Wednesday, January 31, 2007
I guess also I'm nervous about what will happen after the surgery, my diet will change, I know that.. but will I do enough to make the lap band work for me? Or will this be yet another failure on my part to control my weight.. yet again!! If this doesn't do it, nothing will.
I'm hoping to post one last time before the surgery, but I have a busy day tomorrow and not sure if I can get online before I go under the knife!! *eek* This is getting all too real.
So if I don't get to post before the big day, wish me luck! I will post as soon as I can after the surgery to tell you all about my experience in hospital and the first few hours afterwards.
... 2 sleeps to go!!!! Holy CRAP!
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
... 3 more sleeps!!! (for real!)
Keep your fingers firmly crossed that this goes ahead!
... 3 sleeps to go.. Maybe.. :\
Monday, January 29, 2007
This weekend was pretty nice, although not so optifast friendly. I managed to get through Friday without too much drama.. although it was tough smelling all those delish Australia Day BBQs fired up around the neighbourhood. Saturday morning I weighed in after 1 week on Optifast to report a nice loss of 2.3kg. Off to a good start. I just hope I can maintain this until Friday. However, the fact that I lost so much weight kinda gave my brain licence to eat, so I've pretty much been on a bender ever since. I have been having my Optifast in the mornings (made a delish mango vanilla shake with loads of ice yesterday.. so thick I had to eat it with a spoon!! YUM!) but then it goes down hill for there. I've been very social too, with lunches and dinners and get togethers this weekend. Back to it today!
On another note.. I got back some photos from a recent party I went to... I looked so fat. Why isn't my fat brain working? I thought I looked great.... but I looked like a marshmallow!!! Another reason for me getting this band.
... 4 sleeps to go!!! Not long now!
Thursday, January 25, 2007
I also haven't exercised all week, which is kind of strange for me. I haven't had alot of energy this week, probably because of the optifast... so will try for a gym class tomorrow and Saturday and see if that helps give me a boost. I'm feeling so flat lately!!
Good news on the weight loss front so far... I've managed to drop 1.6kg in 5 days.. and that was after I'd been on a 5 hour flight (fluid retention) and with TTOM coming up I should be gaining weight at the moment... so far so good. The Doctor wanted me to lose 3-4 kg before the surgery. I'm on track at the moment... Yay!
8 sleeps to go!!!
Happy Australia Day Everyone! When I next post (Monday 29th) there will only be 4 sleeps to go... *eek*
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Today will be another day of "on the go" stuff, and I'm not sure if I'm going to make it on two optifast shakes... I'm also travelling at the moment and so I've had to take the shaker and the optifast sachets with me!!! I've ordered a bowl of strawberries for breakfast that I will have with the shake...
Not long to go now... 9 sleeps to go!!!
Monday, January 22, 2007
Today, while I'm feeling pretty lousy, I don't have those hunger pangs I was having on the weekend. I think the "initial stage" has passed. Hopefully I'll be able to deal with the temptations that present me during the next two weeks!
11 sleeps to go!!!
Friday, January 19, 2007
Just to let you know about how I am paying for this procedure. I am going through the Circle of Care program that costs $6500 for the year. This includes the surgery and follow-up for 1 year including dietitian, physiotherapy, Psychology and Band fill appointments. I also have full private health cover for the hospital visit so I'm only out of pocket for the excess amount of $500. There is also the opportunity to claim approx $1400 from medicare and some more back for the dietitian, physio and psychologist appointments through my health fund. So all up, I'm out of pocket approx $4000. I even got a new job with more pay so that I can pay for it myself. The good thing is, is that I am able to pay it over 1 year, and that if I am able to pay more off then the interest on the remaining payments goes down.
Ok, enough from me. Gotta go Psych myself up for starting my Opti-crap for the next two weeks. Wish me luck!! Will write soon.
14 sleeps to go!!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
My goodness, it's been 9 days since I had my first appointment with Dr T for the lap banding. Time has flown. I just want it to be 2nd February already. I am so pumped up to get this over and done with and get on with the liquid stage and I don't want to lose this "excitment" to be overcome with fear of the operation.. *eek*.
