I was going to title this “Fluoro is fun” and it was, but… the foam machine is making so much noise I figured it was fighting for its place in the spotlight.
I went and got the fluoroscopy today and that was fun. The band looks good and everything is right where it should be. They had me take a little sip and we all watched it go down; it hesitated for a second then flew through the band. The doctor said – “Yep, that’s all I need to see. Let’s get you a fill.”
Up on the table I go while he prepares his stuff and the tech gets the machines ready to see what’s going on there. I asked him what he was planning on giving me since he was so quick to want to give me one. Can you guess what he said?? “1.5cc” um, what!!?? Are you on crack? “Nooooo!” He just looked over at me like I was insane. “How about .5cc” Jesus you were so clear that there’s no way you’d give me as much as .5cc since I was throwing up water at that fill level and had to have some removed. I’ve been feeling much more like I have room for a fill this time then when I went in for one last time and so I thought the whole ½ cc would be okay and told him so. He gave it to me and that was that. He only used the machines to… well I’m not exactly sure why – he took a picture with the needle in there. I was expecting he’d do the fill and maybe have me drink again so we could see what the fill looks like in there – but no, he gave me some water and that seemed to be okay and sent on my way.
Well, now it’s four hours later and I can’t really keep water down. I’ve foamed up (who knew that was a verb?) first a few sips of latte (I shouldn’t have started there) and then the little bit of water I’ve tried. Some stays down, but not all. So I’m sitting here trying to decide if this is really a problem or not. It could be that there is some extra inflammation down there from the fill itself and it’ll right itself in a day or two or maybe it’s really just too tight. I seemed to be able to swallow fine in the hospital this morning, though I only tried a few sips. And I had a few sips of latte on the way to work and that seemed to go down – it was very slow, but it went. But here at work… not so much.
I’m happy to wait and see, but the problem is – he has does surgeries on Fridays so I couldn’t get him tomorrow or throughout the weekend. But... even as I’m typing this – I’m IMing with my friend Camille who’s had a band for many years (and who’s mom is the patient coordination director for Dr. Rumbaut, the lap band doctor in Mexico that a lot of people use).and she suggested trying Maalox or Mylanta or something like that to see if that helps calm things down – and I chewed one – in small, small bits – not thinking it would stay down – and it did. So maybe it’ll be okay afterall…. We’ll see.
But seriously! Can you believe he wanted to give me another 1.5cc. I can not follow his logic no matter how hard I try. I am at a loss as to why he’s the go to guy around here? He must be a hell of a surgeon, but that’s all he is - it stops there.