- HEALTH TRACKER
I had to do a reduce calorie diet while meeting with the nutritionist. And two weeks before surgery, I did a liquid diet. Yes, I did cheat once or twice the first week of the diet. I will admit it was hard. Sleeping after surgery was a bit difficult. I have been sleeping on my back since the surgery and I am normally a side sleeper. After the doctor removed the last drainage tube, I asked if it was okay to sleep on my side and he said yes. I slept on my side one or two nights but still sleeping on my back most nights.
Definitely in the hospital, I had pain. Every cough and sneeze hurt like hell. I filled the prescription to be on the safe side. I took them the first two nights and otherwise no pain that needed medication. Taking out the drainage tubes will hurt almost as bad for an hour or two.
Regrets.....I don't think I have any. Suggestions.......make sure you have someone to help you post surgery. THere is no bending, lifting, etc. I even went to a wedding last night. That was hard even though I brought my own food/drink. A challenge. If you have familly events happening during your recovery, seriously think over if you want to attend. Purchase food that can be pureed before surgery.
I am on pureed foods and liquids. I am trying to get in the necessary protein but it isn't easy. I am not hungry at all and I have to remind myself that I need to "eat" something. I have no appetite. Just force yourself to eat your one once of food/drink.
I hope I haven't scared you with everything. It is alot and somethings people just wont say.
How is your journey going?
You wont miss anything. Just look at different topics and read the ones that you think may help you. Ask general questions on the board. I did that and next thing I knew I had my surgery date. Take time to relax and focus on you. Pamper yourself while you can. That way you can go in with a clear mind.
I am doing good. Taking it day by day. Hour by hour. Still no appetite, but I know I have to eat something.