P.S Had chalky poos well into today. Have just had a Normal "movement"... thank god!!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Next was the barium meal - friggen GROSS. They first of all made me shot two different types of liquids that when combined fizzed to produce gas in my stomach. I was told not to burp. It was hard!!! Then I was told to drink this chalky thick liquid that tasted so gross I felt like I was going to vomit. It didn't go through my system too well either.. I'm still feeling the effects of this barium test! (Chalky Poo!!!)
Anyway, next step is a visit with the surgeon on Friday. I've got heaps of quesetions to ask, so will be looking forward to that. I'll also be taking my fiancee with me so that he has an idea of what will be happening and what I will be going through. Will let you know how the Dr's appointment goes.
16 sleeps to go!!!
Monday, January 15, 2007
I also had the pleasure of having blood taken for my operation. I was asked by the lap band doc to have all my bloods done. So you know when you go and have a blood test they fill up some tubes? I had 7 tubes filled with blood for all the different tests!!! Not only that, but my vein decided to stop working halfway through, and so after the venepuncturist had finished digging her needle in my arm to try and find my blood flow again, I politely suggested that she try the other arm... (cos what she was doing was causing me a little pain... *duh*!!). So after acting like Miss Pincushion 2007 I finally had 7 tubes of blood out of me. *phew* I then had a quick ECG test done.... all the results should be with my doctor by the time I have my surgeons appointment this Friday 19th January!!
2 days to go until I have my ultrasound and barium study done, 4 days until the surgeons appointment... and then it's optifast fun until my surgery!!
On Friday 19th Jan my fiancee and I are going to go out for "my final meal"... one last HOORAH before the start of my new (skinnier) life. I was reading on the Yahoo Health Lapband message boards the amazing amounts of weight that people have lost over their first 5-10 weeks. 10kg, 18kg, 24kg... WOW!! If I lose around the average that these other bandits are losing I'll be in the 90's by MARCH!!! WooHoo!!
18 sleeps to go!
Friday, January 12, 2007
I started making a list of things I might need once I've had the surgery, food mostly.. thing that I will be able to tolerate for the first 4 weeks on the liquid and puree diet stage:
- Fruit Juice
- Vege Juice
- Protein Powder
- Drinking Yoghurt
- Cup-a-soup (not the chunkie ones)
- Drinking Straws
- Measuring Cup
- Icey Poles
- Fruit Puree tubs
- Baby food
- Instant Mashed Potato
I'm sure I'll think of more, but that's the list for now. Mr LBG (my wonderful fiancee) will be coming with me to the surgeons visit on 19th January 2007. I think it's really important that he understand's exactly what is going on with me and what I will be experiencing and will give him a chance to answer any questions he may have.
I've also decided that with my 2 weeks on OptiFast, I'm going to replace 2 meals a day with Optifast, and make the other meal a low carb meal with loads of veges, lean meat and low carb fruit like strawberries and rockmelon. I just know that if I try and do this for 3 meals a day on Optifast then I will go insane and more than likely I will cheat (just being honest here!!!). Also, because I am travelling quite a bit up to my operation date, I may find it quite challenging to keep my optifast routine, especially if there is no opportunity to prepare the shakes etc.
Have a great weekend! 21 sleeps to go!!!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
So, further update on the preparations:
13th January 2007 - Full Blood count done (I have to be fasted for 10 hours prior), I also have to have an ECG done also!
17th January 2007 - Upper Abdominal Ultrasound and Barium Meal to be done to look for gall stones and any problems with reflux. Again, I need to be fasted for 8 hours, ultrasound is at 9am and Barium Swallow at 9:30am
19th January 2007 - Appointment with Dr R regarding the surgery.
20th January 2007 - Start "Liver Shrinking Diet" Optifast
2nd February 2007 - SURGERY!!
