Band & Stuff….

Hi-de-ho campers! Well, I have had a full on couple of weeks really. Harry Highpants (the dog) had a seizure at midnight a week ago.  Much panicking and crying and a trip out to the vet etc.  Looks like we might have an epileptic dog in the family.  I just hope the time between fits stays at months….not days or hours.  We will cope now we know what we are dealing with.  It is just so frightening and upsetting when you don’t know and can’t do anything to help.  If he starts having them on a more regular basis we can medicate him…… but that makes them put on weight and very tired all the time and you basically lose their personality……I don’t want that if we can avoid it.  Then there is the cat, Flo, who is due to go back for her 2nd round of blood tests tomorrow to check how her thyroid is going now she has been on her drugs for a few weeks!  Scarlett is still taking her fish oil for dogs to help her “dicky knees”….  lol  lol.   We will cope….I love them all. I wish people would consider these things when getting a pet though.  It is all hunky dory while they are well…..but it can end up costing quite a bit of money if they become ill.  Then people just dump them or worse 😦  I am terrible….I can watch shows with people all banged up and bleeding but I have to walk out or look away if it is on animal abuse!

Now for my band…….. well, I am having a few problems with it at the moment.  Yesterday and today everything I eat hurts!!  I am not sure if it is because I have aggravated and inflamed it by trying to shove too much through it……my guess is that would be the reason.  So, anyway, today I have reverted back to liquid/sloppy stuff until it calms down a bit.  Even yoghurt is a bit painful today!  Also, I didn’t think this to be true, but now I do believe that stress plays a part in how tight your band becomes sometimes.  I have had the dog thing going on and I have been getting very over-tired because of Ricky’s snoring……..which is another issue……………..and travelling out to the coast more often than I would like etc etc etc  We just have these weeks/months where everything seems like a mega effort don’t we?!

So, half way through this post I heard a dripping noise… I am waiting for a plumber because the roof is leaking via my food cupboard!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I have just finished emptying all the cupboard and mopping up water with towels and placing buckets underneath the main drip area.  See what I mean!!!????  Just little things one after the other…..but they all add up to one big meltdown!!  Looks like we might have a leak in the roof and it has been pooling in the ceiling until it has found a weak point where the overhead cupboards are fixed to the ceiling…….   *sigh* 

I don’t know about you, but I seem to have a little meltdown about every six months or so…….then I feel better and carry on carrying on!  Because I was tired and hungry last night and couldn’t keep food down and my hip was particularly painful even after the cortisone injections and my back was “dicky” and I felt like a total scrag….. I had a bit of a cry on Ricky.  You know……no real reason, or at least, not one you could single out.  Just you feel miserable and decide to go with it…..yeah….that’s how I felt last night.  Oh, and I have another sty on my eye…which is a sure indicator that I am getting a bit run down!!  So, anyway, I feel heaps better today.  I even love my band again today even though it is giving me grief at the moment.

We are counting down the days until our holiday!!  Leave Tassie on the 8th June…woohoooo.  We are going to Fiji again.  We love it there and this will be our third trip.  Our first trip was probably 15yrs ago and we always wanted to go back.  Then the last trip was two years ago…….the one documented on here where my sister got sick!!  So, we are thinking third time lucky 🙂  I know some people have fill out before they go on holidays so they can eat what they want.  I can’t see the sense in that. Why do that……your band is helping you to eat “normally”….. and that would include on holiday.  I will still have treats for sure!!  I just wont have so many that I feel full and uncomfortable and want to sleep the afternoons away.  This time I will be snacking and full of energy and snorkelling my afternoons away!!  I will be over 20kgs lighter than I was last trip.  I am looking forward to being more comfortable in my plane seat and not have my bum and thighs spilling over into the aisle.  I am looking forward to fitting into a nice floaty “cover-up” when I have finished swimming and be able to have a sarong actually meet around my middle and tie it in a knot…….not have to throw on a big, shapeless sundress!!  I will be wearing a pair of bathers that are two sizes smaller than the size I wore last time!!  The heat will not affect me as much and I am pretty sure I will not chaff between my legs from the sweat and have to “powder up” each morning just so I can walk!!  Yep……..when I start getting a bit despondent about not having lost much weight lately, I only have to look at the differences just 20kgs has and will make and I have to be happy!!  Just imagine what another 20kgs will do!!?  It may be slow, but by God it’s worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

