Thursday, April 2, 2009

my second fill......

this time around I saw Dr Elliot. he specialises in lap band surgery so I knew he was the guy I would be wanting to speak to about this infection (and hopefully have a more successful fill this time !!!).

he only glanced at the infection and said "that's nothing, you'll be fine" - HUGE RELIEF !!!

so then it was time for filling......

he went straight in with the needle and got the port site immediately!! a bit better than last time. he told me to gulp some water as he was injecting the saline and told me to tell him when i couldn't "swallow" the was the weirdest feeling - like someone had put a plug in my stomach and here was this water, just sitting there at the top of my stomach, not being released into my lower stomach cos the band was so tight....his aim was to then suck saline out until I could feel the water go just as i felt the water trickle down into my stomach below, i told him and he stopped. apparently now, i am one step closer to finding my "sweet spot" which is where you will eat just enough to be healthy but such a little amount that you continue to lose weight.

so it's been about 4 days since that fill and things are going beautifully. i am very rarely hungry and i probably only eat about 2 times a day (half a cup at each sitting).....still on mushy stuff right now...will then go back onto normal foods as i feel the need (i.e. as i get more hungry) but at the moment a mere cup of coffee will fill me until lunch time!!!

OH, more importantly, my weight.....

in total, I have lost 16.4kgs in total !!!!!

my weight is now at 90.6 kgs - i can't believe that i am about to hit the 80's !!!!!

happy days xx

it's been so long....

so where do i start?

real food has been really easy to introduce for me. in fact, for the first 3wks post fill, i had good restriction, but then as the restriction wears off, you become more adventurous and start trying new the end of my 4wk gap between fills...i was eating steak & sushi like I was before - a perfect indication that it was time for more saline!!

rewind a little though.........about 2wks after my first fill (you know, the one where he dug into my stomach for half an hour!!! :-)) I noticed the biggest of my scars (which is called the port site scar) was becoming infected. i didn't think anything of it and just maintained it, kept it dry, used peroxide & betadine and thought it would just get better on its own. it started to do just that. i had to ring my doctor to get the all clear to start at the gym and i happened to mention the infection....well i think the receptionist nearly dropped the phone...apparently, this was far more serious than i had first thought and the doctor would need to speak with me urgently. it seems that an infection like that can be caused by the tubing or the port site or even the band itself and unless you get to the infection on time, it means you need to start over again :( so the doctor faxed a script for antibiotics to my local chemist and it was a matter of wait & see - it was a long week !!!!!

the infection was continuing to improve and by the time i went for my fill last Tuesday, it had completely dried up...relief !!!!