Walking in the early spring! on March 22, 2012 2:32 pm
Wow! I just got back from taking an hour-long walk through my neighborhood. Spring came super-early to my zone 7 garden & its surrounds. Tulips that usually bloom in mid- to late-April are wide open. I've lived in the Washington DC metro area my whole life (born in DC) & I have never seen such early blooming. The trees are fabulous with their big fluffy snowballs of tiny flowers. The redbuds are starting to burst open too.
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Great walk for me. Walked for one hour (my longest since my surgery 3 weeks ago) at a fairly steady pace (not the slow shuffling I've been doing since my RNY). I was dripping with sweat when I got home. I tell you, spas are great, but my humble shower became the most expensive hydrobath today! I had a nice coolish shower & followed it with a body splash from Spain (agua de colonia) that I adore (super-light scent). Then I turned on my ceiling fan & closed my eyes. Ah!
Got 50% of my protein in already today. Struggled with that yesterday. Just wasn't hungry enough for it. So when I got up I made up my shake & down it went. Took all my supplements so far too.
Tomorrow's Friday! Even though I'm not working right now, I still adore Fridays. Meeting my BFF for an early dinner. I can't wait! I've been such a hermit since my surgery. Hope all my OH friends are doing wonderful today!
Wow. What a challenging day. on March 16, 2012 10:12 pm
I've seen blog posts from my friends on OH saying they've had serious problems with constipation. I hadn't had that problem until today.
I think I know why it suddenly happened. I've been taking Lunesta the past 3 nights to sleep. I'd stopped taking it at the end of January because I was sleeping better when I found out I was approved for my RNY by Aetna! But I haven't fallen asleep until dawn every night I've been back from the hospital (2 weeks today). So 3 nights ago I said what the heck & took a Lunesta 3mg. About an hour later I took another one. I slept better than I'd slept in weeks.
But the thing is, these drugs slow down your whole body & every one of its systems, including your digestive tract. I had my Traditional Medicinals Smooth Move tea yesterday & thought la de da, no problem, tomorrow I'll be "just fine." That didn't happen.
I had such a horrible afternoon (yes, the whole afternoon) straining to go. I was sweating, crying, almost fainting. Wow. That is the first time I can remember in my life I've ever had constipation that bad. It was painful, scary, & it would have been embarrassing except that I was home alone!
Finally I "found relief." I was so happy I was crying. I was so drenched in sweat I put a beach towel on my bed & lay down because I was so weak. When I felt stronger I got up & took the hottest, most heavenly shower ever. I felt reborn.
Another thing I must share with you: I've had a rocky (that's putting it mildly) relationship with the Hubs ever since the day I had surgery. I feel like a huge strain was put on my marriage (the Hubs has NEVER had to deal with anything like this with me before; I'm always the one who handles everything), & the Hubs buckled quickly under the strain.
I've felt like I need to say exactly what's on my mind, to the Hubs & to my BFF. I don't have food to push down the emotions & the hurts anymore. I just jumped in head-first into this new me, saying if I'm upset about an offhand but hurtful remark, a repeated behavior that's not healthy for my BFF, etc.
So last night I had a HUGE argument with the Hubs. Right before I got home to him, I had a "come to Jesus" with my BFF at a restaurant. I told her things that have been bothering me for years. Not a lot of things, but things I really think are deal-breakers in a friendship, & that I've let slide up 'til now. We had a great talk, but she did say I hurt her feelings. Not sure we really made any headway; actually, I think this might be the end of our friendship.
I got home & the Hubs & I were yelling at each other (we haven't done that in years). I was crying. I was really desolate. I knew my marriage had "issues," but wow. This was really sad. The Hubs said, "I don't know what happened to you when you had that surgery, but there's something wrong. You're a different person."
Yes, I have to stand up for myself now because there isn't a pizza nearby for me to take comfort from. But I really have been on edge since the surgery 2/28/2012.
Here's the kicker: I got my period today. Big whups, right? Considering I'm post-(or so I thought) menopausal, & haven't had a period since 10/2009, well, YES. BIG WHUPS. WTF?
I guess that's a big part of why I was so "on edge" (such a nice term compared to raving lunatic PMS bitchy) the past couple of weeks!
So the surprises continue to come. This is one heck of a ride. I wonder who'll still be in the clown car when it comes to a full stop?
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