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Lori Jo

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About Lori Jo

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  • Birthday 02/10/1961

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    I am a traveler, and I am married to Tom for going on 23 years, daughter Allyson, 21 graduating on May 4!!
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    a Real Housewives fan, reading, hiking, music, traveling
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    domestic goddess
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  1. I have been off this site for a while and decided to come back to see if I am not alone in this! I know we all have different experiences, but mine seems to be unique! Has anyone had lap band surgery and when they were intubated their vocal chords were damaged? Well I hope I am alone or if there is someone out there who has experienced this, please look me up! I had surgery on 4-1-13 and when I had the surgery the anesthesiologist never came to have a talk with me, she sent her assistant, and well just asked if anyone in my family or if I had ever had problems waking up after surgery, etc... anyway, I have no voice, a week after the surgery I was in the ER with what they thought was pulmonary embolisms, well it was where my left vocal chord was paralyzed and all the docs kept telling me to wait and my voice would return. Note to you....don't let anyone tell you to wait when you think something is wrong! So I had been injected with some sort of collagen material to move the chord back to the center, that was two weeks ago and when I went to see my doc it appears to not have worked. I am so upset! We can inject it again and hope it takes or we can put in an implant and hopes that it will take....I am soooo planning on suing, I never ever thought this would happen. It has affected my weight loss, my surgery recovery and my psyche as I sound like a man.....wouldn't be so bad except I am a woman. Anyone out there that has this, let me know...I need someone to talk with!
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    First Fill

    ok, I see I made a mistake on my post......I did follow the 24 hour liquid, the first thing I ate after that 24 hour period was cottage cheese and tuna.....
  3. I have had my first fill, it was May 8 and they told me to do only fluids the first 24 hours to eat. I was sooooo hungry that I ate cottage cheese with tuna. I know I ate way too fast and then there was pain and then I threw up. I know this band is very resilient but I feel no restriction, like I did at that time, I know I have slowed down in eating, but I am hungry....is this normal?
  4. does anyone still drink diet soda....I know they say that it can cause bloating...I will gladly put up bloatedness for a diet coke!
  5. Again this subject comes up. Yes you are only cheating yourself, I for one di cheat almost everyday, I was a little heavier than you but it didn't make a difference to my surgery, I went thru it with flying colors Your diet after your surgery is different, you will be able to eat mushies by week two, your band, if not filled, will only limit what you can eat. Once you get your band filled you wont be able to eat anything but what is on your list or you will vomit it up. You did a great thing, you limited your calories for that day, if you are going to cheat, do not eat ANY fat, it is to shrink your liver, if you don't have a fatty liver most docs wont make you go on a diet, I did so I avoided FAT like the plague. You can do this, we cannot change how we eat overnight or why we eat overnight, don't be so hard on yourself. If you were heavier I would tell you to not cheat. I didn't tell my doc that I cheated and they all know that we do, someone on here said that 90% do cheat, I believe that or we wouldn't need this weight loss surgery. I am an opponent of building up and not tearing down. Hang in there, you will find your way! Good luck on your surgery.
  6. it will be at least a week, hope you feel better soon!
  7. Man...really, I have no appetite, I have to force myself to eat....really!!
  8. Nope.....had oatmeal, 4 oz of carnation instant Breakfast, pudding.....I didn't eat it all but it was there
  9. I made mine with water, I would add like 6 ice cubes and fill the cup to measure 1 c. with water and then put half of a banana in it with the chocolate, yummy..they are thinner, with milk it was so thick...ewww, also our doc let us put in a tablespoon of peanut butter, I use the trop 50 o.j. and add that to vanilla, it is like an orange Julius, mmmm and then add a cup of cold coffee to the chocolate for a yummy mocha coffee shake.....you can also add fruit, etc....good luck!!
  10. OK....I think that I am reading things right but I want to see if I understood my doc right. When hospitalized I was given a lot to drink and eat, I never felt full, my doc told me that the band was just placed and not inflated...so that means I can eat what I want right? I mean I can drink water without having to sip and although I am not hungry with the band not inflated I could eat like lets say.....a piece of pizza? OK...don't get all postal on me...I have lost 18 pounds in 10 days....wow....so I cant wait until a fill will make me full. Anyone else's doctors just place the band and leave it unfilled?
  11. WOW!! Congrats on your weight loss!!! Amazing and inspirational!
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    and keeps you from losing your hair.....eeek!
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    Starting over!!

    you are making a great change and congrats to that!!
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    This is very real!!

    WOW! Good luck.....
  15. You all know that I was banded on 4-1-13 and that I had a slight virus when banded...well.....this is something that can happen to you too. It is very important to walk, walk, walk......since I was sick after surgery, I only walked a few times.....here and there as I was a walking coughing machine....one week to the day (5 days post-op) I was rushed to the hospital from my PCP office with pulmonary embolisms! I know that this is rare, but it does happen, and btw, if it is gonna happen it is gonna happen to me. The good news is that my health is back and I am on the mend. Watch for these signs.....extremely week, trouble breathing, heart racing when walking,

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