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  • #31003
    Sammy39
    Member

    Hi Everyone,

    I’m Sammy and I’m 4 days post op LAGB… I think that’s what it’s called! I have to say that reading your posts and comments were so helpful to me over the past few days – I thought I was completely on my own in my thoughts and feelings, and I even wondered what on earth I had let myself in for!

    I feel quite daunted by what lies ahead, my decision to have the band was difficult because it signalled the end of a long term unhealthy relationship I have with food. I simply couldnt go on getting bigger and bigger! And boy, the past few days have been tough, i have felt very uncomfortable. But thanks to you folks here I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. Please feel free to drop me a line ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sammy

    #46820
    Nettie
    Member

    Welcome, well done for taking the plunge take care with your reccovery, I’m a band patient so feel free to ask if you have any questions.

    Nettie xx

    #46825
    hides
    Member

    Hello sammy

    Welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ , i too am a bandster (7 months post op ). Like you i found it hard to make the final jump and it hasn’t all been a smooth ride, but i have no regrets. If you have any questions there will always be someone who will be able to help or guide you. Everyone is here to support, we all have different issues and we all have different experiences with the same operation, that’s because we are all different…..( get the picture ) … Have a good day and people are here to congratulate you….. Have a bad day and those same people are here to support.

    Please keep us posted on your journey ๐Ÿ™‚
    Heidi

    #46827

    Hey Sammy, I am a new Bandster too, had mine done on 23rd March and had my first fill today…..happy to share each others journeys and here is where to certainly get the support. I too am in the early days but I am sure it will change our lives for good for the better. Please feel free to add me as a friend and get in contact if you need to talk.

    ๐Ÿ™‚

    #46830
    Sammy39
    Member

    Hi Nettie

    Thanks very much for taking the time to write back. I am 7 days post op now – and I’m feeling pretty good! I never imagined I would be saying that 6 days ago… What is the biggest difference in having a band, to you?

    Great to meet you!

    Sammy

    #46831
    Sammy39
    Member

    Hi Heidi

    I did wonder for a day or two what I had let myself in for! But I am feeling better by the day. At this point I am feeling pretty hungry… Is that normal? I think I was kind of hoping that I wouldn’t be too hungry… but hey presto! Is this normal? I am still on the 2 week liquid only diet… this time next week I will move on to ‘slops’. Oh, joy!

    Take care

    Sammy

    #46832
    Sammy39
    Member

    Hi Sam

    I’m really happy to hear from you – it was your posts that encouraged me to join, initially! I was searching the internet looking for folks like me – and there you were, on this forum!

    How did the first fill go? I am one week post op and am so nervous that I am hungry most of the time, that I am keen to have a fill as soon as I can – only because I don’t trust myself to behave for long (Lets face it, I didn’t need to be hungry before, to eat lots ๐Ÿ˜› ) Has your fill made much difference to you?

    I’m guessing that my questions are pretty similar to most – so I’ll keep scrolling through.

    I will add you too – it will be great to keep in touch. I am in a family of ‘regular’ people – so it is difficult for them to truly understand what ‘the journey’ is all about, even though they are so, so supportive. They think it is a weight loss thing. For me it is not just about losing weight, its so much more than that.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Sammy

    #46812
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    Hi Sammy and welcome.

    We are a friendly bunch on here. Don’t know what I would do without the fab guys who always take time out of their busy days to help us when we need it. Looking forward to hearing all about your journey to a happier, healthier life ๐Ÿ™‚

    Doodah x

    #46819
    carolthecook
    Member

    Hi Sammy, Band, Sleeve, Bypass or Switch…we’re all here to help and support…you will never be alone. Welcome to the site and community. Hope we can help and suport you over the coming weeks and months. Carol X

    #46813
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    Carol is a specialist bariatric food writer Sammy. She has a section here on the forum. She has written two books on how to eat healthily after weight loss surgery. Her recipes are absolute life savers post op and beyond ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Doodah x

    #46828

    Hi Sammy, I am so glad you decided to come on here, it really is supportive and full of information, I have definately needed this since my band fill on Friday. What sort of liquid diet are you on? I am suprised its a 2weeks liquid diet as on my sciript this is what it was for about a week then move on to some more wet foods from week 2.

    I had my first fill after 6weeks which I must admit was a bit of a struggle towards the end as although I was restricted still I certainly felt hungrier quicker at the end. Are you on facebook as there is a streamline forum on there too and I have just posted a really excellent article on there about banding and how we should be thinking of our bands……will be happy to add you as a friend on mine if you use it, just search under Sam Vaughan ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have been on a worry wart phase since my fill as I really have not been able to each much at all and have no real apetite, which is ultimately what it about. I have lost 6lb since Fridays fill as I believe the band has to settle again after each fill.

    Today for example I have only managed to eat 4dessert spoons of porridge for breakfast, half a small tinof soup for lunch and half a bannana!

    the fill was the easy bit, but was full of worries as I could not eat at all but Nettie and hides certainly put my mind at rest.

    Feel free to personal message me too on here as I had added you as a friend.

    As doodah says we are all in this together hun………

    I hope that helps xx ๐Ÿ™‚

    #46814
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    It might be a good idea to take a liquid vitamin and mineral supplement for the days when you can’t get much down. Us bypassers have to take them for life but there’s no harm in a bandster taking them when restriction really limits what you can eat ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Doodah x

    #46821
    Nettie
    Member

    The biggest difference for me has been my attitude to food, I respect it so much more now and I have learnt to enjoy the smell of food just as much as the taste, I savour flavours much more and even textures now. Obviously the weight loss has been a huge difference too, I’m almost 6 stone lighter and have so much more energy and zest for life.

    Nettie xx

    #46815
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    @Nettie 23475 wrote:

    The biggest difference for me has been my attitude to food, I respect it so much more now and I have learnt to enjoy the smell of food just as much as the taste, I savour flavours much more and even textures now. Obviously the weight loss has been a huge difference too, I’m almost 6 stone lighter and have so much more energy and zest for life.

    Nettie xx

    I agree Nettie. It’s as if my sense of smell has been given an overhaul! A funny side effect is that I now can smell if food is even slightly ‘off’. My family thrust food under my nose and say ‘Mum, is this ok to eat?’ lol! I’m the new ‘use by date’ in our house now ;-))

    Doodah x

    #46839
    louis24
    Member

    Hi all ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought I would take the opportunity to tag on the end of this one, I have been reading these posts for days but only now can I contribute ๐Ÿ™‚

    I had my band fitted last Tuesday, I am on liquid diet for two weeks, and I am hungry, I am having lots of water, some milk, and slim fast along with vitamins and still on pain tablets.
    I had 4ml fill at the operation so I thought I wouldn’t feel this hungry but I guess I won’t know how much food I can take until I actually eat solids ???

    What ml would I need to get to before I feel restriction? Or does it just vary?

    I am really looking forward to mash potato in 7 days ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love the posts, they are great to read to keep me going and that I am not alone, I have told only he family I live with

    Xx

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