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  1. This morning I went into surgery for lapband removal /revision to RnY. When I woke up I learned that, due to the severity of the scar tissue and the time and efforts required to remove it, my surgeon decided it was not safe to complete. I’m receiving amazing care from my nursing team and, while I’m in a bit of shock over the fact that my vision of life ahead is derailed, I am incredibly grateful to have the band out of my body. My hope is that the years of pain and complications I’ve experienced are now over. Whether I can/will proceed with RnY at a later date is yet to be determined. For now, pain meds, clear liquids, and sleep are absolute gifts.
  2. Thank you for the kind words—you have no idea how much I needed them right now. You gave me a boost after a few very dark days. Thank you. Moving forward, slowly but surely. ❤️
  3. ValJean

    Day before surgery

    Provider restrictions vary, of course--but my diet the day before surgery is to be clear liquids, which includes sugar-free popsicles and jello. The important point from my team was there should be NO RED DYE. (I believe this is for contrast and cameras during surgery.) I recommend asking your surgical team.
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    This is such a thoughtful, thorough response. Thank you for sharing.
  5. ValJean

    Protein Problems

    Apologies for two errors in my previous post. First, the name of the product is Syntax (not Syntex); and second, it has 23-24 grams of protein per serving (my food logging app was registering 1/4 packet for some reason!).
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    Protein Problems

    Hi MissLindsey, I really enjoy the plant based pea protein from Arbonne, both the chocolate and vanilla. They also have unflavored which can be mixed into other liquids...I particularly like adding it to broth. It is maybe a little more expensive than other products, but it's the best tasting protein powder I've ever had. http://www.arbonne.com/Pws/homeoffice/store/AMUS/catalog/Nutrition,272.aspx?itemsperpage=24 Also, I only just ordered the sample variety pack of single-serving Syntex Nectar protein powder and I was amazed at how good the "non-creamy" fruit flavors are. It mixes easily and achieves the consistency of water or crystal lite. Only six grams of protein per serving, but could at least be a boost to what you're already taking in. Of course, everyone's different and tastes change. I got the lapband in 2009 and anything from Isopure made me gag. I'm revising to RNY next week and have been testing out a variety of protein shakes/powders/mixes in advance so I don't end up with a cupboard full of stuff I can't stomach!
  7. Thank you for sharing your story. I am so moved by it and inspired by you! If you were telling it in person, I'd ask permission to give you a hug of support and gratitude. Sending one virtually instead.
  8. ValJean

    July Gastric Bypass?

    July 26, revision from band to RNY.
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    I recently discovered the Weight Loss Surgery Podcast and have been catching up on older episodes. The host recently talked briefly about this issue and mentioned a pill called Devrom. It's OTC and when I searched for it online I learned that it is a Bariatric Pal branded product. https://store.bariatricpal.com/products/devrom-flatulence-deodorizer-and-internal-deodorant I've not tried it myself, but found it very interesting, as I had no idea there was such a thing as a "flatulence deodorizer and internal deodorant." Best of luck!
  10. Banded Jan 2009 Lost 100 pounds Have regained 20 Been nearly two years since a visit to my band doctor Making an appointment TODAY!
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    Mental Notes...

    Congratulations on being banded, and thanks for your post! 1 1/2 years out from surgery, 100 lbs down--I STILL find myself forgetting or "slacking" on the positive mental dialog sometimes. So thank you for the reminder!!
  12. I found that having Protein shakes on hand is a big help (I was on a pre-op liquid diet, so my choices were limited). Also, are you a caffeine-drinker? That might be contributing too, if you're taking in the same amt of caffeine but have reduced food/calorie intake.
  13. I'm right with you, ladies! Banded in January '09, by October '09 I'd lost 100 lbs...since then, I've put 10 back on (over holidays and the generally sluggish winter when I was doing more hibernating that exercising)...but have been at that plateau (200lbs) ever since. So frustrating!! I, too, stopped counting calories--but that was last summer and I continued to do well, so I'm not sure if I need to go back to it or not. I'm back exercising more regularly now that the weather has improved, eager to see if I make some progress over the summer. Still, so grateful for how far I've come--as we all should be! Great work to you all!! I just have to remember to come back here regularly for support and motivation. Val
  14. That is hilarious, bella71! Love it!
  15. First of all--congratulations on your success! And congratulations, too, for coming up with such a great reward for yourself--brilliant! While I personally have not been there myself, I've heard nothing but wonderful things about Kripalu Center for Yoga (in western Massachusetts). They offer all sorts of different themed retreats and I think you can also just go and do a basic program which includes several yoga sessions daily. Plus, it's incredibly beautiful and peaceful in that area (I used to live in West MA). I'm pretty sure the Kripalu "campus" has a lot of hiking trails and things like that, too. kripalu.org. Wherever you go, have an incredible time! And let us know where you end up choosing! Val
  16. I'm one week shy of my 9-month bandiversary, and this morning the scale dropped below 200! YAY!! Haven't been here in years and it feels amazing! Thanks to everyone here for all your posts--reading this site has motivated me every single day since the very beginning when I was just thinking about getting banded. This surgery has changed my life, and I am so grateful! Val
  17. I weighed in obsessively for the first year (though only recorded my weight "officially" once a week). Now I've kind of backed off, trying to stay off the scale for at least a couple weeks, maybe a month, and just concentrate on how I feel, how my clothes fit, and not the number on that scale.
  18. Winkiespleen--I've been in this same situation and I would 100% advise you to go back to the doc and get a slight unfill. I was too tight and tried to "stick it out" for a couple months--I ended up with a stretched pouch and had to get completely unfilled and am now still trying to build back up to my sweet spot. Please don't put yourself through the pain and stress of being too tight--you need to be able to get your nutrition in! As for feeling sad, I too have suffered through depression most of my life (am on medication as well), and have definitely noticed some major ebbs and flows in my moods over the past year since being banded. On top of my prescription medication treatment, I was always a "food medicator." Being banded, I'm no longer able to bury my feelings by cramming food down my throat. It was a very hard adjustment, it's still hard. That's why it's so important, in my opinion, to have a strong support system behind you--friends, family, surgical support group, this forum. It's important that you have an outlet to share your feelings. I also want to say to Leigha that your suggestion about taking and looking back on photos is right on! From the first day of my pre-op diet, I had my boyfriend take my picture each week. On the worst, hardest days, looking back on those first pictures and seeing how far I'd come really saved me! It's so important for us to remember, respect, and reward ourselves for the successes we've had and will continue to have on this journey. Winkiespleen--please feel free to send me a PM if you want to talk more, I'm happy to listen! Val
  19. ValJean

