Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Post-Op Follow up #1

Today was my first visit with the doctor since I was released on Monday, June 28th.  I was excited and nervous for this appointment... I was hoping they'd take my drain out, but I wasn't 100% sure.

I get back into my room and my surgeon and another doctor come in and do the usual hellos, how you doings.  I tell my doctor (Dr. Haque) the only pain I have is the drain site.  He asks me how much I weighed today and how much I was on surgery date and his eyes got huge and had a happy surprise on his face and was like WOW you've already lost almost 25lbs, that's awesome!!! Yay!  I was glad he was happy!

I hop up on the table and and lay down and Dr. Haque distracts me while the other doctor takes my bandage off and then pulls out the tube.  OH MY GOD it was the weirdest, most uncomfortable, painful thing I've ever gone through.  It literally felt that he was pulling my insides out!!!!! Under my breath I exclaimed, "SON OF A BITCH" as it came out.  Breathe they tell me, just breathe... as Emily is rubbing my temples to get me to calm down.  "HOLY SHIT that HURT" I said! After a few minutes of deep breaths, I calm down, sit up and feel instant relief.  THANK GOD that tube was out of me!!!!

So the doc said everything was looking good... I just really have to keep up on my protein intake.  60g a day is the minimum.  I asked about adding some actual meat to my diet and he gave me the green light as long as I blenderize or chew it up really good.  Almost baby food like.  So, I got some bean soups and chilis and will try them in the next day or two.  I've got a BBQ on Saturday and am hoping to work up to eating a few ounces of gilled ground beef at the party! So... lots of protein and more exercise are the doctors orders!  Next appointment in 3 weeks!

I'm still emotionally going crazy... my hormones are all over the place.  I've been in and out of tears all day.  Emme and I went to the grocery store and when we got home I just sat in the car and cried.  Emme, being the amazing little angel she is, hugged me and told me not to worry about the groceries.  I love that little girl so much! She's so good to me!

I'm going to start getting out and walking again...  hopefully that and the protein will help me feel better!

Thanks to all my friends who stepped up and heard my cry for help this week.  <3 I love you all and you've really helped me feel supported!

Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 290lbs
Total weight loss: 35lbs
Weight loss since surgery: 24lbs


Anonymous said...

Wishing you the best as you take on this goal. I know you can do it!

Amanda said...

WOW! I can't believe they pulled that out while you were awake- way to go girl. Your doing a great job- I am super excited for you. When you decide you want to do more exercise let me know- will meet you at a gym on post. Keep up the good work! Tell Emily- Way to go on be a huge help & supporting you!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Word of warning... don't ever try something for the first time when you are out. Nothing kills the mood of a party like a friend puking in your bathroom... only joking (sort of) It's best to go with things you know "work" especially early on. Bring a protein "smoothie" to the BBQ and drink that... when asked why you aren't eating, "you are so stuffed but thanks"

JavaCupcake said...

Shelly you are a goddess! Thanks for your wisdom and tips!!! xoxox Couldn't do this without you!

<3 Betsy

Hannah said...

Girl when my tube came out it freaked me out SO much! Can't believe they sent you home with it! I'm so glad you're doing so well - keep it up, you've got this!
xoxoxo Hannah