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  1. DonnaB

    Thread Killers

    LOL - I was hoping you'd get the reference! (My two cats names are Percy and Baldrick - talk about needing inspiration!)
  2. DonnaB

    Thread Killers

    "Then Squirry the squirrel went, "Neep, neep, neep," and they all went home to tea." ~ Edmund Blackadder
  3. DonnaB

    Thread Killers

    Ooooh! I think reading all caps (even though it IS like being yelled at) is easier on the eyes than the uppsy, downsy, capitalized writing.
  4. DonnaB

    calling collage people

    Congratulations! I'm starting my first time to college this week too! I was so excited a month ago that I bought a backback, notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers . . . all the junk the 4th grader moms were buying! LOL I have a little tape recorder and I expect that as long as it doesn't make noise or cause distraction no one will have a problem with it. What classes are you taking? I'm only taking two classes. I haven't been in a classroom for 27 years and I figured I better start small this semester, then expand next. My placement tests qualify me for the honors program, but in order to participate you have to take at least 12 hours, so I decided to take two "non-core" classes for this first go round and then decide if I want to take the honors courses. Wish me luck. Again, congratulations, and best wishes to you on this new adventure in your life!
  5. DonnaB

    The first few weeks....

    I would prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Chances are you'll have a quick, simply recovery without a lot of down time. If you prepare and freeze a week or even two worth of food, just think how much time you'll have to do something else. Where's the downside to that, right? Welcome to LBT, best wishes for your surgery and a quick, easy recovery.
  6. DonnaB

    Thread Killers

    Well, I came across is again today and have decided that my one true thread killer is When Someone Uses That Font Where Every Word Is Capitalized. I Mean, Are They Doing It On Purpose, Because Frankly It's A Pain In The Ass To Type Every Word Starting With A Capital Letter. Almost As Big A Pain In The Ass As It Is To Read. I Sincerely Hope That It Is A Font Style Because Otherwise I Have To Question The User's Sanity. When I Come Across This Type Of Post, If I Look At All (Usually Not), It's To See If It Looks Like It Might Be Worth The Time And Irritation To Read It Through. Normally, I see it an move on. Who cares what it says.
  7. That's a tough one! The good news is, they're 12 years old and have reached the age of reason. I think it would cause more damage to find out on their own, and possibly feel that you didn't trust them or, worst case, thought you were lying to them. At 12 years old I think it would benefit them to feel like you are confiding in them what is going on, explain that you'll need their support (without actually making them feel they are responsible for your health or the outcome), and showing them by example what a difference healthy choices can make, along with what REAL portion sizes are. At 12 years old, they can logically figure out what their futures may hold if they don't achieve mastery over their bodies through the food choices they make. Good luck on this tough decision. Welcome to LapBandTalk.
  8. DonnaB

    Strike Up The Band

    If it was done laparoscopically, most of the incisions should be quite small. The port incision will be the largest of between 4 and 6 incisions. The port itself is probably not directly under the incision but a little way away from it. Mine is about 2 inches toward my belly button from the incision.
  9. DonnaB

    still haven a problem

    Your esophogus my be irritated and/or your band may be too tight. My band was overfilled (read my LBT journal if you want to know the story) for about 48 hours and I had a constant pain/pressure at my sternum, front and back. My pain was not anywhere near as severe as yours but having a fill on the same day this pain started sounds like big clue to me. On the other hand, it may not be band related at all. I think, if I were you, I'd get an unfill and see if that resolved the problem. If not, you can rule it out and move on from there. Sorry you're going through this. Let us know how you're doing.
  10. DonnaB

    just saying hi!

    I was banded in Mexico, which may sound scary but was actually very simple and stress free. The only complication I've experienced was an irritated esophogus which healed up nicely with Nexium. That's it. Surf around LBT. Ask questions. People are always willing to help out when they can. Cheers!
  11. I don't know if it's visible from the outside when you're close to goal or not, but I know my stomach is swollen after a fill. That's the reason your doctor puts you on liquids following a fill. Did that answer your question? Wait, what was the question again?
  12. DonnaB

