BBinLA Posted October 16, 2005 Report Share Posted October 16, 2005 Hi group, I'm newly banded (10/11/05) and have been back at work for a couple of days. I didn't weigh as much as many of the bandsters but my medical problems were compounding and I didn't see a way to lose weight (the only thing that was successful in the past were diet pills and I've sworn them off as they make my heart race and frankly just aren't good for you). My weight climb has been steady and I had two reasons I did it now rather than 40 lbs from now. One, I didn't want the additional weight to have to lose and second, I am trying to beat the biological clock and have it done before menopause. Once you reach menopause, I'm told, your skin loses some of its elasticity and I don't want to have that happen so here I am, just at 200 lbs and just banded. I work as a flight attendant and even though they don't impose weight restrictions any longer, the truth is it's not a job that can be done easily if you're larger than average, I had to walk down the aisle slightly sideways and I took up more than my share of the jumpseat, not to mention the size of the workspace, I could barely turn around. Also, with the g-force at work I could barely squat down as my knees were giving out (one's been operated on already) and my joints ached so bad I couldn't sleep at night; so all of this coupled with my desire to be back to a normal weight (135) prompted me to go ahead with the surgery now rather than later. I highly recommend the team in TJ and its facilities, with my flying priviledges I could have gone anywhere in the world for this procedure and I chose TJ, I did this mainly because of Dr. Ortiz's expertise in the field. The fact that he trains other Drs was of importance to me and that he's endorsed by Inamed Health spoke volumes to me when making my decision. Everyone; Dr. Ortiz,his mom, Dr. Martinez, Dr. Miranda, the nurses Carmelita & Jose, Rene, Junior and Farley, the drivers, were kind and professional and on top of their game. I'm almost a week post op and am so sick of broth I can't tell you, I can't even watch tv for the food it shows. I don't ever want to have this band slip because the thought of going through the liquid diet part is more than I could bear a second time. Now that I'm back at work, the portal incision was extremely sensitive for me and getting up from a reclined position caused what felt like burning in my abdomen area. It was extremely painful as this incision was placed just above my waistline as well. I remembered a girlfriend of mine had a pair of underwear with a very large elastic waistband that went just up under the bustline (supposed to slenderize the waist) I went out and bought 3 pairs of these panties for my post op first days and the results were amazing, the smoother side of the pants were on the outside and the ribbing would have rubbed my "glued spots" so I wear them inside out, the support has really minimized the pain. I needed to go back to work just after my time in TJ and because the work is sooo physical with lifting my bags and manuvering carts and constant bending this has been a real godsend. I must say though that I constantly feel like I need to burp and can't, has anyone else experienced this? Coupled with the pressurizing of going up and down I'm sure that my post op experience is a bit different because of so much flying but maybe not. Anyway, this site has been a great help and I lurk on some other bandster sites to hear their advice and experiences, so I just wanted to introduce myself and say hi to the other gals that were being banded this past week. I'm sure I'll have questions and need help in the future, glad you all are here. BBinLA Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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