I'm starting to think of some questions that I think I need to ask him about the surgery and anaesthetic. I'm going to start a list and if I think of any, I'll write them down here:
So far, my questions are:
1. What is "shoulder tip" pain? Why do you get it?
2. What number am I on the operating list (I'd definitely prefer to be sooner rather than later!!!)
3. Will coughing affect the band placement?
4. Are movements restricted (i.e. back arches - for physiotherapy)?
5. What happens if I feel like vomiting/am nauseous while at home?
6. What is the best sleeping position?
Ok, that's all for now... 22 days to go!!!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I have only told 3 people that I am having this surgery. Other people think I am having my gall bladder removed and thats why I need the surgery. I don't like being secretive, but I know there is a lot of negativity associated with the surgery and lap band and quite frankly, I don't need that!!! I also don't want people to think that I am "taking the easy way out".
Ok, so my plans for the next few weeks leading up to the surgery:
Between now and 19th January I need to have my Ultrasound done and bloods taken, I will book that in, in the next couple of days.
19th January 2007: Visit with the surgeon to explain more about the surgery, give me details about the times and where to be for the operation etc and answer any questions I might have
20th January 2007: Start OptiFast! (someone called it Opti-Gross... sounds appealing!)
2nd February 2007: Operation (not sure what time I will be operated on - will find that out!)
3rd February 2007: Return home after o/n stay in the hospital - have taken a full week off work - returning 12th February!
23 days to go!!!
Will post soon!
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
I have been asked to have some blood taken for analysis and also an ultrasound and x-ray to check for gall stones. I also have to have a barium meal done through x-ray to check what my swallowing is like and if I have any hernias.
I have been told I need to go onto OPTIFAST 2 weeks before the surgery to shrink my liver (I didn't know it was swollen!) Apparently most obese people have enlarged fatty livers.
Other than that, the doctor said that I was a great candidate for the surgery, I was otherwise healthy with minimal complications!! This is too too exciting!
Ok, must go... will check in soon!
Monday, January 8, 2007
I have decided to write this blog on getting and having a lap band, to help others who are in a similar situation who want to know more about the "real life" aspects of having surgery to treat their obesity. I am not doing this on behalf of any company and I am not being paid to keep this blog going. I've just found that during my research into weight loss surgery, there aren't many "real life" stories about living with a lap band. I really hope this helps people considering this treatment option make the decision that is right for them.
My privacy is very important to me, so I will not be revealing any personal information of who I am, where I live or information about my friends and family. Only 3 people know that I am getting a lap band - my fiancee and 2 close girlfriends, one of which has already had the lapband done!
Tomorrow I am going for my first appointment to visit the surgeon who will be performing my surgery. This is my first visit to the clinic and I am very much looking forward to discussing the lap band procedure and asking loads of questions.
Just a little about myself:
I'm in my mid 20's, I'm 5'7 and approx 106kg. I'm not sure exactly how much I weigh, the last time I weighed was just before christmas at 104.7kg. I've tried so many different diets, and I have failed at most of them. I say most, because I have been on diets where I have lost weight, only to put it back on when I stopped - so the diet did work... I was the problem!!
It's funny, because I don't consider myself "morbidly obese" but that's where my BMI is. I don't have a problem with fitting into Airplane seats, I fit into booths at resteraunts, and I wear a size 18 very comfortably. I am not unhappy with my life either - I have a wonderful man who I am going to marry, I have a great job and some fantastic friends and I work out regularly. My problem is, is that I LOVE food and I love to eat and I eat BIG. Dieting and my weight loss is All consuming - I mean, we have to eat to live, so it's not like I can try to quit cold turkey like I did with smoking. Infact, giving up smoking has been a walk in the park compared to weight loss let me tell you!
At first, I thought that getting a lap band would be my "last resort", and to me was not an option. Surely there were other things I could try that would work. But to be honest, I don't want to be 5, 10 15 years older and still be obese and have diabetes, heart problems, problems having children etc. To me, having a lapband is the missing piece of the puzzle and will only enhance my weight loss already. I have, on my own lost 16kg this past year, my fitness has improved, my education on good nutrition has increased and I am mentally in a really good position to go forward with the surgery. Not only that, I don't have any kids, no major responsibilities to deal with - this is the best time for me to have this done.
Ok, enough for today. Tomorrow is the first consult so I report back and blog what I've found out! I may even be lucky enough to set a date for the operation if all goes well!