Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

PostHeaderIcon The Good and the Bad

Today I am 44 lbs lighter! What an awesome feeling this is. Most of my clothes are a lot looser and my pants are starting to feel like they could fall down. I think I’m going to need to invest in some new pants to wear to work. Mary gave me a bunch of very nice sweaters, it’s been so cold I am glad to have them. Plus it’s nice to wear something new and smaller 

The next part is a TMI if you don’t want to hear about constipation I recommend you stop reading now. But I wanted a record of this.

One of the side of effects of this surgery is constipation. Several things factor into this, 1. Not eating fiber, 2 Iron and Calcium supplements contribute to constipation and I have to take them. Well for the past several weeks I’ve suffered with constipation. But it’s been manageable though not pleasant. Until this weekend, it started on Saturday, I felt that I needed to go but nothing happened. It was discouraging but I figured it would happen soon. Sunday came and the urge to go it several times yet with no success. By this time it was starting to hurt. Monday came and it only got worse. I called the nurse and she suggested suppositories or an enema. I went to CVS to pick up a enema bag but they didn’t have any. So I had to buy the pre made stuff. With out going into to much detail, the enema didn’t work. I was left trying to go, by now the pain was intense and I started getting sick to my stomach. Tom and I tossed around the idea of going to the ER, but I thought if it doesn’t come Tuesday morning I will go into urgent care. At 10:30 I decided to go to bed. This time as I tried to go, the pain was intense. A half our later after screaming, groaning, and tears it was released. I swear it was like having a baby. I was very concerned about my rectum that it had been damaged after three days of trying to go. So this morning I went in a was checked out. Some minor tearing and two hemorrhoids but everything was ok. I’ll just be sore for a few days.

I called the clinic and Sam talked with the doctor. They want me to try miralax twice a day, benifiber in my drinks, and increase my bean intake. I sure hope that I NEVER have to go through this again! As I write this I am feeling some what better!

PostHeaderIcon It’s been One Month!

It’s been a month since my surgery. I’m down 35 pounds woot!! Aside from the cough I have had since the day after surgery I’ve done well with only a few minor bumps. I only found one thing that hasn’t agreed with me and that is tuna. It tastes good but gives me an upset stomach everything I’ve eaten it. So for now it off the list, I’ll try it in a few more months. My favorite thing is refried beans with greek yogurt, and salsa. Some things that were harder for me when I was at my highest weight have now become easier. I am really glad I did this, and wish I hadn’t waited so long. I’m looking forward to the future.

PostHeaderIcon First day back at work

Today was my first day back at work. On one hand it felt like I’d been gone forever, but on the other hand it was like I hadn’t been gone for 3 weeks. I was glad I decided not to let everyone know I was back. I had several problems that needed correcting and some reports run. Not to mention people stopping by to ask how things were going. It was really nice to see everyone again. By the end of the day I was tired, I guess that was to be expected.

I did much better getting my liquids down. It’s about 9:30 pm and have just about gotten 60oz in. YAY me!! I’ve lost 36 pounds and for the first time I weigh less than my driver’s license. It’s a nice feeling. But some how I’m not as happy as I thought I would be. I guess I thought I would have lost more. I’m worried that this will fail yet again. I know I’m being silly but tonight it’s really bothering me. I’m a little down and I don’t know why.

PostHeaderIcon New Years Day

Happy New Year 2010!!! Wow 2010 I remember when that date seems soooo very far away. It was another quite day of drinking, coughing, drinking, more coughing. Argh I wish this would go away.

Tom made pea soup with ham and I had a ¼ cup with the ham and oh my it was good. There was quite a bit left over so he packaged it up into smaller containers. He and I are the only ones that like the soup. I will be enjoying it again I’m sure.

I hope you have a wonderful Year! I am looking forward to all the changes that are coming my way.

