8 Weeks Post-Op
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Well, today is 8 weeks post op. What a disappointment this morning when I got on the scale. I have not lost one ounce since last week. The bright side is that I did not gain anything.
During this short journey I feel like I two set backs. Week three I lost only 3 pounds after two week of losing 12 pounds plus. I got over that. I think today is a set-back because I feel like I was following my doctor's guidelines to a 'T.' I even increased my exercise level from 10 minutes a day a couple days a week to 30 minutes of walking daily.
People are noticing the weight loss so that is a positive. The other positive is that I do feel much better. The negative is that people I think should be making comments (or maybe I wish were noticing) are not. I tried to keep my decision to have surgery as quiet as possible in the work place. Low and behold, I came back 3 weeks ago to find out everyone knows why I was out. I think that has been bothering me more than I want to admit.
The food issues have subsided over the last week. That is another positive. I am managing to get my 60 grams of protein in and to take all of my vitamins and supplements. I have not yet noticed any hair loss but I have noticed that my nails are growing very quickly. I just wish they were stronger. I still only seem to be able to tolerate 4 -5 ounces at a meal. I am trying to eat 5 -6 times a day and I am taking in protein at every meal. When looking at caloric in-take, I have not managed to break 800 calories. I don't know if that is good or bad. When I met with the nutritionist last week, she said that she was hearing from me that I am continuing to look at food in-take as a meal. She also stated that I need to change my thinking to look at food in terms of survival. She told me that RNY patients don't rely on fruit and veggies for fibre. Listening to her seemed like a contradiction to the guidelines as it states in the literature that this is when we should be learning to eat a balanced diet.
Bowel movements are still a major issue. I am taking stool softeners daily. Yet, every third day or so I still need to take a laxative. I am getting most of my water in. I am getting about 6 8-oz. glasses in a day and then usually 16 oz. of homemade decaffeinated sugar-free tea per day (sometime it is hot but mostly iced).
I guess I got to give this a few more weeks before getting discouraged. I'll check in again next week (maybe sooner if I need to vent or need help).