Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I've Been Inducted

First, thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.  Not much to update.  My brother-in-law is feeling much better as of last night.  I guess the pain has calmed to a dull ache as opposed to a constant throbbing.  He had another MRI yesterday to see if the swelling has gone down.  Seeing as he's in less pain, I would think it has but we haven't gotten the results yet.  If he can be relatively pain free over Christmas, we would be very grateful.

As for the title of this post, it happened.  I have officially been inducted to Bandland.  I had my first PB last night.  For anyone who might not know...PB stands for "productive burp," a horrible name for anything if I do say so myself.  They call it this instead of vomiting but it still sounds gross.  It's very difficult to explain to people who haven't experienced it what it's like and I won't attempt to do so here.  I will say this.  It was more... violent...than I thought it would be.  For some reason, I just imagined food just popping back out.  Not so much.  However, I was relieved that it didn't involve the same kind of retching or nastiness of actually throwing up.  The culprit?  I'm pretty sure corn on the cob and eating too fast.  At least that's all I can put together.  I've been struggling with the eating slower and chewing as well as I should and it finally came back to bite me.  If anything, with the way I've been eating, it at least let me know the band was, in fact, in there.  It also taught me that I REALLY don't want it to happen again.  I'm not a fool...I know I probably won't get through life with a lapband and only PB once but it's good to have goals.

The eating so far this week has been really good.  Portions are in control, not too many sweets and working harder to get my protein and fiber in.  All good things.  I'm finishing up my Christmas shopping today.  Time has just gotten away from me so I really gotta get this done. 

My hubby is taking my girls to the movies today.  What a brave soul he is!  They're going to see the new Yogi Bear movie.  Maddie (5) has been to only one other movie and we didn't take her to that until she  was 4.  She always had issues sitting still.  She did great though so I don't worry about her.  Lori (3), however, has never been to a movie and I'm worried about how she'll do.  She's still pretty little and has a lot of energy so I'm not sure that she'll sit still that long.  So not only is he attempting to take Lori to her first movie by himself but he's actually attempting to take BOTH girls by himself.  I wish him good luck on his adventure today. 


Heather said...

PBs never get fun. It is good to hear that your BIL isn't in intense pain, but I am sure this isn't news that the family needed around the holidays. My prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. Here's to hoping that everything is good when surgery comes around!

Ginger aka Gidget said...

Sending prayers for your BIL. Hope everything works out there. On the PB - I have yet to PB. Weird, huh? Hopefully I don't jinx myself but when I start feeling like it's getting too tight, I stop and then the gurgling starts. I might gurgle for 15 minutes but haven't had the big PB.

~Lisa~ (Mrs C) said...

PBing doesn't sound fun - not at all.. ouch! I am glad to hear your brothers pain has subsided.. Continued prayers for all of you.. Please keep us posted.

Movie date?? Wow! That sounds like so much FUN! Your Hubs is a brave soul, what an adventure - but he'll do fine! Enjoy your shopping and preparing and have a great day!

LDswims said...

I think that it is safe to say that there are those of who have pb'ed...and there are those of us who will.

It sure does suck - a major motivation to pay more attention.

Glad that your BIL is getting some relief in the pain. I hope the relief continues to progress.

And I hope all goes well with the movie adventure. Can't wait to hear stories about that one!

amandakiska said...

Your husband is a brave soul! I hope he doesn't have any expectation to actually watch the movie since he'll spend most of it escorting children to the bathroom. Tell him not to buy the soda.

I'm glad the BIL is feeling a bit better.

Jess said...

Yeah PB-ing sucks!!! I went months and months after getting banded before it happened to me and I can honestly say it's only happened a handful of times in the 10 months I've been banded. So your future may be brighter than you thought. haha

That's sweet your hubby is taking the girls out. Hope they have fun.

Bonnie said...

So sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. He will definitely be in my prayers. I agree PBs suck, but at least they are - for the most part - in our control. Sometimes I miss my girls being younger, but going to movies is definitely a lot easier now. Plus, we can see movies that I actually want to see. We saw Little Fockers today and it was pretty funny.