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Hi April Banders, I haven't been checking you out for a month and it's great to see your progress. Unfortunately it's been two months since my op and I only got my first fill Friday.

Life has happened and four weeks after my band, two days before I was supposed to have my first fill, I had a little accident jumping on a kids jumping pillow. Everyone thought I'd just blown my knee but two MRI later a tumour was discovered in my knee and within 7 days my whole world was turned upside down and it was removed. All the tests show I'm the luckiest lady in the world. It was huge but completely harmless....besides the fact that inside my knee cap was completely shredded.

So this week is the Wednesday was my first day being able to walk unaided. I can just bend my knee a little but improving with physio.

My first fill doesn't seem to have done anything? It's only 2ml so maybe if I can get another in 3-4 weeks it will help me? How did everyone else's first 2ml go.

I am 108kg which is still 7kg lower than when I started this journey. But I've had a month of immobility and sometimes comfort eating from panicking about the growth and if I will ever be able to walk the same again.

That's my story...I'm back in board (slowly) and you guys are inspiring me.

Great to see you all moving forward!! xx

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Hi April Banders, I haven't been checking you out for a month and it's great to see your progress. Unfortunately it's been two months since my op and I only got my first fill Friday.

Life has happened and four weeks after my band, two days before I was supposed to have my first fill, I had a little accident jumping on a kids jumping pillow. Everyone thought I'd just blown my knee but two MRI later a tumour was discovered in my knee and within 7 days my whole world was turned upside down and it was removed. All the tests show I'm the luckiest lady in the world. It was huge but completely harmless....besides the fact that inside my knee cap was completely shredded.

So this week is the Wednesday was my first day being able to walk unaided. I can just bend my knee a little but improving with physio.

My first fill doesn't seem to have done anything? It's only 2ml so maybe if I can get another in 3-4 weeks it will help me? How did everyone else's first 2ml go.

I am 108kg which is still 7kg lower than when I started this journey. But I've had a month of immobility and sometimes comfort eating from panicking about the growth and if I will ever be able to walk the same again.

That's my story...I'm back in board (slowly) and you guys are inspiring me.

Great to see you all moving forward!! xx

Gosh! No doubt you can be forgiven for being a bit anxious: bloody hell!

 

You certainly have a good reason to not be excercising. Hope you are on the mend. You've got a lifetime of living with the band, take it easy for now!

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I Posseted today. It was mortifying.

 

A posset is one of those baby burp/vomits where they burp up milk all over you. You know the ones, cute, cuddle infant just after a feed aaaaaaaand... BOOM up comes the milk? Yeah, well I did one of those today, in public. At the ripe old age of 42.

 

I had a fill on Friday and it is a bit tight. I procrastinated and therefore didn't do anything about it yesterday (just thought 'it'll get better, give it a day") so today it's still feeling very restrictive. Choices: do I schlep my two easily bored boys to an Emergency Dept (on a weekend- shudder) to get some fill out and risk having some noob doctor wh has NO IDEA what it is all about OR do I put up with it for another day and see my regular surgeon's clinic? Yeah, no brainer, right?

 

Anyway, I took the boys and their friend out to the movies: there was something they have been pestering me to see all week, so I caved. They sat there with their (multinational fast food corporation) chips and nuggets whilst I slowly, oh so slowly whittled away a soft serve (having had the sum total of one thin soup and some nonfat yogurt all weekend I was feeling a little like I needed at least some sugar). All good. That little sucker slipped down and I felt less like I would collapse in a hypoglycaemic coma (and end up in an Emergency Department on a weekend anyway).

 

As we walked towards the cinema I felt a tiny burp coming on. I didn't give it a thought: until the soft serve came straight out, like a tiny albino volcano, and splattered all down the front of my (black) top.

 

I couldn't run out there fast enough. One guy saw the whole thing and he was like "Whaaaaa?!"

 

Lesson: if you're feeling a little restricted, make sure your clothes match the colour of the food you're trying out. And NEVER TRUST A BURP!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrNljsFWQOs

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I didn't know whether to "like" that or not...but you are me! Since my 3rd fill, a portion of everything I eat comes back up to visit. I think my band is now too tight, but I keep thinking if I eat more slowly and chew it more, it'll be ok.

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Oh Gasmama, I feel so sorry for you....but thanks for sharing, it's good to be armed with this information.

Is anyone feeling like their fill has done nothing at all? I apparently had 2ml in during the op and now have another 2ml in a 10 ml band and.....nothing....I feel no restriction at all!

