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January 31, 2010


Sharon Oliver

Hi Lissa, just know that I think about you and pray for you, for that day when the pain is gone and you are happy with the results. I feel for you and know this must be very important to you for you to go through this. Thank you for being honest about the procedure and how you really feel about it. I hope it gets better soon and you turn that corner! Sharon (in NC)

Diana (Dori's Mommy)

(((HUGS))) to you!

Donna (Double Happiness)

So good to read an update! I've been thinking about you often and hoping to hear some good news. It sounds like the news is mixed though and I'm so sorry you're uncomfortable. Sounds really sucky! But I have to tell you that I read some of your symptoms (increased sense of smell, frequent belching and hiccuping along with the bloating and had to wonder if you might be pregnant. When I was preggo, increased sense of smell and burping were my earliest and most noticeable symptom. It might be the last thing you'd expect right now but just maybe???

I hope everything improves and you're feeling better about all of this.




Hi My name is Mary And i live in Southern Ohio.Ive been reading your blog for about a year now and I wanted you to know you are an insperation to me.I have been dealing with a weight problem and have considered the band as well.Reading your Blog will show me what I can be in for and will help me understand and deal with having the lap band.Thanks for sharing and congrads on the 20 pounds.


Sorry to hear that you are having so many problems. It's really not typical. Your slight weight gain is probably a natural reaction your body going into "starvation mode" and not wanting to lose the weight... simple water weight gain. Keep on drinking. Stay hydrated. Very important. Hope you feel better soon. Your fellow "Lapbander",


Hi Lissa,

I'm glad you posted an update. Although I had bypass vs lapband, what you're going through is SO familiar. I went for three months and couldn't even keep water down my site was so swollen. At the time I couldn't have regretted my decision to have weight loss surgery more, but once the uber icky part went away, I was glad I did it. (I'd never ever in a million years do it again!! But I don't regret doing it now.) I'm not thin or skinny, but I'm healthy and mobile. I'm off all meds and I feel pretty darn good most of the time. Which is all I was hoping to get out of the deal so I'm happy with the final outcome.

One thing that I found that helped me when food got stuck in my pouch, was to drink really hot coffee or tea. Depending on what it was that was stuck, it seemed to help dissolve it and move it through so the pain decreased to a tolerable level (if it was something like chicken or tuna, it would just add more pressure because the liquid may not be able to get around something more solid. ) But anything other than meat the super hot liquid really seemed to help. Sometimes laying on a heating pad would help too, but not usually.

I also understand the belching, to this day I'll ramp that bad boy mechanism up if something gets stuck (doesn't happen very often anymore, I recognize the pre-pain so I stop and don't get to the praying for death stage). The belching can sometimes trigger vomiting, which on occasion I needed when my 1 oz of sustinance was so stubbornly lodged I was seeing stars.

Anyway, just wanted to pass along the hot beverage tip. I'll keep you in my prayers for your liver tests.


Hoping that you feel better soon.


I am glad for the update, I have been thinking about you. It is not easy what you are going through and I am very proud of you Lissa for what you have done. I hope you hear good news soon regarding your other results. It is scary what they are telling you right now but weight loss will help a lot in improving your health. Please keep us posted and know that you are in our prayers.


Hang in there - thinking about you often.

Lori Williamson

Wow! It sounds like you are going through a real tough time. I hope that it will all pay off for you big time! I also hope that it gets easier very soon!

You are an inspiration to me as well. All your scary horror stories have motivated me to lose this weight on my own. I am just too fearful of the lapband or bypass surgery. So far I am down 23 pounds.

I am sorry that you are having such a bad experience, and I wish you comfort and joy and success in your endeavors!

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