BeBe Posted July 21, 2008 Report Share Posted July 21, 2008 I was banded 3/19/08... and hadn't had any fills. I was pretty much able to eat whatever I wanted, and had no restriction. The mantra of "chew, chew, chew" was quickly forgotten, and the lifelong habit of bite/swallow was reverted to very quickly. I never had any problems - and eating was second nature to me, so no reason to change until I had restriction, right? Heh. A few weeks ago, I had made some chicken breasts for dinner and there were leftovers. I had eaten 1 1/2 breasts with no problem. The next day, I heated up half of a breast right before I had to be somewhere. I was hungry and ate quickly... big mistake! Half-way through the breast, I felt a lump in my chest. OW! I had felt this feeling a couple of times before, but it had always passed within a few minutes. Not this time. After 30 or 40 minutes of pain and spitting, the chicken re-emerged. My first PB. Hooray? Last week, I had a fill. 2 ccs in a 4 cc band. From the moment he pulled the needle out, I knew I wasn't feeling any different. *sigh* I did liquids for 2 days though, and as soon as I was back on solids I knew for sure there was no difference. I could eat just as much as before. *double sigh* I had no physical reminders about the need to chew thoroughly, so of course I was eating just as I had before - just trying to eat less. Saturday morning I ate a handfull of Sun Chips and 2 bites of a sandwich and that was it. I'm going to Vegas soon, and don't want to scare small children when I put on a bathing suit - so I've been trying to be good. By dinner time though, I was ravenous. It was mine and my son's birthday and he wanted pizza, so I called Pizza Hut - ordering the buffalo wings for myself (I hate pizza, and just wanted some protein). As soon as they came through the door I practically inhaled 2 of them. Did I chew? I don't recall... And then the pain hit. I told the kids to fight over the remaining chicken wings, I no longer wanted them, and headed to the bathroom - where I stayed for over an hour until what appeared to be about half of the chicken came up. The pain was gone. After about 10 minutes, I thought it was safe to drink some water. Wrong! That came up too. 2 hours later, a few sips of water... that came up within minutes. The next day, I made some hot tea and it took me about 2 hours to sip about 1/4 cup of it... and each sip was excruciating. I knew I had a piece of chicken stuck in my band for sure. I waited a couple of hours and tried a couple of sips of yogurt drink. Very painful, and I couldn't manage more than 2 sips. I ran errands for the rest of the day, and wasn't about to attempt ingesting sustinance of ANY kind. I was hoping that chicken would work itself through soon. On the way home, I picked up some Gatorade. Normally, I don't drink anything (other than protein shakes and yogurts) that have calories - but I knew I needed something in me so I wouldn't get dehydrated. I got home and poured a glass. An hour and about 2 tablespoons later, I felt like I was going to PB. I sat with a bucket in front of me just waiting for it - but I continued to sip. I was desperate to either PB up that chicken or drink enough to wash it down. Then I had a very weird feeling. It felt like my stomach flipped over. It was slightly painful, but less so than swallowing had been the previous 24 hours. And the feeling that I had to PB went away. Did it pass? I could only hope! I kept sipping - and the pain was gone. I was too scared to take more than the tiniest sip, but I was taking them every couple of seconds, and within 5 minutes, I had finished the glass. The chicken had passed. I waited a few hours, and made myself dinner. I ate a whole Lean Cuisine (chewing thoroughly!) and a cupcake for dessert. Still no restriction. But I am glad that I waited it out and didn't freak out thinking I was too tight and go for an unfill. I plan on getting another fill this week as soon as Aunt Flo leaves - and we'll see how much restriction I have then. I just wanted to stress the importance of chewing properly - even BEFORE your fill. I have no restriction, and I'm PBing and getting things stuck when I eat too fast and don't chew properly. It's a habit that's hard to break (much like no longer drinking with meals) - but you must. You do NOT want to go through the same thing I went through. It was 24 hours of HELL. Seriously. On the bright side though - I tried on that goal dress and can finally get the zipper all the way up! Yay! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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