Yesterday I ended up going into the emergency room, hence why I didn’t post. I hadn’t been feeling well for the past couple of days, which was due to not eating or drinking since Monday afternoon. As many of you will know, I had the Lapband surgery last December and thus far have been doing very well with it, no complications at all. Last Monday I got what’s called a fill in which more liquid is put into my band to make it tighter. I made the mistake of not listening to my body when it told me that it was too tight.
Now, I’ve been tight before and generally it just kind of goes away on its own with time. This time was different and it was stupid of me not to listen to my body when it was telling me that it was WAY too tight. I could not keep anything in my body including liquids—whenever I swallowed saliva even that came back up. My hope was that it would soon go away, but Wednesday morning I woke up in worse condition than I had been previously.
I was weak, couldn’t concentrate, had pain in my chest, and was just overall miserable. I tried to shrug it off as much as I could, but I couldn’t come Wednesday. I called my doctor, who of course is away in Texas until Friday, so they sent me to the emergency room. Let me tell you, emergency rooms are not fun in the slightest. The good news was that it was still pretty early in the day and there weren’t many people at the emergency room, which was good for me and them, I suppose. Either way, they took me in pretty quickly and hooked me up to an IV. Did I mention I’m not a huge fan of needles? It also doesn’t help that I have thin veins that are pain to find.
One of my doctor’s residents came in and looked for my port (the object in which the needle gets stuck into to fill and unfil my band), found it and missed. I was thankful that she didn’t try again on her own and instead went to get some help. They finally found my port after three tries (again, I hate needles so this was unpleasant) and took out 2ccs of the liquid that was in my band. I then sat in the back of the emergency room, where they have all the beds, for about an hour while the IV worked its magic putting fluid and nutrition back into my body. I could tell the difference almost instantly that I was feeling better.
Thankfully that’s all that it was that was wrong with me. I was too tight and I really should have gone back to my doctor to take some of the liquid out. I blame my cold, in all honestly because it seems that my band tightens when I’m sick and I’m still not over it completely. Of course, considering I was dehydrated and couldn’t eat for a few days, this means I will probably have my cold for a bit longer.
Long story short of it all though is that you have to always listen to your body. It will tell you that something isn’t right and when you need to get something done to make things right. So listen closely so hopefully you won’t end up in the emergency room like I did.
Has there ever been a time when you did not listen to your body when you should have? Did you end up in the emergency room or did you do something about it before it got that point? Tell me your story.Photo Credit: Robert Linder
Posted on August 23, 2012 by Felicia