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  1. BandedKitten

    Anyone from Brooklyn??

    I was banded by Gorecki in May and need support. Any Brooklynites out there? e
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    Weight Watchers Online: Support Thread

    I'm trying to figure out the points plus system in combination with the band. I'm not too successful so far. anyone out there having success and figured out how to use it with the band? I eagerly await ANY advice on this! thanks, e
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    Photos - And How I Always Avoided Them

    Wow. such a good topic. I guess I'm not the only one! My inlaws take pictures of EVERYTHING and I tried so hard to hide. Sometimes they would catch me. It was my son's graduation from middle school on Saturday and I HAD to be in the photos. I was so upset after. I've lost 28 lbs total (since January) and I have been feeling much better about myself. But when I saw the photos that a family member put on facebook I just cried. I have so far to go still and it bummed me out because I felt so cute and slim that day in a new dress. But the camera doesn't lie. My only consolation is that I know I'm on the way DOWN not up. I did the surgery first for health and secondarily for ego/pride/appearance. And my health is improving already....I know eventually teh appearance will too. It doesn't help when my mother in law (who lost 90 lbs on the lapband) made a comment like this: Well I see you've lost ONE of your rolls. Once we you've lost the weight we have to work on your skin. Now I had to go off antibiotics for my skin to have the surgery and my skin broke out like crazy. The surgeon wanted me to stay off the antibiotics for a little bit after the surgery as well. I've just started back on them this week. But did she really have to say that? I mean geez. She's no super model, either. Sorry this is turning into a vent/rant. Guess I needed it.
  4. My hospital allows you to bring your own mask but they require you use their cpap machines. I was grateful to have it because the machine relaxed me. I am weird in that I actually like my cpap machine...it's like stress reduction therapy...breathe in....breathe out... my apnea is not just related to weight..i have a receded jaw line. Even when i was 135 lbs i snored like a lumberjack. So sexy! All the best, BandedKitten
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    I also had a large hiatal hernia repaired during lap band surgery. My acid reflux is greatly reduced. My surgeon said it was pretty big....check with another local surgeon. BandedKitten
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    New here from Brooklyn!

    Hey Nechama! I live in Brooklyn as well. Welcome to the Boards--congrats on your decision and good luck on your journey. I have found it was a great decision and I'm very very happy. All the best, BandedKitten
  7. I was at that fork in the road in my life where it was going downhill fast. I was diagnosed as borderline diabetic and my knees were killing me on the stairs...was so stiff at such a relatively young age (52). I am on a cpap but my breathing is because of my jaw (i have a receding jawline) and the weight made it much worse. I will probably always need one but I had to have the pressure turned up twice because of my increasing weight and i still wasn't getting a good sleep. Now i wake up refreshed. If only I could get rid of my insomnia..but that's another story. At only 27 lbs lost (including pre-op diet) I am already in much less pain on the stairs, less stiffness and my energy is getting much better. I still have nearly 45lbs to go (i'm super short) but I can already see that I'm going to feel much better afterwards. I am off sugar..only rarely take a small bite. I am off stuff that was just plain bad for me..like diet soda, white bread, white Pasta, etc. Most white stuff is bad news. I'm still early in the journey but I FEEL so much better already. yay! hugs, DangerKitten
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    NSV - Shopping

