Weekly change: -5.6
Post-op (10/21, 305 lbs): 5.6
From highest (330 lbs): 30.6
To half-assed goal (165 lbs): 134.4
Surprise loss this morning! I’d puffed up to 305 lbs the morning of surgery and then added a lot more from IV fluids, etc. Didn’t expect much progress at this point, but I’m glad to see it!
This officially puts me into Twoterville! (Toot toot ahhhh beep beep!) Great to know I have left the 300s behind, even if just barely! It’s difficult to even imagine how it’ll feel to put the 200s in the rearview someday. Right now it doesn’t even seem possible.
I’m feeling stronger and more like myself each day. The first two recovery days were rough, won’t lie. Pain wasn’t so much an issue but I had a lot of nausea and a tough time clearing anesthesia out of my system. I’m on 24-7 oxygen until my first post-op appointment Wednesday and I’m happy to have it.
I’m on full liquids until Halloween. Struggling to get in even 300 calories–takes nearly two hours to down a protein shake and I’m to aim for 3/day. But I’m doing really well staying on top of my fluid intake, so I’m not too worried. Dehydration is enemy #1 and I want to avoid that at all costs. SF jello, broth, water, protein shakes, and SF popsicles are my friends right now. My tastes have already changed considerably. I have always had a big sweet tooth, for example, but now jello is nearly too much. Chicken broth tastes almost rich.
What’s weird is that, even with all that, I feel better Stew-wise than I did on the day of surgery. I’d feared that such a major operation would push me into a flare, but that’s not the case so far. I feel fatigued, of course, but it’s a different kind of tired than I felt last month. And my joints even seem to feel better. I wonder if others with autoimmune problems have a similar experience? Most of your immune system is in your gut, so maybe fiddling around in there put Stew back on his heels a bit!
I have some updates to do this week. Pics, for starters. 25 lb milestone, plus Twoterville and Treat Yo Self. They’ll be after Wednesday, though, because this surgical drain is NOT photogenic. Bleh.
Happy to be well on the road to recovery and a healthier me.