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One of the best decisions ever!

Friday, October 28, 2011

One month ago today, I was wheeled into an operating room early in the morning for what I hoped and thought would be life-changing surgery -- Lapband (weight loss) surgery. I had gotten a taste of what life was going to be like the week prior when I went on my 1000 calories / mostly liquid pre-op diet, but what I have experienced since then has been better than I could have hoped for. And the best part is that I don't feel like I am deprived!

Sure, less food, but that is "glass is half empty" viewpoint. If you look at it from the "glass is half full" viewpoint, I am SO much more enjoying the food I eat, I rave every time I get that feeling of being full (which my surgeon said would be an amazing experience!), and the tastes of food are so much better!

The bottom line results: Counting the pre-op diet week, 26.4 pounds have vanished, 4 inches around my waistline are gone, and even 1 inch has disappeared from my neck! I'm almost to the last notch on my belt, and for one pair of my jeans, they are flat-out too big!! I'm hoping I kept some of my "skinny" jeans from the last time I lost significant weight back in 2007. If not, well, I'll be out looking for new ones soon enough!

The big difference from 2007: I worked out like a fiend then (I was doing a "Biggest Losers" competition at my gym up in CT), and while I did OK for awhile with the food side of the equation, once some big stress issues popped up in my life, so went the food control. With the Band, I now have the tool I need to be successful in finally getting rid of the pounds and inches. The workouts are part of the equation now, but not the sum. Being able to consume 1500 calories a day on average and thoroughly enjoying my food is BIG difference!

So, while it has only been one month, I am convinced that the decision to have weight loss surgery was one of the best ones I have ever made!

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RETURNTOTHIN 12/27/2011 12:41PM

    Shucks.... I'm looking for a hugely overweight man, over 50, who is trying to lose weight by eating right and doing some exercise..... Shucks, now I see you have lap band. I have a friend who is currently dying in an ICU following lap band. I'm trying to find someone to recommend to my nephew,,, only reason I'm posting as a women.

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BOOK0WL 11/8/2011 5:22PM

    I can not begin to tell you how much I appreciate your blog and posts! Thanks so much for sharing your experience and I hope you continue to be so positive and successful!

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LOVEROFANIMALS 10/31/2011 7:48AM

    Great for you!!! I'm so glad this is working for you!!

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SOFT_VAL67 10/29/2011 8:58AM

    so happy things are going so well.... emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 10/28/2011 1:41PM

    Good for you! YOu are doing amazing!
Hugs,
Angela
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HEALTHIERKEN 10/28/2011 11:43AM

    What a great blog! It's great that you're having such a positive experience, and are enjoying the new regime, not resenting it. Way to go, Friend!
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WOW! Three weeks already?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I was about to blog yesterday about how things were going since my lapband procedure, but when I realized it was going to be 3 weeks today, I held off. And at the same time I was amazed that it had been almost 3 weeks! Where does time go? Well, I guess that is good that it has gone fast rather than the alternative!

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So, things are going VERY well. My surgeon gave me the green light to resume all activities last week, so back to bowling (had my best night of the season last night), strength training at the Y, and even shot some hoops for the first time on Monday. As of last Friday, 22 pounds are gone (and hopefully this time will NEVER come back!), 2" have disappeared from my waistline, and I am feeling good! Pretty much able to do any soft food, and even tried a couple slices of apple successfully yesterday. My wife and I have been able to get out for dinner a few times already. Amazed at how much food has come home each time!

We have a wedding to attend Saturday, so it'll be my first time seeing some of our friends. Anxious to see what they think of the new and improved "me"!

All in all, things are going well!

Patrick

  
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HEALTHIERKEN 10/20/2011 11:58PM

    Excellent progress, Patrick! Let us know the friends' reactions to your mere shadow of your former self!!!!!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 10/19/2011 12:41PM

    Sounds good brother...congrats!!

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SOFT_VAL67 10/19/2011 9:03AM

    sounds like its all going great. i am so happy for you and hope you keep getting healthier. emoticon

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Reflections after a week of "banding"

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

It struck me when I woke up (or to be more exact when my male dog Tomas "wet-nosed"me!) this morning that almost to the minute was when the anesthesia was turned on and I was sent into a short but deep sleep while my surgeon and his team went to work installing my lapband (and fixing my hiatal hernia, thank you!).

While everyone's experience post-surgery is unique, my assessment at this stage is VERY positive! Sure, there was the usual post-surgery discomforts associated with any procedure that involves anesthesia and having incisions (although the beauty of this procedure is 5 very small incisions!). And of course then there are the lapband-specific items: liquid diet, the gas, and the very weird feeling of this somewhat hard object just above and to the left of my naval (the port).

But...the benefits already, in just a week:

- The scale is moving the "right" way
- An inch around my waist is gone! And the promise of more to come!
- Less pain in the leg joints when I am walking
- The positive energy I am feeling in knowing deep-down I made the right decision, and sharing that with family and friends!
- Creating a new relationship with food, based on enjoyment and not on quantity!

Will there be "learning experiences" (i.e...negative outcomes when eating foods that the band won't tolerate): sure! Already had one earlier this week with some way-too-dry tuna! But how do you learn unless you try?

So I just wanted to share a little this morning, especially for anyone who might not be sure if weight loss surgery is right for them, or how things will feel afterwards. I'm just a "newbie" in the process, but I can tell you I have no regrets!

