Saturday, September 18, 2010

Restriction... why do you confuse me so?

So I got my 2nd fill a bit more than a week ago and I have definitely felt some restriction. I think that's the only concrete and confident statement about it I can make at this point.

I think I feel it more in the mornings, but I'm not sure. If I opt for something liquid; chai latte, or a protein shake of some sort I definitely feel it, but it seems if I eat more solid food, like cheese or even a protein bar, it's not as pronounced which of course makes no sense to me.

I just had attempted to eat a wasa cracker with a piece of lite swiss cheese and a few pieces of honey ham. I chewed and chewed and chewed and after several bites I got that 'ouch that hurts' feeling in my chest. I've never had anything come back up or really even feel like it might. But I have gotten since this last fill the feeling that soemthing's stuck - sort of right behind my sternum - and if feels like I've got to burp or something - or really, as if I burped I would feel tons better, only I can't or don't burp. After a few minutes during which I can feel things moving around in all kinds of uncomfortable ways the pain becomes less acute and goes away a few minutes after that. I threw the rest of the cracker away but finished the ham and cheese.

I really have no idea if when I feel that I should read it as one of the following?....
Hey you idiot, you're full - stop eating!
Uh, yeah, that was a little to fast there dorko, perhaps you could slow down??
Back away from the food and no one will get hurt.

Generally, I am trying to go with - the 'you're full' choice and just immediately stop eating, but today I went ahead and finished the ham and cheese because I didn't think there was any way I'd eaten too much at that point. I didn't have any further uncomfortableness, but seriously, I don't know what this means... I truly hate when I feel stupid.




12 comments:

Sarah G said...

Ha! I'm your first follower! Hope you wanted followers. Would you mind if I mention you & post your link on my blog? It's a great way to gain followers. :)

Thanks for the encouraging comment.

Sarah G said...

Ok, it sounds like that feeling is your "soft stop", take that as your cure to stop eating right then. If you continue you get too full and it causes that feeling like you need to burp because food is stuck in your stoma. Being stuck is usually (for me, anyway) accompanied by "sliming", or excessive salivation, that's your body trying to lubricate the blockage. Sometimes bending over creates enough pressure to bring the blockage up (and all the excess saliva). It's a gentle-ish "productive burp" rather than vomiting.

I hope that helps. :)

Read said...

I'm so thrilled that you've become my first follower - thanks so much. It took me too long to click into the reality that there would be a helpful blog community out here and you've all far surpassed my hopes. I'd be totally excited if you'd mention me on your blog for any reason.

Christine said...

I have this theory that temperature makes a big difference in band tightness. If the liquids that you are drinking are too hot or too cold (or going from hot-to-cold) then that could be causing the band tightness. Try experimenting with that theory!
Christine
www.phoenixrevolution.net

Pamela E. Williams said...

I just had my first fill today. Not sure about any restriction yet. Thanks for making this post. I'm interested in the answers. Sarah G. sent me on over to your blog, so I'm following you ;-).

Amanda said...

Sassy Sarah sent me!! :) Looking forward to reading about ya

amandakiska said...

Sounds like you were slightly stuck to me. Restriction is good, but it takes some getting used to. This is where the blogs really come in handy. Luckily the further you get along in this process, the easier it becomes. I was banded in February and have lost more than 80 lbs. Come visit me at http://amandakiska.blogspot.com

Liz said...

Hi Read,

Found your blog from Sarah's mention! I am about to be banded on Thursday and am so excited.

Paige said...

Hi there! Just found you from Sarah! I was just banded last Thursday - loving having a community of people to bounce ideas off of...hang in there!

Heather said...

Welcome! Christine sent me over. I too am still a bit confused about this restriction.

Jessica said...

Found you on the blog hop! Look forward to following you.
Jess.

Check us out at: www.helpmewalkawaythepounds.blogspot.com

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