Monday, June 04, 2007

Anyone out there? Band Update

I temporarily blocked my blog, so not sure if I lost all the people that used to drop by...thought I'd update what is going on. I think it is important stuff for others with a band---or for me in hindsight. (I have found going back and reading old posts to be very helpful.)

I was having some reflux at night. I have been eating my portions, etc. and generally being a good bandster. I did notice that I was eating a bit more, but weight was good, so didn't think much of it. The reflux is what got me. I knew there was something up.

I went to the doc and had fluoro. The band was still in the right location --- no slip. So, that was good news! But, yes there is a but, my pouch was stretched. Yep - you know it...UNFILLED!!!

They unfilled my band and I am on a liquid / then soft food diet for 14 days. The hope / plan is that my pouch will go back into shape. It is supposed to. 7 days (this Thursday - June 7) and I go back to see how things are going.

So, there has to be something that caused this right? Reviewed my journals, etc. and voila. I swear it was the soda that I had read so much about people enjoying. That is the only thing that I had that I shouldn't have. Keep in mind - I was stirring it to get the bubbles out. Maybe this is OK for some, but definitely NOT me. Bottom line: I am self-pay and I need to stay within the rules.

Another thing - GET YOUR BAND CHECKED!! It had been a year since I had been in. Probably could have caught this earlier. So, now going to go every 90 days for a while and then switch to every 6 months. Costs $150 a visit, but $600 a year is worth it to keep my band in shape.

Official weigh in stats:
Starting weight: 234 lbs
Current weight: 156.5 lbs
Overall loss: 77.5 lbs
Lbs to goal: 7.5 lbs

1 comment:

Jessica said...

I swear I'm not a stalker... but yes I still have you on my blogroll. I just read another blog where the same thing happened and she had to get unfilled. It's always good to know of potential warning signs. I hope all gets back to normal for you. I'm not exercising and thus not losing - we are exactly the same weight 156.5. Unfortunately I've been that for a long time now!