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.