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Anyone is this group from Alice Springs?

Would love to hear from you?

Was just wondering how you go with band fills and follow ups?

xoxox :P

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Hi there Tezza,

I'm in Melbourne now but I spent 21 years of my life growing up in Alice Springs. When I got banded down here I started to wonder how different things would be if I still lived up there. Is there anyone permanently based up there that does banding or is it only done by visitors?

Cheers,

Lisa.

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Hi Lisa,

Actually no one does banding in Alice, I have to go to Darwin or Adelaide to have the procedure and also for any fills or check ups, which is a real pain.

You don't realise when you live in the middle of no where how impossible it is to have things done.

Where about in Melbourne do you live? We have only been in Alice for about 3 years, we moved up here from Melbourne.

:)

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Yeah I thought that might be the case. Living in Alice is great for the simple life but as soon as you need something significant or important you realise just how isolated you are.

How long have you had your band for?

I live in Croydon South now. I moved down here nearly 10 years ago to do my teaching degree, and I'd had enough of Alice Springs summers. My mum still lives up there and my sister has now moved to Darwin. Amongst other things I did up in Alice, I used to do some voice-over work for Imparja and Mum tells me that Mats, mats and more mats still use my voice on their tv ad. So if you're watching and you hear that "at mats, mats and more mats they've got more in store than what belongs on your floor..." that silly woman is me lol

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Hi Lisa,

I'm not actually Bandit yet but in the early stages of planning and seeing the specalists, dietion, etc.

I've got some appiontments already booked for Darwin, but I will be having the op in Adelalide, lucky the same specalists works in both towns.

I know the add you are talking about, I will keep and eye out for it... :)

Its going to be a bit of a pain having to travel to have my fills, but I guess I have to weigh up the options, and well health comes first.. :roll:

:o

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Ah my bad, I just assumed you were for some reason. Well let me start by wishing you all the best of luck as you travel through the journey and congratulations on making the decision in the first place. It's not an easy decision to make. My GP suggested it to me 12 months before I went back to him for the referral. I remember thinking at the time that I just needed to stop being lazy and start behaving like a normal person with regards to eating and exercising. I gradually became aware of the fact though that I'm not like normal people in that regard. I have an uber slow metabolism and too much weight to lose that I just don't have it in me to do it all on my own (as I've proven time and time again with my various attempts). Having the band now though and being 17kg down in 2.5 months, I know I have done the right thing. It has really made change a lot easier and I have support now.

As for having to travel for your fills, I know that must be a massive pain, both time wise and financially but like you said, your health really does come first. This book http://www.thelapbandbook.com/ was written by the professor that heads up the clinic that I went through to get my lap band. One of the things that he says is that in today's society, we are really bad at taking time for ourselves and that is one of the factors contributing to rising levels of obesity globally. He also says that our recovery time and time taken to get fills and exercise is not only essential in attaining success but also helps us put our health and time for ourselves before our jobs and other aspects of our lives. Maybe you can take your partner/wife/significant other with you for an overnight stay in a hotel or something and really look forward to your fills :-)

Do you have a date booked for your surgery yet?

Sorry to rabbit on at you or sound like I'm prying, I'm just so enthusiastic about my own band that I love hearing other people talk about what is happening with them. It really is an amazing thing.

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Thanks Lisa,

You advice is very helpful, I don't mind at all.

I actually love listening to what everyone has to say as I find it very helpful.

I will keep an eye out for the book, but they might have it at the clinic so I will check when I go in August.

PS I haven't heard the add yet, but I will have a giggle when I do hear it!!!! :)

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I'm like you, there is a lot of encouragement and motivation to be found in hearing what other people have to say.

As for the book, you may find the clinic you go to has their own.

lol yeah and when you do see the add and have a giggle I'll be like a Z grade celebrity ha ha ha

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LISA, I Think I know the add you are talking about too.

I lived in Alice for a year in 2008 (and taught at a local school)...

LOVE LOVE LOVE Alice and miss it everyday.

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I have learned that once you have spent at least 3 months in Alice Springs it is amazing how many 'it's a small world' type connections you can make as you move through the rest of your life.

I have a fond place in my heart for the old town but I could never live there again. So many good memories growing up though.

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Hello All,

My Aunt and my cousins moved to Alice Springs in 1985 and being from the US our whole family thought it was great as we were from the US. It is almost every American's dream to visit Australia and see kangaroos, koala bears and crocodile dundee! My cousins have moved back and forth to Alice Springs and my Aunt is still there along with my uncle who works at the government installation there but they are divorces. They love it there. I have lived here over 4 years and havent been there yet so I have to make it a point to get there. I remember my grandparents went to visit them in the '90's and remember them driving 1500 kilometers to get big macs and cheesburgers from Mc Donalds. They would take an esky and fill it then take them home. I dont remember where they drove to,but thought that was quite desperate. Things I guess are different there now, having more there. She is so happy there. I gotta get there and see the real outback! Kristi

I have learned that once you have spent at least 3 months in Alice Springs it is amazing how many 'it's a small world' type connections you can make as you move through the rest of your life.

I have a fond place in my heart for the old town but I could never live there again. So many good memories growing up though.

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i like on tiwi islands in NT population 1500 and i have to fly to adelaide to get my surgery done coz im impatient i dont wanna wait a mointh lol hi to everyone

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I live in Alice and had my band op in Adelaide 7 weeks ago. Traveling back and forward for fills. Tezza, if you haven't already, look into PATS. Because the specialists are unavailable here you can apply to the health department to have travel expenses covered. Ask your GP.

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Hi Sarah,

I have been claiming everything from PATS from day one, it saves so much money with the travel.

Where did you have your surgery and who by?

Cheers

:)

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I know this is short notice but anyone in the Alice Springs area and would live to catch up, please join us at Olive Pink 1230 Sunday 16th oct

Cheers

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Hi Tezza (and the gang -- including Steph way up in Tiwi!)

I'm at one of the communities around Alice and looking to have surgery early next year. A local woman had her procedure with Dr Treacy in Darwin -- she's very happy with it. I'm reading and researching for now, but just wanted to say hello, glad you're here! The rain has been lovely.

I'm sure we'll be seeing more (and less) of each other through these boards. My partner and I visit Alice every 6 weeks or so, maybe we will have a coffee at Olive Pink one day.

Warm wishes to you.

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That would be great to catch up, myself and another lady try to catch up every couple of months at Olive, so the more the better.

Let us know when your next in town and will try for a catch up.

What community you at?

Where you getting your band done?

Sorry for the delay in getting back as I've been on holidays.

Cheers

Terri.

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Hey there,

more than happy with my band and go to Mr treacy in Darwin for fills, or if that is not convenient then I see Mr Dumbrell in Bendigo when down that way for hols.

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