Tuesday, May 3, 2011


I'm still plugging along! I'm doing pretty well. The scale hasn't been moving as fast and so it's not as exciting to come and post about my progress, but I'm feeling really good. I've been running again. My running buddy and I have been running longer and longer. We usually do a total of 3 miles, broken up with some walking in between. Lately we've just been running out of time to get the whole thing in.

It has warmed up enough that we're running outside. It is a nice change. I'm liking Spring. It was a long winter!

I have learned that a couple of my fellow band sisters, banded by the same doctor as me have had their bands erode into their stomachs. Basically, the band wears a hole in your stomach and ends up inside it, either partially, or in one of their cases, the entire band was in her stomach. This is very serious and has resulted in the removal of those bands and other stomach repairs. The one I talked to about it has gastroparesis and has trouble eating and is in a lot of pain.

I haven't had any obvious signs of problems with my band. I am very grateful for that. I will certainly follow up with my doctor and get some tests done to verify that it's still in place, and not eroding etc. The band erosions can be caused by the way the bad was done, so it is significant that my surgeon's patients are experiencing problems.

Please understand that getting a Lapband is a huge decision. There are many who never have problems, but there are many who do have problems, some of them quite serious. When I researched the Lapband, I really had rose colored glasses on when looking for information. Because there is certainly a lot of negative info out there as well.

What I am learning is that the band won't fix you. It might help you get it. But you still have to get it. You still have to make hard food choices. You still have to choose to exercise and eat right. You still have to make the change from doing those things that make and keep you fat to doing those things that will lead to a leaner and healthier body. I'm not perfect, but I'm getting better all the time. I'm doing these things that will lead to a healthier body and at this point, it has nothing to do with my Lapband.