Thursday, February 25, 2010

Got my first fill with fluoroscopy on Monday--really an interesting experience! It was fun watching the barium go down my throat and through the band (with 3ccs) and not going through after he added more saline (4ccs). So I ended up with only 3ccs, which I thought was pretty good after looking at the fluoroscopy, but which I'm questioning now.

I was on full liquids until today. This morning, I was kind of nervous about what I was going to eat--I sure don't want to PB first time out! So I scrambled an egg. Took a small bite, chewed it to death, swallowed it, and........nothing happened. Everything still works! So I ate the egg and felt no restriction or no feeling of fullness. An hour later, I was hungry, so I thought, okay, a banana.

Was able to eat the entire banana, which also kind of disturbed me--isn't that too much? But I didn't feel too full and it went down fine. By the way, I'm drinking no liquid for 5 minutes before eating and 30 minutes after.

So for lunch, I had a piece of toast with a little cream cheese and some thin sliced turkey. I know bread can be a problem, but have heard toast is usually okay. Ate very small bites and chewed carefully--again, no problem and no feeling of fullness.

I'm hoping I get some good restriction, but at this point, don't know! I also just read on someone's comments that it takes one person a week to feel any restriction from a fill?

Anyway, I'm glad for the fill and hope I'll be able to tell something soon! (in a good way, not in a painful, stuck way) :D

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wow! Thanks to all of you who have read my new blog and commented--I haven´t read all your stories yet, but I will and I´m now following all of you!

Presently in Tijuana with Janelle--she´s getting banded and I´m getting filled tomorrow. She´s super excited about her surgery and I´m super excited about my fill! I want and NEED some restriction!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

After years and years of fighting my weight (pretty much my whole life), I decided to get a lapband. I thought about it for over a year, found out my insurance wouldn't cover it, and then discovered the OCC (Obesity Control Center) in Tijuana, Mexico. Since I was self-pay, it was the only affordable option for me. I couldn't be happier with the whole set up down there, but that's for another post.

I'm now about six weeks out, with no restriction. I lost a total of 20 pounds during my pre and post-op phases, and have gained five of those pounds back. :(

I get my first fill on Monday--I'm going back to OCC for this one, although for future fills, I'll probably stay local and get them without fluoroscopy.

More to come...