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Last night I arrived home from work (I ride my pushie) and said to my husband "I'm so THIRSTY! I just wish I could gulp down some water!" He gave me a look and said: "If you can't drink water, surely that's not right".

 

I had been relishing the weight loss (on my scales 2kg in four days) but he was right. I should be able to at least drink enough to replace my losses.

 

So I went to the clinic and had half a mL out. It has made all the difference. I can drink without having to only have teaspoons at a time without pain... Their scales said I had lost 5kg since my fill on Friday. I reckon at least 2.5 of that was water :(

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Does anyone feel any soreness when excercising? I can feel a pull when doing weights or any ab work, possibly in the band or port area.. I will be going for an ultrasound at some point. Apparently 10 weeks on I shouldn't be feeling any pain or discomfort. I am at 5 mls as of today & approx 10 kgs down in 10 weeks. I haven't had any issues as yet & can eat anything it seems.

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Does anyone feel any soreness when excercising? I can feel a pull when doing weights or any ab work, possibly in the band or port area.. I will be going for an ultrasound at some point. Apparently 10 weeks on I shouldn't be feeling any pain or discomfort. I am at 5 mls as of today & approx 10 kgs down in 10 weeks. I haven't had any issues as yet & can eat anything it seems.

To be honest I haven't done situps in years and thought I would start with a few Planks (yoga posture). I felt every scar on my tummy tighten and tingle a little. It was scary so  I am taking it easy. I guess it comes down to what kind of exercise you were doing pre op. I wasn't doing any so I expect some pain as well as some scar discomfort. However, I am not put off...just proceeding slowly. Lower back pain when sleeping seems to be an issue for me as I don't have such a large tummy to support my frame and rest against!!! :)

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Xena I've had one fill only and have no restriction at all. I go back next Friday and am hoping for some improvement. I'm glad you are on the mend, how terrifying for you with your knee.

Itsjustme I still feel a bit of pulling etc and can't lie on my left side in the bed if that's the kind of thing you mean? It seems to be the port and I figure if it's attached to the muscle and I use the muscle I'm bound to feel it.

Sav I hear you on the chocolate...

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Hello everyone (Go April Bandits!)

I keep getting distracted from regular posting then I get to have a sit and catch up day :)

Feeling okay here, regular surgeon and GP check ups going well. Dietician coming up on the 11th I think it is. Got 5 ml in the band and feeling restricted now nearly a week after the 1 ml top up, so maybe this is how it is supposed to be. My cup of food or just under is now gone, it's now 1/3 to 1/2 cup and I'm done. Can barely finish a cup of coffee or tea. It's now my head playing with me to finish off what's left etc. cause I sure as hell aren't hungry.

26kgs down now, feeling good and port pain now gone after a Bowen Therapy session. 

I enjoy reading all of your updates and stories, so thanks for sharing.

Ang x

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Clothes shopping yay!!! I have now lost 29 kgs since my first surgeons appointment back in February. My clothes have been falling off me so it was time to go get some new trousers and a couple of shirts. It was such a joyous day being able to try clothes on and actually having them fit. I decided not to get too many items though as I suspect in the next couple of months I will be dropping another size or two! Has anyone else felt the "new me shopping vibe"?

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Hi fellow April banders, unfortunately I had some terrible medical news at the end of June, so have been in and out of day surgery, radiology rooms and various specialist appointments since then, and eating has come a distant second place. I haven't been cooking much, just grabbing whatever I can be bothered with. Now that all the diagnostic tests and day procedures are finished I'll get a bit more organised. I've been too sore to exercise as well, so everything's off track. I haven't gained any weight, but July will be poor on the weightloss scale! I was thinking I'd go for a long walk today, to walk off yesterday's general anaesthetic, but it's freezing cold and raining. It's slack of me because I'm a bit bored and a walk would do me good, but I can't get the motivation up today.

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Go April Bandits!

Sorry I have been so quiet but things have been hectic (and still are) with EOFY at work and having my newly built house finally handed over on Saturday I haven't had time for much. Now for the big pack and move.

I have still not started exercising (bad I know...) I just feel too tired and sore by the time I get home. My RA is in full flare up mode and the cold just wont leave my joints...

