March 14, 2006

03.14.2006

One week ago I was having surgery right this minute.

Thankfully, I feel a whole hell of a lot better today than I did then. I know I'm not supposed to step on the scale and all, but here's the deal. According to my scale at home, I've lost about 14 pounds since surgery. 14 pounds in one week. 14 pounds!!

I'm drinking my water and all like I'm supposed to. In the mornings I snag about 2-3 oz of Crash's protein shake for my breakfast. For the rest of the day I'll have either soft scrambled eggs or some pureed soup. For someone who hated corn chowder before surgery, my favorite soup right now is a chicken corn chowder. I put about 2 oz in a little bowl, add a few bits of grated cheddar cheese and nuke for about 30 seconds. Instant happiness for my stomach.

I'm finally starting to feel hunger pains. At least I think that's what they are. When I wake up in the morning there is an ache in my stomach that goes away once I've had the protein shake. A few hours after that, it starts again. If I have about 2oz of food 4-5 times a day I keep my stomach happy. The hardest thing is not drinking with/after meals. I am almost counting down the minutes after a meal until I can take a sip of water.

I'm looking forward to being able to eat more 'real' foods in a week or so. I'll probably wait until after my appointment on the 27th and get the OK from the doctor. So far nothing has really made me want to get sick. I've not finished my egg a few times, mainly because I just felt like I was done, if that makes sense. I have no desire to test the limits of the pouch. Just telling me that I might get sick if I have sugar? That right there is enough to make me not even want sugar. Hello, I am Michelle, and I am the anti-puker.

Other than that, life is pretty darn boring. I need to find a support group up in this area, since the one for my surgeon is just too far away. I'm slowly making sure that all my clothes and such are ready for work next week. The less I have to do in the morning, the more time I have to prepare the food I'll take with me. Still not quite sure what all I'll take, but I have lots of those little 4oz cups now, so it shouldn't be a problem taking a variety of things. John bought me a wide selection of soups at the store, as well as three different kinds of water at Costco. I should be all set.

Posted by rowEn at 10:22 AM