PostHeaderIcon New Years Eve

Today was really uneventful. We had called our friends Dennis and Carol to invite them over for New Years Eve but both of them were sick so we are going to try and get together in a couple of weeks. Lisa had to work until 11:30 pm so it was just Tom and I. He played on his laptop and I played EQ2. At midnight Tom and I kissed and then we went to bed. Like I said very uneventful!

PostHeaderIcon Shopping at Trader Joes

Today was rather quite, coughing, spitting up, coughing, and more coughing. I don’t think the Z pack is really doing much for me. . For breakfast I had eggs, lunch I had more refried beans with sour cream. Mary called and said she was going to go to Trader Joes and wanted to know if I would like to go with her. I jumped at the chance. It was bitterly cold but I dress warmly.

Mary showed me a few of her favorite things to get. I picked up some greek yogurt, there are several kinds some higher in calories and sugar. I picked up the lower in calories and sugar. She also showed me the turkey meat balls she loves. I picked up a package of those as well a teriyaki barbeque chicken package.

For dinner I tried turkey chili, I added some of the greek yogurt and was surprised how good that tasted.

PostHeaderIcon First Post Op Appointment

Today was my first post op appointment. My blood pressure was little high, but she said it was still in the normal range. This morning I ate a scrambled egg for breakfast and it went down just fine. I was so happy. Samantha said I could start he puree diet. Whooohoo. Tom came with me so he could ask any questions he might have. Sam said that I should be on the puree diet so for dinner I had refried beans with sour cream. Yummm.. I just wish this cough would go away..

PostHeaderIcon Second outing.. Whew!

Today I went out with Mary, we were going to go to Wal-Mart for a few things Mary needed then off to a movie. However, while in the car I had a pretty bad coughing attack. We decided going to the movie might not be such a good thing so Wal-Mart it was.

I didn’t do to bad, we walked a fair amount for my first time really out. We were just about done when my body said it had enough. I found a place to lean/sit while Mary finished getting what she needed. We checked out and she dropped me off. I was glad to be out and walking around. I did take quite a long nap after I got home.

PostHeaderIcon First Outting

Today was my soon to be niece Jamie’s bridal shower, and my first outing since surgery.
The shower was held at a long time family favorite restaurant Kozlack’s Royal Oak, in Shoreviw MN. My sister in law and her daughter Dawn threw the bridal shower. It was a buffet and it looked very good. I was able to get a bowl of chicken broth so didn’t feel left out. We all had a good time, and Jamie got a lot of very nice things to start her married life.

I hopped on the scale and I am down to 356 six pounds away from the weight on my drivers license. I can’t remember the last time I put down my correct weight.

My cough is still persistent and I am very tried of it. I can’t wait for the Z Pack to kick in and for this to go away. I still get light headed if I cough to hard or to long.

PostHeaderIcon Day after Christmas

I woke up this morning around 8:30am. Went into the bathroom and had another severe coughing attack. Ya know if I didn’t have this cough I would be feel great. (sigh) I must have coughed for 5 minutes. I woke Tom up and felt bad for him, he had worked so hard yesterday. When I finally came out he looked at me suggested I call the doctor and see if I couldn’t get a Z Pack. I didn’t think they would give me one, but I had to do something different.

So I went out into the family room got the doctors number and called. Dr. Jones was the on call doctor, after telling him everything I’d been through he asked me what antibiotic I took in the past. I said Z Pack, he said good I will order one for you. I was shocked and pleased at the same time. The real concern is me not getting in enough liquids.

At 10am I call Wal-Mart pharmacy they did get the order and had the Z Pack in liquid. Tom went to pick it up. When he got home he showed it to me. It’s pink, and said was flavored like bubble gum. Ok, I have to tell you, the first taste is bubble gum, after that it’s just plain nasty. I did a little walking around, took a long nap, played my new PS3 game DragonsAge Origin . Now I don’t know if it’s a mind game or not, but I don’t seem to be coughing as much. I am still coughing hard but not every 5 seconds. I really hope this works.