My Journey Continues
Mar 04, 2009It has been a very long time since I have posted anything. I thought I would put in an update of my journey.
After I had my lap band surgery Dec 06, I got to my "sweet spot" by May 07. I had a really good 5-6 months with my band. The restriction was perfect, and I got to the 50 pound mark. Then it turned sour. I started to have more and more heartburn. Dr. put me on some meds, but it did not help, only got worse. By the end of Dec I had acid reflux so bad my esophagus had swelled shut and I could not keep anything down. The acid aspirated into my sinuses and lungs at night and I developed a sinus and bronchial infection. I could not take any of my meds and I ended up very dehydrated and ill.
I was very afraid to have an unfill because I did not want to gain any of the weight back, but I had to. I had a partial unfill, and waited a few months. That did not relieve the acid reflux so I had a complete unfill in May 08. By this time I knew that the band just was not going to work for me. I still had a little restriction once in awhile, but needless to say I gained 40 pounds. I knew if I was ever going to get any relief from the reflux I would need to have the band taken out, so I resigned myself to it. I felt hopeless.
I had the surgery scheduled and went to see my surgeon. He was very supportive of me having it removed, but he also helped me to see that I could be very successful with a revision. I have always been very afraid of having a bypass, but he helped to calm some of the fears. I decided that I would see what insurance would say. Because they had already approved to have the band removed, it was a pretty simple process to have them review it again. I have had a verbal okay from them, but I have to wait for the official okay before I can schedule.
So that is where I am at.....I am not a patient person by nature, and I would have the surgery tomorrow if they would let me. Once I have made up my mind to do something, I want to JUST DO IT........ I stole that phrase..lol..