Sunday, December 15, 2013
The surgery went as well as can be expected. I developed pneumonia, an infection that led to a second operation and finally got out of the hospital 2 weeks later. Apparently I had broken ribs which led to the pneumonia - my guess was during positioning during surgery they were broken. I left the hospital with 3 huge, gaping wounds on my abdomen and a wound vac on them. The next two months were spent trying to eat a ton of protein, every other day visits from home care nurses for dressing changes and lots of rest.
I got the wound vac off about two weeks ago. I'm down to wet to dry dressings now on the wound line and tiny remaining hole from the last open wound. The original holes were about 3" in diameter and a little over an inch deep. When I first saw them at home I freaked out and thought I'd take months to heal and I was scared witless that I'd blow open.
I went back to work about a month ago and have been working from home since 98% of my job is computer based. That was a blessing. I did get the flu about 3 weeks ago - right around Thanksgiving. I wore my abdominal binder extra tight with all the coughing I was doing. Now I'm just coughing when I lay down.
The hernia repair encompassed my entire abdomen from the rib cage to my pelvis to my pubic bone. It's funny, but the attachments of the mesh at the edges (by the ribs, pelvis etc...) are settling in and hurt. I have some scar tissue along the second surgery line which was horizontal rather than vertical - I have a "T" looking scar - hurts a lot as the remaining drainage is absorbed into my body. There were tunnels from the last two holes that ran here and there, but they've closed up now.
I lost 20 pounds since the surgery, hoping to keep it off. I was able to walk Dixie this week for the first time. I'm slowly building up my endurance each day (meaning a few more houses down the street) and getting stronger. I walked and did the stairs to my basement the past month or so, but walking Dixie can be a challenge so I waited on that. I've got my fitbit back on and will be challenging myself daily to add more steps. I'm still on the eat more protein mandate from my surgeon to continue to heal which is a hard thing to do. By the third week I was home, I couldn't look at an egg or protein powder without wanting to puke.
Glad to be back and in one piece. The surgery was super long, and took a lot more out of me than I expected. I guess getting older exacts a price on you at times. It makes me even more aware of how important it is to be in good shape and active. So, back and with a flat tummy (I got a tummy tuck in the deal too, no more baby flop down there) and feeling pretty good.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
I'm going to have to make this short, I'm at work. I've had a ton of stuff going on but am working back to normal. I should have about 6 more weeks of insanity and then have my life back to some semblance of "normal."
We moved, out of a house we'd lived in for 15 years due to the neighborhood declining in a serious way. It was no longer safe to walk my dog day or night. All kinds of ugly things had happened, so we made a serious, but good in the long run (I hope at least) decision to let it go and start over. There is no salvaging things at this point.
I'm battling an ever growing hernia next to my stoma and incision that has made the simplest of tasks painful. Tomorrow I see my primary doc to get suggestions and hopefully a referral to PT to help me exercise and strengthen my core without doing any more damage. I see my surgeon in 5 weeks (and hopefully will have lost the 10 I gained and 10 more by then).
So, I'm still here, just about all I have time for is to update my food entries to keep on track. I should be at a place to participate more fully in Oct. Until then, it's 7 days a week of work at work, then work at home and wrapping up the move. I'm too old for this stuff.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
While waiting for the layoffs to hit at my hospital, my husband got laid off. The tornadoes that went through on Friday hit his workplace and destroyed everything. They most likely won't return. Even if they do, it will be months.
He was there working when it hit. Very scary. I was at home running around in the dark with my dog trying to figure out where to get to since we don't have a basement. My husband was on the phone with me the whole time. I listened as he and his co-workers were weathering the roof and walls crashing in and then an ensuing gas leak. It was my turn next, I heard the roaring of the tornado come by the house and thankfully it passed us by.
We spent the weekend without power. Things are somewhat back to normal now. I'm working hard at getting a grip on things. All over the place.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I've been doing well on my keep on track commitment. Working on using my new nutribullet blender to whiz up the veggies and fruits I would otherwise have an issue digesting. Every morning I drink a mix of greens (all kinds now), protein powder, no fat greek yogurt, berries and a bit of water. That lasts me most days till dinner. I can work a long day at work and not really feel hungry till I get home.
Dinners have been very good, with variants of fillings for soft corn tortillas. Rice, beans, meat, cheese and lots of greens and onions. It's very filling and long lasting. I don't get hungry in the morning until I've been up for a couple of hours. I'll drink my blended breakfast drink then and am good for quite a while.
I'm still wavering on a flare and hernia issues, one day the hernias are bad, the next my joints are shot. So, I got only a few days of good mileage on walking. I'm looking forward to more walks and longer ones this week. I did a major clean out of the garage yesterday - more today to do plus regular housework and get ready for another week of work.
So, down to 241 today. The 13 pounds I gained on the bp med change is coming off, 7 more pounds to go. Slowly but surely.
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