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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Things I've learned....

... And things people will say to you.

I can't believe I'm almost 3 weeks post op. I meant to do this post at the 2 week mark, but I went back to work, then had a really, really crappy weekend. I had no energy, didn't feel good, and it wasn't very fun.

So here are some things I've learned, and then some things people say to you. I know they mean well, but it's really funny. I think a lot of people miss the fact that I have: A surgeon, a PA, a nutritionist, a General Physician, a personal trainer, and a support group all around me giving me the info and advice I need. :)

Things I've Learned:

  • You will forever be drinking water (or some sort of sugar free beverage) all. day. long. In order to get 48-64+ ounces in a day. Sip. Sip. Sip. Gulping down half a bottle of water is out of the question. 
  • You will be tired. All. The. Time. Not the kind of tired you can sleep off. The tired-to-the-bone tired that you think might never go away. 
  • Currently, I can eat about the equivalent of half a string cheese stick. No I'm not kidding. 
  • Full, is FULL. And it's usually after the last bite that I realize I'm full, and uncomfortably so. 
  • Eating with kids utensils is kind of funny - and helpful in bite control. (Yes, I eat with kids forks, and on a small plate)
  • Some days you win, some days you lose. Yesterday, I felt great - especially coming off a horrible feeling weekend. The days before that? I started to wonder if I was ever going to feel normal again.
  • Did I mention tired? 
  • I eat 400 calories a day or less. Yes, really. 
  • Sweet stuff is really not on my list of things to eat. YOU try eating pudding, yogurt and "liquids" for 2 weeks straight. You'd be sick of it too. 
  • Peanut butter = love
  • I'd kill for some Mexican food right now. 
  • Some days I wonder if I really will ever feel "normal" again
  • ChicFilA has an 8 piece grilled nugget option. I can eat exactly one. Nugget, that is. 
  • No matter how many times you wash and dry your shorts, they are going to get bigger, and forget putting anything in your pockets when that happens. 

Things People Will Say To You: 
  • "You really need to eat more" (I wish I could, but when they take out 85% of your stomach, then staple it ... there's really NOT room for more, right now... it's small AND swollen)
  • "Are you sure that's enough calories?" Nope... I'm not, but it's all I got right now, and I'm following doctors orders. 
  • "You should get a lot of exercise, that will help." Yes, it will. But right now? I'm so tired some days being one with the couch is about as active as I can be. (On that note, I will be walking more daily... )
  • "How much have you lost?" (I understand I made this journey public, but for some reason, I find it off-putting when people ask me that. When I'm ready to share, I will share.)
  • "It's really not healthy to only weigh in once a month, you need to do it weekly or more." Oh really? Because my doctor was totally on board with my plans at my 1 week post op, not to weigh in again until I saw him for my 1 mos post op. And after that... it's up to me. I don't own a scale, and I'm not sure I'm going to get one. I can weigh in at the gym ... It works for me. 
  • "You're going to be so skinny..." Or healthy. That's what this is about. 

1 comment:

  1. It's amazing what people feel they have the right to say.

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