The last week has certainly been interesting.
The last time I saw my surgeon on January 24th, he gave me 0.4 cc's of a fill. This us not that much, however in my case, it was more than enough.
Last Saturday evening, I ate two bites of a rice cake and got stuck immediately. I vomited 5 times before everything eventually settled down. This led to my dietician putting me on a liquid diet when I saw her on Monday. I was going yo be seeing Dr Church on the 20th and she thought it would be a good thing to do to gets things to settle down and reduce the inflammation in my esophagus.
I lasted two days on the liquid diet. By the time Wednesday came around, I couldn't even get coffee or water in. I was told to head straight to the PLC ER if that was the case. So I did.
I received IV fluids as I was quite dehydrated. It's amazing how quickly dehydration settles in. It was a harrowing experience for me to say the least.
After 9 hours, the surgical team came to assess me. Two residents and an attending surgeon tried their best to find my port so I could get a de-fill. They were unsuccessful. After 7 pokes and prods of my belly with the needle, my surgeon pulled back the curtain and tried to do my de-fill. It took him three tries to find my port. He told me that it was tipped now and that's why it was such a difficult task. It's never been an issue for me to get a fill/de-fill.
Dr Church told me he took out a full cc...today it feels as though he took everything out. I ate tuna, chicken and shrimp yesterday without any issues. I almost felt panicky...not having the restriction is a bit daunting. It's new to me...I'm so used to everything getting stuck. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad thing, just weird.
I also want to give huge kudos to a nurse who took care of me on Wednesday. I don't think nurses get enough credit for the hard work they do. He was calm and caring the whole time I was there. I will be sending an email to his supervisor, letting him/her know how much I appreciated him.
I'm seeing Dr Church this coming Thursday for a consult and to discuss the band removal. I hope it's sooner rather than later!
Thank you everyone for your well wishes and show of concern the past few days. Your support has been...incredible.