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About skylily

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  • Birthday 12/01/1964

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I was banded in March 2009. I came home, somewhat in discomfort and over the following days I progressed into agony. I ended up back in hospital having emergency surgery at 2am five days after the placement. I had been nicked in the first surgery and had an infection. The band was removed and I spent four days in ICU and then another four or five in the ward. It was the most PAINFUL experience in my life and it wasn't too good emotionally either.
After I returned home there was a long recovery period and I initially thought I could not face hospital again with rebanding. My surgeon explained that I may have to be opened up again (I have a huge scar down my middle because of the emergency surgery) if it proved impossible to do it keyhole.  I had to gather up all my strength and return to try again because I didn't want all that pain and money wasted... with no outcome except a scar to show for it. Fortunately the second banding went without a hitch and it was a keyhole op.
It hasn't been an easy journey. I can't seem to tolerate a decent fill without severe reflux and choking during the night etc. So, I only have enough fill to make sure I don't suffer those symptoms but then it means I can fit way more in than I would like to. I initally lost a decent amount... but only after low carbing combined with 3 or 4 days at gym every week. I have the metabolism of a slug!!
Over the past 12 months I have regained 10 kgs (22 lbs).
I am just beginning again to try to start from scratch in my mindset. Force myself to eat less, chew more, don't drink with meals etc.
People who look at banding as 'cheating' and 'easy' have NO IDEA. Us banders still need colossal willpower and determination. It is a life-long struggle and the trick is to  remain proactive in our journey and not give up. I always knew banding was just another tool in my arsenal and not a magic fix... I just have to sharpen this particular tool at this point in time and make it work for me.
SkyLily xox

Age: 57
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Starting Weight: 363 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery:
Current Weight: 280 lbs
Goal Weight: 170 lbs
Weight Lost: 83 lbs
BMI: 43.8
Surgery: LAP-BAND
Surgery Status: Pre Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 01/01/1970
Surgery Date:
Hospital Stay: n/a
Surgery Funding: Combination
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval

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