Monday, March 23, 2015
Dear Dr. Mattar, Why did you give me another belly button?
As if it weren't bad enough that I have the cavernous belly button shared by most WLS patients, I now have a second indentation courtesy of my surgeon. Why, Dr. Mattar, why did you give me a stomach dimple? How will I ever wear a bikini?
I am told the dimple was created by suturing the Band to my muscle.
I wish I could say that I am back to normal, eating-wise, but the reality is that I am still struggling with nausea and vomiting when I eat solid foods. I was doing fairly well last week. I didn't take the Zofran for a couple of days. Then TOM came to town and I was back at it.
I really can't explain what the problem is. I don't feel like food is getting stuck in the Band. I eat a few bites and major nausea hits. Usually I am vomiting saliva, but the last few days I am vomiting until there's nothing left - all the food and liquids that I've had come back. I'm mainly trying to eat mushies so it should be food that goes through okay.
On Wednesday it will be five weeks since my Band relocation surgery.
When I was first banded back in 2010, I had a very easy recovery. I was eating solid foods after a few weeks. I had no significant nausea or vomiting, except when I forgot to chew thoroughly or accidentally took too large a bite. I was generally able to eat any kind of food.
If I had known it was going to be this hard, I don't know if I would have kept my band. I'm tired of puking. I'm both nauseated and ravenously hungry at times. I want to sit down with my kids and enjoy a nice dinner. I want to eat "normal" food. I've had a few glimpses of things working okay, but most of the time I've had issues and I don't really know if its getting better.