1-month post-op weigh-in: 280.6 (-24.4 lbs post-op, -49.4 lbs total)

Can’t believe it’s been a month! And I’m down nearly 24.4 lbs from surgery, which is fantastic! Recovery is going so well; my doctor is very pleased. I still have bouts of fatigue but to be fair, that’s my norm. It’s hard to separate post-op tiredness from OG Stew tiredness but I feel normal enough that at times, I have to remind myself that I just had major surgery.

I can see changes in my body already,  especially in my stomach area. It’s depoofing nicely and my clothes fit so much better. I need jeans, because I spend all day hiking them up now. I don’t like belts, so smaller jeans it is. It’s so much fun to finally see real, sustained progress!

Onward.

November 17, 2014 weigh-in: 284.4 lbs (-45.6)

Weight: 284.4 lbs
Change: -3.2 lbs
Post-op (10/21/14, 305): -20.6 lbs
From 330: -45.6 lbs
To half-assed goal (165): 119.4 lbs

Two causes for celebration this week! I passed the -45 lbs milestone and I also met my goal of -20 lbs by one month post-op. Friday is the actual month mark, so I’ll probably manage a couple of lbs more by then. Right now, The Tide is kicking ass and taking names; I’m hoping its departure will give the scale a little extra nudge too.

Recovery is going very well,  though I’m pretty tired at the moment. Post-op fatigue on top of Tide fatigue on top of my standard issue Stew fatigue…I could easily be convinced to stay in bed today!

I bought several used workout DVDs this weekend, almost all hip-hop dance.  Buy 2 get 1 free. I love a bargain! Too cold and icy to walk outside but I definitely need to keep it movin’. Concentrating on cardio now but I can’t wait to be cleared to lift. Gotta preserve as much muscle as I can.

Onward.

November 10, 2014 weigh-in: 287.6 lbs (-42.4)

Weight: 287.6 lbs
Change from last week: -4.6 lbs
Post-op loss (10/21, 305 lbs): 17.4
From 330 lbs: 42.4 lbs
To half-assed goal (165 lbs): 122.6 lbs

4.6 more pounds in the bucket! Puts me down 17.4 since surgery–three weeks ago tomorrow… time flies. I’m healing quite well. So well that if I didn’t know that I’d had 80% of my stomach yanked out through a dime-sized hole less than a month ago, I wouldn’t believe it!

My right leg and foot are STILL swollen, which would seem impossible the way I’m dropping weight. Wonder how long it’ll take to finally dump all the excess water? This never-ending PMS isn’t helping, I know that much. The Tide is now nearly 2 weeks late, which is frustrating but not at all uncommon after major surgery. Sucks to have to put up with all the usual suspect symptoms with no definite end in sight, though. Bah!

Second follow-up appointment Wednesday.

Onward.

November 3, 2014 weigh-in: 292.2 (-37.8)

Weight: 292.2 lbs
Weekly change: -7.2 lbs
Total lost (from 330): 37.8 lbs
Post-op loss (from 305, 10/21): 12.8 lbs
To half-assed goal (165): 127.2 lbs

Big loss! Still dropping water, plenty to go. My right leg (the one most affected) still has the nerve to have pitting edema. Will be interesting to see at what point that goes away.

I’ve been so lazy about taking pix and updating charts, it’s ridiculous.  I absolutely need to do that today because it’s already bugging me that I won’t have a 25 lb progress photo. Or a day of surgery one, either.

Feels great to have the scale go in the right direction for a change.

Onward.

October 2014 summary: -18.6 lbs

October 1st: 311.4
October 31st: 292.8
Post-op loss (10/21): 12.2

Off to a great start!  I began the month on a semi-liquid diet to drop the 10 pre-op lbs I had to lose by my October 21st surgery date. I needed to weigh 299. I got pretty close but then edema’s revenge kicked in and I bounced back up to 305.0 on the morning of surgery. Thankfully, they didn’t care.

I got a ton of IV fluids in the hospital. When I hopped on a hallway scale while walking laps on Wednesday,  I was up to 312.0! I didn’t weigh again I’m the hospital so I’m not sure if that was the max gain. But that’s history now! I’m dropping water like mad–IV fluid, edema, the whole shebang. I feel so much better! My feet look like feet again! I have ankles daily!

I transitioned into the puree stage of the post-op diet on the 31st and was surprised to find that my appetite is so muted now. All last week, I was SO excited about leaving the full liquid stage behind and having real food, even if pureed. I spent Thursday evening making batches of pre-portioned meals. I cooked a pot of polenta with tomatoes and cheese overnight in the Crock Pot and awoke to a heavenly smell the next morning. And then? I drank a protein shake for breakfast and lunch. :-/ I did grab some pintos n cheese from Taco Bell after work, had three enjoyable bites, then spent an hour walking off what felt like Thanksgiving dinner. It’s definitely an interesting turn of events!

Onward.

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.

Onward.

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

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.

Onward.