Hey Ladies, I had my band in May 09 and did really well in the beginning but then the Band crapped out on me about a year later. I took me about 6 months to figure out that about a week before my period, my band would get tight, I would go and get some fluid removed and then after my cycle, I was hungry all the time so I would go back in and get another fill...like I said this went on for months. I think once your band gets irritated, it’s had to recover. I would have to go to the hospital ever couple months because I was so dehydrated. Almost everything I ate got stuck and I would have to throw up. I know it wasn't good to throw up but my weight was down, so life was good...NOT!! Twice I had to be admitted to the hospital and have all the fluid removed and get an IV Bariatric Cocktail. I also ate a lot of comfort/ slider foods with the band, mainly because it was what I was able to keep down. Then in July of 2011, I wasn't feeling great and knew I was getting sick again but ignored it because I was taking my children to meet my family for the first time (Hubby and I both work for the Army). We had to stop in Rapid City, SD to have all the fluid taken out of my band and usually I'm good to go after the fluid has been removed but not this time. I threw up anything I put into my mouth, water, Gatorade...it didn't matter. We had to stop in Billings, MT and this time it wasn't a quick fix, my band had to be removed! My band had slipped and my stomach was coming up threw band...which was the reason why I couldn't even keep fluids down. I was admitted to the hospital on Sunday, surgery on Monday am and released on Tuesday. I was ablt to go to Seattle and the Ocean and my children were able to meet my grandmother for the first time. I felt a little sleepy but overall, I felt great. I have to say that the lap band wasn't all bad. Because of my band, I learned to set goals for myself and since my surgery in 2009. I've walked/ran almost 1500 miles, and have participated and finished 3 1/2 marathons. But now I've been without my band for over a year, I don't miss it but I do miss the restriction it gave me. My old habits and weight came right back. So, in March I started the process to have surgery. The Doctor and I decided on the bypass because I had so much scar tissue and issues with reflux that he felt it was a better choice for me. My surgery is on August 13th. I'm so ready, ready to rock this surgery. Ready to be healthy again, ready to start training for a full marathon in May of 2013.
butterfli2009 I wish you the very best on your journey!!