Friday, June 11, 2010

Second Fill a little bit of a struggle.

Yesterday, I went in for my second fill. I had lost 12 pounds since my first fill, yay!!!!

Jeanine put in 1.5 ccs. I could swallow water and everything seemed fine. I went back to work and could not swallow anything. I was spitting up saliva and anything I tried to drink. It was awful. I hate getting sick even though what I was doing is not really throwing up. I called the doctor's office and they had me come in for a little un-fill. I went down to only having an addition 1 cc put in. I could swallow and felt a little better.

I left there and went home. Again, I tried to drink something and nothing would go down at all. I was feeling miserable. I called the doctor's office back at 3:30 and they said they would wait for me to get there (they close at 4:00). I made it there in pretty good time. I got there before 4:00. This time Dr. R. came in and put me under the fluoroscope and had me drink some barium. Nothing went down at all. So he removed another .5 cc. You could see that the barium went down. I felt so much better. I left and went home.

About 5:30 I tried to drink an Atkins protein shake, just to get some more protein in for the day. Nothing. Not a thing would go down. I kept trying and it kept coming up. I finally admitted defeat for the night. I went to bed, hoping that it would be better in the morning.

This morning I got up and took a little sip of tea and IT WENT DOWN. I was so excited. I took very small sips and it seemed to be okay. I got ready and came in to work. I starting sipping on an Atkins shake and it seems to be going down, slowly, and in very small sips but it is going down. What a great feeling.

I think that I am going to stay on liquids through the weekend, just to make sure that all is okay.

This band is a wonderful thing, but it definitely takes some tweaking for me to figure it all out.

So, I am so happy with how far I have come so far. I have lost 32 pounds since my consultation, they weighted me yesterday. My scale this morning shows another three pounds, but I am not going to count it since it was probably all spit.

On to another great day.

Talk to you later.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Haven't been on for a while.

I haven't been on here for a while, so I thought I would catch up with how I am doing.

As of today I have lost 30 total pounds (according to my scale) from when I found out that I had won. Woo hoo to me.

I got my first fill almost three weeks ago and I could definitely tell the difference. I still struggle with bite size, but am working on that. I get my next fill on Thursday the 10th. Let's see how that works with quantity of food.

I don't eat as much as before my first fill and that is great. I also think that I am making better food choices.

My eyes still think that I can eat as much as I did before the band, so I end up with lots of left overs or throw aways. One night I made taco salad at home and fixed a plate full of food. Bob told me right when he saw it that I would not be able to eat that much, and he was so right. A few bites and I was done. Although my eyes deceive me the band does not. When I am done eating my band lets me know even if I think that I can eat more --- I really can't.

Neal and I went to Chicago last Wednesday and Thursday for his 8th grade graduation. He had all these restaurants that he wanted to eat at, and since it was his celebration I let him choose. His first restaurant was Pizano's, they have the best pizza. I knew that I would not be able to eat it and was okay with that. I ordered Chicken Tortellini soup, which was chicken broth with onions, celery and tortellinis. It was a very light soup and I had no problem eating it. I had some garlic bread too, not much, but soaked it in the broth and it was okay.

Since we ate late afternoon, we didn't have supper and I was fine with that. Had a little snack in the room and went to bed early.

Next morning we went out for breakfast at this diner and I had two eggs over easy. Who would think that it took me 30 minutes to eat two eggs? Well, it did. They were good, but it took a long time. My band is tighter in the morning and I usually just have a protein shake, but wasn't able to do that in Chicago.

For lunch he wanted Chipotle. I had a burrito bowl and only ate the beans, chicken, cheese and guacamole. It went down fine and filled me up.

They may have not been the best food choices, but they worked for what Neal wanted. I generally eat protein and veggies, but sometimes you just have to improvise.

I have been exercising regularly and I think that is what is helping my weight loss. I still have plantar fasciitis in my right foot, but I just deal with the pain so I can get the exercising in. The orthotics are definitely not doing what they are supposed to.

I have A LOT more energy now that I am losing weight. I am starting projects around the house that I would never have done last summer. There is a lot of landscaping going on. I will be glad when I get it the way I like it.

Well, the dryer just buzzed, need to go change loads.

Have a great week and I will talk to you soon.