Firstly I have to inform you that Eddie is a horse. I have a friend who takes in mistreated, down and out horses and brings them back up to health so that they can begin new lives in greener pastures. Eddie is kind of special….her first and she is keeping him. I never kept “my first” 🙂 I have watched Eddie’s progress with great interest and he has become my cyber lover!! Normally I like horses on one side of the fence and me on the other…….but Eddie…..well, he has that X factor….and I am going to visit my friend one day so I can see Eddie and give him a big tongue kiss!!!!!!! His emails via her will have to do for now I guess 🙂 S, I admire you greatly and all you do for these poor animals and your love and compassion and dedication to the “cause”. They are lucky to have someone like you in their court. Now, S had some questions for me about the lapband experience and I was going to email her with my answers. Then I thought…..well, why not put them on my blog……that way anybody that wants to add something or tell of one of their experiences could comment also.That way not just S, but anybody reading, that is thinking of banding, could benefit from a bunch of wordly hornbags at different stages of the band process!!!! I know…………….brilliant!! 🙂
I have to mention that I did tell S to get herself a copy of the Lapband Book mentioned in my Blogroll and “About Me” page. A fantastic, easy to understand little bible of everything lapband….not that I was trying to fobb her off or anything 🙂 I just think it is the thing to have if you are considering lapband.
Are you now eating normal food?
Yes……sadly. Well, I say that because I have had my first fill, but obviously…..I need a tad more! I am still eating too much and feeling hungry. It takes time to get it right. A bit of mucking around, but worth it in the end. From the start I need to say everybody is different. Some find they have a problem with rice or lettuce or fresh bread….whatever. I, being the queen of iron guts have had no problems with any food!!!….why am I not suprised?! I have 3mls in a 10ml band (did you get that, Tracey?? 🙂 ) … so, next fill on the 16th Dec I will ask him to pump in a little more and see what happens!
How much can you eat?
Once you have mucked around a bit and got the band to where you want it…..ie: you don’t feel hungry at all much anymore and have stopped obsessing about food…….then probably visualise a cup of food. About that. Again….different strokes for different folks. Vegetables and salad and things like that with a high water content….you have to kind of imagine it all shrivelled down and dried out into a cup!! I know, I know…..but I don’t know how else to explain it!! So, like half a plate of salad probably equals half a cup of stomach contents!!
Have you vomited yet due to eating too much?
No. Some people never will…..some will seem like that is all they do. You have to totally teach yourself a new way of eating…..chewing lots and eating slowly and not going past your “full” point. I have no doubt that once I have my next fill and am feeling some restriction that I might just test that theory!! Read lots of others blogs……you get a feel for how it is with each person…..
Does the full stomach thing satisfy your hunger?
Yes…..you just don’t want to eat. A very foreign feeling……
Does planning your food consume your whole day?
No….not at all. You forget to eat if anything . I haven’t planned anything except the first few weeks afterwards when I was on fluids and then mushies……you can see what sorts of things I ate on the pages to the right…… Even then I didn’t plan it as such….just made sure I had a heap of “appropriate” stuff in the cupboard to choose from and went with what I felt like at the time. Now, I just eat what I normally would have pre-band…..just not as much!!
Can you give me a sample of what you eat for lunch or dinner?
The same things I had before the band! Just not as much. You might find there are some things you will cut out because you don’t tolerate them as well anymore….like fresh bread. Tonight I had takeaway after a particularly shitful day at work……we had Praties. I only ate half mine. Too full for the rest…….pre-band I would have eaten the lot and then had an ice-cream or something else later on. I still feel full now and have no desire for anything else.
Can the band ever be removed if necessary?
Yes…..not a hassle. It is not permanent if you don’t want it to be. Can’t see why you would have it out unless you had some medical problem though. However, it is just a simple day surgery procedure to have it taken out. Easy peasy…….tells you about that in the book.
What happens when you reach your goal weight?
I will run naked down the main street of Burnie at midnight singing, “Once I was afraid, I was petrified….kept thinking I could never live without my food deep fried. ….. but I’m alive…..I am alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Once I have that out of my system I imagine I will just keep on keeping on happy to eat smaller portions and maintain my weight happy and healthy with myself. I can’t see why I would have it removed……not a problem.
Are you able to eat a meal out….like go out for dinner?
S….you really should get the book!!!!!!!!!!! Yes…..but I would make choices like….have soup when everyone else is having entree’ and then order an entree’ for main course. That sort of thing. Nobody will even notice! Chinese banquets and buffetts and that sort of thing…..everyone else is so busy choosing and eating their stuff they really don’t notice what you have or what you are eating.
Do you have to chew food more?
Most definitely…..chew, chew, chew. But hey….that’s not a bad habit to get into even if you don’t have a band. I find it hard because I talk a lot….I tend to swallow quickly so I can say something!!!….. working on that one 🙂
What happens when you get a blockage?
I haven’t had one……but I have read others blogs and spoken to girls that have. It sounds painful….like you have swallowed a huge gobstopper whole!! You just have to ride it out until pain subsides I guess….and make a mental note to chew more next time, or avoid whatever it was that got stuck. You won’t die though……..I think:) You could try drinking something……….like Draino :)………kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Does fluid also fill you up eg: if you had a glass of wine, can you not eat?
Fluid slips through the smaller “hole” easy. So, no…..I don’t find fluid fills me up particularly….depends…a milkshake might…but I haven’t tested that theory. Girls????
How will you tackle Christmas?
Not sure to be honest. Look, I will try a little of everything I reckon. Just a bite here and a bite there throughout the day. For a sit down meal with everyone round the table??…..just probably very very slowly and push food about and distract attention to what I am eating or doing by rigging a cracker with explosives?….not sure….girls????
S……just know you are not alone with how you feel about food and laying awake at night thinking about it. I did….still do to a certain extent…except now I have that one ingredient I didn’t have before….hope. Well, not even hope really….I just know this is the answer for me. I am excited….this is working. Even in these early stages and with no real restriction I know it is going to work.
This is how I explain how a band works to people……..
Imagine a tyre inner tube with no air in it. The band is similar. It is placed around the top third of the stomach and it has a little “air” line coming from that down to a port, like a fuel cap on a car. When it is first placed on the stomach the hole in the middle of the “inner tube” is quite large because there is no “air” in it. It is stitched in place so you have fluids and mushies to give the stitches time to heal. Then you can have a fill. So, imagine an inner tube filling up with air…..the hole in the middle gets smaller. The fill is done via the “fuel cap” and travels up the “line” to the tyre inner tube!! Except, of course, it is not air it is saline and the fuel cap is called a port and the tyre is actually made of plastic!!
So you swallow food….it plops down into the small stomach that the “tyre” has formed and then it has to squeeze through the tyre to get into the rest of the stomach and dispersed to various areas of the body. Hence you feel full for longer and can’t eat as much because there is a line-up of food waiting to get through the smaller hole!!! In my case….the hole needs to be a bit smaller so I feel fuller! So I will be lining up at the bowser again on the 16th! I accompany this explanation with my forefinger and thumb together to make a hole shape and then make the hole smaller as I explain the fill……..simple!! 🙂
So there you have it……I hope the other girls can add bits and pieces for you and click on their blog links on the right and have a read of their’s as well……it all helps get an understanding.
Oh, and S………..buy the farking book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!