Day 2– Pain management was no problem – began lengthening time between dosages and began clear liquids – slowly. Definite pressure when I swallowed, but not pain. All was well. Day 3 – Released to go home with my instructions: drink slowly – not a problem, too big of drinks = discomfort quickly. I was […]
Day 3 – Released to go home with my instructions: drink slowly – not a problem, too big of drinks = discomfort quickly. I was comfortable with my walking and actually walked from the floor to the car without much discomfort at all. Pain medication was prescribed for home along with liquid diet and supplements which I had began taking prior to surgery. First thing at home – weighed on my own scales to have my ‘beginning weight’ (304 pounds) and took measurements of: Left Thigh 28 ½ “; Right Thigh 28 ½”; Hips 61”; Waist 54”; Chest 46” – Promised myself I would never see this weight or these measurements again!
SUPPORT – one thing I did prior to going in for my surgery was start a VIP group on my Facebook page. I invited my close friends to be a part of this group. People that I know are always in my corner cheering me on. People that I can be totally honest with; ask anything from; and value their honesty with me. You will need a support system.
I got to advance to stage 2 of the diet. This limited me to broth, protein drinks, sugar free jello, sugar free popsicles, skim milk, no-sugar added fruit juice diluted, decaf tea, decaf coffee… with a daily goal of 64 ounces of fluids and 60-80 grams of protein. CHALLENGING to say the least!
Day 5 – swelling has decreased tremendously in upper stomach; getting in and out of bed and up and down out of chairs is much easier today. Started in with some sharp intermittent pain in my right side – called Dr. Bergoff’s office – decided it is most likely where my liver was bruised during the surgery process.
Day 7 – challenging day to get protein drinks down and emotions seem to be on a roller coaster today. Seem to really be having a hard time stomaching the drinks today. Finding protein drinks, that meet the criteria and that I can tolerate, has been somewhat of a struggle from the beginning. I have texture issues and the smell of the whey proteins really trigger my gag reflux. Low carbohydrate Slim Fast seems to be the best, but even having trouble with them today. I did get a mile of walking in today. Feel really bad for all the nagging I did to my husband trying to get his Ensure down him – it really is hard when they taste terrible and you just don’t want to eat/drink.
One thing that I am thankful that I did prior to surgery and highly recommend: start trying the protein supplements! The ones you add in food, mix in water… Jackie has been wonderful in giving me samples to try and websites and lists of various brands; same with the vitamins and calcium supplements. I am so glad I had figured out which ones I could tolerate the taste of prior to surgery. My system had also already adjusted to the liquid drinks somewhat prior to surgery.
Day 8 – doctor visit – got my drain tube out! Down 14 pounds since the day I came home!