    Thanks for sharing this. i just LOVE a good success story. and yeah..i DO know what you're talking about..people have NO idea what a big deal this is...how it's life changing. I hear you sister and I'm thrilled for you..and hope to be hot on your heels with my own story soon. hugs, BandedKitten
  9. I have PCOS..was diagnosed about 22 years ago. I am losing weight on the band (I'm still a newbie) but PCOS isn't as simple as I thought it was. I just had to have a complete hysterectomy (A large benign tumor was found when I was undergoing testing to be approved for the band) and even though my ovaries are GONE apparently I can still have aspects of PCOS. Bizarre. I dont' even completely understand it....I think it's because it's metabolic..not just gynecological. But I AM losing weight...and so it's possible. good luck. e
  10. I agree. It's very important to be well-informed. As a person who used to review medical publications for a living (for 10 years in a law firm looking at products that "failed") I am pretty well versed in how to read studies. No single study is conclusive. One has to look at a battery of studies over a period of time and there are many elements to consider. Here is an excerpt (I didn't write this excerpt) that discusses some of the limitations from this study. I am NOT saying that the lapband does not have issues ---or even claiming that in the long-term it's going to be a failure OR a success. I'm simply suggesting that as lay people reading medical studies we don't completely understand all the elements in the study and how they relate to an entire body of research. keep reading! keep being informed and aware! Keep asking questions and keeping an eye out for issues--Absolutely! AND don't panic when one or two studies come out---because it takes a lot of studies to show a significant trend in the literature. Here's what was written about the study reported above: Study limitations to consider included surgeon experience, surgical techniques, gastric band specifications, follow-up care, and patients involved in the findings. Specifically: The patients were some of the first LAGB patients to be treated anywhere in the world, thus surgeon experience was not at the level seen today. The gastric bands used in the 1990′s are not the same ones used today; the newest generation of gastric bands are much improved over earlier versions. Surgical techniques have advanced significantly since the 1990′s. Follow-up care has changed dramatically since the 1990′s. The study evaluated LAGB patients from only one location, rather than multiple centers. The study sample was small, the study conclusions did not include the outcomes of all the patients contacted, only the outcomes of the patients who responded. This study may identify some of the long-term outcomes to consider, but many other studies have shown Lap-Band surgery to be a safe and effective surgical treatment for obesity. Individuals who are interested in lap band surgery should not let this study discourage them from seeking treatment, rather they should discuss the benefits and risks of all the options with their doctor. Then decide if lap band surgery is right based on the current level of surgical care and gastric band specifications as well as personal health conditions.
  11. BandedKitten

    Ahh bra...

    The Victoria's Secret IPEX bras don't have underwire but they keep my 40Ds up nice and perky..with cleavage too! For more casual times I use the Spanx Bralelujah (spelling might be off there)---it's kind of looks like a sports bra but it's much more comfy..you do need to keep washing it and putting it back in the dryer to keep it firm, though. I highly recommend both! hugs, BandedKitten
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    I think my band slipped and am scared

    Have the ER doctors put in an emergency call to your surgeon. They can talk and he can tell them what to look for. I bet there's a bariatric surgeon closer to you who could look at the xrays. Don't just try to Macho your way through it--you're in pain--speak up and be insistent that they find someone who Does understand the band. I'm sending prayers your way and hope this lets up soon. But please don't just lay in pain---call your surgeon. Even if it means you drive two hours (have someone drive you!) ----this is too important to ignore. Take Care of yourself! think of everything you did to get this surgery---all the effort---now protect yourself..take care of yourself! BandedKitten
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    Last hole on the belt!

    Hey Congrats! I'll be excited when I need a belt. LOL :P:P
  14. Hi Kids! (no matter what your age! I had my first fill this week and although I feel pretty good after 1/2 cup of food..I've never felt the urge to PB or choke, etc. I've never "tested" the band to see how much I can eat. I don't really want to..but I figure most people do on their journey at some point---seems human and I'm sure I'll test it at some point--although it's not in my plans. I'm still in the uber-compliant phase. So the fact that I've never had any PBing ---does that mean that I'm pretty loose in the band or does it reflect that I've not tested the band? I'm confused...I read about people PBing and I can't figure out why it happens. Is it always related to overindulgence? To be honest, there were a couple of times I sort of ate mindlessly and didn't chew as well as I know I am supposed to and I didn't have any problems. (although I've only been on soft foods so far) I've not had anything above 4-5.5 ounces at a sitting. I'm just too nervous to test it. thanks in advance for helping me sort this out... hugs, Bandedkitten

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