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kath17268

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About kath17268

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  • Birthday 11/13/1960

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  1. kath17268

    I'm here to help...

    Good morning everyone! It's been awhile since I have been here and have spent the morning catching up. Laura/peas--hope your dad is on the road to getting better. What a rough road! Janet/indio--it's weird sometimes what sets us off into old patterns, huh? sometimes it's just an accumulation of too many little crappy things. we are all human, after all. Sharon/doodle--thanks so much for your words of encouragement. this has been a tough time (another one ) for me and my family but we are getting by--one day at a time, as they say! it's really true, the only way to go. I hope your DD has hit bottom and really can start a new life for good soon. I know how nervous that mixed blessing of coming home is. my DD finally got to a rehab again this week. She should be there a few weeks then hopefully a halfway house. She's still in the blackout pd so I haven't heard a word yet. Nice break for us since we know she is in a good place and we can breathe easy for now at least. great--congrats on the updated title. you are an inspiration to us all! i have been kinda stalled in the weight loss but have been maintaining pretty well during vacation last week and recent major family and job stress...I am back on track for the most part and know it will come off slooowwly but surely. But that's ok, I think. I don't really look at this as a "diet" but really I am trying to find a lifestyle groove that will be sustainable and keep me moving in the right direction. I know I'm not losing as fast as many of my fellow bunnies...but it is working for me. Believe me, I would have been pigging out and living like a slug normally under the circumstances of the past few weeks in my world. I am dealing with stuff better and keep learning as I go. Speaking of which, I have my first real PB/slime event last week while driving in our truck/5th wheel to the beach. We didn't get to eat before taking off and were starving so we deciced to stop at McD's and I got a burger instead of my usual choice of grilled chicken. (it was vacay, after all...) well that thing tasted so good and I must have wolfed it down way too fast cause next thing I know I am running out of the truck and yakking in some bushes outside a motel next to the McD's. :sad: Ewww! but I did learn a great lesson about respecting the band. Needless to say, I have been trying to make better choices and slowww down and chew since then!
  2. kath17268

    I'm here to help...

    Hi everyone. I really appreciate all the support and kind words from you guys. DD called me today and she sounded better than she has in a while. More realistic about where she is and how bad she needs help. We'll see. I am fighting the urge to binge eat. Been overdoing the past two days but checking in with you all reminds me how important it is to keep working with my band. Today was better than yesterday and I will make sure tomorrow is better than today....it's about the long haul and I am learning to forgive myself for minor slip ups. Janet--Welcome back! Long--CONGRATS!!!!!! Doodle--thanks for being there! Apples--I think I gain weight just thinking about those delicious meals you make! lol Have a good evening everyone!!
  3. kath17268

    I'm here to help...

    Thanks to everyone for all their kind words and prayers. It's amazing how many of us have been through this horror as parents. It's so hard to watch your beautiful babies self destruct. Doodle-thanks for sharing your story and for your wonderful words of support. I wish you and your DD and DGS all the best. It's really hard to do the tough love thing. Actually my DS also has a long history of addiction too. He's been clean about 2 yrs so we have been living this a long time too. Never thought DD would have this problem too but goes to show you never know. She saw what her brother went through and swore she would never do that. Nar-anon and a private counselor have helped me survive this far. DD just got herself kicked out of the rehab she was in for less than a week. Had to tell her she couldn't come home. Really hard. But my brother is trying to help her get into another program. Hopefully being homeless will shock her into getting treatment. But I know it is up to her, I am powerless to control this situation.
  4. kath17268

    I'm here to help...

    Hi everyone. I haven't had much time the last few weeks but decided to check in this morning. It's nice to read everyone's posts. The past few weeks have been very bad. My DD (21 yrs old) relapsed into drug addiction and is a real mess. Hard core stuff this time and DH and I are just exhausted. Stealing, lying, the whole nine yards. My heart is so broken. Luckily I have a couple of fantastic friends without whose support I couldn't have made it the past few years between her antics and my bipolar DS. Good news though is even though I haven't been very diligent with the rules, I am still losing slowly but surely. An someone I don't see everyday noticed for the first time this week. Nice. food used to be my comfort (like all of us I guess) but the band is really helping me control that. I did get my second fill last week, totally painless and I think I got a little more restriction.... So glad to read about how well all you guys are doing and the encouragement to those that are stuggling a bit. This group is good for the soul! :biggrin: God bless you all!
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  6. kath17268

    I'm here to help...

