One week post-op down!
Ok, so the first week is over and I’m moving into week two. I have learned a lot in one week and am learning more everyday. The first thing I learned is protein intake, while vital and was so easy prior to surgery, becomes equal to moving a mountain after surgery. I had very preconceived notions prior to surgery of how I was going to be able to get my protein in. My body had other ideas after surgery. Sometimes your stomach says, “No more”. I have learned to listen to my stomach and the signals my body is giving rather than keep shoving protein down. Now, have I gotten fussed at? Yes, it’s ok though. I’m tough, I can handle it. Protein intake after surgery is vital and I understand that, but it has been a very difficult task for me. I am working on it everyday. Saturday I was able to get in seventy grams and that was the most for me since before surgery.
Let’s talk about carb intake: this has also been hard for me. It turns out I may be picky! Who would have guessed it? I do not like G2, apple, grape or cranberry juice, these are the main sources of carbs. So, I finally found V8 Splash this weekend and it is really good, it has five carbs in two ounces. I have also been eating banana popsicles and some tomato soup. This weekend I went from twenty or thirty carbs per day to forty or fifty and I feel much better. I definitely have more energy.
So, let’s talk about powder vitamins: I don’t like them, but they are much easier for me to take than the protein supplements. I mix them in about an ounce of Crystal Light and it’s really not that bad. The Lovenox injections are painful but a blood clot is so much worse, so I will continue those as well. One thing that hasn’t been as hard as I thought is being around food. I have continued to cook for my family, just as I always have. My thought is just because I can’t eat doesn’t mean they can’t or shouldn’t and I really am not hungry, so the food doesn’t bother me. Don’t get me wrong sometimes my brain still wants food, but my stomach wants nothing! First time ever, I think!
Lastly, let’s talk about the scales and my current success. My unofficial weight loss at this point is twenty eight pounds. I say unofficial because I haven’t had my post-op appointment yet. That’s sixteen pounds before surgery and twelve pounds since. Never in my life have I ever lost twelve pounds in two weeks so I am pretty excited about that!
Til next time!
Kelley Narramore from Kelley’s Korner
Kelley Narramore is an LPN with New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery. This is her personal bariatric surgery journey.