    chicago bandsters reunite 2010

    Hi all! I live on the north side (Ravenswood/Lincoln Square) and work downtown. Would love to meet up with folks--anyone interested in setting up a coffee "date" to chat?? Val
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    Cruise advice?

    Hi everyone, I am going on my first cruise ever next week, Bahamas, and am looking for some general advice from anyone who has been on a cruise with the band. How did you approach food during your trip; was it difficult to manage? Did you feel like your band was looser due to the lower altitude? Also, more specifically: I'm traveling with a large group of family, and most of them love to eat! I've been banded just over a year and am 100 pounds down, but have been on a plateau for several months and have learned that my family is a major trigger for me to make less than great choices. My older sister was also banded last September, and has been struggling. She is not an "exercise person" and it has been hard for her to find a routine that she enjoys and can stick with; also, she is married with two young children, works nights, and is generally an all-around superwoman when it comes to taking care of everyone around her--which means she puts herself last most of the time. We are extremely close, but live 6 hours apart, so while I can give support in words, I have not had much chance to really support her with action--working out together, cooking together, spending time doing things rather than going out to eat (she lives in the small town where we grew up and dining out is one of the few, and therefore most prominent, social activities). My cruise-specific issue that relates to this story is: I would love to take this opportunity to give her practical support while still having fun. I plan to exercise each day, and she has expressed interest in doing that with me, which is awesome. But my concern is the food! I know that I will feel the trigger to overindulge, which is my own issue to deal with--but then I also have guilt about the idea of being to rigid with my diet...like I'm too uptight and vain that I can't allow myself to have fun. And I also really don't want to make my sister feel bad about herself for wanting to indulge a bit--this is, after all, a vacation! Ugh, I just feel conflicted, I guess. I'm so excited for all the fun we'll have, but I also don't want it to be an excuse to "forget" about the lifestyle I've worked very hard to create. Perhaps I'm over-thinking things--but any thoughts you might have on vacationing while banded would be much appreciated. Thanks for enduring my (unintentionally) lengthy post, too! :thumbdown:
  21. My absolute favorite are the EAS AdvantEDGE Carb Control. 110 calories, 17 grams Protein. They are premixed, single serving shakes and they saved my life during the pre-op diet. I did powder mixes as much as I could stand (since it is economically better than the individually packaged drinks), but these taste the best to me. Also, Atkins brand shakes are good too. I've found both at walgreens, cvs, target. Val
  22. Hang in there, you're doing awesome! You're right in probably the most difficult time of this journey (it was for me, anyway), but every day that you follow your post op diet to a "T" you are allowing proper healing and setting yourself up for long-term success with the band. You've come this far, what's one more week? Compared to the rest of your life waiting in front of you, thinner, healthier, happier, a week is nothing! YOU CAN DO IT!!! Keep up the great work and feel free to send me a private message if you want to talk or need support. Congratulations on your success so far! Val
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    Vegetarian meat

    Agreed--veggie burgers are great! And I know Boca has a lot of variety, not sure about Morning Star. If bread gives you a problem, I recommend eating the burger over a bed of sauteed spinach, very yummy! Also, because they can get rubbery in the microwave, I'd suggest pan-cook them on the stovetop if possible, or throwing it on a cookie sheet in the over for 15 min or so. Val
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    chicago bandsters reunite 2010

    Yes, me too!! Val
  25. Hi MissMe, I got banded at DayOne in Chicago, and I know they have some kind of rate offer for those not covered by insurance. My insurance only covers a small portion of fills at this point, so it costs me about $150 each time. It would be worth calling them. I mostly just wanted to comment and say that, this forum is for support and help--there is NOTHING wrong with doing research to find the best possible options for you. That is why we are on here, for support, information, answers, and COMMUNITY. Not browbeatings. I'm really peeved by the rude and aggressive posts from Candeta. Unnecessary, in no way helpful, and offensive. I just cannot understand what would compel someone to respond to a perfectly reasonable question in that way. MissMe--I'm always looking for "band pals" in the city, so please feel free to send me a private message if you ever want to chat or meet for coffee or something! Val