  
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EMPRESS8800 10/11/2011 8:40PM

    Way to go, one week out...I guess almost two by now. I too have had a great positive result with the procedure, and felt stronger and more in control of my life the second I walked through the doors at the hospital back on 4/20/11. It is great to hear things are going well. We are all here, going thru different phases. Keep up the great work and congratulations on the new beginning!

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BETHERS99 10/7/2011 4:07PM

    that is awesome. I am getting my band in three weeks so I was encouraged by your post that you are already feeling better and do not regret getting it. I have been nervous about it so that gives me some comfort. Thanks for sharing.

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PLMITCH 10/7/2011 8:25AM

    TEXASGIRL48, yes my surgeon is much more aggressive on the diet side than others. Actually, the "tuna incident" is the only issue I have had. Very very happy how this is going so far.

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TEXASGIRL48 10/7/2011 7:48AM

    Glad your surgery went well and the week after uplifting. However, what are you doing eating tuna the first week after surgery???? Most post op diets are liquids only for two weeks. This is so you stomach won't be moving while trying to digest food, so the band can get seated in place without moving. Maybe your surgeon is different.

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MDGARDENGIRL 10/5/2011 10:09PM

    Good for you Patrick! Love hearing other's experience after surgery. Your's seems to be going smoothly and in the right direction! I also like to see when lapbanders share their surgery and decision with their family and friends. I was very open about my surgery and get so much support from my loved ones.

Keep getting better!

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MY_5_KIDZ 10/5/2011 6:46PM

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Sounds like things are all going in the right direction! Keep up the great work!


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HEALTHIERKEN 10/5/2011 1:37PM

    Great blog, Patrick. Glad things are going so well!
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Nice to chew again!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

So Day 5 since lapband surgery, and I was able to add in some food I can chew! Pureed foods, mind you, but I tried a scrambled egg, cottage cheese, and even some canned tuna. So far so good! And it was nice to be able to chew something again!

So I am beginning to see a new relationship with food. Enjoyment. Oh, I used to enjoy food prior to surgery, but it was not in a good way. Too many times it was how much can I eat instead of how good it truly was. And feeling full! My dinner tonight was just a shade over 400 calories, and I feel full. Not stuffed, not gorged, just nicely full! And that is with no restriction! Cool!

I think I am going to like this....a lot!

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MAKEBELEEVFREND 10/3/2011 9:33PM

    Great Mitch!!!

My sister had the lapband too and I remember her eating soft food fairly quickly. I did the RNY and have a couple of weeks before I can do pureed foods. Right now it's all cream soups and liquids.



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MY_5_KIDZ 10/3/2011 6:11PM

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PLMITCH 10/3/2011 1:00PM

    Hi Angela, thanks for concern. This is what my surgeon has on my timeline. I promise to not push it too hard.

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CHUBRUB3 10/3/2011 12:22PM

    Good to hear your doing great Mitch.
Just a little concerned your eating 'food' already. What had your doctor suggested?
The slower you go the less complications you have later.
Take care,
Angela


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HEALTHIERKEN 10/3/2011 10:57AM

    Great blog, Patrick. Glad to see all is going well following your surgery. Your weight ticker will really start sliding now : )

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SOFT_VAL67 10/2/2011 10:19PM

    that is great to hear.....

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The day after....

Thursday, September 29, 2011

So everything went well with my lapband surgery. Checked in at 5:30AM on Wednesday, and was home by 11:30AM. Needed pain meds throughout the day yesterday to manage the pain. Today, the only time I have needed it was at 3am this morning, and that was a 1/2 dose. Only clear liquids yesterday and today (and that has been fine!). Tomorrow I'll step up to liquid proteins, then if all goes well with that, Sunday will start the pureed foods.

Our puppies are quite happy to have me camped out in the LR with them. Daytime TV is an interesting proposition -- 200+ channels and still hard to find something I like. Thankfully, Cartoon Network has some classic Looney Tunes cartoons on.

And for my friends in RSN -- WOW!! What a way to end the season! It will be a VERY interesting off-season! I sure do hope Tito is still there. Theo and Curt -- I would not lose much sleep over them going, but what I am afraid may happen is that EVERYONE will be let go.

  
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THECOOLESTSARAH 10/1/2011 5:37PM

    I'm having my surgery in Nov/Dec.. setting the date in a couple of weeks. I'll be watching you like a hawk! I'm close behind friend, I can't wait to join your adventure :) Happy healing!

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GOLFCHICK2-0 9/30/2011 1:34PM

    Sending thoughts of Health and Healing your way!

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HEALTHIERKEN 9/30/2011 11:44AM

    Glad to hear all is going well, Patrick!
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BEATLETOT 9/30/2011 11:10AM

    I am a little jealous...not of the surgery, but of the living room camping! Daytime TV is one of my favorite things in the world! And you add puppies to the mix...I'd be in heaven!

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/29/2011 10:43PM

    Congrats! Sounds like you're on a whole new trajectory!

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MY_5_KIDZ 9/29/2011 4:18PM

    Sounds like things are going great! Don't push too hard, too fast!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/29/2011 2:38PM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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SAC-6582 9/29/2011 2:14PM

    Take it easy and don't push it to hard or fast.

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CHUBRUB3 9/29/2011 2:08PM

    Great news Mitch!
Don't rush your healing. I had to do 1 week liquids; 1 week baby foods; 1 week soft foods and then onto regular foods. This is an important time to allow your body to heal. That is #1.
Take care,
Angela

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