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About ImwiththeBand

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  1. OH MY GOODNESS you guys!!! Just having all these replies to my question is such a relief already. You start to think you are the only one going through this then all of the sudden, BAM! I look on here and have like 6 or 7 replies to my question. It truly makes me feel like I have a circle of support around me, and I am so thankful. YOYODIETER--After reading your reply, it hit me. Your description of your port is EXACTLY what mine feels like...tilted and close to the surface. I have always wondered if this is normal and am SOOO relieved to hear I'm not the only one who's port is placed in this manner. You have eased my mind more than you could imagine, and I so appreciate it. The first time I went in for a fill the lady that does my fills asked if I had a general idea where my port was located. I said, "Yes, I know exactly where it is. You can feel it without even really pressing." She said, "Oh, I don't think so honey, you should't really be able to feel your port. :-? People who do this everyday can feel it, only because they know what they are feeling for. But you'd have to press like crazy to find it." I said, "Ok, then...feel for yourself." SHE FREAKED OUT. She said, "Wow, you were right (I know lol). I have never felt a port so close to the surface! You will be easy as pie to fill!" Anyhoo, my aching port problem is really starting to make sense now. Thank you all so much for taking the time to write back to me and explain how your port feels. By the way--TARA2SASSY4U, my port also feels much better if I'm either standing up, or sitting absolutely straight up. Elongating my torso, like you, feels much better. Maybe it's God's way of saying I need to work on my posture! Thanks again everyone... LOVE YOU ALL !!! --Bethany (I'm thinkin' PAIN IN THE PORT should be my new forum screenname )
  2. Mindy, Thank you so much for your sweet compliments! You look STUNNING!!! The only thing I can think of is that about a month ago my hubby and I were playing around wrestling, and he picked me up and tried to sling me over his shoulder. I couldnt scream fast enough that he had just put all of my weight smack dab on my port. He realized it too and put me down just as fast as he could without throwing me and apologized profusely. It was sore for a couple days then was fine and I thought nothing of it. Fast forward to now when it's bothering me again. I guess I will have to get a flouro maybe and make sure everything is ok. I haven't had flouro yet, so maybe its time, even if only for my piece of mind. Thank you so much for your reply. Oh, and keep up the great work!! You look absolutely incredible!! --Bethany
  3. I am 5 1/2 months post-op, and in the last week or two I have been experiencing discomfort and even low level aching in the left side of my stomach in the area of my port. Is this normal? I feel it most when I am sitting or leaning to the left or bending over. It isn't excrutiating or anything, but it is noticeable. Has anyone else had this feeling, being this far post-op? My last fill was over a month ago, so I dont think it has anything to do with that. If anyone has any experience with this feeling please let me know. I'm a little uneasy about it.... --Bethany
  4. I love chili, but would probably never even have thought to stop by Wendy's to enjoy it!! You see? THIS is EXACTLY why I love my LapBand Forum. You all are full of GREAT ideas, and I am thankful everyday that I found this website. I am really really stuck in a rut at 52 lbs. I have to admit, I haven't been exercising and really need to get back on the wagon. Any words of wisdom? Again, thanks for the chili suggestion...I'm gonna go try it very soon! --Bethany
  5. I totally agree that Metformin is a wonder drug! I had my first child then was unable to get pregnant until 5 years later thanks to Metformin. I had my son then got pregnant easily again after that. We now have three children and are happier than ever. I know that losing weight makes the body more fertile, but for PCOS, Metformin is a good addition to the fertility plan. Best of luck to you!! >
  6. I have a 10cc band, and recieved my first fill in late May. I recieved 1.4cc and it worked well for awhile. Now I am hardly feeling any restriction so my second fill is scheduled for this Tuesday. Hopefully it will help me get out of this slump I am in. I haven't lost any weight in over 3 weeks! DEPRESSING!!! ( Does anyone have problems with actually GAINING weight during their period? I can gain up to 7 lbs during that week! I usually lose it, but MAN! I just need to accept that will probably happen every month around that time and put my scale away until it's over. Can you tell I'm in a bit of a slump?? --Bethany
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    What a beautiful, amazing, incredible transformation!!!! You are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! =D> =D> =D> --Bethany
  9. Hey Hanna! I took your advice and I scheduled a fill at NW Fill Center in Arlington on the 28th. Thanks for the suggestion. I will let you know how it goes!


  10. Hey girl, I just wanted to let you know that I too have hit a plateau. What a SCARY proposition!! How silly of me to have thought this wouldn't happen to me. Hopefully all these encouraging words will ease our fears and get us back on track. I really need to start being dillligent about exercising, that is my biggest obstacle! I feel bloated all the time and I'm wondering if this is the cause of my plateau? Anyhoo, just wanted to let you know I feel your pain and I'm in the same boat as you. Hang in there and let me know when you start to lose again and I will do the same!! > Bethany
  11. Hey girl! I have a quick question for ya. Where did you find the sparkly pink star that says "I lost (enter your amount here) lbs!" I can't seem to figure out how to add that to my profile and its pretty neat looking, so I want one!! Let me know when you have time. Thank you!!


  12. I have to tell ya, my experience was less-than wonderful too. :lb12: It was more painful than I had anticipated and my recovery took longer than I expected. I was sooo swollen and restricted that even licking a popsicle was nearly impossible to swallow. ( After getting on the forum and asking fellow bandsters if this was normal, I was told I should call my surgeon. My surgeon advised me it wasn't normal, and to go directly to my local ER. I did, and it was discovered that I was SEVERELY dehydrated and had a bowel obstruction. I was hospitalized for 3 days. They rehydrated me, provided me with excellent pain control, and made sure the obstruction was gone before releasing me. It was a very scary ordeal, but I can finally say I am on the road to recovery. There were a few times I questioned if getting the band was all worth the pain I was going through and what I was putting my scared family and friends through. But in the end, I decided the benefits would eventually outweigh the cons. I hope everyone thinks long and hard before deciding to have the band. I think it will turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to me, but people also need to realize there can always be complications and also that everyones pain threshold us different. Good luck to all!! <' /> --Bethany
  13. Yep, that's what I did, only it was 2 weeks on atkins. I lost 12 lbs in 10 days! I was shocked eating beef with a side of beef could make me lose weight so fast! LOL
  14. I agree. In order to make it the most consistent it can possibly be, try to weight nakey. If you can't, just tell yourself your real weight is probably about a pound less than what the scale is telling you, then give yourself a pat on your incredibly-shrinking shoulder!!!! Bethany
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