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1 Week Post Op

Matt Z

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Today marks my 1 week post op and what a week it has been. Let me recap in a few important catagories.

 

Physical

I've experience the pain, which in all honesty isn't as bad as I would have expected. If we ignore the day of surgery and the day after, the rest of the week has been ok. I haven't needed any pain meds since the 3rd day post op. Pain has been limited to gas pain and incision site pain, both completely tolerable. The begining of the week I was a bit more tired than usual and I became tired quicker when doing simple activities like walking, each day this gets a bit better. Today I went shopping with my mother, my fitbit says I took around 3500 steps and walked 1.4 miles. My knees feel better, my back feels better, my feet feel better. I am actually sleeping better and waking up feeling as if I slept, no more waking tired. Looking forward to the next week!

 

Emotional

This has been one of the toughest things to deal with, the disappointment in not being able to enjoy the foods I love has hit me pretty hard a few times, always when out. I went to breakfast with my wife and her dad, I assumed that the resturant would have yogurt for me to eat since most do, they didn't. So I sat there with a decaf coffee and a kids sized orange juice while they ate. I don't like eggs and what not, but the smell comming off of their plates was so amazing, it took most of what I had to keep from breaking down into tears. I focused on why I'm doing this and resolved in the fact that I would be able to eat again in a few weeks. The biggest test was Thanksgiving. My family are big eaters, Italian families know how to eat. So I was dreading Thanksgiving at my parents house. The night prior I jumped the gun on my puree phase and attempted some pureed meat pie, a tiny 1/4 inch slice and some beef broth, blended it up, poured it into my 1/4 cup ramekin and heated it up. It looked so nasty, but the taste, after all the liquids and puddings and jello's was so damn amazing. And lucky for me, I didn't have any problems with eating it, I finished the serving a little quick for my liking, but I held off and sure enough, I felt the fullness coming on, but it never got painful, so I knew I hit the mark size wise. This gave me a bit of a bump for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving came and I pureed some turkey with gravy, some corn and potatos and took a 1/2 slice of cranberry sauce about a cup of food in total. We all said our thanks and got to eating. I focused on taking my time, I watched the clock and put my spoon down between "bites". About 20 mins in I knew I should stop, the fullness was just starting to kick up, so I put down my spoon and pushed the plate away. Everyone was suprised by how little I could eat. But they were all impressed. So one more big eating day left and it will be a smooth year.

 

Weight

I saved the best for last.

I weighted in at 350 when I finally decided that I had had enough and that diets and yo-yo weight gain/loss had to go. My last appointment with my surgeon I weighted in at 343. The last "official" weight in at my pre-op training class was 336.8. The night before surgery I weighed myself on a medical scale at 335. Pretty good. But these next numbers are amazing. I had surgery on Friday, the following Monday I weighed in at 329, Yesterday, I weighed 324. So from 335 to 324 in 1 week! and all without feeling underfed. This is the motivation I need. I'm feeling the weight loss in my clothes, on my back and knees. It's noticable.

 

I'm greatful to everyone here for the information and support that you are providing. All comments, both positive and critical are appreciated. I understand that to learn we need to be shown our faults.

 

Stay Strong LBT!



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Sounds like you are doing amazing!! The sadness over the loss of food is considered normal. We all will take some time realizing we can't eat as much as we used to.

26 pounds is amazing!! How long ago did you weigh in at 350? A month?? I am curious. You are going to be in the 200's in no time at all!! :)

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I have been floating around 340 - 350 for close to a year I suspect. I avoided the scale as much as possible. I knew it was "time" when I couldn't stand for more than 10 mins without my lumbar going numb and my knees bothering me. I know the "seperation" issues are normal, it still doesn't prepare you for them. As much as I can say to myself, "it's fine, it'll be ok, don't worry, it's normal" the emotion still comes up, I just make sure not to let it take over.

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Your doing an amazing job! I admire your ability to wait for the 20 "feeling full" to kick in. I am having a little difficulty with the timing of my meals. I eat a bit to fast for my taste.

Keep up the good work. Your a week closer to your goal weight.

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Fivey, I used to inhale my food, no joke. When we were out to eat, I'd finish everything before the wait staff could come back to see how everything was going. Lots of "look at that fatty" looks from them.

Now I put down my fork/spoon. I chew until I can pretty much swish the food around in my mouth, then I swallow. Then I repeat. Using smaller forks/spoons help too, and I use a timer afterwards so I know when I'm safe to drink. Just use all the tools you can and It won't be so hard. Talking to someone between bites helps too!

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Sounds like you are doing amazing!! The sadness over the loss of food is considered normal. We all will take some time realizing we can't eat as much as we used to. 26 pounds is amazing!! How long ago did you weigh in at 350? A month?? I am curious. You are going to be in the 200's in no time at all!! :)

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Matt great job. I have been reading your blog and your doing a great. I'll be talking to you soon. I'm getting banded today. As with you I hit the magic 350 mark that made me say it's time to do something. Going from a Mom that always had us clean our plates to this new life style will be a challenge but it is one that I must take. Catch up with you later.

B.R.D.

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