First follow-up appointment

Times flies! Had my first post-op appointment today. Can’t believe it’s already been a week!

Though there’s still some mild discomfort, I can usually avoid riling things up by using common sense while bending or turning; and I haven’t taken pain medication since Sunday. I must be looking pretty spry, too. The receptionist asked if I’d had surgery in the past 90 days and did a classic double take when I laughed and said, yeah Tuesday.

Boy was I happy to see the evil Mr. JP Grossman go. (AKA that awful drain.) I have a strong stomach, by and large, but I absolutely loathed that thing from the first day to the last! I also passed my walk-n-talk oxygen test, so I’m no longer tethered to the tube. AND I’m down 9.6 lbs since surgery day! On both my scale and theirs. Not bad, Sleevie Nicks, not bad at all.

I tried to sweet talk them into letting me transition into purees tomorrow rather than Friday and got shot. down. That’s cold. Well it was worth a shot! I’m soooo ready for real food, even if it’s blended. And different flavors, too. Bah on broth, jello, and protein shakes. Bah, I say. Oh well, Friday isn’t far away. Just feels like it right now.


October 27, 2014 weigh-in: 299.4 (-30.6)

Weekly change: -5.6
Post-op: 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.


October 13, 2014 weigh-in: 301.2 (-28.8)

Weekly change: -0.6
Total lbs lost: 28.8
Lbs to half-assed goal (165): 136.2

For some reason, I bobbed up two lbs from yesterday. Luckily my diuretic kicked in enough to register 301.4 by my pre-op appointment @9am, enough of a loss for them to clear me. So I can’t complain too much.

The gain does kinda suck, as I was under 300 yesterday. But the official weigh-in is what counts, so I’ll have to wait until next week to cross that milestone. Ah well, at least the scale is moving in the right direction.


Cleared for takeoff

Had both my pre-op and pre-surgical appointments today and it’s a go!!

I’m not nervous. I make no promises about Monday night out Tuesday morning, but for now the major feeling is restlessness. I’m just ready to get this show on the road!

In a happy turn, they aren’t requiring me to do full liquids for the next week. I just have to maintain the loss I’ve managed thus far. I’m still going to continue my current strategy and shoot for 295, mostly because every little bit helps but also because I like having something to work towards.

I’m so tired! At some point, I need to update charts and take progress pics but I’m really beat right now. As for pictures I may draft someone to fill in as photographer the morning of surgery, and just catch up that way. 



Highly unlikely (as in no way in hell) that I’m going to get to 295 before Monday, but I’m shooting for 298.8. I weighed 308.8 on my home scale the morning of my surgical consult, when they said they wanted me to lose 10 lbs for surgery. If I am 10 lbs down on my scale the morning of my pre-op appointment (Monday), I’m counting it as a win.

That’s 1.8 lbs away and I’m confident I can drop that much water in the time I have left. I had jerky twice yesterday; so a low sodium day should pay off on the scale tomorrow and Monday.

They did say that I needed to lose the 10 lbs “for surgery”, so presumably I have until the 21st to weigh 299 on their scale. (My diuretic kicked in between weighing at home and weighing on their scale, so I ended up coming in at 309 there, only 0.2 lb higher fully clothed.) And I still have the pre-op liquid diet next week, so I’m good. I just wanted to hit the loss requested by pre-op so that any liquid diet drop would be gravy.



8.8 lbs from pre-op appointment goal

Up 2.0. Was rushing yesterday and got dressed before weighing, so no record. Had bacon for lunch–we went to a restaurant and the pork belly appetizer seemed to be my safest best. It was a grease and salt fest, though, so I didn’t finish it. Clearly finished enough to freak my body out! Salt is my archnemesis.

Ordered a fridge for my office that I’ll be stocking with protein shakes today, which should make things considerably easier. The insulated bag I’ve been using is a joke. There are few things worse than a lukewarm protein shake, in my estimation. Be nice to have them cold and ready!