Saturday, August 1, 2009

First Taste of Creamy Tomato Soup Post OP

I had a bad recovery day Friday. Thursday night I couldn't sleep because my back ached, my stomach was sore, my arms hurt from the IV hunt, and my leg hurt. I called the surgeon's office at 1 a.m., but by 3 a.m. I was finally falling asleep in my living room armchair. I had to be up by 7 a.m. to set up the garage sale, which was killer.

When I saw my PCP that morning she said I have been doing too much and I need to rest more this week.

After the garage sale I made a trip to the grocery store with my mom to get the soups I needed for week 2 of my liquid diet. I pureed a vegetable soup and was surprised to see what the blender can do. :)

I decided to have tomato soup for lunch and it was the most fabulous thing I had tasted in years. Thanks, lap band! I even saved some of it for dinner.

Later, I got into bed and rented Twilight. Nice love story I suppose, but I had issues with the way the character Bella comes off as such a weak female. Not the role model I truly want for my daughter. I haven't read the books, but they are on my list.

I also saw Knowing with Nicolas Cage. That had some fairly good scenes in it and I do enjoy Sci-Fi/Fantasy movies.

Anyway, I plan on relaxing today after this garage sale... looking forward to rest.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

IKEA Misadventure

I have spent the morning working in the garage for tomorrow's sale and I am beat. I am not hungry in the slightest, but I should probably have a protein shake anyway.

Yesterday went well until I found myself stuck at IKEA because my car wouldn't start. There was nothing with me to drink that I trusted other than water and I was becoming hungry. I had already watched my husband and daughter share a plate of chicken tenders and fries! I was carrying Goldfish crackers in my bag and they are a snack I often indulged in... yum yum...

but I didn't cave. Heck no! Ruin this band? Regurgitate my food? Heck no! Nothing tastes THAT good.

Today is day 6 out from surgery and I feel pretty good. Not really hungry, more of a small feeling of missing out on food. My focus has already shifted from what's breakfast, what's my snack?, What's lunch? etc., to What can I get done right now? What can be done later? Since I literally can't eat and know I'm not allowed to eat, I don't have it weighing on my mind anymore...


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

4th Day Out

I feel fairly good today. I have been able to get down one whole pint of water, almost an entire protein shake and I'm currently sipping Crystal Light pink lemonade.

I am having some kind of strange symptom...reflux, gas maybe? It comes & goes. When it does come I get pain in my shoulders. I spoke with Connie, a nurse with true results and she said for me to try the GasX strips you let dissolve on your tongue. I guess that's my next task.

I am trying to get things done around the house, it can't be all pampering myself 24/7, now can it?
Can't it?

Monday, July 27, 2009

3rd Day out

Today is the 3rd day out from my surgery. I woke feeling stronger and attempted to do some of the things I normally do as wife & mother around the house. I was able to drink my protein shake today, took well over an hour. Then I had what I thought was phlegm because I was coughing (ouch, right?) When I swallowed though, it tasted of regurgitated food. ugh. I almost finished a 1 pint water bottle so far today... have to work my way up to 4 of them daily.

My breathing strength comes and goes and I probably should have called the surgeon's office. I will in the morning.

I tried to put away laundry that Richard did over the weekend and then I was exhausted and took a nap. When I woke up I thought it was the next day already. Richard came home early and we relaxed in the living room.

TMI, I had my first bowel movement. (that's always good news after surgery)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

First Day Out

Today was exhausting. I woke up thinking I was having chest pain over my heart, but when I moved to get out of bed, the pain quickly moved up to my shoulder area again.

First, I went to Target with Richard & Madeline to get a weigh scale for my food and some groceries for the week. Almost everything for me was a liquid, just the jello is slightly solid. I held onto the cart and walked very slowly.

Richard wanted me to possibly get out of the house today so he could work uninterrupted in the garage. (cleaning it out)In the afternoon I called my mom and asked if she wanted to take Madeline somewhere, again Richard insisted I should go along too.

I ended up at Cheddars for lunch with my parents and Madeline. Weird, huh? I mean, I'm only two days out from surgery, way too sore, and can't eat or drink anything at the restaurant. Well, I'll tell you I wasn't hungry at all, even when I smelled that good lookin' barbecue at the table over one. My mom told me again that she was proud of me for putting myself through this misery so that I can feel better and possibly live longer for my family.

Madeline got a Cookie Monster, which is a large cookie a la mode. My parents both had regular meals & I sipped a EAS Myoplex vanilla shake. Maybe got a whole ounce into my stomach.

After the lunch my parents decided they wanted to take me to Avenue and Lane Bryant to look for clothes that will fit me within the next month. I did end up getting a few things, some pants that will need to be hemmed and a belt (first time I've had one of those in awhile).I still haven't finished this water bottle I started the day with. I have to get up to drinking four of them in a day.

I am trying to stomach jello right now. The nurse had said to hold it in my mouth until it dissolves.

I'm pretty exhausted, I think I will go take a nap.
I am feeling better today. Sore in the shoulders still, and of course the incision sites, but my fever is gone & was able to pass some gas (TMI?) and I feel like I want to get out, just not sure where to go.

I am still not drinking much because I'm afraid I'll end up regurgitating, but at least I'm not hungry in the slightest.