Week 3

Yesterday was the start of week 3 and the start of my soft food diet. I am now allowed to have cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, & chunky soups. This is the second day that I have been eating soft foods and so far it has gone well, everything I have tried has gone down well and has stayed down without any discomfort.

Next Thursday I will be starting solid foods, I will still need to take it easy and I will only be introducing one food at a time to make sure I am able to tolerate it but I look forward to starting to eat normal foods again.

On an average day I am getting in around 450 – 550 calories and 1.5 L of water. I am working on increasing both of these and it is getting easier but eating and drinking since surgery is like having a part time job. Now that I am off of full fluids I can not eat or drink within 30 minutes of each other.

Here is a quick glance at the first half of my day.

1/2 cup of skim milk

30 minutes later breakfast (3/4 of a scrambled egg or 1/2 pkg of high protein oatmeal)

30 minutes later start drinking water until 30 minutes before I am going to have a snack

1/2 cup yogurt or cottage cheese for snack

30 minutes later more water until 30 minutes before lunch

1/2 cup of chunky soup or mashed potatoes.

I am very thankful for the timer on my phone and I am wondering how I am going to make this work when I go back to work on Monday. I am sure I will get into a rhythm and before long I will have a routine.

As far as my healing goes I seem to be healing up pretty well, I still have steri strips on 3 of the 5 incisions which I am sure will fall off this week sometime. I am feeling a little low on energy and so I have been trying to get in all of my vitamins and medications. So far I have been able to get in my 2 prescriptions (antacid & thryoid meds) and my prenatal vitamin which I cut into 4. Monday I am going to add in my vitamin D and if that goes well for a couple of days I will add in my calcium.

As for weight loss I have lost 2.4 lbs this week which makes it 12.1 lbs since surgery. I was hoping for a bigger loss for this week but I have also talked to many people who have had this surgery that hit a stall around week 3 and not lost anything for a few weeks. Apparently it is just the body needing to catch up to the many changes that it has gone through. I am not counting on losing anything now for another week or so. Hopefully my stall wont last too long and I will start to see my weight drop.

 

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