    Strike Up The Band

    Welcome to BandLand MrD! Take it nice and slow, follow your doctors orders, and you'll be line dancing in no time! Here's a tip I learned from my doctor - I don't know WHY it makes a difference but is DOES - refridgerated Maalox Max works 10 times better than the same Maalox Max at room temperature. Weird, but true. Maybe something about the cold reducing swelling . . . I don't know, but my Maalox lives in the fridge now. Best wishes for fast recovery!
  13. It would have been nice if he COULD have narrowed it down to placement or technique - that way your decision whether or not to re-band would be easier to make, huh? I know this isn't going to come out right Penni but, man I'm glad I don't have to make that decision! I hope you'll let us know when you do decide.
  14. Not at all - I suspect that you got dragged into this particular post because you and Lisa Bones are practically the "poster children" for Mexican lapband patients with complications. Since we ARE in this thread: Did your new doctor tell you (if it was possible to know for sure) if your band problems occurred due to problems with its placement? Or did your body just not like it being there? Or was it something else entirely?
  15. DonnaB

    Dragging myself back

    Welcome back FunnyDuddies. It's good to see your avatar with its 'Mona Lisa' smile. Except we KNOW why that smile is on your face! Two minutes huh?
  16. The problem here stems from lack of respect for other posters' opinions and not following the LBT "Forum and Posting Rules." In case you haven't seen them, or have forgotten them, or are becoming senile and need a quick refresher course, I have copied them below. This is a valid topic, and an interesting thread, but I suggest everyone read the rules, paying particular attention to #1. Sorry to join the gang up Dody, but you frequently represent your opinions as truths. Do you know this from research or by experience? Or is this just your opinion? You have the habit of announcing your intention of leaving a thread because you just can't be bothered anymore. Sadly, it seems you can't stick to that resolve. If this thread is heading in a disagreeable direction, change the direction by changing your attitude, or leave it. There's a contagious bout of "last word syndrome" going around. The only way to avoid contracting it, is to walk away. LBT Forum and Posting Rules <HR style="COLOR: #d1d1e1" SIZE=1><!-- / icon and title --><!-- message -->********************* Forum Rules Although the administrators and moderators of LapBandTalk.com - Lap Band Talk Forum will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of LapBandTalk.com - Lap Band Talk Forum will be held responsible for the content of any message. By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws. The owners of LapBandTalk.com - Lap Band Talk Forum reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason. Posting Guidelines 1. Don't report other people's experiences as truth. Share your own experiences, thoughts, opinions, theories at will. 2. Attack the idea, not the person. Basic online etiquette. 3. When posting, please show respect. We all deserve it. 4. Please take the really personal discussions to PM or e-mail. 5. Moderators will take a hands-off approach in general. The owners of LapBandTalk.com - Lap Band Talk Forum reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason. 6. If you have a concern about a post, alert the moderators by using the Report Bad Post button. It's at the top of every post (the exclamation point in the triangle) <!-- / message -->
  17. DonnaB

    just saying hi!

    Hi, welcome to LapBandTalk. There are lots and lots of people here who are ready and willing to share their experiences and answer any questions you have. Best wishes on your journey.
  18. DonnaB

    Just curious...Has anyone seen this or heard of it?

    I wouldn't pay $25 to walk 15 yards out above the canyon. I'm sure people will, but that seems like an outrageous amount of money to me. $100 for a family of 4. Uh uh. I feel sorry for whoever has to remove all the finger and nose prints every night. LOL
  19. Nah, it was the right foot. Unfortunately it was the left one which needed to be removed. :faint:
  20. I use the Wal-Mart Body Fortress Vanilla too. I mix it with fat free milk, one serving of sf ff chocolate pudding and a tablespoon of reduced fat peanutbutter. Tastes like a Reese's Peanutbutter Cup. Mmmmmmm.
  21. DonnaB

    Long term reflux?

    I am at the end of 2 months on Nexium for an irritated esophogus. Here's the question I have, if Nexium controls the irritation, why not just stay on it? I mean, people who don't have gastric bands stay on Nexium long term to control their reflux, why not bandsters? I'm concerned after reading this thread that if, after my fill on Tuesday, my esophogeal irritation returns, I will have to be unfilled again. How can my band work if I can't keep a fill? Now I'm starting to worry that the band won't work for me because I can't use it properly. $10,600 is an awful lot to pay for my 42 pound weight loss. Hmmmmm. I guess I shouldn't worry about something has has yet to happen. Maybe I won't have any problem at all. But then again . . .
  22. DonnaB

    Zits on my butt

    It's like a trainwreck - you just can't NOT look. lol I know why I looked, I just wonder why she posted!
  23. You say cold yogurt goes down easily - have you tried cold water? Just a thought.
  24. DonnaB

    Zits on my butt

    LOL Vera! - apropos of nothing! *still shaking my head and laughing* Is there something on your mind?
  25. Nope - I'm completely invisible. I expect I will be for another 40 pounds or so. But that's OK, I'm not available so it's not at all important to me! LOL

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