Hi everyone! I'm back from my first fill and I'm happy to report that everything went really well. I'm hungry like the wolf though, because I'm on clear liquids for the rest of the day. Tomorrow I will advance to full liquids, and then on Friday I can begin soft foods again.
When I woke up this morning, I had my iced coffee with Vanilla Unjury. About 30 minutes later I scrambled two eggs with a Kraft jalapeño cheese stick and ate that along with a couple of slices of tomato from my dad's garden.
I wanted to get in at as much protein as I could before I had to stop eating. My surgeon's rule is that you cannot eat any solid food two hours before a fill. You can drink right up until the fill, but no food. My appointment was not until 1:30, but I finished breakfast before 10:00am.
When I arrived at the clinic I waited just a few minutes before they took me back and weighed me. According to their scales, I've lost 29 pounds. I could have done a little dance of joy. My scales at home are still showing 27. They made me feel really great about my progress. Everyone at my clinic is just so nice and upbeat. If you are still in the planning stages of surgery, I really encourage you to search around until you find a clinic that makes you feel comfortable and welcome. Aftercare is so important, and if you can find a place you feel great about going to, all the better. You'll be going there a LOT.
After a few minutes, Greg (a nurse I have never met before) came in to give me my fill. He was really awesome. He also has a lap band, and has lost 150 pounds. Wow. Talk about real life inspiration. Everything was very relaxed, not rushed, and I felt like I had time to ask him any questions I wanted to. I asked him about the burping…the constant burping. Do any of you experience that? I guess I swallow a lot of air and don't realize it. He said it was pretty much par for the course with the band, but I hope it subsides a bit. I feel like a 15-year-old boy.
The fill itself was really no big deal. After I laid down on the table, he administered a little bit of a numbing agent. After that, he felt for my port and found it right away. He injected the solution and told me to tell him when I felt pressure. I felt it right away. Just pressure though, no pain. At that point he asked me to sit up on the table and he handed me a cup of cold water. He told me to take sips and to tell him when I could feel it passing through my band. As I was doing this, he was taking out fluid. I had read about this method before, but it was really interesting to feel the moment when the water passed through the band. I already had 1cc of fluid in the band from surgery and another 2cc's was added today for a total of 3cc's in my 10cc band. I go back on August 7th for fill #2.
I can definitely feel more restriction even though I'm not eating anything. I'll put it this way. I'm very aware of my band right now. Is this how I'm supposed to be feeling?
So for the rest of the day today, I'll be having chicken bouillon and hot tea. I have a feeling that I'm really going to enjoy those full liquids tomorrow!
Have a good evening and thanks for reading! :)