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- Christianity - My faith in God is all that carries me through sometimes!
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome - I have PCOS & would love to hear WLS success stories involving curing PCOS !
- WLS in your 30's - I'm especially interested in the success stories of ladies in my age range!
- Mind, Body and Spirit - I am a professional life coach and offer my support to anyone here on OH!
Wow. I suck. on January 26, 2009 5:57 pm
...Suck at blogging consistently, that is! I'm now 2 months and 4 days out from surgery and have had 2 fills. I really had stayed at a consistent weight from the time I had my surgery, until the other day. I lost a lot in my first couple of weeks, but then my first fill didn't do much for me. However, I think I've hit my "for now" sweet spot with this second fill which I had 5 days ago. Since then, I've lost a couple pounds, I have the restriction I think we're supposed to have, and I think my weight loss has been jumpstarted again. Thank goodness! I've now officially lost 33 or 34 lbs since my all time high weight and I hope I can start having the 2-3 lb loss per week that my doctor is looking for from this point on. Thank you everyone, so much, for all your advice and support!
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11 DAYS POST OP---- AND THE WIERD SOCIAL... on November 22, 2008 10:24 am
At 11 days post op, my cuts (except for the port site one which is more substantial) are completely unremarkable and I doubt they will be visible at all in time. Great news! Pain is almost all gone 100% except for lingering GAS pain...... which we all understand! It's been no fun but I know this will all be worth it in the end.
I'm going through some wierd social challenges that Im sure all banders who went before me have experienced. Suddenly, since I'm still on the post op liquid diet for 4.5 more weeks, I don't know what to do with myself or my friends, socially. Go out to lunch? Nope. Go for dinner to our fave mexican restaurant? No can do. Drinks at the club tonight? Nope, can't do that either... See what I mean? Suddenly I realize how our social lives and culture revolve TOTALLY around food and drink. So I'm finding myself dumbfounded thinking about something to do. The only idea I have is to go to a movie tonight, for example. But then I know I will smell the buttery popcorn and be DYING for some. lol. So that makes me discouraged too. (really bored and sick of the liquid diet ALREADY.) The other idea I had was that we could go window shopping... but that would kind of suck b/c I can't "buy" anything right now. Not only has this economy affected my shopping budget, but lord knows (thankfully) that I won't be the same size long enough (I HOPE) to justify buying anything! So....what's there to do? Perhaps I'm just in a feeling sorry for myself, whiny phase. But don't mistake that for complete GRATITUDE that my insurance covered this experience for me. Incidentally I just got the bill from the hospital that insurance will be handling and it was over $32,000!!!!! That's INSANE and I am blessed to have the procedure over, done with, and paid for. But anyway, back to "things to do for fun"? Any ideas from more experienced banders? It's sad that food, I now realize, rules our lives!
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WHOA, DUDE..... on November 20, 2008 9:20 am
Dude. I'm 9 days post op, and had a 5 day clear liquid pre op diet. I've lost 20 pounds in the past 2 weeks. Can this continue please, until I'm down to 145? At this pace it would only take me less than 2 months to get to goal...lol. But yes, I know, it will slow down :( So I've got officially 71 lbs to lose to get to what I think is my arbitrary goal of 145 (it sounds good), and I'm so excited to now have a tool to help make it happen. Yay us! All of us!
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5 DAYS POST-OP on November 16, 2008 7:00 pm
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First let me say that the people in this community are amazing. So many of you reached out to me to say you were thinking of and/or praying for me, and to follow up and see how I was doing post op. You are such THOUGHTFUL strangers and it meant the world to me. Thank you!!! I hope I can be as supportive to all of you.
It's 5 days post op, and just for the benefit of everyone reading this (like I did) prior to having lap band surgery themselves, for educational purposes, I will describe what I'm feeling. I'd also welcome any feedback from any current bandsters about whether what I'm feeling is NORMAL b/c Im not sure.
ONe thing is SO true; that every day post op will be remarkably better than the day prior. Each day Im less sore. My incisions aren't bothering me, although I'm still rather sore around the port site. Laying down on my other side is comfortable but sitting, for long, isnt. And I definitely can not sleep or lay on my stomach. It really hurts to do that. Is that normal 5 days post op? Im sure it is.
Also, I feel VERY full. Im allowed to be on "full liquids" now meaning cream soups, skim milk, etc. but also yogurt and applesauce. No other soft or blended food though; just those two things are considered part of my full liquids. Anyway, Im not sure Im eating the amount I'm supposed to be. I feel stuffed all the time and am wondering if it's post-surgical gas in my stomach?? It's a stuffed/painful feeling... Im eating one yogurt or cup of applesauce a day, with maybe a popsicle later in the day, and that'sa bout it. Maybe another 4 oz. of something (broth, soup, applesauce) later in the day sometimes but not always.... and I feel soooo full all day. Also having trouble getting water in. Im nervous b/c (forgive me if this is too much info!) I'm hardly peeing at all! I go a tiny bit in the morning... and when I do the color is so saturated and dark it's obvious im dehydrated. Im making getting in one tall glass of water over the course of a full day. It's hard to drink much more b/c I feel stuffed. Does anyone know how much water we're supposed to be drinking this soon after surgery?
I guess that's my update for now :) Glad the surgery is over. Oh, and I forgot the obvious: I've lost 14 lbs in the past 10 days, since starting my 5 day pre op diet. Amazing.
SURGERY WAS YESTERDAY on November 12, 2008 6:57 pm
Thanks so much for all the well wishes from everyone who has reached out to me. I won't stay here long b/c surgery was yesterday and I'm very sore.... but I'm alive!
I don't feel particularly mobile and I'm pretty achy and just looking forward to it all being overwith. Looking forward to the time when I'm recovered and don't feel so fragile and sore and still. Not so much pain around small sores but pretty sore around port site.
A little out of it... will hammer out a more coherent blog soon. Thanks for everyone's thoughts and prayers!
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