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make33

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About make33

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    Banded October 9, 2007
  • Birthday 12/24/1946

About Me

  • Biography
    Banded October 9, 2007!
  • Interests
    Working out, reading, movies
  • Occupation
    Banker
  • State
    Pennsylvania
  1. Happy 66th Birthday make33!

  2. Happy 65th Birthday make33!

  3. make33

    Acid Reflux

    My tubing and port were replaced Wednesday, March 3rd and on Thursday and I Friday I tried to gauge what I could take into my body safely. Wretched nausea!:smile: Thought I did OK Friday with 1/2 Protein shake twice, 1/2 yogurt, spoonful of noodles from Lipton's and coffee. But last night I'd been asleep an hour and suddenly sat straight up in bed choking on (don't gag) a mouthful of hot vomit! Egads--acid reflux is back! :w00t: Okay, so I took a 75mg Zantac and it went away without any other issues--but reading your posts makes me think I'll have to keep tabs on that--my surgeon put 4cc back in my Band (and I'd only had 3.5cc before January when I developed the leak). Thanks for the info! :smile2:
  4. make33

    Port Replacement Surgery

    My surgery was Wednesday, March 3rd--turned out the tubing was shredded where it goes into the port, so I got new tubing and a smaller port--In and out of the hospital in five hours! Thursday felt great, but yesterday and today have been trying--think I was trying to get back to my regular routine, which now has to be thrown out the window in favor of a new much-less-food / slow-eating-down-to-a-crawl one! (My surgeon put 4cc back into my port--I'd had 3.5cc before January) I'll get it--I have one week before I have to go back to work (where they were all against me having surgery anyway 1 1/2 years ago--they said I just hadn't found the right diet for my metabolism--if I only had a nickel for every time I heard that! :smile: ) Little2be: I am so sorry about your drainage-infection issues--much more than you should be having! All I DO know is that when my surgeon was trying to talk me into gastric a week before surgery, he said "If the Band doesn't work for you, all I'll be able to do is the Gastric Sleeve" (reducing your stomach size). :w00t: But for now, I'd say hang in there--surely you will be able to combat this thing and get back on track. My very best wishes go your way...:smile2:
  5. make33

    Headed for surgery tomorrow...

    Mimilou and Futurbander: I'm back to the Land of the Living! Surgery was yesterday and I was so very fortunate--turns out the tubing was ripped where it goes into the port, so my surgeon just replaced the tubing and gave me a smaller port! Yesterday was a haze, since I slept a lot (and I forgot about the nausea!) but today I'm feeling terrific! (Not even taking pain meds--have decided to try to forego them as long as I can). My port / abdominal area is very sore but my surgeon was able to put back 4cc and so I don't even have to wait for a fill--yippee! Will stay on 'mushies' for a few days just to build up. Thanks for the kind words of support--that's why I LOVE this forum--and I recommend this site to every person who talks to me about banding! PS So I'm in the Recovery Room and my nurse there takes a seat and quizzes me down for about 1/2 hour about the Band--she's going to start the process! I thought that was so funny!
  6. Hi Freckles, I'm back to the Land of the Living! Surgery was yesterday and I was so very fortunate--turns out the tubing was ripped where it goes into the port, so my surgeon replaced the tubing and gave me a smaller port! Yesterday was a haze, since I slept a lot (and I forgot about the nausea!) but today I'm feeling terrific! (Not even taking pain meds--have decided to try to forego them as long as I can). Just as you said, my port / abdominal area is very sore but my surgeon was able to put back 4cc and so I don't even have to wait for a fill--yippee! Will stay on 'mushies' for a few days just to build up. I think you're from Great Britain--wanted to tell you my mother was a war bride, and my aunt and her two cousins live in Kent (Sidcup, Bexleyheath, and Petts Wood) with another cousin in East Sussex. The world really is a small place after all! Again, thanks for the boost--you honestly helped in alleving my fears!
  7. OMG, Freckles, what a virtual lifesaver you are for me! All the posts I've been reading have been so absolutely negative and although I haven't shown it outwardly to anyone, I was terrified of what would happen tomorrow. :thumbup: You have made all that dissipate, especially since we are the same age! Wow--I will now go into the surgery tomorrow morning confident that it will all work out fine. I simply cannot thank you enough for taking the time to post and subside my fears--again, thanks so much... :thumbup:
  8. make33

    I know it's not easy but ...

