Really I am here! I am doing okay.
What a FREAKING HELL of a summer in a lot of good and bad ways!!!
First, I had gastric bypass surgery on July 10th!
Let me tell you it was very weird. I expected pain, and yes, it was painful. But the phases I through IV were somewhat uggy – to put a technical term to it.
Phase I – Clear Liquids
Because my new 4 (FOUR) ounce pouch/stomach was healing and the small intestine is healing from being attached to it.
I was mostly drugged out of my mind for this wonderful phase. Trying to get the protein drink of 80 grams a day!!!! That is like the protein equivalent of 14 ounces of steak!
Phase II – Liquids only
I was in pain for this because the drugs were slowing down and now was the time to get used to my NEW stomach being all upset and urpy with ANYTHING I put into my mouth besides my Earl Grey Tea – GOD BLESS THE QUEEN!
Still the nagging 80 grams of protein was hanging over my head!!!! I was like on a mission to find anything I could drink that would be NO SUGAR with PROTEIN and didn’t taste like back-water and sat well on my stomach
Phase III – Soups only
I was getting over the pain as it was beginning to lag. I started eating soup and it was wonderful!!! I was having an easier time trying to get my dang-blasted 80 GRAMS OF PROTEIN a day!!! I was still on the search for my answer as my shelves were getting more full and full of PROTEIN DRINKS (UNUSED) which were making me sick after one taste.
My confidence was lagging, and I was starting to get REALLY DEPRESSED that I had this surgery and there was NEVER going to find a PROTEIN DRINK I could survive on!
Phase IV – Soft Foods
This was the time I started to really feel good. I was eating cheese, oatmeal, shrimp, tuna, and soft cooked veggies and whole assorted soups which had chunks of over-cooked meat. YIPPEE!!! I was in ‘HOG HEAVEN’ as they say…
BUM, BUM, BUMMMMMM
At one month into my recovery, I rolled over in my sleep and unfortunately my “Kitty” which I have had for 11 years was on the bottom. He proceeded to bite the HELL out of my tendons in my hand and scratched all the way down my arm. Immediately, like 7 hours later, the bite blew up into a massive infection and attacked my whole arm!!
If I would have waited, I would have been in serious trouble as the red streaks were going up my arm!!! I didn’t know cat bites were so dangerous. I have had pets all my life, cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, fish… nothing like this has ever happened to me!
I went to the EMERGENCY ROOM in severe pain and distress, the next day I had surgery.
These pictures are after my hand was healing…. still swollen even two weeks afterward!
I was in so much pain, I was hoping to have my hand cut off!!!!
I was in the hospital for three days and off work for another two weeks.