Ugh, work has been kicking my ass lately. I’ve been so busy that it’s been hard to even THINK about my surgery, let alone dwell on it!
Right now my biggest challenge has been getting adequate hydration and getting in my 4-5 meals per day. I thought I couldn’t eat for 30 minutes before/30-45 minutes after, but I was told that I can drink up to the time I start eating, which has definitely helped. I was pretty dehydrated earlier in the week, which was contributing to the exhaustion I was feeling, but I hydrated yesterday, which gave my energy levels a HUGE boost!!
My other challenge is learning to chew and eat slowly. I’ve taken to putting down my fork between bites, but even then, I still go too fast–about 15 minutes for a 2-oz meal. I’m sure this will get better once I can move on to soft foods and more dense proteins–I’m currently still in the pureed stage, and am only allowed to eat 2oz per meal. It’s hard to make 2oz last 20 minutes, as I’m sure you all know.
Other than that, I really haven’t been doing much other than going to work, coming home, and resting on the couch before going to bed. Last weekend, my friend Shiera came up from Tennessee and we spent Saturday in NYC–did a little shopping, and saw a Broadway show. I was SO SORE the next day–my left side incision (with the muscle sutures) is still giving me pain that my doctor says will last for 4-6 weeks. Wearing dress pants to work is also a contributing factor to the pain. For the time being, I’m trying to wear my looser pants in addition to skirts and dresses, and if I need to, I resort to 5ml of Tylenol with codeine at night (my doctor gave a script for two bottles after surgery–one big and one small; I didn’t even use up all of the SMALL bottle, so the big one is still untouched).
I think that’s all there is to say for now…hope everyone is having an awesome day!