch which to me is such a worry, because I know that I struggle to wait between bites as I'm usually pressed for time. Mind you, this is the first time since I had my band that I felt that I had eaten too much, so I guess Iv'e done pretty well. These days I have been taking a muffin to work with me so that at morning tea at 10am I can have my breakky, then I have 2 ryvitas at lunch; usually with avocado and chicken or ham, and then I have a small dinner, which has been a lot of meat and salad lately apart from last night. When I snack, its usually fruit and nuts. I think its really funny that as a person who used to eat a bucket load of chocolate, I very rarely think about it now and I can easily walk past it in the supermarket. Thanks Band!!! Well its absolulty bucketing down now. no idea how I'm going to get to work without getting drenched, even with an umbrella!
  15. Melandy

    November 2012

    You sound like you have the same kind of job as me Luce, just different industry. I do all the leg work, and its pretty stressful at times. I usually need something to eat when Im stressed, but I've gotten away for quite some time with just a few sugar free lollies. I am slowly reducing the amount that I eat though as they still upset my tummy and I get lots of wind. Only had 2 today. Ive had a good day of eating, have not had much at all actually as I have not really wanted anything, not because I was trying which is just incredible in itself. I wonder if Im in the green zone. I think I'm pretty close to it anyway
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