    Yeah, I have pretty much stopped going to the chat room and some of the other threads. One day all the chatters could talk about was some baby mama drama among the banders. Who needs that??? :confused:(can always watch Jerry Springer show) You guys are always there with a word of encouragement and positive attitude and us newbies are soooooo grateful! :blushing: And I love QVC tooo! Love BE, Laura Geller, cooks essentials and too many more!! I would end up paying them more than they paid me if I worked there I think (and DH would agree--lol)! I always hit the QVC outlet store when we go to the beach in Delaware. Great deals :biggrin:
  7. kath17268

    I'm here to help...

    I guess this is what you might call a little NSV that happened this week...Like so many women, I have at least 3 different wardrobes--fat, fatter and fattest(not too mention the few dreaded-"omg even the fattest are tight" tent pieces:cursing:). My DH has always complained that I have too many clothes even though I always felt like I had nothing to wear ...you know the story. Well, a couple of girls at work this week have been commenting on my "new" outfits. Funny thing is I have had these things for a long time but haven't fit into them for at least 2 years!!! Granted these are still "plus sizes" but it's still a great feeling. I can't wait to say goodbye to the plus sizes and have so many more options for clothes shopping! Definitely gonna need some new stuff this fall/winter I predict! (OMG I hope so!)
  8. kath17268

    Bunny Bandsters - April '09, MASTER THREAD #1

    Hello, everyone! I too am still waiting for my 2nd fill and not having much restriction but the good news is that the fellowship doc's program is over so I will have to see my actual surgeon next time. Thanks for all your fill stories...I'm sure my next time will be less traumatic.... Fox--I get frustrated with the lack of decrease in the waist area too. My DH said the other day that my wrists were getting smaller. Oh yeah, that's what I was hoping would shrink!! :biggrin: LOL The weight always seems to go in other areas and our waist/hips go last! Hopefully we will both be seeing that happen soon! Jen-very interesting about your job, I knew you needed degree to work in the lab but I know what you mean about underappreciated...I'm an RN but not at the bedside. I'm a case manager and nobody really knows what we do either...but it is one of the most challenging things I have ever done. Doodle-saw you over at the "here to help" thread...aren't they a nice group of gals? I really enjoy reading their posts. Makes you feel this will work out after all... Hang in there everybody! We are shrinking, shrinking.....lol
  9. kath17268

    I'm here to help...

    Peas-my NUT actually warned up preop about hormone changes post banding. She said with the wt loss periods often get worse. I've only had one so far postop and it was early and heavy. Think there might be something to this.... I always enjoy reading your posts...so positive and cheerful. And your little one is a doll! Love the story about the grocery store. We never know when we might be touching someone's life.
  10. kath17268

    Bunny Bandsters - April '09, MASTER THREAD #1

    Hey Jen--an Eastern Shore girl, huh! :thumbup:lol I had my surgery at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore but I live in Westminster.and work at Carroll Hospital Center. Are you a clinical staff person? (I'm an RN)
  11. kath17268

    Bunny Bandsters - April '09, MASTER THREAD #1

    hey Jen--I'm in Maryland too! Where'd you have your surgery? And yes, I am going to ask about lidocaine. But the good news is, the assistant said it gets easier to access the port as you lose weight. Man, I hope so....
  12. kath17268

    Bunny Bandsters - April '09, MASTER THREAD #1

    I got my first fill this week. I didn't see my surgeon, after I got there they told me one of the fellows would do my fill. Well, lets just say it was VERY UNPLEASANT. I'm not a sissy with medical procedures (I'm a nurse) but that hurt like @#&! He had trouble finding the port and stuck and dug around several times before finally finding it and I got 2 cc. I don't really feel any difference when I eat but I guess that's not too unusual. I have read where sometimes they numb the area...do most of you get some sort of local anesthesia? I think next time I am going to insist on seeing my surgeon and no one else:mad: That sucked.
  13. Thanks for the recipes! I am going to try some this weekend! :confused:
  14. kath17268

    Bunny Bandsters - April '09, MASTER THREAD #1

    Doodle--those veggie burgers sound delish! Could you share the recipe?? --original, not "dip" version :grouphug: lol
  15. kath17268

    I'm here to help...

    Hi everyone. Once again I am lurking and reading all your posts and they are so helpful. Apples-I love your advice to go back to the time when we decided to make this change in our lives. It is definitely a low point for most of us that makes us take this step after years of losing and gaining and failing. And I never want to feel like that again. :grouphug: Debe-I was just banded 4/30/09 and I can definitely relate to having feelings of "what the heck have I done???":eek:. I am still fighting some of that anxiety but I really do feel like it is getting better. I am almost 20 lbs down and I get my first fill on Wednesday so I hope the weight loss will pick up again! Clothes are starting to feel a little better and I am starting to get rid of some of my fattest clothes. Hang in there, it is one day at a time. It will get better and when you start to see the effects of the positive changes you are making, it will keep you going. These wonderful ladies on this string are all proof of that. They got me through that first month and they will help you too!!

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