February 12 2012 - A NEW YEAR!!!!
Feb 12, 2012Ok, so a lot has happened since I last posted, but the important thing is I got the band removed because of horrible GERD! I also had my gallbladder removed at same time because I was having such bad pain when I ate.
I wasn't really following all the band rules and the band requires constant maintenance and 5 hrs trips to get it adjusted were just too much. If you can't commit to sometimes twice weekly trips to get it adjusted then it won't work. Also, they didn't tighten me enough, or would loosen me too much. The surgeons really hate the band at Cleveland clinic because of all the follow-up that's required. So they would do as little as possible to prevent follow-ups.
So, now I am scheduled for a revision, sort of. Since the band is gone now since Oct 2010, it's like having a new surgery. I gained 50+ lbs in the few months since the band was removed. I had wanted to get down to 125-130 with the band but could not get lower than 185. Still from 260-185 wasn't a complete failure.
Now I'm 218lbs and want to lose 100lbs. I'm 5'4" so that is what is considered normal for me.
I'm ready now to have the surgery I wasn't prepared for in 2006 when I went with the band instead. And I know that it won't be a permanent solution, just a boost - a challenging, pain-filled (emotionally/mentally) boost to lose the weight and create habits (exercise and diet) that are lifetime choices.
Hopefully I'll be updating with more satisfying progress a year from now. We shall see . . . .
Boca Raton, FL
Nov 01, 2007