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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I Got Chills, They're Multiplying, And I'm Losing Control

Good morning blogland.  I have mentioned that I constantly have 'Nora theme songs' running through my head.  I wake up singing (quietly, I promise) and continue throughout the day.  So... I figured that I should start using song lyrics for the titles of my blog posts.  Let's see how long this keeps up for. 

Today's topic is being stuck.  It has happened to almost all of us, and we can all agree that it sucks.  I was banded for 6 months before I ever experienced being stuck and PBing (you can read about that trauma here).  In the beginning PBing was very violent and unpleasant.  Now I know why- I did not know what being stuck felt like, and I did not know what my body's little warning signs were.  Because of this, I would continue to eat slowly, so I had food on top of my stuck stuff.  When I PBd, it could take up to an hour to get fully unstuck- yuck! 

Now I know almost immediately if I am going to have issues, and it is because I get chills when stuck.  I can be eating a lovely meal, be 100% OK, and then poof- chills up and down my spine.  This is my body's little warning.  Once I get that feeling, I simply stop eating.  My one issue is that being stuck invariably leads to a PB.  I read that some of you can just wait a few minutes to become unstuck.  I am not one of those people.  Whatever is stuck will come up; this is just how my body likes it.  At least my PBing is much less traumatic than it had been.  It just takes a few seconds, and it is over.  I am very thankful for my chills! 

How about for everyone else?  Does your body give you any indication that something is wrong?  Are your PBs much more tolerable than they were in the beginning?

Continuing on today's topic of being stuck, I only get stuck right before or during my TOM.  My band is SO loose for most of the month, and then my period comes and changes things.  I have been contemplating a fill for two months and do have an appointment on Friday just in case.  I have not had a fill since September and think it is about time.  I haven't been losing much weight recently, and a little fill might help that.  Still, I don't like TOM tightness.  I am conflicted.  At least I have a few days before I need to make up my mind.    

7 comments:

Lap Band Gal said...

Thanks for this post. :)

vickyd said...

I get this little half hiccup/half silent burp thing...it's hard to explain but when that happens I know that I need to put my fork down. I don't normally pb much...although since I got my 2nd fill last month, I've pb'd 6 or 7 times while learning how much I can eat now. I do agree that if I listen to my body it is much less of an "event" than it used to be...

Catherine55 said...

A lot of the time, standing up and walking around will let me get unstuck and to avoid a PB. Is worth a try! I also take deep breaths, breathing out through my mouth (er, if I'm alone or with Steve.. the .. er, lucky.. guy!). That seems to help me to relax and for my band to get a little looser so that the stuck food can go down.

Can't wait to see you!

Beth Ann said...

That is really interesting. While I get stuck every once in a while, I rarely actually PB. Most of the time it just goes through eventually.

I keep meaning to ask you if you are going to be around while I'm over there for the Olympics. I sure would like to meet you while I'm there if we could work it out!

MandaPanda said...

I rarely PB these days and it's usually right around TOM for me too. I can usually feel that one bite that is just really slow moving and if I try to get past that and keep eating, I'll PB.

Reggie said...

Thanks Nora, I have not heard your particular tell mentioned before.

wtfovaries said...

When I get stuck at first its a bit of pressure in my chest and I feel like I can't completely swallow my food. If it was too big of a bite I will PB and if I have a brain fart and keep eating, I will throw it up. Not pleasant! Sometimes it passes quickly and other times it lasts for quite a while (this has happened for a while and only about 4 times thankfully!)