Well I was banded in December over Christmas break. Yes that means I had nothing but broth for my Christmas dinner but at least I had some time to heal.
During the first 5 days it was pretty painful. Lots of pressure in my upper chest, almost near my shoulder. I can only describe it as an elephant standing on me. I read up on how to relieve the 'gas pains' which was walking and gasx. When I took those strips which tasted nothing like the cinnamon trident I was hoping for, for days with no relief. I did so many laps around my dining room table I think I made a track in the floor. But on day 5 I felt relief and then I was ready to start my less painful journey.
So far I have had 5 fills and am at 7 cc's. I really don't feel like I have any restriction. Each time I go in for a fill, my doctor asks me can I eat bread. And my answer is always, "yep" Then she asks, "Can you eat chicken?" And the answer is yes! So she shoots me up with another cc and I go home to see if things will change.
No PBing as people talk about, no sliming as I have heard so many stories about.
Why no pictures you may ask, well I guess I am not out yet. I told 3 of my colleagues at work, and three of my friends outside of work. I think I just have to get comfortable with it first before I out myself. I am worried about what people might think, and talk about how lazy I am.
For right now when people ask me how I am doing it I just say eating less and making better food choices. Which is true. I just neglect the part about if I tried to eat a bowl of rice I would probably explode due to constriction.