Lap-Band Liz from Chicago
My weight loss surgery journey has begun. After fighting with the insurance company for over a year, I ended up appealing their denial and was approved in 12 days and scheduled my surgery date as quickly afterward as I could.
I had gastric lap-band weight loss surgery on the 13th of April, 2009 and it went beautifully. I was put in ICU after surgery because of sleep apnea problems. When waking up the next morning I felt fabulous...yes, a bit sore, but excited about my new life ahead of me.
I tolerated clear liquids for the first two days and had included clear protein drinks. I then moved onto protein drinks and continued my breathing exercises and began to add a little more to daily walking.
I was unsure if I was allowed lowfat cottage cheese or refried beans but tried them after 6 days...one on the 6th day and another on the 7th. I am not sure if this is too soon or not but I was having difficulty with excess air (burping) as I cannot seem to sip without gulping air at the same time. The walking helps this tremendously but I think I will go back to just protein drinks and water or tea or chicken broth for a while longer.
I start work again tomorrow (exactly 1 week after my surgery) as I have stopped taking the pain killers, except at night, since the 3rd day. It was time and I seem to be handling it well.
I am concerned about my brassier pressing on the main incision as it is in the crease just below (between) my breasts and I don't want to irritate it as it is a bit sore still.
Wish me luck! I will keep you in touch.