Sunday, August 30, 2009


YAYYYY I finally feel myself! This weekend has been absolutely amazing! I am 16 days post-op today.

So.....I ate REAL FOOD this weekend and had a glass of WINE, and it felt sooo good!!

So I know I looked as if I was being really strong with all the temptations, but I finally caved. Rick and I went to a wedding this weekend at a fancy Boston hotel. They had an open bar, and delicious food. I helped myself to a glass of Chardonnay and it went down no problem! For dinner I had a caprese salad and ate just the mozzarella. This was followed by chicken and mashed potatoes. I ate about half of the breast and gave the other half to Rick. I had no problems with this going down and no discomfort! We danced the night away and today I am still feeling good.

Friday started my week 3 diet which is supposed to consist of mashed potatoes, apple sauce, oatmeal, ricotta and cottage cheese and everything else from the past weeks. I just couldn't take these mushies anymore! I wanted real food so bad! I am going to try to stick to the mushies for the rest of the week though. I want to make sure I am healing up nice and good.

My first fill is right around the corner, September 11th. Hard to believe!! I hope everyone else had as good as a weekend as me! xoxo

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Just when I thought I was in the clear :(

I've mentioned that my incisions has been itching a lot lately, and thought it was just the healing process. Whenever I showed anyone though they would cringe and say "omg is that normal to look like that??" So last night I emailed a lapband friend a pic asking if hers ever looked like mine and she said never. So then I got to thinking OMG maybe mine are infected! I had my friends mom who is a nurse take a look at them, and she said since they were all really swollen, hard and hot that it might be an infection and to go to the ER to get them looked at. So, last night around 9pm I had my fiancee bring me to the ER to get them looked at. The Dr. examined me and said that I was having an allergic reaction to the adhesive glue that was used to bandage me up. They gave me benadryl and told me to not put any kind of cream on my stomach and to just wait for it to go away. GROSS! My stomach looks like I have hives all over it, it is bright red, puffy and very blotchy. I can't wait for this to go away. The benadryl knocked me out last night though which was fantastic. It was funny though because I woke up almost 4 hours after I had taken it from all the itching and needed to take more. I can't wait for this to go away :( It seems like just one thing after another for me. Seriously who the hell gets allergic to adhesive?? GRRRR!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Check-Up Appt.

Goooood Morning!

I am feeling so good today! I went to the hospital this morning for a check up with my surgeon, he said everything looked great!! He took all the tape off my incisions, and also took out a loose stitch that had popped out of one of the small incisions. I am so happy to have all the tape gone, so hopefully now I can get some of the gross adhesive gunk off! When I weighed in I had lost 22lbs since my last visit, wahooo! My bathroom issues are finally gone, and I have been keeping everything down really well! My diet right now consists of protein shakes, yogurt, pudding, jello, and creamy soups. I feel ready to progress but am too scared too. Next week I can have mashed potatoes mmmm yummy! KFC has the BEST mashed potatoes lol.

Last night I had to worst temptation night EVER. My fiancee had a business dinner party to go too, and I went along. The thought never even crossed my mind, that this might be awkward and difficult for me :( We get there and there is an open bar, and someone handing me a a glass of wine which is my first temptation. I ask for water and sparkling is given to me, which is another no no, so then I have to ask for flat. Then the appetizers start coming out, pulled pork sandwiches, all kinds of cheese and crackers, goat cheese tart, asparagus, salads....ehhh I felt soooo bad having to say no thank you to everything. I didn't know these people though, so I didn't feel like I should have to explain myself....I said I had a stomach bug and was on anti-biotics. Dinner was prime rib and dessert was some sort of cake.....I was so strong and said NO to everything! I was really cranky when we left and starving, I broke down and balled cause I was so upset. We finally got home around nine and I dove into the gallon of sherbet in the freezer. I had 2 scoops and that made me feel soooo much better!

Back to work today, and feeling strong. All done with appointments until my first fill on 9/11. Now if only this itching would stop!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Getting There!

