Well….what have I noticed this week? My dressing gown wraps around me further, I did my watch up on the next hole on the band, I caught my reflection in the glass door and actually had a 2nd look instead of looking down…..first time I have noticed a bit of a difference in myself! My work trousers are loose in the tops of the legs and are starting to get a bit “clowny” and the trackpants are getting baggy. Still not ready to race out and buy new ones…..today I am going to dig out a couple of pairs of “dress” trousers that I hid away because they were too tight and try them on. If they fit I will start wearing them to work for a while and see how I go. I have lost 6kgs in three weeks which was Friday. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed and wanted it to be more!! Then I thought……Nola, you stupid cow…..it would have taken you 6 months or more to lose anywhere near that before banding!!! 6kgs in three weeks……..be happy, be very bloody happy!!!! So, now I have set my sights at 1kg minimum a week for the first 6 weeks until I go back to Dr Dreamy on the 20th of this month for my first fill…….that seems reasonable and realistic to me!!
I have been reading other’s blogs. Two of my favourites are from the UK. They have both been banded in the last week. I was reading away in one of the blogs and noticed they only have to do three days of fluids! Here we are in Tassie anyway, and we have to have fluids for the first two weeks! I just can’t understand why there is such a big difference between, not just states here in Aus, but in other countries as well? To have fluids for the first two weeks makes sense to me because, as Dr Dreamy explained, there are little stitches holding the band in place and they need time to heal. By having fluids and then mushie food for the first 4 weeks it stops you eating anything that might put strain on the stitches or stretching the little pouch that it is forming. I would just be too scared not to do that…..I am totally paranoid about damaging the band in it’s new initial stages! But, if like the other girls and Iwasn’t told this….then yes….I would have eaten a few bits and pieces! I wonder why they are all so different! Then I hear of other ladies that have been told to have fluids for that long and they go and eat solid food anyway!! Why bother being banded if you are not going to do what you are told? Maybe you are not ready for the band if you can’t follow instructions? There is no way I would jepardise my band and health after going through an operation and everything that follows on from that!! The band is a tool and I firmly believe that 80% of making it work is up to you and your “head” talk. I am getting hungry now……quite hungry the last two days. I am still on mushies for another week…..and then two more weeks of the “casserole consistency” stage. There is no way I am going to “test” the theory that I could eat more! Even though I know others have and still others are told to eat “normal” food by their surgeons……I am going to do what Dr Dreamy told me to do. His reasons make perfect sense to me and I know that resisting the more substantial food is all up to me and my “head”. At the moment my “head” is feeling pretty strong!
Found this when I was blog surfing……thought it was interesting and explains something I didn’t realise. I didn’t know about the stretch receptors….I just thought because it was smaller, you felt full.
Lap Bands make your stomach much, much, much smaller. Typically, your stomach holds about one liter of food though it can be distended to hold up to four liters – close to a gallon! At the top of your stomach are stretch receptors and when they are stretched, they signal your brain that you’re full. With the Lap Band, you’ll be eating about six to eight ounces of food per meal. Because your stomach is so tiny now, those stretch receptors will be activated quickly, and you’ll feel satisfied with a far smaller amount of food than you would have before the Lap Band.
Took Molly the cat to the vet’s yesterday morning. She has bald spots on her tummy again!! All red and inflamed and she was licking like crazy at it. The last time she got bald spots was when we went away for 4 days. Molly and Flo are getting elderly now…both are 14yrs. She was also due for her yearly injection and was “squinting” her left eye….like she was in for an infection in the eye or something. Honestly, between the two cats and the two dogs I think they should introduce frequent flyer points at the vet!!! Anyhow, the eye ended up being that she had scratched the bottom lid somehow…..so got ointment for that. She had a needle for the stress spots. Stress……what the hell has that cat got to stress about!!!!! The vet said as they get older they tend to get it more often and she will probably throw a stress spot attack every 6 months or so!! So now Molly is blissing out on her “pussy valium” and sleeping off the trauma of her awful, terrible mother taking her to that place! She also had her yearly injection while we were at it……….$78.00 later…..thanks for coming…sucker 🙂 On a bright note, he did say her teeth are fantastic for her age. Of course they are!!!!!!!! They are the only bloody thing on her that gets any exercise!!!
A picture of Molly “fat guts” for you!!