Friday, January 13, 2012
Finally had my appointment for my signogram x-ray (dye insertion), to find my suspected leak in my lap band.
Ended up with more questions than answers.
First off I was waiting what felt like forever, but wasn't too long really, when the Technician comes out to pull me aside and ask me...Yes ASK ME what procedure I am having and if I know anything about how it is done. No this is not to see what I know, it is because they didn't know what was to happen! Go figure.
I was nervous before, now I am getting more nervous as they go to consult other doctors on how to do this.... can you spell F.R.U.S.T.R.A.T.I.O.N.?
Anyhow they finally figured it out and I was on the x-ray table with the needle inserted into my port (they used the x-ray to guide it in, but it still hurt). The Doctor goes to remove the fluid and NO FLUID. He can remove nothing!
At this point we are definitely suspecting a leak.
The dye would not go in, so he figures it is too thick and thins it with saline, that seems to work. It shows on the screen as going through the proper tubing into the band, all looks good and nothing is leaking out that he can see.
The fluid (dye) is then removed and he is stumped, as more fluid is coming out than he put in.
Remember nothing came out before, why is there extra now? Ok, more questions...
He double checks for kinks and can see none in the tubing of the band.
He withdraws everything, so the band is empty.
I am supposed to have 7.2 cc's of saline in my band, but it has slowly been disappearing, last exam I only had 6 cc's and NO restriction.
So he decides to leave 6 cc's in my band and leave it at that.
I inform him that I usually drink water before I leave so I am sure all is good and I can swallow. He thanks me and leaves.
His helper gets me a glass of water, which after changing out of my hospital gown, I sit to drink.
It is not going down!
And as I sit there I am having tremendous pain in my chest; feeling faint; and nauseous.
I make it to the bathroom in time and my DH is trying to get some assistance.
I can no longer even swallow my saliva.
Now some of you whom have had the lapband may have experienced an over fill. This was my first time and it was not pleasant.
All I can say is I am so glad I was feet away from Doctors. Of course mine had gone and fortunately was able to come back. He had to consult with my Surgeon and after the consult was told to remove 1 cc from the band.
No gown and quickly on the table to reinsert the needle.
LAP BAND VOLCANO!
The saline solution shoots out of the needle all over the place, the Dr manages to cap it and withdraw even more. He is astounded at what is happening.
Remember he was sure it was empty, but there is a hidden reserve somewhere and it has reached it's limit.
He is possibly even more stumped than I.
There is no visible link.
There is no visible kink.
There is something in there that isn't right, and that is all we know at this point.
Oh well, have to wait until the surgeon can decipher the x-rays and see if he can figure out what is going on.
Even with the excess saline removed or (cough) ejected via volcano, I am tight. Tighter than I have been in a while.
We will see how long this lasts and what happens.
Will keep a journal on how I am feeling and if any thing more comes to light.
I had many of you my friends asking what is happening, and here it is. Sorry for the long blog and all the details, but it is out there now.
PS. Hope this means my plateau is now over.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
This was shared wiht me from my new friend BE_PROUD.
She made me laugh! Thanks!
I am sharing the laughter.
Monday, January 02, 2012
I USED TO BE... NOW I AM …AND I WILL BE!
*(This is a take off a previous blog I wrote, I am doing this as a challenge to see where I am now and where I will be.)
I USED TO BE just a spark friend.
NOW I AM considered a spark MOTIVATOR.
AND I WILL be a sparkfriend who motivates and inspires herself and others.
I USED TO BE a quiet introvert, who stayed home as much as I could...
NOW I AM an extrovert most times who is like a social butterfly upon leaving her cocoon.
AND I WILL BE a strong, forthright individual, whom is not afraid to face the world.
I USED TO BE a mother whose son told his teacher that my favourite position was lying on the sofa reading a book...
NOW I AM a mother who never sits still.
AND I WILL BE a mother who takes the time for her child, while accomplishing all that needs be done.
I USED TO BE a mother who was too tired to play with her son when he was small...
NOW I AM a mother who has the energy and will to do so; but my son is too tired from growing into an adult.
AND I WILL BE a mother/grandmother who plays and listens to her children/grandchildren; whom fulfills their needs and is someone to be proud of.
I USED TO BE a wife who kept a fairly tidy house and always had scrumptious, yet unhealthy goodies in the freezer and the cupboards...
NOW I AM proud to have a very clean home, with only healthy, nutritious foods in our fridge, freezer and cupboards.
AND I WILL BE able to have a clean home, good wholesome, healthy nutritious meals and a well-fed family.
I USED TO BE a wife with a constant headache...
NOW I AM sure that is no more.
AND I WILL BE all I need to be to ensure our continued happiness.
I USED TO BE a Baker who loved what she made and ate it all...
NOW I AM a baker who doesn’t eat bread.
AND I WILL BE a baker who enjoys her trade and makes/bakes again in a whole new way that ensures my health and new way of life.
I USED TO BE an agreeable sort and never disagree with anyone...
NOW I AM a person who stands up for what I believe is right for me and for the good of others.
AND I WILL BE one to continue to do so.
I USED TO BE invisible....
Now I AM very visible.
AND I WILL BE visible and comfortable in my new body.
I USED TO BE a person who walked hunched and never made eye contact...
NOW I AM an individual who walks with confidence, head up, shoulders back and eye contact with a smile.
AND I WILL BE one who continues to do so.
I USED TO BE a person others scorned or ridiculed...
NOW I AM
AND WILL BE someone others admire.
I USED TO BE an object of pity...
NOW I AM that no more.
AND I WILL BE never again.
I USED TO BE someone who would buy clothes to hide my body behind...
NOW I AM
AND WILL BE someone who buys clothes that actually fit.
I USED TO BE classified as morbidly obese...
NOW I AM just obese.
AND I WILL BE a normal healthy weight and BMI.
I USED TO BE a size 22...
NOW I AM a size 12-14.
AND I WILL BE a size 8 very soon.
I USED TO BE 265 lbs.
NOW I AM 194 lbs.
AND I WILL BE 140 lbs.
I USED TO BE dependent on 5 needles and 90 units of insulin a day to help my diabetes...
NOW I inject 4 needles and 38 units of insulin a day.
AND I WILL BE less than half that!
I USED TO BE a person who exercised rarely...
NOW I AM
AND WILL BE a person who exercises regularly.
I USED TO BE a person who never stopped eating...
NOW I AM a person who stops before she is full.
AND I WILL BE a person who only eats for fuel not pleasure.
I USED TO BE someone I hated.
NOW I AM becoming someone I like.
AND I WILL BE someone whom I love.
I USED TO BE someone who only dreamed of reaching for her goals...
NOW I AM someone who has achieved her goals and created new ones.
AND I WILL BE someone who reaches the stars to become one herself.
WHO DID YOU USE TO BE? WHO ARE YOU NOW? AND WHO WILL YOU BE?
Get An Email Alert Each Time CHUBRUB3 Posts