I never heard back from the hospital about my tests yesterday so today I gave them till noon, then came stalker mode! I finally got a hold of the nutritionist and she informed me the tests came back quite sure what that means, but it's a good thing! Then I got to thinking well if you didn't find anything wrong with me, what the hell is going on then?!?! She told me she wasn't quite sure what was going on, but to go ahead and try putting yogurt, apple sauce and sherbet into my diet and see if that helps. I went to store and bought Activa Light yogurt and raspberry and orange sherbet, YUM! I ate the yogurt about 10 minutes ago, and so far so good. Lets keep our fingers crossed this is what does the trick!!

As for my weight loss so far I am down 21 lbs total. 13 of these were from my pre-op shake diet and the other 8 are since surgery. Pretty damn good! I won't be discouraged though if I gain a few back once I stop going to the bathroom all the time...that's to be expected.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


So the diarrhea has continued, I have tried whey protein, soy protein, sugar free carnation instant breakfast, and even from my soup broths. I called the nutritionist and she said that she thinks it may be from the antibiotics they gave me during surgery. She said that sometimes they wipe out the good bacteria and this is a result of that. She talked to my surgeon and I guess the best thing is for me to come back to the hospital today and give them a stool sample :( How frigen gross! But I guess I need to do what I gotta do to get better. I will update later on when I know more! xxoo

Monday, August 17, 2009

Doing OK

So today makes my 3rd day post-op. My pain is subsiding a little each day. I have tried weaning myself off of the percocet during the day and only taking it at night because it makes me so tired. I have gone to the store with my mom and ran a few errands, which went well.

The only negative I'm having right now is severe diarrhea. I have had no appetite for any protein supplements, but know that I am supposed to be getting 60 gms a day in so I try to get them down. Every time I drink though I end up in the bathroom. I called the hospital today and talked to the nurse practitioner, she said that maybe I had developed an intolerance to whey protein and to try a soy based protein. So off to GNC I went to get a soy based mix. I just drank 8 oz of that and within 5 minutes I was in the bathroom. What the hell is going on with my body?? I'm worried about this and don't feel its normal. Oh well I will keep trying and hopefully it gets better, if not I will be calling the hospital again tomorrow!

Friday, August 14, 2009

on the wagon

Yippeeee it is done and over with! I was banded this mornig and am laying here in the hospital getting ready for bed. I must say I think I am one of the lucky ones, and am not in very much pain. It honestly feels like I did way to many situps lol. Everyone here at the hospital has been great! As of right now the plan is for me to be discharged between 10-11am tomorrow. I will let everyone know of my progress somepoint this weekend. Lots of love and thanks for all of the support! <3

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I want a hot fudge sundae :(

Only 2 more days! These past few days have been super rough! It seems like all anyone is talking about is ice cream, seriously I dont think i've ever heard so many people talk about getting ice cream. I am being strong though, I can do it! I've made it 12 days without caving in, 2 more should be simple. I am down 15 lbs since starting this whole process, woo hoo!

Tomorrow I can call the hospital and see what time my surgery is scheduled. Keeping my fingers crossed it's 7am and not 4pm! I will update as soon as I know. Also, today I get to start washing my belly with the special soap, yay it's so close!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

5th day: Liquid Diet

Sorry I haven't updated in a few days...I started my liquid shake diet on Saturday. This consists of 5 HMR shakes and clear liquids. It's been pretty rough, but I think I am getting the hang of it. I haven't had starving hunger pains, just mostly head hunger and thinking "oh it's noon, lunch time!" I have been more tired, and falling asleep earlier and also a little lightheaded but nothing that has interfered with my day to day activities. I have found that the only way I can enjoy the shakes is by using my Magic Bullet mixer. This has been a pain, because I have had to lug it to and from work each day haha. Who carries a blender in their purse?? O wait, I do!!

Saturday I got to meet a friend for the first time, Breanne. Breanne is someone who I met on she went to the same hospital and had the same surgeon as me. She has been such an inspiration to me, and I don't know if I would have gotten this far without her help. She has answered all my silly questions from "hey do you think I can wear a bra afterwards" to "can you feel your port" Questions that I needed answers to, but didn't want to call the hospital and ask of course lol. You can check her blog out at

Other exciting news is, I bought a bike on Saturday! I love it, its sooo pretty! I went for my first bike ride last night, and it was fun! I felt like everyone was staring at me, I don't know if it was my hot pink helmet or the fact that I haven't ridden a bike in 10 years so I looked like a 5 year old.

Only 9 more days, wahooo single digits!