Tuesday, December 1, 2009

2 Weeks Post-Op

I went to see my surgeon and my dietitian today for my 2 week post-op check up. I had 2 main goals for these appointments. I wanted my diet advanced to soft or pureed foods and I wanted permission to get back in the pool at the YMCA.

The first appointment was with the dietitian. She had me get on a special scale that calculated body fat percentages, lean muscle and all that stuff. I don't know how it works, but it was difficult for me to balance on with my hip problems. She told me that I lost 12.5 pounds since my surgery so my total weight loss to date is 74 pounds! She told me other numbers too, but I don't remember them all. Then she told me that I can start on soft and pureed foods. Yippeeeee!

When I got home this afternoon, I had 1/4 cup of low fat cottage cheese lightly sprinkled with pepper. You would have thought I was eating lobster the way I was savoring it. As I type this I am trying a single slice of deli roast beef. The flavor is incredible. I am chewing it obsessively to make sure that I don't have trouble with my pouch. It is amazing how long 1 oz of roast beef can last when you have to eat it in tiny bites and chew it forever.

The second appointment was with my surgeon. She was pleased with my weight loss and with how well I have healed. She had to remove one stitch from one of my incisions that had started poking through the skin, but that was it. One of the things that I was worried about was that she would put me back on many of the medications that I had been on prior to surgery. I was told that I would be temporarily off them while recovering from surgery. The only one she put me back on was the vitamin D supplement. So I am only taking 3.5 pills per day now, instead of the 16 I took before! She also approved me to go back in the pool, so tomorrow morning I will be in the water! I am so looking forward to that feeling of weightlessness and pain relief for my joints.

I want to thank all of you who leave such wonderful comments for me to read. Your support means so much to me. If you have any questions, I hope you will feel comfortable asking. I will do my best to answer. Take care!


Aponi said...

Enjoy your swim!! ;-)

Fab Kate said...

I'm so excited for you! Two weeks out you've lost pretty well. Remember that you're still dealing with surgical inflammation as well for a bit longer. Keep up with your protein and your vitamins, and it'll just fall off :)

If you haven't already,check out bariatric TV at http://www.bariatrictv.com They have a weekly podcast that's FUN,as well as a forum with some really good people.

Leslie said...

I guess I'm surprised they didn't use dissolving sutures that one was poking up.

You are one amazing woman, Bev. Enjoy your time in the pool tomorrow, You're going to need a new bathing suit for the "intermediate Bev" because I bet the one you have now is loose!

sjanova said...

They didn't use dissolving sts for my DH for his heart surgery -- and left one in either the drain or pain med incision and the incision didn't heal and got infected -- until finally, after a couple of doc visits, someone noticed the stitch there. I hadn't noticed it when I looked at the spot, so I guess you have to know what you're looking at. Then there was my cataract surgery -- after about 2 years, one of the sts, which are NOT supposed to come out, apparently broke and the optometrist had to pull it out. I thought something was wrong with my eye, of course, and couldn't see it because I no longer have good close vision. I guess there are several reasons for not using dissolving sts.

Anyhow, the real reason I'm leaving this conmment is to congratulate you, Bev. It sounds as if you're really doing great. Got some food back (how does a slice of roast beef count as soft food? is that why you're spending a year chewing each bitty bite?), and yeah, I can see needing the vit D for calcium absorption and a few other things.

Are you getting an interim wardrobe? At least something that fits at each stage? It might make you feel happier, especially if it's a color you like a lot.

So congratulations on progress so far!

Lupie said...

You are doing great! 74 pounds that is amazing!

bubbleboo said...

Wow Bev, 2 weeks already? It hardly seems possible! You are doing so well, I can't tell you how much of an inspiration you are and I hope you are as proud of yourself as you should be!

Enjoy being in the water!