Metabolism and Obesity Clinic (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney),
Dr James Gallagher and his Secretary Jenny, Ozband, Bandsters, NZ
Lapbanders, Husband Harry, Daughters Cara and Kimberly and Suzanne
(who was banded same day as me)
Everything - my husband has Acquired Brain Injury and daughter anorexia.
Previously PR and officework.
Dr James Gallagher
installed my band on 22nd February 2000 at the Mater Hospital, North
Sydney. I was 150 kgs. I developed an infection which took 5 or
6 weeks to clear up. My heart went into fibrillation and I was taken
to Intensive Care. This came about because the nurse told me I couldnt
take my heart medication (Sotalol) on the morning of surgery. The
specialist told me this was incorrect advice.
I had open surgery
because Dr Gallagher had to reverse a gastric bypass I had 20 years
ago at 150 kgs.
I would recommend
the AGB over a bypass anytime after having lived with both.
I have had some
of the usual problems getting used to the new regime of the AGB
- what to eat and what not to eat) but would do it all again tomorrow
if I had to. I am so much more positive about my partnership with
this band. I'm sure if I do my share it will help but I know the
band cant do the job by itself.
I have only
had l fill of lml - 2/3 weeks ago. I had lost 14kgs in the first
two months when the bomb fell on me about my daughter having anorexia
and that threw me into a loop to say the least. She has been in
hospital for two months now and I had been making bad food choices
and not exercising (falling back into the old routine of comfort
eating). I gained 2-3 kilos (cant remember the exact amount) and
the people at Metabolism and Obesity advised me not to get filled
until I had sorted myself out. Through seeing the dietician again,
reading the internet support groups and some counselling, I am remotivated
and losing weight again. I have lost the weight I put on and am
back to where I was before the bomb fell on me.
I am exercising
regularly and enjoying it. Exercise used to be a big problem for
me as I have osteo-arthritis in both knees which made walking painful
but as part of my commitment to this process I have had a heated
pool installed. (I figure I will save the cost of it in food and
gym fees - I dont drink or smoke and havent bought any new clothes
for 12 months and dont intend to buy any for another 12). Swimming
and exercising was a chore at first but I now enjoy feeling stronger
and more mobile.
I am having
another fill on 14th August so expect then to feel more restricted.
I am so proud of myself when I resist a temptation - it is absolutely
empowering. This tool is going to help me "get a life".