So I got my first fill yesterday afternoon. I wasn't as nervous as I thought I'd be, surprisingly enough!
My doctor came in and talked to me a little bit about how I've been doing and why I think I need a fill. He is pretty conservative with his fills and he said that he was a bit hesitant to give me an adjustment because I've been losing weight well and I'm feeling *some* restriction when I eat too fast or take too big of bites.
I explained to him that I am hungry after a meal within two hours and I'm avoiding eating more often because of sheer willpower. So he decided to do a small fill.
He had me lay on the exam table with a round pillow under the small of my back to pop my tummy up. I could feel my port better than I ever had before and it was kinda cool/creepy. He numbed me with a bit of lidocaine (sp?) and that burned for just a second. He explained that he numbs his patients before a fill simply because he'd hate to not be able to get the port on the first try and have to wiggle the needle around w/o and pain meds. I was happy with that explanation as I am NOT one for pain, so I just relaxed, realized I wouldn't feel anything.
So he inserts the needle and I can feel a bit of pressure, but zero pain. It takes him a minute or two to find the port and I can feel him hitting the side of it, which was a weird sensation. But he finally got it and drew out 4cc which he put in during my surgery (which I didn't know about!). Since I already had 4cc, he decided to only give me 1cc more to bump me up to 5cc in a 10cc band. He removed the needle, drank my water, and that was that! I was on my way out of the office within 15-20 minutes of walking in the door.
I was on liquids from yesterday afternoon until about noon today. I haven't had any problems with anything so I had a grilled chicken snack wrap from McDonald's this afternoon on the way home from our trip up to the mountains. I took tiny bites, chewed well, and waiting in between bites. Everything went down perfectly, no problems. But if I had eaten it faster or with bigger bites, I can tell I would have gotten stuck. AND... the little wrap filled me right up! Its been almost 2 1/2 hours since my meal and I'm good to go!
Tonight I'll have some tuna salad probably and tomorrow I'll give some other foods a shot like my morning cereal or some turkey bacon.
But the ominous first fill is over and done with and it was just like everyone promised... NOTHING to worry about!