I was excited....I was going to meet my new surgeon for aftercare this past Thursday. I left work at 3 on Wednesday and drove down to Las Cruces. I had a very nice evening with my younger brother and his wife and stayed at their house. I got up early and drove an hour to El Paso to see my doc.
I had to go through everything all over again. They treated me like a new patient, so I had to sit through the information session with the nurse and meet with the nutrionalist, etc. When the nurse first saw me she weighed me and took my blood pressure. She commented that I looked great (even though we had never met) and asked me how much weight I had lost. She then laughed and said that the other people in the waiting room probably wondered why I was there. I am sure they did!!
She then proceeded to tell me all of the things that I would be doing next at the office and left off with, "Then you will meet with Dr. Acosta, and you can have your band adjustment then." Oh my....a band adjustment? I've been pretty darn tight since my last one in May I was thinking to myself. Hmmmm a band adjustment? Well, my weightloss has seemed a BIT slow. Nah...I don't need one....or do I? I had the next two hours to think about this.
It was almost like the cliche` where a little devil was sitting on side
and an angel on my other shoulder
. I let the devil talk me in to getting a fill. Only a very small one shouldn't hurt anything, right?
Well, I met with Dr. Acosta. He came in scanned over my chart and asked me a few questions. (He is a gorgeous man by the way)
Maybe that's why I lost my mind? No, I can't blame it on him....I decided to go through with it before he came in the room. LOL
He even seemed a little hesitant to give me a fill. He kept questioning to see if my restriction was loose. He ended up giving me .25 CC's. A tiny amount, right? Well, after doing so I drank my water and it went down just fine. After my fill in May the water was slow going down. So, I felt confident that this amount of fill was going to be just fine. And it was......for about the first 2 hours. I left El Paso and went to an outlet mall just south of El Paso. I had some egg drop soup at the food court. Noticed after about 3/4 of a cup I was done. Okay, no big deal. I then walked around a bit, left after about an hour of window shopping and drove to Las Cruces. I was going to treat myself to a Starbuck's coffe. I got a light Pumpkin Spice YUMMY!!!!!. I also bought some bottled water and headed north, back to Albuquerque. After quite a few miles I noticed that the coffee wasn't going down too well. Hmmmmm , oh well, there is some swelling after an adjustment, I am sure I will be just fine. After quite a few more miles I started to feel very uncomfortable. Water wasn't going down too well. By the time I made it home I was pretty miserable. I was going to give it a few days and pray the swelling would go down.
I didn't make it past the first 12 hours. That night when I tried to go to sleep I found myself in a nightmare that was real. Every time I started to drift off to sleep I would wake up choking on my own stomach acids. Every five minutes or so. So, when my DH came to bed I got up and went out to the couch. No sense in keeping him up all night too. My faithful dog, Hannah got up and came to sit with me on the couch. I was in that night mare all night long. I knew that I had entered in to that vicious circle. The swelling MIGHT have subsided in a day or two, but because the swelling WAS so tight I was throwing up and making the swelling even worse.....so, basically it wasn't going to go down. I knew then I would have to either drive all the way back to El Paso or visit an E/R and pray they could do an unfill.
I went to an E/R and was sent to Presbyterian downtown where they did an unfill under floro. They had been in touch with Dr. Acosta and he told them to take out 1 CC. UGH. Now I have less saline than what I had before, but I can swallow and today I will find out how well I can eat. I feel so much better now and NEVER EVER want to have that happen again!!!
Bright side: I am down to 188 pounds! ha ha ha ha I hope, if I am able to eat okay, I will try to stick to low calorie good foods. Maybe this bit of an unfill is what I needed. It was pretty ridiculous with how many foods I couldn't eat at all. Always a silver lining, right?