What I miss about my Gastric Band?
My gastric band was my saviour, it literally gave me my life back! It enabled me to cross my legs, wear lace up shoes and the confidence to don a swimsuit once again.
Of course, there were times when I hated it and it became my foe rather than my friend. Such times included: pain when I had overeaten, pain when food became stuck above the band, and pain when I would regurgitate my last mouthful. However, this pain was all induced by my greed and impatience.
However I had many years of loving my Gastric Band. It taught me to make healthier food choices. For example: a McDonald’s treat for me became a chicken salad rather than a Big Mac. I learned to love those chicken salads (and still do). My band gave me a desire to eat fish rather than red meat, and vegetables rather than chips. My friend constantly reminded me when I had eaten enough. What a tool!
It goes without saying that losing the weight made me feel better about myself, improving my self-esteem. But most importantly, the weight loss resulted in an improvement in my health. It was a good friend to me.
Just under 2 years ago – my gastric band was removed and I had revisional surgery. I was very anxious at the prospect of having such a big operation. However, I knew that I would always need a weightloss tool to help me for the rest of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Gastric Bypass.
So what do I miss about my band?
- That wonderful feeling of fullness after a small portion of food. (with a bypass, you can feel nauseous after eating the wrong type of food, or too much of it)
- I miss that “squeezing “ sensation as food used to pass through my band, making me feel fuller for longer
- I have never been a grazer so the Band was perfect for me, a 3 meal a day girl! (I do forget to eat regularly since my Gastric Bypass)
- I could have a few glasses of wine and not turn into a crazy lady! (alcohol has an immediate affect after a Bypass)
- Should I admit to this? I actually miss being able to have an occasional dessert! (I have to avoid sweet things now)
- My ample cleavage! Since I have had my Gastric Bypass, I have lost a further 35kgs, resulting in a rather small chest!
We had fun together for those 9 years and I am eternally grateful to my friend for allowing me to take back control with my eating. Just like any good friend – always take care and look after them, and they will continue to look after you!