Update, it's been awhile on January 14, 2009 11:27 am
And a long hard road since RNY surgery almost 4 months ago. To recap, I had an infections that landed me back in the hospital 2 days after I was discharged from the surgery itself, have had a wound that started out at 9cm deep from that infection in my main incision site that has had to be packed twice a day with gauze and other healing remedies. I had to go to the wound care center at my hospital every week since then and up until last Thursday when I was told I was 'healed' when the top closed up even though it was still 2cm deep - don't get me wrong though, I would much rather this than have her open it back up. I technically shouldn't have been able to shower since September because of the wound, but found out 'Glad Press N Seal' works on skin and kept it dry. You don't realize how nice it is to do the day to day routine without having to take the time to prep, clean, pack and cover a wound 2x a day plus make sure you cover it up for showering until you have to do it. It sucks.
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Weight loss has been slow and steady throughout my journey thus far. In the first couple of months, I was having 4-8 lbs losses a week, but now I lose about 2 lbs a week pretty consistently. I have started exercising a bit again, but have been so fatigued lately it's been difficult. Not to mention I cannot be on my RA meds while I still have a wound because of the possibility of life threatening infection. I got a cortisone shot in my ankle (one of my bad problem spots) and that has just about worn off and I am wearing a brace everyday to help that - again, more hindering of exercise. I still feel like I am up against a wall sometimes - the physical limitations of my RA and fibromyalgia and not being on the disease modifying meds PLUS being on a steroid, prednisone, which can still make me crave sweets, gain weight, etc. Now that I won't have to deal with a wound anymore (knock on wood!) I can tackle all these other problems and really start to focus on my health and my weight loss.
Depression has been a tough thing to deal with as well. In November, I had a staph infection in my wound plus it wasn't healing and by the time it was all said and done, I had 3 staph infections between the end of November and January 1. Those issues, no healing, the HOLIDAYS and post op first timer with that, my family moved to TX (I'm in NH) just made everything bleak. Yesterday I find out I am also anemic, which I am happy to hear I am not fatigued for nothing, however it's another thing tacked on.
So, I am hoping to stay healed, no infection, get on iron supplements to help with the anemia and energy level and move on. I am loving the changes to my body (minus the excess skin that has started already) and really looking forward to being under 200 lbs for the first time in a long time. I love snowshoeing in the winter and went last weekend - I will probably continue with that and I think I am going to start Pilates too.
I get in a food rut sometimes and it's mostly just being lazy... I need to search out good recipes (thank goodness for eggface!) and try them instead of resorting to old eating habits slightly tweaked better.
I am getting there, slowly but surely.