Sunday, October 19, 2008

Where's the DRAINO?

I just knew it. I knew things were going so great that I would hit a brick wall at some point. I did that today. While eating a scrambled egg, I swallowed a bit without chewing really well. Needless to say, it got stuck. I was immediately uncomfortable. The feeling is equal to swallowing too big a sip of cold milkshake. Your esophagus hurts. This feeling lasted for quite a while. Your body immediately goes on the defense and creates more saliva to help wash everything down. This is not good. My pouch was already full. I had to throw-up to get rid of the excess saliva. After about 30 min, the pain subsided. I waited for at least 1 hour before I tried to take a drink. If only there was a quicker fix. All I could think about was drainer or liquid plumber. My advise after this morning, CHEW, CHEW, CHEW.



Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Back to the grind stone

Today is October 13th. Two weeks post-op. I started back to work today. I didn't sleep a wink last night. The anxiety of knowing I had to get up kept me looking at the clock almost hourly.
The day was great. It was great seeing everyone again. With 20 lbs lost everyone could tell that I was losing already. They said you could see it in my face and neck.

I feel great. By 4:00pm I was ready to go home and rest. I enjoyed a nice dinner cooked by my husband. 3 Brussels Sprouts, A TBL of mashed potatoes, A 2in slice of Chicken and some gravy.
I had eaten or shall I say drank protein throughout the day and didn't realize the feeling I felt was hunger. I chewed the food very slowly and it hit the spot. I felt great. I realize we should take it easy and I promise not to eat too much of anything. I have to try different things. I will never know what I can tollerate if I don't take a bite.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

10 Days 17 lbs

OMG. I can't believe how great this has been working for me. I had a followup with the doctor today and I have lost 17 lbs. Today is 9 October. There have been 10 days go by since my surgery. I wore a shirt today that I wore in my family picture (photo in blog) and I don't have the spare tire around my middle anymore. The shirt fell loosely around my middle. I am now feeling the cabin fever. I couldn't wait for the doctor to tell me that I could drive today. I will venture out tomorrow for nails and pedicure. I will be returning to work on Monday.

The bloated feeling in my abdomen has gone. Left behind is just a little discomfort. I don't have an appetite. I don't really get hungry. I just know that ever 4 hours I should ingest something. The protein shakes are really good. Each has 20 grams of protein. I try to drink at least 2 of those a day. I am also doing Profect protein capsules. Each vile is 2 oz and has 25 grams of protein.

I started on more solid foods tonight. I had some tuna and crackers for dinner. For the first time since my surgery, I felt kind of full. I say kind of because I don't have my full stomach anymore. I guess you could say it feels like I have eaten a huge bowl of pasta, but divide that by 8. The feeling I mean. The discomfort is really small.

My experience thus far has been amazing. I will continue to fill you in on my progress weekly. Next time I will include a photo.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

5 days 8 lbs

It's been five days since my surgery. I went to the doctor today to have my drain tube removed. The dread I felt before hand was short lived with a quick pull of the tube. The whole procedure didn't last long enough to hurt. I only blurted out a quick, "Holy Cow:!

On lighter note, I am 8 lbs lighter than I was 5 days ago. Drinking the protein shakes and chicken broth has been extremely easy. I have had no appetite, so I am eating or drinking every 2 to 3 hours. I am drinking ice water throughout the day. The doctor told me to start on soft foods for the next week. I bought some oatmeal, yams, yogurt and etc.

I am still taking my pain medication. I am more relaxed and not feeling any discomfort allows me to get around alot easier. Why feel uncomfortable if I don't have too.

Getting around is easier now. I even went to Walmart shopping yesterday. I need to walk so pushing the buggy was rather easy. I did tire out quickly and came home for a nap.

I will call the doctors office on Monday for an appointment in a week. I will keep you posted.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

How did I get here?

Day 1 of surgery.
I came out of surgery in a little no lot of pain. In recovery, I found it very heard to breath. The pain made me tense all muscles in my body and I couldn't relax. After being put on a drug drip and being given an additional injection later that evening, I began to relax and got some good sleep.
I have been told that during the afternoon and evening on Monday, I said some things that were off color and very drug induced. If I said anything to any of you that was out of sorts for me, I apologize.

Day 2 Post OP
Tuesday, I woke up feeling much better. The nurse took me off of my drug drip and I began to get up and walk around. I went to X-Ray for a swallow test. At this point, I had not had anything to drink since midnight Sunday night. The fluid was cool and wet, but was by far the worst thing I had ever swallowed. Needless to day, I came through it and couldn't wait until I got that first cup of ice. It was wonderful. I slowly began drinking. They brought me a tray for lunch and all seemed to go down very easily. I received 3 beautiful flower arrangements. My room smelled like a florest. I had to send two vases home. The lilies are beautiful, but my nose immediately closed up. I had some visitors. It was great to see my friends and surporters. Thank you all.

Day 3 Post Op
I woke up really refreshed. The doctor came in and gave me the best news. I can have a shower. I can't tell you how that felt. I felt like a new women. Dr. Mike also told me that I could go home. I was so looking forward to that. I was at a good point. I was drinking good and intacking alot of fluids. I arrived home at 5:30pm. I felt better just knowing I was at home.
At bed time, I turned to something I have hated for a while now, but this old Recliner in my living room has saved me. I slept like a baby last night. I tried to get to sleep in my bed, but couldn't lay flat. I slept great.