Weight loss is slow but continuous. I seem to ping pong up and down between each kg... I am currently on 87.5 which is 17.2kg down since 1/04

Had a couple of stuck moments since my last fill but lately feel like I can eat more than I use to - not a good thing. I am still able to eat anything and everything so long as I take small bites and chew well. I see the surgeon again on Wednesday and hope to get my third fill *fingers crossed*

Angel thank you for checking up on me and for the concern and sorry about being so quiet. Hope all the bandits are doing well. I am still convinced this is the best thing I have ever done for myself.

I havent bought much in the line of new clothes but my clothes are definitely sitting very baggy on me

Take care everyone!

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Go April Bandits!!

 

Nice to see you Sav! :) and you're welcome for the check-in.

17.2kg down is fabulous, great job. 

RA flare ups, moving house etc wow tough! One day at a time and good luck for Wednesday!

 

My surgeon went on holidays, how rude lol. So I'm waiting for mine till next week.

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wow rumplebear, sorry to hear of your tough times. How are you feeling this week? 

 

It's been cold and wet here in Perth too, very unmotivating to go for a walk when it's freezing outside. A tornado was reported as hitting a suburb earlier yesterday morning... it's hardly outdoor weather this week!

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Conversation in our house.

Want to go for a walk?

Too cold and it's raining.

Want to go for a ride?

Too cold and it's raining.

How are you feeling?

Sore. 

Still recovering from a kidney stone which made itself felt Friday night.  Longest weekend in ages.  Back at work today. Home at lunch time exhausted.  Hope this clears up before my surgery in September.

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So got my 3rd fill Wednesday 0.6ml and I have lost 1.2kg since then but struggling... I have been having a lot of PBing, cant eat before lunch and suffering with serious heartburn. Heartburn mostly ar night when I go to bed... I think I will need to get some fill removed....

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So got my 3rd fill Wednesday 0.6ml and I have lost 1.2kg since then but struggling... I have been having a lot of PBing, cant eat before lunch and suffering with serious heartburn. Heartburn mostly ar night when I go to bed... I think I will need to get some fill removed....

 

I had a similar experience a cpl of weeks ago. Tried to deal with it thinking weight loss weight loss! But despite the loss of some kgs, it just seemed to get tighter as the time went on. After a week, I had some removed and felt fab. 

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Things have improved very slightly for me, I was unfortunately recently diagnosed with one of the Non Hodgkin's Lymphomas. I see the oncologist for the first time today, they brought my appointment forward 6 weeks. This is good, because I don't like waiting, but bad, because it makes me think the diagnosis is worse than i already thought! The stress has been hard for me, and I've had bad insomnia, nausea and lots of purging problems. They say stress tightens the band, and I would have to agree. I'm still exercising, and am just about to go for a 7km walk, not that the sun is finally up. Not that it's warm, we had a really heavy frost and my feet are numb! On the plus side, I feel healthy, I am relatively symptom free, and I weigh 37kgs less than I did when I started the optifast, which was nearly 21 weeks ago. They keep focusing on the weight loss as a symptom, and I say "No!" That was all me. Cancer bitch isn't going to steal that from me as well! I'm looking forward to getting a final diagnosis of stage and grade, and a plan for treatment or no treatment. At least then I can make plans, because at the moment everything feels in limbo. I'm also looking forward to Spring, the weight loss has made me feel the cold, and I never used to!

Bluegirl, sorry to hear about your kidney stone, have never experienced it myself, but I've heard it's excruciating :(

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Damn right Cancer isn't going to steal your weight loss achievement! You own every kilo of that rumplebear. I too am looking forward to Spring, my body has had enough of the cold. My hot packs and microwave are worn out.

Stress seems to be a great equalizer doesn't it? Band or not, it can wreak havoc on our bodies. Best of luck at your Oncology appt today. Anyone who can kick out 37kgs isn't going to let some silly Cancer take up residence for long. 

Be strong :)

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Chemo starts Thursday, once every 3 weeks for probably 24 weeks. Sigh. So I'm gonna be fat and bald, I'll look like a billiard ball! This cancer is unfortunately incurable, but it's more like a chronic medical problem, such as Lupus or RA, because it'll go into remission, then come back, then go into remission.

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I admit you did make me giggle with the billiard ball comment! A sense of humour is paramount at times like this eh? Whilst I am sorry to hear your news, as you said earlier today, the waiting part is done and now you have a plan. I've just been through this with my Mum and together we keep strong with having plans in place, positive fun things to do in our diaries and take each day as it comes.

Ironic you mentioned RA, as my Mum has that too.

Take care..

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This April Bandit hit 30 kgs weight loss today. It's been 4 months since my surgery (16th April) and I feel better each and every day for it.

 

 

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