Wednesday, November 23, 2011

surgeon appointment this afternoon

Yup,  I have an appointment to see my surgeon the day before thanksgiving.  Although if anything happens he'll probably be taking fluid out, instead of putting it in.  After I called my stomach started feeling better.. And i was tempted to call yesterday and cancel the appointment, until this morning. I got a Starbucks strawberry smoothie (lots of proteins!) for my drive this morning (YAY I got to drive my new car to work!) .. and for the first 20 minutes or so, I could feel the smoothie kinda getting caught up in my band.  It is cold, but it's blended well.
I could only do small sips of it at first, but by the time I got to work I was able to down the second half no problem.

I'm pretty sure I should be able to have a smoothie without feeling like it's almost getting stuck.  I'm just confused because I haven't had a fill since early July.  Nothing has changed.  Ah well.  I'll talk to the surgeon tonight and hopefully all will be well. And hopefully he won't continue to dissapoint me.  All the reviews on him are good, and he's being doing this forever, but I've never had a barium swallow.. i've never had a numbing shot before a fill (all two of them).. and for the first fill he had to sit and poke me multiple times. Like lots.. I know what's one thing that can cause leaks, and  you'd think a Doctor with 14 years experience (but maybe only 11 in lap band) would know better? I suppose if today is just as disappointing I'll contact Kaiser and see if I can go to the other bariatric surgeon they use.

I suppose that's it for now! hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

<3 Sam

edited to add:  Since I STILL don't have a scale, and until money is better i might not get one, I took some measurements today.  It was at work so they're prolly a little off, but I needed to see proof of progress.  so far in 6 months i've lost a total of 22.5 inches.  A breakdown of what I'm measureing is on my stats page.


  1. Good luck with your appointment today, hope you get some answers!

  2. If you do not have faith in and feel comfortable with your doc - PLEASE PLEASE do not keep going! Idk if you've read my blog but due to this same situation I was forced to waste 8 mos of banded time in my journey and get royally screwed over!

    I would suggest to def call Kaiser and go to someone different. The not giving a numbing shot isn't a big deal, that's personal preference - I've never had one and don't prefer one. The not doing a barium swallow and not using Fluoro and having to poke you so many times is what's concerning!

  3. Hope the appointment went well. Congrats on losing all those inches!

  4. I've never had a numbing shot either... I don't think most do. It's not too painful - UNLESS they poke you numerous times. That's a bunch of bull. I'd have taken the needle out of his hand and stabbed him with it. But as is, as you lose weight, it'll be easier for him to reach your port.

    Howeeeever, if you're not comfortable with this schmuck, ditch him! Call around and see if anyone will take you on as a patient with your insurance.

    Good luck, girlie.

    And happy Thanksgiving!

  5. 22.5 inches is amazing. New follower here. :)

  6. Yikes, multiple attempts at the port?!! I've likely got my first fill ever coming up on Wednesday, and I sure hope the surgeon doesn't have to try multiple times.

    How did it go this time with the surgeon? Did you get an unfill?