Thursday, June 30, 2011

Band update after Dr's visit

Hey love bugs! Thanks for all our comments of concern, it meant so much to see that so many of you have been through the whole vertigo thing as well! I am feeling so much better, the vertigo is practically gone, my ears aren't hurting to bad..its mostly just sinus stuff right now. PHEW!

So I went for my visit with my band dr. today, finally! I weighed in at 173.3, which is about what they had me at in March at my last visit. She wasn't concerned with my lack of weight loss, she knew how busy I have been. She did ask how my eating has been and I told her about my PB'ing daily, she said just a minute and stepped outside. She then came back in the room and told me to go to radiology immediately for an ESD. ESD?? I asked. It's an esophagus stomach and duodenum test, much like a barium swallow. So I headed down where I was changed into a gown and brought right back into the examination room. It worried me how they were taking me so quickly, usually these tests take weeks to get. So I sat on table and a Dr. came in and had me swallow the barium, (ahemmm chalk like stuff) and move into all kinds of different positions. I could see on the screen the barium moving through my system, and I could see my band, which made me happy. He had me swallow standing up, laying down on my back, laying my stomach, my side, every which way (this sounds kinda dirty lol) I was then done and sent back upstairs to my band dr. She had the results by the time I was back, and had a smile on her face (thank god) She said my band was perfectly fine, but that the barium was barely trickling through my band and that I was way to tight. She said my esophagus looked a little dilated, but this was most likely due to being to tight. She decided to take out 1.5cc's and thought that should give me some relief. She said to come back if I was starving or still pb'ing, and they would slowly put some back in. I think I am around 6cc's at this point and I feel great! I just had a stuffed pepper for lunch, and it went right down! Phewwww.

I am so happy that I made the call and went in, I feel instant relief knowing my band is OK, and that I can now move on with my progress. I also expressed to her how shitty it made me feel to have lost 80lbs but still be considered obese by the BMI charts because I am so damn short. She told me how much she hated the BMI scale, and that I am doing terrific, and to not focus on the #'s so much. That seems to be the trend for July on blogger- not focusing on the #'s, just doing what you know, and being healthy! I asked if the clinic had thought of getting one of the high tech scales that can measure muscle and water and all that jazz, so that patients can stop worrying about the stupid BMI scale. She said it had been brought up a few times, and they hope to get one. I really hope they do, because that would help so many people realize that just because their weight is not going down, they may be gaining muscle mass.

Well that was my day today. I am getting ready to head home to Maine until Tuesday, I can't wait! I hope everyone has a safe 4th! xoxoxoxoxo


  1. Sounds like you had an excellent appointment. I wish my clinic had one of those scales too, I think it would help a lot.

  2. I'm glad to hear that everythings is well with you and your band.

  3. So so happy for you that you are feeling better and all is fine!!!! Have a great holiday weekend!

  4. Glad to hear you are feeling relief! Enjoy your time home!

  5. Glad they took things seriously and took some out before it caused any problems with your band. Hopefully it will be just the right amount.

  6. I'm glad to hear that you're better and that your band is fine. Have fun in Maine!