I meant to do this every day, at least for the first month, but I missed yesterday due to laziness. I'll make up for it with two entries today.
Yesterday was pretty boring, anyway. I drank water, I walked, I drank protein, I walked, I drank tylenol, I walked. I watched 5 episodes of This is Us, which turned out to be really really good even though it doesn't have aliens or wizards and so far, nothing has blown up. I ate two sugar free popsicles.
I didn't make my protein or fluid goals, but I'm working on it. The goals are 60-90 grams of protein a day and 48-64 ounces of water. Yesterday I got to 37 g protein and 42 oz of water. I need to work harder.
I can't remember if I've said this before, but part of not getting to goal is fear of what's happening in the pouch. My last day in the hospital and first day home, I didn't feel anything at all in there, so I was worried I'd pop something open if I drank too fast. Then I started to be able to feel it, but it felt full pretty quickly. I think that was mostly air, but again, worried I'd do some damage if I put too much in there. I'm burping a LOT - pretty much every swallow is a swallow plus a burp. I'm trying to let go of that worry based on some advice I've seen around the forums, and just get to where I need to be. I have this half-liter water bottle, and three of them should get me to 48 ounces; I'm about halfway done with the first one now. And 60 grams of protein is two 11-oz premier protein shakes, so that's going to be the intake for the day.
Another thing I'm not sure I mentioned. I went into surgery at 298 lbs on my home scale, and came out at 309 lbs. That's a post-surgical bounce of 11 lbs, which I'm guessing is 100% fluid due to inflammation plus IV liquids. I didn't lose anything until I hit 308 yesterday and then 306 today. So the water is coming off, and I'm counting that as a win. Seems like the more water I drink, the faster the water weight drops, which kind of makes sense.
I still have no hunger. My friends had Thai takeout the other night, and we all sat together watching TV while they ate. I felt a little wistful - like I wished I could join them? But I wasn't hungry. And I was actually able to forget they were eating after just a few minutes. The same when Leah made some sort of pastry thing for her dinner last night. It smelled really good, but I wasn't hungry and didn't really want it. Like with good perfume - it's a great smell, but you don't want to EAT it, right?
I also got in some exercise yesterday - 35 minutes of treadmill walking, spread throughout the day. Right now I'm mainly exercising to ward off clotting, but it also feels good to be moving. Maybe later today I'll try walking outside.
Some things I haven't done since I've been home:
1) Driving. Getting home from the hospital was no picnic, even WITH a pillow to clutch to my belly. The roads were not great, and I felt every single pebble we went over. So I haven't been driven anywhere and haven't driven myself anywhere since surgery. I'm going to give that another week or so and see how I feel.
2) Sleeping in my own bed. Oh, how I miss it. The sheets and blankets are clean and waiting for me. I LOVE my bed, but right now I'm not comfortable sleeping anywhere but the recliner. Hopefully I can transition back to my bed when I transition to soft textures - which is like three or four days now.
3) Had a BM. Ahem. Nevermind. Now I have! TMI, but hey, I'm not blogging this experience to keep secrets. (I'm trying to be a totally open book here, so first - read at your own risk and second - if you're pre-op and have any questions about the immediate post-op experience, feel free to ask. I'm too new to this to give any advice, and I can only talk about my experience, which may be very different from yours -- but I'm happy to share if you're curious.)
Oh, and I just got a follow-up call from my surgeon's PA. If I hadn't pooped yet, she would have been concerned. Even now, she wants me to take some miralax and keep working on that 64 oz of water. She says the water is more important at this point than the protein - though I should do better on both. AND - I got five gold stars from her for knowing how much protein and water I had taken in each day, so that's another win for me.