I know I did a semi-update a couple days ago but there’s more!
I am now officially 6 weeks post op. Yay! This has been a fantastic week for me in terms of energy level and activity. However, it’s a double edged sword that many post gastrectomy people experience. For the past few days, I have had increased endurance but that combined with my eating issue has lead to a weight loss of two more pounds putting me at a whole 108lbs. For the first time in my recovery, the weight loss has become a little frightening. I think I am eating enough but then I wake up the next day and I have lost 1lb. This was one of my biggest fears (besides the actual cancer) before surgery. I know what the majority of you are thinking right now, “Can I give you some of my extra fat?”. My answer is, “Yes, you definitely can!!!!” *Magic Wand and Poof* If only it was that easy.
After a good talk with Brandon, we have decided that I am now going to track my daily caloric intake to make sure that I am eating/drinking enough. Me being a goal setter, this was a great idea and I know I will strive to meet my goal! I searched through my Samsung apps and conveniently found “S Health”, which is a built in app. I can easily track my caloric intake, what time I ate at, as well as any additional comments. The big part now is just remembering to document it.
Super excited about my new goals, I amped up my breakfast this morning by attempting to eat a slice of Dempster’s Ancient Grains toast with almond butter AND peanut butter (not Kraft because that is FILLED with sugar, already learned the hard way). I was super happy I was able to eat it all. However, the twenty minutes later….rapid heart rate, nausea, extreme fatigue. I know how to recognize dumping now so I know it will pass after an hour or so. So I just powered through it. Strike 1 for that breakfast combo.
As I write this, I am snacking on 1/2 cup of Astro’s Plain Greek Yogurt 2x Protein (10% fat) mixed with Activia yogurt (but only 1/2 of a 100g cup because I also struck out on the full cup two weeks ago). I mix the two to make the greek yogurt less thick. It’s too difficult to eat on it’s own.
I have also decided that this weekend I am going to do my best to be more sedentary until I have my eating figured out. It’s going to be tough but I need to gain back at least a pound. I told myself before surgery that I hoped to stay above 110lbs. Now I am telling myself I CANNOT fall below 105lbs. I won’t lie, it’s tough. Any Netflix suggestions? Books? Movies? Maybe I should get back into Minecraft….
In terms of pain management, I still continue to have incisional pulling and tightness. It is worse after eating or sitting for prolonged periods of time. I usually look like Quasimoto for my first few steps after reminding myself to “STAND UP STRAIGHT”. I still get occasional sharp pains deep in my abdominal wall. I attribute it to healing. It usually feels like a running cramp and only lasts a split second.
When it comes to simple daily activities, I still can’t roll over in bed very well. Walking up a small grade and a flight of stairs still makes my quads burn and my heart race. I am now carrying my own purse. I have driven for twenty-five minutes. I wish I was allowed to lift! I know I keep saying it but it’s so true.
This is a semi side track but funny story. Because I am home during the day, I have encountered door-to-door solicitors on two separate occasions. When I answer the door, I am usually greeted by a friendly gentleman who then asks, “Oh Hello, are your parents home?” I then reply, “Oh, I’m the home owner”. They then have a very shocked and embarrassed look on their faces. You know, the more I think of it, it’s not that bad of a problem.
This is me today. It’s still shocking to me to see pictures of my ‘new’ self. But, my incision looks bad ass. Yes, I am going to rock that bikini when I am cleared to swim.