Reflections after a week of "banding"
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... Read more
Nice to chew again!
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!... Read more
The day after....
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 ... Read more
Lapband Surgery is at 7:15AM this morning. Will blog later with results.... Read more
Yesterday was easily the best day of the pre-op diet. In loo9king back, I think the culprit may have been the Atkins shakes! So they will clearly not be part of my post-op liquid diet later this week. The EAS shakes I have tolerated much bett... Read more
Day 3 actually went quite well. Mixed it up on the foods -- pumpkin smoothie in the AM, EAS shake at lunch, and then had a nice small piece of shark for dinner last night. Protein count right at the top range -- 120! This morning I whipped up... Read more
Day 2 went pretty well. Did get a good workout in at the Y and did not collapse due to the lack of food!
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OK, so I made it through day 1 in fairly good shape. Only ran into one rough path around 5pm when I normally feed the dogs. But since I had fed them both times on Tuesday my wife was feeding them both times yesterday. Anyway, when I came into... Read more
Today is day 1 of the 1000 calorie, high protein, low carb, mostly liquid diet in prep for lapband surgery next Wednesday. A few other items, such as Tums, are also added to my daily routine. Bought most of the food items on my surgeon's list ... Read more
It is on!
Since my last post on 07/14, I had a few more items to take care of so that my lap band "package" could be sent to my insurance co for approval. Yesterday, I got the news: I am authorized! I double checked with my surgeon's office and the ins... Read more
Tests are done!
OK, so I have gone through the "hoops" in preparation for Lap Band surgery. The EGD was actually pretty interesting. And do those "happy" meds (propofol) really do a number!! Hard to imagine that what Michael Jackson's Dr was giving him to s... Read more
One last test....
This morning I go for an EGD, short for Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, or put in plain terms, it's a camera down your throat! This is done to make sure my stomach and adjoining areas look good - no cancer, ulcers or any other bad things - prior to... Read more
A month later...
So it's been a little over a month since I last blogged about my health, weight, and the possibilities of going the Lap Band route. Here's where I am at:
- I've gone to an initial appointment with the bariatric surgeon. He is the one who ... Read more
The next step....
So the good news is that I have been exercising regularly, but clearly have not made the right choices on eating on a regular basis. If I break it down, typically I eat the right things Monday through Wednesday, and then do OK for breakfast and... Read more
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If nothing else, 2010 was an interesting and eventful year:
- Record snowfall, accompanied by basement flooding!
- My oldest daughter getting married in Jamaica (yah man!)
- Two of our greyhounds crossing the rainbow bridge.
- Welcomi... Read more