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Well, its 6 days post op and I am back to work today. I was gone for 1 week and had expected to come back to a mess, but the people I work with pulled together and kept everything up for me. I still have the head cold that I got the day after surgery with has me living in a fog. I think I am about 85-90% better from the surgery, but with a cold and my period it is hard to tell.

I still have 8 days (including today) of Clear liquids. Then on to full liquids for two weeks. I can't wait!!! I canned some navy bean Soup and some split pea Soup before surgery and can't wait to have it even if I have to blend it. I don't think I am hungery but I would love to try that new sandwitch from Arbys that I keep seeing on the T.V.. I also found that while my family is eating, I go for a walk. This way I don't see it, or almost smell it (stuffy nose).

The kitchen is almost done. My DH took all of yesterday just to cut the opening for the kitchen sink in the new counter top. I am glad he was very careful, but I think he went a little overboard. Tonight he is going to attach the counter tops to the cabinets and then hook up the sink. I can't wait to have my kitchen back. I do feel guilty because I havn't be able to help but he has been great telling me that there isn't anything I could be helping with at this point. Man I love him.

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Hi everyone...

Does anyone ever go into the chat rooms?

Also I saw it posted before but I can not find information on how to update my weight loss ticker.

Thanks,

Brandi

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Well I think I've reached my breaking point with this stupid liquid diet. I just can't stand just having broth and Jello and clear stuff. I want something SUBSTANTIVE in my stomach. I'd kill for an egg - and I want to make scrambled eggs with skim milk so badly, but my husband is such a stickler for the 2 week diet. I'm sitting here crying because I can't eat what I really want. Doesn't help that I dreamed of eating a bacon egg and cheese biscuit from McDonalds. And of eating home fries from my favorite diner. I would kill for some stir fried veggies right now - which is funny because I don't usually like veggies. I just want something DIFFERENT. If they want me tdrink milk then they are going to have to let me put some chocolate in it, because I can't stomach plain milk.

*sigh* Just feeling sorry for myself *lol*

I've been keeping to a 4-6 hr regime for the pain meds. The new pain I'm having is just intolerable though. Even with the pain meds I still feel it. However the doc on call said it is normal and to just increase the pain meds if I need to, but then I'm worried about running out of the pills *lol*

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So I'm getting banded on Friday and I've just been thinking about random things constantly. One thing that's been on my mind is fills. I understand that saline is put into the "intertube" to constrict the stomach and create the pouch. What I don't understand is why you would need to continue getting fills. Does the saline evaporate (can't figure out where that would go) or leak out or does the stomach stretch and so more constriction is needed thus more saline. If the case is that there is a need for more saline, won't you eventually reach a point that your bands intertube just can't hold anymore?

Just random thoughts while I wait for Friday to get here. :-)

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RE: SOUTH BEACH FROZEN MEALS::::::

I know we are suppose to eat higher protien, and I like to (when I am "in control") eat preportioned frozen lunches.

I got a south beach diet lunch and Protein is 10% or more of overall calories ~ which is really high for the frozen healthy Entrees. So my calories would be 290 and the Protein is 30!!!!

And the taste is phenominal...

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Well I think I've reached my breaking point with this stupid liquid diet. I just can't stand just having broth and Jello and clear stuff. I want something SUBSTANTIVE in my stomach. I'd kill for an egg - and I want to make scrambled eggs with skim milk so badly, but my husband is such a stickler for the 2 week diet. I'm sitting here crying because I can't eat what I really want. Doesn't help that I dreamed of eating a bacon egg and cheese biscuit from McDonalds. And of eating home fries from my favorite diner. I would kill for some stir fried veggies right now - which is funny because I don't usually like veggies. I just want something DIFFERENT. If they want me tdrink milk then they are going to have to let me put some chocolate in it, because I can't stomach plain milk.

*sigh* Just feeling sorry for myself *lol*

I've been keeping to a 4-6 hr regime for the pain meds. The new pain I'm having is just intolerable though. Even with the pain meds I still feel it. However the doc on call said it is normal and to just increase the pain meds if I need to, but then I'm worried about running out of the pills *lol*

Call your physician assistant for your surgeon and ask if you can have some thinned out cream of wheat or some yogurt. You are 5 days out and I am betting they may say yes, it is worth a try, tell them how you are feeling and the mental crisis you are in. Seriously call them, all they can say is NO, but they will probably say yes.

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One thing that's been on my mind is fills. I understand that saline is put into the "intertube" to constrict the stomach and create the pouch. What I don't understand is why you would need to continue getting fills. Does the saline evaporate (can't figure out where that would go) or leak out or does the stomach stretch and so more constriction is needed thus more saline. If the case is that there is a need for more saline, won't you eventually reach a point that your bands intertube just can't hold anymore?

From my understanding, there is fat around all of your organs, the stomach included. As you lose weight, the fat disappears as well. Therefore, the stomach becomes smaller. The fills are needed to keep the restriction around the stomach tight as the stomach gets smaller. However, I have only recently been banded so, I don't have any experience in this. It is just what I have read on here.

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One thing that's been on my mind is fills. I understand that saline is put into the "intertube" to constrict the stomach and create the pouch. What I don't understand is why you would need to continue getting fills. Does the saline evaporate (can't figure out where that would go) or leak out or does the stomach stretch and so more constriction is needed thus more saline. If the case is that there is a need for more saline, won't you eventually reach a point that your bands intertube just can't hold anymore?

From my understanding, there is fat around all of your organs, the stomach included. As you lose weight, the fat disappears as well. Therefore, the stomach becomes smaller. The fills are needed to keep the restriction around the stomach tight as the stomach gets smaller. However, I have only recently been banded myself so, I don't have any experience in this. It is just what I have read on here.

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Hello, I had my surgery on March 5th. I am doing well and feel great. I am new here so not don't have the weight tracker as of yet. Good luck everyone on your journey

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I'm thrilled to find al the March Bandsters together!!!!

Yesterday,March 25/07 was my one year LapBand anniversary!!.

Last year I was 250lbs, 40DDD, Size 24.

Today I'm 160Lbs, 36 DD, Size13!!!

Now is your turn guys!!! THe hardest part is to make the decission to get the procedure done.

You may fall off the saddle a few times, but NEVER,NEVER,giveup!!!

You have the right to be happy and healthy!!!

:clap2:

CONGRATULATIONS to those who just got banded and GOOD LUCK to those waiting!!!

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I'm thrilled to find al the March Bandsters together!!!!

Yesterday,March 25/07 was my one year LapBand anniversary!!.

Last year I was 250lbs, 40DDD, Size 24.

Today I'm 160Lbs, 36 DD, Size13!!!

Now is your turn guys!!! THe hardest part is to make the decission to get the procedure done.

You may fall off the saddle a few times, but NEVER,NEVER,giveup!!!

You have the right to be happy and healthy!!!

:clap2:

CONGRATULATIONS to those who just got banded and GOOD LUCK to those waiting!!!

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