A message from Brigid ....

I have been a blogger since 2005. At the height of my blogging busy-ness, I had "a small stable" of blogs on different topics: social and political commentary; desert spirituality; food; waste and ....

A few years ago I called time and ceased blogging altogether - although there was an occasional post. I had called it quits. I am an aged woman these days with a couple of serious illnesses. I am not allowed to drive. I am no longer active in organisations. I think it fair to say that I am housebound. I am active on Facebook, although I am not there as often as once I was. I have decided to embark on a re-entry into the blogging world ... beginning with The Trad Pad and, possibly, a return to my food blog, Oz Tucker. I have always used a lot of photographs on my blogs ... and I miss not being out and about with my camera.

The Trad Pad has been my blog for the lovely things of life. The controversial or political has seldom intruded. Occasionally, the spiritual has found its way in, but I kept spirituality for the blog, Desert. I don't yet know if I will revive that. I will stick pretty much to food and the lovely things of life. If I have some regularity with those two categories, I feel that I will be doing well. I hope that, with this blog new friendships can be formed and old friendships renewed; new lovelies discovered; new reflections can enter into the meaning of modern life. I would love to hear from you - particularly if you have suggestions for new topics to enter into the conversation. So, it is a new year. Let's see what it has in store, what it can bring to us. And I hope that those who share the spirit of The Trad Pad can spread the message of a world of beauty, the creativity of humanity, and the joys of simplicity and tradition. ~~~ February, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Journey after Lapbanding - 5

Yesterday was the day of my first adjustment to my lapband. Adjustments happen periodically. This means an injection in the upper part of one's abdoment of water into a "port" that is connected to the lapband. The addition of water tightens the lapband. Conversely, the lapband can be adjusted by the removal of water. Following the operation to insert the lapband, no water was inserted. So this first adjustment was the first insertion of water. I had 4mm of water inserted. The process is a matter of trial and error to ascertain what suits the individual. To ensure that it was not too tight, I was first given a glass of water which went down OK. Then I was given a tiny tub of yoghurt. That went down all right. The whole purpose of the exercise is to ensure that the individual does not get hungry under about four hours. I return two weeks from to-day for a second adjustment. This will be followed by a further assessment six weeks from then to decide if I need a further adjustment. My understanding at this stage is that after that I will probably have to discern for my self when I may need further adjustment.

A couple of aspects of the visit were dismaying. My scales are big dial type scales. They tell me that I have lost approximately 20kg. The scales at the clinic are digital platform scales. They tell me that I have lost approximate 12kg. Now a kilo or two's difference would be understandable - but that much?! I am reminded of what Oprah says: The scales aren't my friend. My measurements were taken and while they had declined slightly it was well, er slight. However, my clothes - which everyone says is the best guide - are getting much looser and I am getting back into clothes that were tight. Even got into a new pair of shoes yesterday. Well - they were new three or four years ago - and have never been worn. In recent times my feet have been swollen. They are no more and, of course, the feet are getting skinnier as the rest of me loses weight. So off I went to the clinic yesterday in a blouse that I had not worn for a while because it was too tight and uncomfortable and in the new shoes - which turned out to be probably the most comfortable pair of new shoes that I had ever been in. Felt really good!

So the story continues. Will let you know what happens after the 9 Feb visit.

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