We have done some fun things this last month.  Each time we get a day off together and the weather seems OK we try and do a walk somewhere we haven’t been.  We find a track that looks interesting and just follow it and see where we end up!!  Well, we followed a track for an hour or so and came out on the sand dunes….beautiful.  The sand dunes go for miles and miles here and are actually spread out in some places three to four kilometres inland away from the sea!!  Like being in a desert.  Where we came out we sat and soaked it in and had a drink but we didn’t keep trying to get to the sea……it looked like it was probably another three kilometres or so away from where we emerged from the bush track.  It would be very, very easy to get lost out at the Henty dunes.  If it was a windy day and blew your tracks away you would be hard pressed to find your track back again that’s for sure.  So, that is just a little update for now…..not a particularly cheery one…..but that is how it is going at the moment.  Mostly smooth and happy with the occassional meltdown…..pretty normal I would suspect 🙂



EVERY EXCURSION NEEDS A GOOD PACK MULE……:)                  DUNES……..                                                                          

It’s May!!!

Bloody hell this last couple of months has flown past!!!  Where has it gone?  Well, I had better update you on the band stuff…..

I went to Dr Dreamy on 1st May.  Karen, my sister, came with me.  The hour drive to Launceston from her place was hilarious…..I don’t know how I didn’t crash from laughing so much!!  We had the best trip singing old rock n roll songs at the top of our lungs.  It was a bit of a miserable day weather wise…… but not in my car!!  We sat in Dr Dreamy’s waiting room and just laughed…….. at nothing!!!!  I think a couple of the ladies waiting were wondering what we had been smoking!

Then I go in. Karen comes in with me.  She has been with me before and Dr Dreamy knows she is a nurse….so they have that special “medical” understanding thing going on:)  We have a chat and a few laughs with Dr Dreamy and then down to business.  I STILL weigh 93kgs.  I have been gaining and losing the same kilo for ages now.  He checks my hernia, which by the way has been not as painful lately.  He seems to think that has popped back in because he can’t feel it anymore .  Then he puts another .2ml in.  So now I am sitting on 6.4mls in a 10ml band. So, it didn’t hurt one bit… usual…..went out and sculled the water….no problem as usual….and off we went!!………………to LUNCH!!!!!  lol   lol

Some wonderful girls started up a Facebook group for Tasmanian Lapbanders.  They have meet ups and do lunch around the state and I think they have nearly 90 members now.  So, this day they happened to have a luncheon in Launceston!!  So we headed for the lunch to meet some of the girls.  It was a fantastic lunch and I just loved meeting ladies I have so far only chatted to on facebook.  A fabulous day!!  It is so wonderful to talk to people that are going through the same thing.  A couple of them have lost over 50kilos…..what an inspiration they were!!  I really didn’t notice the extra fill…….I had pumpkin soup followed by salmon patties and then we had DESSERT!!!  lol  lol    However, I am feeling more restriction now.  For instance – I cooked Ricky a nice steak for his lunch today before he headed off to work.  I brought myself a Lean Cusine vegetable canneloni…I could only eat one of the two canneloni roll thingies and had the 2nd one for my tea tonight. Before I could have eaten the both of them. 

I have had a bit of a rough trot with people dying lately also.  Yesterday we travelled out to the funeral of an extremely close friend and it was so emotionally tiring!!  I feel tired tonight actually.  I also had the death and funeral of an old police workmate that knocked me about a bit also.  Not that we had been that close in recent years….but she had been my mentor when I first joined the force and I had had many, many funny times with her and some great memories….she was only 52.  Poor Ricky was pall bearer for both funerals!!  The most he has ever worn his suit!! lol lol

So, as you can see I have had quite a bit going on.  Things are still ticking along at the lolly shop with my love/hate relationship there.  I try to walk at least once a day even though the winter weather is starting to arrive in force.  So, I will leave you with a couple of photos and hope you are all well and happy!!  🙂

    Oh yeah!!!!  We had dessert 🙂  This is my new best friend Lisa….you know how you just know you are going to like someone when you chat online.  You feel like you have known them all your life when you meet in person??…well it was like that with Lisa …She is a terribly wicked person 🙂

Here’s Karen ready to roll…….  and speaking of rolls……  are they because I like to be prepared or is it just that my sister gives me the shits??!!  🙂  Nahhhh…..when you live in the wilderness you have to grab the specials when you see them!!  I removed them before setting off 🙂