I am new to the boards and had Lap Band Surgery in 2007. After finally getting the right restriction 1 1/2 years post-op, I lost a total of 79 pounds. In 2010, the stress that was coming from my job must have caused my stomach to react in a very bad way and I had to have half of the fluid removed from my band. I spent over 12 hours vomiting all night, even tho nothing was left in my stomach to bring up.
With that episode and a few other personal things that cropped up, I spent the next 2 years just having given up on everything. I was not living, just existing. With almost NO restriction from the band, I could eat just about everything. (Let me explain: in 2010 I lost my job for the second time because of the economy so was on the unemployment rolls again. I could not afford to have adjustments to my band to get more restriction).
I still do not eat pasta, bread or rice and do not drink soda pop. But I had something sweet not long after that incident in 2010 and here I am. I have gained all the weight back +20 lbs. and eat sweets all the time. Sugar is my drug and I cannot seem to get away from it.
I have lost 20 lbs I had regained so am now at the same weight I was when I had the Lap Band put in.
For the past 2 years I have been getting my head back in the game of life but not losing weight yet. Just trying to figure out how and what I am going to do what is needed. So, I started researching revision and alternative surgeries since the band was not the experience I had wanted. So many adjustments, add some, lose some, add some, etc.. I have been obese for some 30 years now and don't want it anymore. I am hoping for the Vertical Sleeve but my surgeon appt isn't for a couple months yet. Will have to see how that goes before I get into the insurance issue. I already know now that unless I buy another policy, it is going to be an problem.
What I do know now is that this has to happen. I want my life!! And I want it as the slender person I was meant to be!! More than that, I have severe neck and spine issues not caused by my weight but exacerbated by it for certain. I am very close to living in a wheelchair if I take one more bad fall. The last 2 falls destroyed one rotator cuff and badly injured the other and has done even more damage to my spine.
So, this has to go thru! And I cannot fail it this time around. I am only 58 and not ready to be feeling like 90.