Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I feel like a bandster again...

I had my first appointment with my new band doctor today.  And at first it seemed like it was heading into disaster mode.  I get there the requested 15 minutes early as it's my first appointment and go to sign in and am asked which doctor I'm seeing and I tell them.  They say, oh, they're not here yet.  They'll be here soon and will call you then.  Well, okay then.

I sit down patiently and watch several other patients for the same doctor do roughly the same thing and ultimately sit down.  About 15 minutes later - right at my appointment time... the hussy walks in.  She too went to the window and tried to sign in and she too was giving the same information as the rest of us. But that little hussy just stood there at the window hovering... waiting so she could get her name down first on the sign in sheet.  She did and then I was second and the rest followed.

But then the most delightful and assertive woman went up to the counter and told the people how I had been there first - waiting since long before she had come in and how we had both been here before the hussy who was now happily filling out her paperwork.  Then I was asked again for my name and the woman behind the counter said I wasn't on their list for the day - when did I make my appointment.  Uh... a few weeks ago.  Here, let me show you the paperwork that you guys sent me with this date and time listed on it.  She was very polite, but not sure what to do with me.

They got it figured out and sent me back.  The nurse who took my vitals apologized telling me it was entirely her fault.  That she filled out the paperwork and got everything ready, but didn't put it on the schedule. Obviously I liked her immediately even if she didn't have much of a personality - I love it when people acknowledge that they screwed up - it takes all my annoyance away.  Done.

Anyway - then the doctor came in and as advertised he was very funny.  He asked me relevant questions and listened to what I had to say.  Based on what I am able to eat and how quickly he thought I should have a full cc but totally understood my reluctance given my over fill history.  He said - how about if we give you half now and if you want it, come back in 2 weeks and we'll put in a bit more.

The only part I didn't love was that he pulled out all of the liquid because he wanted to know where I was - then he put it back in with .5cc more.  But as you all have said over and over again - having it all out and going all right back in can sometimes really change the fill level - or at least how filled you feel.... so it makes me a little nervous - but eh... he's got a baseline and I really liked him.  He actually talked and listened and I didn't think he was patronizing or anything.

So... yay me.  And now - I feel like I just got my band and I'm on liquids for 2 days and then can go to solids and if I want I can go back and get some more.  (which I highly doubt).

14 comments:

Tina said...

yay hooray. Mine has always pulled everything out every time I get a fill. I might change things but has never been a huge problem. I hope it goes similarly for you.

Good look you bandster you. xxoo

Miss Vickie "The Queen Bee" said...

Sounds like you made a good choice with your doctor and fill amount. Hope it all goes well!

Gilly said...

Well...anything would be better than the old dude, right? They wouldn't pull all mine out yesterday for exactly that reason, even though I wanted her to. Ah well...here's to both of us gearing up!

Sandy Lee said...

So glad you found a cutie. I wouldn't worry about the complete unfill. I think it best that he knows what's in it. And glad the hussy got her due. Same thing happened when I went in for surgery last month. The office hadn't opened but when they did they asked for the first person who arrived to come up first. Don't tick off people who have been fasting!

Theresa aka Tessie Rose said...

Good for you! I'm with Tina, it hasn't made that much of difference pulling the fluid out for me.

Linda said...

Yea!!! I'm so glad he is good - I always heard good things about him.
I had all mine taken out once and it was rough, but I think it's because they put more in too.

JRD said...

So glad you found someone you like!! It's so important...hope the fill is exactly what you need.

Dawnya said...

I'm super excited for you. This is just what you needed...a doctor who will listen to you.

Go Read!!!

Cat said...

Very glad that the nurse admitted that it was her fault. Very good!

jogoodwin said...

Woo Hoo...I am SO excited for you and am glad you liked him. Just so you know, he always pulls all of the liquid out before he gives a fill. I am not sure why but that is definitely his practice. He is funny and I have enjoyed him as my surgeon. In fact, last time he gave me a hug. I can't wait to hear how things go for you :)

Ronnie said...

Thank GOD! I love it.

Hope this puts you in a better place restriction-wise! :)

Kristy said...

Glad you hit it off with your new doctor...and glad that assertive lady was there for you!

Cindylew said...

Sounds like a huge step in the direction of success.

Kelly said...

I'm glad you like your new doctor, Read. Hopefully, this is the first successful step. :-)