Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I have been reading a lot of blogs lately to try and catch up and noticed at Jen - plus many others - had posted a very helpful graph on their blogs describing the Red, Green and Yellow zones.  If I am to answer the questions honestly, I would have to say that I am definitely too full.  And, like Jen, I have a huge fear of getting a de-fill and gaining weight.  On the other hand, I am not losing any weight right now so what do I have to lose, right?  Anything has to be better than sliming 70% of the time.  I just never know what is going to go down and what isn't even when I chew, chew, chew.  So, I have decided that this is probably the best course of action.  I want all those pre-band promises fulfilled.  The if-you-eat-right-you-will-be-satiated promise.  The no-more-cravings-between-meals promise.  The problem today is that half the time I try to eat protein like chicken - or even tuna salad - I am in spitting, sliming hell.  This makes me turn to the easy sliders for comfort and satiation.  Not good.  Especially when I am in the mood to comfort myself with food anyway.

Given this little analysis, I called my doctor's office today to make an appt. with the wonderful Fill Whisperer, Dawn, for an un-fill/de-fill (whatever we are calling it).  And what do I find out????  She has left the practice!  Taken a job in Aspen (I am assuming to be with the new boyfriend).  HORRORS!!!!  I love Dawn!  I have a relationship with Dawn.  She is the only one who has ever done a fill on me.  I have never developed a relationship with my surgeon outside of the operating room.  He's a nice guy, but he doesn't like doing fills and my understanding is that he is not very good at it.  Now, I know he will be taking fluid out - he can't f*** that up too much, but what about long term?  What if I don't like Dawn's replacement (who is supposed to start in August)?  Bloody hell!  Can my week... month... year... get any better????  Can SOMETHING not change right now??  And I know, I probably sound like a whiny, high maintenance bore right about now (I feel like it).  It seems like all I can blog about is how shitty things are.  I need out of this funk.  I am not a complainer by nature.  I am just completely overwhelmed right now.  I need affirmations, or meditation, or a huge cocktail.  I know that all this too shall pass.  I just wish it would be sooner rather than later.

On a slightly happier note, I picked my dog up from the hospital this afternoon.  I had to take her to emergency last night because she didn't seem able to breath and she fainted again (which really freaks me out).  Turns out she has chronic lung disease and some heart issues caused by that.  BUT, the good news is that it is treatable with long term, permanent medications (which will only cost me roughly $100 month).  She appears to be a good candidate and it is possible that I will be able to have her around for a good while longer as long as she responds well to the meds.  So, there is that.  I have my baby and I don't have to think about her going anywhere for a while.

So, wish me luck with the de-fill.  My appt. is tomorrow afternoon.  Perhaps I will get some relief and be able to start eating like a somewhat normal person again.

Thanks for listening to the rants.  I promise, it will get better.



Oh I would hate to lose Reeger my PA/filler. We really do but a lot in there hands. Hope you like your new person.

Sandy Lee said...

Don't fear the de-fill. I had 0.5 cc taken out last March and it was the best thing. It seemed to reposition my band. Getting back the ability to eat is wonderful. It took me 4 months to get back to that fill level, I didn't lose any weight, but I also didn't gain any. I go up by 0.1 cc each time. We got this far, what's a few more months. Good luck with the non-whispering doc. As you say--he should be able to take out fluid.

Amanda Kiska said...

I'm so glad your dog is okay!

I'm also glad you called for a de-fill. I guess that's what we're calling it now. Someone said that is the proper term.

You gave the classic reasons for needing one and you probably have stalled because your eating sliders instead of healthier choices.

Darlin1 said...

Wishing you the best!

Sarah G said...

Having the de-fill may be just what you need to get you back to losing. Good luck!

Linda said...

Oh no! My NP that did all my fills let the practice last year and I was devastated. I completely understand.
If you are having trouble eating solid proteins, a small unfill might be what you need.

Theresa aka Tessie Rose said...

My outlook on everything got much better once I got my little de-fill a couple of days ago, being able to eat with out pain or puking makes everything better. Good Luck!

Gen said...

CRAP I can't believe Dawn left! Well, actually, I can, but still....That sucks! You know what problems I had with the doc, but that was because he was constantly overfilling me. I think you should be okay with an unfill.

And I def think you need a de-fill (I still like saying unfill better). I just ate half a tuna sandwich for lunch, no problems, totally satisfied. If you can't eat protein you probably will not lose. Strange but true.

Hang in there and drink that giant cocktail - remember, alcohol totally relaxes the esophagus, make sure you have some before dinner!

Maybe This Time said...

good luck! i know this is a hard decision to make and losing your "fill buddy" is stressful...but you know what's right for YOU. stay focused!

Anonymous said...

How was your un-fill? And huw is your fur baby?
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