Last week at this time I was feeling pretty crummy. Today is a vast improvement. The lab results came back normal, so there are no nutritional deficiencies I need to fix. Best, though, was the visit to my lapband surgeon on Monday morning. He and the nice nurse (as opposed to the one I talked with last week) were very clear that I am more than a lapband to them, and that I should have contacted them weeks before – not for the dizzyness so much as the fact that I was throwing up multiple times a week.
It seems that what I thought was an adjustment period to more band restriction actually was a big red flag that there was too much fluid in my band. And there wasn’t that much in the first place. But as the doctor said, this isn’t a contest. Some people need a lot of fluid for their proper restriction and others just need a little. It’s a matter of figuring out where each of us are on the spectrum. I now have clear instructions on when to call the office for an adjustment.
As for the “OJ or no OJ” part of the whole upset last week, the nurse just laughed kindly and said that a glass of OJ wouldn’t kill me if I needed one, even though juices do have a ton of sugar. Maybe a small glass would do it, or eating an orange instead of drinking, although that may be a problem due to the membranes around the sections. Skins and things are still problematic.
I’m also apparently getting way more protein than I actually need (that’s me, always striving to win the top prize) and I can cut back a little on that and incorporate more fruits and veggies. Such as grapes with cheese, or peeled apple slices dipping into peanut butter, or chopped apple slices added to chicken salad. I’d been afraid to do this because I didn’t was afraid of throwing up food. Well, duh, I was throwing up a lot so no wonder.
Since my visit on Monday morning, I’ve noticed that I’m actually hungry but able to stay within my 1000-1200 calorie range with low-ish carbs and fats. I haven’t had tummy problems at all this week, and have been pushing fluids, since all the doctors agreed that my dizziness, fatigue, and lack of energy were probably the result of dehydration. How you can be dehydrated on 64 oz/day, but maybe all that throwing up messed things up. In any case, I’ve been drinking 80+ oz and feeling better.
Moral of the story: don’t disregard persistent physical symptoms. See a doctor/healer and have things checked out.