I’m still not ready to run out and jog a 5k but my energy levels are noticeably better. This past weekend I was physically on the go for three straight days. We’re talking the leaving the house at 9 a.m. and getting home at 9 p.m. kind of busy. And two of those days were pretty much on the move and on my feet for the majority of the day. Six months ago, no chance that I’d have had the motivation or the ability to have done what needed to get done. This weekend was tiring…but I think it was tiring in a “normal person” kind of way.
Restrictions on the foods that I am allowed to eat have all been lifted. According to the dieticians, my body is now physically capable of eating anything, I just need to make healthy, high protein choices. I’ve found that it was much easier when I was restricted to soft foods. I knew my wheelhouse was soups, tuna salad, chicken salad, cottage cheese, etc…and I had no real issues to speak of. Now that I need to start incorporating actual textures and variety to my diet again, it’s been a little bit more challenging. Unfortunately it is a hit or miss process that doesn’t always have a clear guideline to follow. For example, I can eat grilled onions with no problems, but grilled green peppers left my 3 year old and I sitting in a parking lot for 30 minutes today as I had to ride out the nausea storm before driving home. I can eat chicken and salmon but turkey and I are not compatible. I can eat yogurt, cheese, sour cream and many other types of dairy - but after drinking about a ½ cup of 1% milk last night I quickly realized that cereal is not going to be happening anytime in the near future.
I have definitely been noticing lots of small victories. I mentioned before being able to comfortably fit behind the wheel of our second car, and that I can now reach my toenails to paint them. Several of my shirts are now too big and I’ve been able to fit into some dresses and other clothes that I haven’t worn in years. A ring that was too small for me several months ago now is a little loose. Things like showering, taking the laundry downstairs, or making beds no longer qualifies as a cardiac workout. My blood pressure is staying in the normal range even after taking away two of the four medications I was on, and my doctor seems fairly confident that if I continue on along the same path that at my 6 month follow-up visit he will be able to take me off of all of them AND potentially off of my c-pap machine for sleep apnea.
Like I’ve said 1,000 times before - I don’t think that this route is necessary or the best option for a lot (I’d even say MOST) people, but for me, I’m going to rank the decision to have this surgery right up there below the decisions to become a Christian, to marry my husband, and to have our boys. I really think it’s already been life changing.
I have a LONG way to go. But if it’s true that the first few months are the worst…then I have been blessed. My quality of life for the first few months has been significantly better than the months prior to surgery.
Oh, and although my husband hates the idea of me having a male stomach, I have affectionately renamed it Barry, which is short for Bariatric.