Tuesday, June 29, 2010

UGI report

I went for an Upper GI this morning, and I'm glad to report all is well. No slip.

However...

Even with a complete unfill, the "channel", as the radiologist called it, is narrower than it was 18 months ago with fluid IN. Weird! I was looking at the images of the barium going through, and I noticed that the stream of barium looked very very little. My original surgeon used to have us do a barium swallow with each adjustment, and I've been adjusted more times than I can count, so I've seen enough of these to know what I'm looking at. Being the awesome guy that he was, the radiologist didn't blow me off and went to pull up my images from last time. And he agreed. Much narrower. No idea why, but there it was. Someone from my fill doc's office called later this afternoon and said that there was nothing to worry about. He likes to read the images himself, which I appreciate. So, what do you guys think of that? Strange, isn't it? In case you're wondering, I have the 4cc Allergan LapBand. Does anyone else have this one? Seems like everyone is always talking about having upwards of 6 ccs in their band, and I have seriously never been able to tolerate more than 2 in mine. Even that is too tight.

With that info in mind, I'm keeping my portions small. Breakfast was 1 scrambled egg, 1 sausage link, and 1/2 a biscuit. That is more than I have been able to tolerate lately, but still a reasonably sized meal. Lunch was 10 tortilla chips with some cheese melted on and some salsa. I wasn't even hungry for dinner, so I just skipped it and drank another 30 oz of water. I guess I can consider myself still restricted. Goody!

5 comments:

-Grace- said...

Well I am super happy that you didn't have a slip! But how strange that you are tighter now.....When they figure it out, let us know. I'm so curious now!

Band Groupie said...

YAY, no slip!!! OK, tell me all about the esophageal spasms; why, when, and did they feel like you were going to die?

If you can do all these fills, unfills, babies, and gallbladder then I'll make it!

Stephanie said...

I've always wondered what that barium swallow tastes like? is it totally gross? I'm glad to hear that there is no slip and I hope things get better for you!

Jenny said...

Well thank goodness there is no slippage!

So weird that it would be smaller now.....

Maria said...

Stephanie - barium isn't that bad anymore. Back in the day, it was horrid horrid stuff. I only know because I had to do some when I was 14 and I could barely keep it down. These days it tastes very mildly strawberry-ish. It's just chalky. If you don't think about it too much, it's not bad.

Band Groupie -- I'm emailing you!