I met with my Nut last week and got some good info and will be moving to stage 5 which is AKA as the last and final stage after my surgery. I am 5 weeks out this week and definitely ready for a change. I love omelets, but I think I am starting to get sick of the ham, eggs and cheese – heck, I’ve been eating them every night for 2 weeks now. I am ready for something with more SUBSTANCE!
So anyway, back to the meeting with the NUT. We talked about my food and vitamins and how well I was doing. I mentioned how I thought it was weird I was still craving things, bad thing and how odd that was to me since so many other people I read about didn’t really have those cravings after surgery, especially so soon. As we were talking more, it came out that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis (which she knew), but she didn’t know I am on a steroid (prednisone) for it (among other things). She said that my cravings and the prednisone go hand in hand, that the (evil) drug actually makes you crave bad carbs and sugars and stuff. Wonderful – that explains why I would eat a box of Swiss Rolls in a sitting when I Just.Had.To.Have.Them. Of course I ultimately put the food into my mouth thus causing the weight gain (although the prednisone had a hand in that too). I guess it was really interesting to hear someone say that this suck ass drug I have been on for 14 years straight had attributed to where I am now and ultimately my need for WLS.
One of the many reasons for this surgery was so my body would feel better and maybe my RA would go into remission or at least not be so freaking painful and ultimately maybe get off of the prednisone for good. Of course if this freaking wound would heal, I could go back on my injectable RA meds that help control the disease, but since they weaken the immune system and can cause infection, I have to wait until I am healed. Which, by the way, will hopefully be another month or so. I healed another cm this week which brought it down to 4.2 (originally 9 cm), so hopefully this stuff is working. I’m having an issue with the VNA, if you have VNA = can’t work. Well, I was out of work for 5 weeks and really don’t want to be out any longer. Of course that posed a problem because VNA orders my supplies for my wound care. And in another damned if I do, damned if I don’t scenario, I am flaring and in a lot of pain lately because I can no longer take ibuprofen type pain relievers anymore. So my options for pain relief (since I am not able to take my injectable meds) are more prednisone or narcotics. Or suck it up and deal, which is my current method.
So, the appointment was helpful, but it still pissed me off that I have to take these suck ass drugs that have awful side effects. I could go on with the snowball effect from there, but I won’t otherwise I would never get out of bed.