Not that I’m eating a lot of it. But still, it’s way more tasty than endless ounces of water, Crystal Light, and my small portions of ensure. No, I’ve graduated to 8 oz of soft food per day. This week that includes eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt, mashed potatoes, thin oatmeal, and canned or cooked fruit and veggies.
After seeing the doctor yesterday for my follow up, I stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few things to make sure I had the right stuff since my shelves were pretty bare of almost everything except at least a dozen little tubes of Crystal Light tubs. I was almost overwhelmed by the amount and colors and aromas of food in the store and was glad I had a very small list and could spend not too much time. I’m not ready to be around accessible food like that.
My first meal was 2 oz of 0% Fage with 1 canned peach slice. It took me 30 min. to eat and tasted divine. Dinner was 2 scrambled eggs, except I couldn’t eat both – it was too much food – so I gave the last part to the kitty, who gobbled it up. She’s thrilled that mommy is back to having food she eats on plates for her to investigate.
My incisions are healing nicely, especially now that the bandaids are off (somehow everyone forgot to mention that I only needed them for 2 days post-op – I think they need to rewrite some of their documentation). I go back to the surgeon in 2 weeks for my first saline fill.
For those who don’t know, the lapband system has the actual band part itself, which separates out a small pouch at the top of the stomach. It holds about 1 oz at a time. The band fits around the pouch and is connected with very tiny tubing under the skin to a port that’s sutured under the skin in the middle of the abdominal area. Nothing is visible to the naked eye except the surgery scars.
Inside the little band is a tiny balloon that is filled with saline solution injected into the port, going down the tubing and filling the balloon, thus tightening the band to make it more restricted. Except of course they only fill a tiny bit at a time, and sometimes fluid can be removed if the band is too tight. My whole band only holds 10 cc of fluid, which is not much. It’s a dance of sorts to find the “sweet spot” of fullness that allows me to eat/drink what I need but restricts me from overdoing it and eating everything in sight. Not that that’s likely now, since I get full on an ounce of yogurt!
I’m feeling good, except for my continuing knee pain, and as of this morning, and down 59.2 lbs since April. I don’t really know my surgery day weight, since I gained about 7 lbs of fluids while I was in the hospital and lost all of those plus another 10 lbs. The doctor told me to expect only about 5-6 lbs more in the next two weeks, which still sounds pretty good to me.
I pulled some clothes out and realized I can wear things I haven’t worn in at least 4 years – and some things are too silly looking to keep wearing. It helped that I saw Stacy & Clinton yesterday on a WNTW rerun, and their makeover victim candidate’s before clothes looked a lot like mine. Major incentive to weed!