    I know exactly where you're coming from--sometimes my head hunger makes me crazy! They don't tell us what to do about that--and being a chocoholic doesn't help! :thumbup: But honestly, we all have those times when we plateau or become complacent and suddenly we think we are just like those skinny persons we all know--that we can (and should be able to) eat all we want and never gain a pound. But sadly, that's NOT US. Wish I had a nickel for every time someone inferred that the Lap Band was the 'easy way out'. Man, they sure don't know the 'rules' we have to follow every day of our lives, as well as the sacrifices we make. :thumbup: Well, we here in this forum KNOW, and we are going to do just fine--because we chose this for ourselves! So, you'll get back on your horse (as soon as your foot is better, that is) and go back to eating right and exercising and feeling really good about yourself. :mad2:
  9. When I do a "crunch" during a fill, my port pops up to the surface and extends out more than normal--so my surgeon has a better shot at getting my port first time! :thumbup: My original surgeon (who moved away), though, took multiple times to hit the target (with no numbing agent) but my new surgeon who had just finished his internship when I saw him back in August hit the target first time! He asked how much I had in and then said "Oh, 3.5cc" and I said "How do you know that?" Here he had drawn out all I had in there and could see in the tube how much! :thumbup: Way too much information for me! (Banker--NOT a health care professional!) :mad2:
  10. Well, everyone, I'm scheduled for 7:30 AM tomorrow~wish me luck! :thumbup: They don't know where the leak really is coming from, so if they can't just replace the port and tubing, I'll be getting a whole new Band, which is sad because my old Band did me so much good--never slipped and is like an old friend now! I'm a little scared, but am praying it will just be the outpatient port/tubing deal. Will write in again by the weekend--thanks to all my friends here on this Forum for all your support in the past 2 1/2 years ... :thumbup:
  11. Well, everyone, I'm scheduled for 7:30 AM tomorrow~wish me luck! :thumbup: They don't know where the leak really is coming from, so if they can't just replace the port and tubing, I'll be getting a whole new Band, which is sad because my old Band did me so much good--never slipped and is like an old friend now! I'm a little scared, but am praying it will just be the outpatient port/tubing deal. Will write in again by the weekend--thanks friends... :thumbup:
  12. make33

    anyone experience dumping syndrome?

    Now you have to remember, I'm an older woman (and I've been through IBS before too) so I have to watch what I eat (i.e. products with lactose!). :crying: But the truth is that I've experienced no more cramps or bloating or painful gas since surgery than is normal, depending again on what foods I intake.--the one thing that has definitely lessened is my acid reflux. No more taking Zantac and Nexium daily. If you read in this forum, on the Internet, and through talking with your doctor, you'll find your diet with the Lap Band may change --and through that your body will react differently--perhaps better, because the foods you will choose will be healthier. Some fruits may be out (I can no longer do bananas, oranges, grapefruit, or grapes) but some of them may be part of the cause of your IBS too. Read, read, read all you can to make a well-informed decision. Good luck to you! :cursing:
  13. make33

    Anyone never had a fill?

    Believe it or not, there was a Bander on here when I was first banded who swore the doctor filled her up when he put the Band in and she had NEVER had a fill! (Didn't even seem to know what they were) :crying: A few weeks after I had questioned her about it, I found that she had posted under "fills" that she had just had her first! :cursing: You know, so say you get approved immediately and don't study about the Band and how it works (and if your surgeon assumes you already know everything), it IS possible for some people to walking around with a Band in, not knowing why they aren't losing! :wink: (Sometimes I will admit that I don't look forward to all the poking around--my port is turned upward just a bit--and I think "What if I don't get any more fills?!")
  14. make33

    anyone experience dumping syndrome?

    Karen sweetie, I can see that you are new to this forum. This thread you are posting on is from 2006--people sometimes come and go on Lap Band Talk. It would be best if you start your own "New Thread" about your question. (For which I'm sorry to say, I don't have a clue). Good luck to you--you ARE in the right Internet site to get all your answers.... :smile2:
  15. make33

    Set Point Theory

    I've determined that I'm a "happy" eater and when things are not good, I don't want to eat. At one point my husband and I were separated for 1 1/2 years and my weight actually went from 213 down to 157--but 157 was as low as it would go. And honestly, that's why I chose '157' as my goal for Banding--because I felt that was probably where my body would reach a comfortable level--and possibly would not go below that without a lot of work. :smile2: I am to the place now where I want to try to 'force' my body to go lower, so I'm going to begin regular fills again. I'm sure I've heard this, too--that the body reaches a leveling off point--and I really believe it :thumbup:
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