Balloon Placed!
November 28, 2017
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I had my balloon placement done yesterday at 8 a.m. One of my biggest concerns was the reported side effects.  I was not looking forward to nausea and vomiting until my body adjusted.  Dr. Din researched this procedure a lot prior to introducing it to our practice, but the unknown is always concerning.  He has picked a top of the line medicine protocol (the down side is that one of the medications that helps the most is quite expensive) and I followed it to the letter.  I started with an anit-nausea patch behnd my ear and the first dose of my antinausea medicine.

When we got to the endoscopy center I was ready to go.  The staff and physicians took great care of me, and my understanding was the procedure took approximately 15-20 minutes.  It is comparable to an EGD, a procedure Dr. Din has done thousands of times. 

I am happy to report that I have not had any nausea or vomiting and it has been a little over 24 hours since my procedure.  I'm trying to keep myself hydrated.  The biggest side effect I'm having is some reflux and mild cramping.   The antispasmodic prescribed as well as the over the counter medication FDGard has helped a lot with that. Walking around helps as well.  I was able to sleep in 6 hour increments yesterday as that is when the antispasmodic starts to wear off, so keep your medicine close to your bed so your sleep is as uninterrupted as possible.  

I'm surprised with how aware of my body the balloon has made me.  I was a little disappointed because I was feeling hungry and that was the biggest purpose of the ballon, to stave off hunger.  I mentioned this to Dr. Din and when I described my hunger pains he gave me the reflux medication and I was no longer hungry.  Have I been eating everytime I have reflux? That would explain a lot!

So far, so good.  Really looking forward to moving beyond this liquid diet (either tonight or tomorrow).  It has truly been a full reset in many ways, I look forward to continuing my journey and sharing it with you!

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