My name is Sherri... I have been a bander since Feb 2007. I have lost 70 pounds and have 40 more to go still. I have had struggles but feel very strongly that I was the "educating" patient. A year and a half ago- the hospital I work at started offering the procedure!! I am the office coordinator- teach seminars and support groups and with my struggles have taught the Dr many new things! =)
I recently had my band emptied. It has been too tight for a while but my port was flipped but with more experience we figured out it is actually on its side and the dr was able to access it and get it emptied. So now I worry of course about weight gain but I am doing well so far. I think I will actually lose because even empty- I think it is right where it needs to be! I am not really hungry most of the time.
I need some extra love and support and encouragement. I have hard time going to support group and asking for it there when I am trying to help everyone else and many of the support group patients are new. Some don't quite know the difference yet between empty and properly filled.
Anyway- found this site. Thought I would blog and see what comes of it. I do have another blog here. It is more about the emotional mental side of things... goals I made for myself and reached or didn't reach.