Sondra's Lap-Band Odyssey

It has already been a long journey for me. Last November 2008, I attended a free seminar on lap-band surgery. Decided to proceed. Finally received BCBS surgery approval in June 2009. Surgery was August 5.

I am a 65 yr. old newly divorced lady after 47 years of marriage. Life is certainly new for me.....I thought I understood what was coming, but I really know now I was not prepared for the "liquid" part of the pre-surgery and after surgery program. I lost 16 lbs. before surgery, and have now lost 20 pounds total. My starting weight was 258 pounds.

It is the fifth day after surgery. Still on clear liquids. Went out yesterday for a short shopping trip. Got very weak and nauseated. Had to come home and take a nap.

I miss FOOD. Last night I was extremely depressed over the LIQUIDS and weakness. Started having doubts. Feel better today.

Tomorrow is my post-surgery doctor visit. I am a high school teacher and must return to my classroom Wednesday. Today is the first day of classes, and I hate missing the first two days with the students.

I know it will get better, but right now I am struggling to get through each day.

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by: Liz

Congrats on the weight loss. It is not as difficult as it seems for you.

Go to a health food store and get some protein shakes or drinks.

I have a double protein shake that I make myself every morning. It may be a bit higher in sugars than some of the others, but I have checked it out and gotten an okay on it.

I use a product by the name of Spirutein. It comes in powdered form in many flavors. I have tried the Chocolate (yum) and the cookies and cream (yum) and the capuccino (not bad) and the Choc/peanut butter (so-so) and the peaches and cream (yum) and the banana (excellent when mixed with a scoop of chocolate).

I do a scoop of choc and banana every morning with about 10 oz. of soy milk (my digestive tract does not like regular milk) and I blend it up in a bella something...It is a blender that does single serve blending with many cups in the package that I got at Target...very inexpensive...about $25.00)

Those protein shakes fill me for at least 4 or 5 hours and are very satisfying.

If you don't want to buy the big canister of drink mix without tasting them, many stores have single serve packets that you can buy that work also...but that morning shake gets in 47 grams of protein every morning.

That should make you feel better. If you don't like shakes or want something thinner, they have protein drinks (I haven't found one that tastes half way decent unless you add sweetener), but they are like a water consistency. The power is in the protein.

Good luck! It's really not bad once you get the hang of it.

Liz

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