6 weeks post op and quite discouraged on June 13, 2009 12:36 am
ok...I'm 6 weeks post op..and I'm really discouraged. I'll start from the beginning. I did great at my 2 week post op follow up..but it's like since then, i'm going downhill. i went on a cruise 3 weeks after surgery...and had absolutely NO restriction. I gained 6 lbs. lol..it could have been sooo much worse though! I did hold back. So..when I came home from the cruise I got a fill. 1.5cc was all he put in. The surgeon did it with fluoroscope so I had to swallow barium, put a little more in, swallow more, put a little more in. Then I swallowed and he said I refluxed it, so he took a tad bit out. I really don't think that 1.5cc is doing a damn thing in there. I'm hungry all the time!! I was hungry the day he put it in, and the day after. Nothing is changing. I have to push the plate away or I could keep eating because I don't feel the least bit full. I did lose the weight I gained on vacation back, so now...I'm stuck at 296-298..and flipping STARVING. I'm doing my best not to gain weight back so I'm drastically limiting the carbs like I did before I had surgery, I'm drinking 2-3 protein shakes a day, and I eat a lot of tuna fish. I don't drink sodas (of course), I drink unsweet tea with Splenda, water, or sugar-free kool-aid. Why isn't the weight coming off?? On the happier side..I can tell on some parts of my body that I'm losing inches, and whenever I go for follow ups, they measure and show I'm losing inches. The week I cam back from the cruise, I had gained an inch in my hips and a 1/2 inch in each thigh. Not too bad...but I did lose 2 inches in my waist, and 1 3/4 inch in my bust. When I sit indian legged, I can notice tiny wrinkles by my knees..it used to be stretched out and full of fat. My shins, of all places, have a little lose skin. Why my shins? Why can't it be my belly? I can see the beginnings of collar bones and I'm thrilled for that. Since March, I've lost 32 lbs, but I haven't really gone down a pant size or shirt size. Everything does fit better though. I know this whole lap band thing isn't supposed to be easy. I understand that it is a TOOL to help me change my life..but honestly, I didn't expect it to be so damn hard. I didn't expect to be hungry all the damn time. I have an appointment next Thursday for another fill. Maybe this one will actually help me out. I'm also moving to Vermont for work next week, so I have no idea when I'll be able to fly home for another one. I'm gonna do some research and see if I can find a bariatric surgeon up there, just in case I can't make it home. I'm really at my wits end, I need help. What do you guys do to keep from starving? Also...do any of you buy premade bariatric meals or anything like that? Something like a microwave dinner that I can cook and not have to worry about how many carbs each thing has? I think that would help me...like not have anything in my motel room but premade stuff that is good for me. I'll be in Vermont about 6 months, and I do NOT want to go out to eat every night. I don't want fast food either. I want to sit in my motel room, eat my premade bariatric dinner, and find a 24 hour gym. Any input you guys have about anything would be greatly appreciated also.
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