February 2006 on February 7, 2006 12:00 am
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Surgery Is Done!!! It took longer than expected because I have so much scar tissue already. (I am no stranger to surgery) On a good note, the doc found two hernias while he was in there and fixed them. (Thank you very much)
My good friend Renee took the week off of work ro help me with my family. She has been in and out and this alows me to sleep as needed. I guess all that free babysitting I did for her every other weekend has been payed back nicely. No guilt either! LOL
The amazing adventures of my Gurgling glands!!! No one told me the other woman I have shared this body with over the years would start to have conversations with me once I asked her to leave my body! I swear everyone in the room can hear the sounds coming from my mid-drift area.
What I was told is I would like things one day and detest them the next. I quickly went from crystal lite (Yuck now) to herbal tea from distain.
I also learned that if a peer who has been there says "watch it", that you "watch it". I ate stallone pudding for two days, then the third day my daughter brought me the container... and just the sight of the container had me gagging and almost hurling. O.K., so pudding is on hold for a little while. LOL I very quickly learned to go with the medication and broken sleep. Hey, I made no plans... so a nap every two to three hours doesn't really matter, huh.
I have no problem getting the water in, and about 20 to 35 grams of protien. Outside of that. I just cannot wait to feel the shower. SOON! And hope to increase my walking. I cannot go far, but I do know how tired I am when I return. So, I believe it is doing me some good.
Went to the doc today and have lost 19 lbs. the first week. He took out the staples... all 32 of them. my scar is 12" long and not looking too bad right now. As scars would go. I will be increasing my protein in the next few days... and lets see how I feel after that. Other than that, I seem to be right on track.
So far so good. I have a doctor predicted oozing of the scar line. It is nasty and gross, but, I can live with it. At first I was having no trouble drinking my protein and eating what I needed and getting in water. But, in the last couple of days, I have been gagging at the thought of my protein shakes, and struggling to get them down. Even had a day where water was just an issue to me. I am sure it was a lack of salt in my diet though. I added some salt to my menu and suddenly the water issue faded. I have also developed a welted rash on my left arm and both sides of my lower belly. Yes, I will have the doctor look at them. I am not sure why they have developed. I am not eating anything different. I don't think I have used any different products. The welts have came up in the same places they gave me shots when I was in the hospital. But, why would they rise two and a half weeks later? We were without power for 28 hours during a artic blast... and I now know the meaning of cold. I have never been so happy as I am being able to get into a heated bed and sleep. I have been getting up and out here and there. I only last a couple of hours and then I am ready for a nap. I am not sure if that is normal. It feels like I am pushing myself by the time I come back. So, it is normal for me anyways. I cannot wait for my energy level to pick up. I'm looking forward to having more spunk. Everyone keeps asking me how much weight I have lost... and I keep telling them I am not scale jumping. I am waiting for doctor apptmts to see results. It will keep me from obsessing. (Who... Me ?!)
I had to drop of a copy of my medical card at the doctors office , so I snuck back and jumped on the scale to see where I was. 29 pounds down at three weeks out. O.K., so how do I feel about it? I was trying to grasp the moment because I wasn't excited... I wasn't disapointed... I just looked at the numbers and tried to understand that it was real. So, all the way home I tried to remember when was the last time I lost 29 pounds. I know in 2002, when I joined the gym, I lost 30 pounds and kept it off... for as long as I went to the gym. It came back with a vengence when I stopped. I had joined weight watchers 2 years ago and it took me 4 months to lose 15 pound. 4 months for 15 pounds! I have lost 29 pounds in 25 days. No wonder losers find it hard to see themselves differently. In reality I can already see a difference in my face and all. The day to day life just doesn't add up to such a loss. I am still healing, trying to get enough water and protien in, and keeping up with life around me. Not having a scale is good. This limited pound checking is keeping me from stressing on the losses and working on the goals.