December 13, 2019

Day 3 & 4 Post-Op – Doc Visit

Words can’t express just how happy I am right now. My head is in the right place and I am on track to my new healthy life.

So on Day 3 it was time to see Dr. Matthew Metz for post-op follow up. My incisions are healing very well. The only one that seems to bother me a bit is the one where they actually removed the tummy, but I was told that would be the one that would be bothersome. It does not HURT, it just aches a bit and it will bite if I turn to fast or sit to fast.

I am sipping all fluids. I am not where I need to be with getting it all in but I am doing well. Note, you have heard me say this before and I am going to say it again…YOU NEED TO HYDRATE! Do not let yourself go into dehydration mode. Sip, Sip, Sip and SUGAR FREE POP-CYCLES are LIFE!

I am 18 pounds down so far. Yes, you will lose a lot in that first week because you are on all liquid. But I love how my “table tummy” (you know what I’m talking about, that fat that you can sit a drink on when sitting down), is shrinking already.

Dr. Metz said he did not see my pathology results just yet on my tummy but will call me with the results once they are in.

My oxygen levels are low, but as I stated before I was in Denver which is the Mile High City and the oxygen levels are thin there. When basketball players and football players come to Denver they get oxygen treatments. I will follow up on those levels once I get settled back home in LA.

I am taking my Bariatric vitamins and my Biotin as directed. You will be losing weight fast and hair-loss is real. So stay on top of or vitamin game. I am taking Bariatric Advantage Multi Chew Bite Dark Cherry Vitamins and Tropical Oasis Maximum Strength Biotin 12,500 MCG.


Day 4 – Traveling Back Home
I flew back to Los Angeles this morning and that trip was a bit unsettling. My doctor wanted me to walk the aisles as soon as the seat-belt light went out, but the whole trip was turbulent and we did not even get drink service, so I had to pump my legs the whole time so I can prevent clots. I also had to call the steward to bring me water. This is the first time ever in the history of flying I have had a crazy flight like that. But I was not going to let that get me down.

I used wheelchair service to the gate because going through TSA would have been too much. I am not allowed to lift anything above 10 pounds so I checked my bag and that made things easier. They still make you take off yours shoes and pull out your computer. If you plan to travel for surgery be sure to take PLENTY of time to get back to your gate. It takes a little longer to put on your shoes!

Now that I am back home, I went to get more sugar free pop-cycles. I already have protein drinks and the good bone broth I need to continue healing.

This Monday is my first post-op nutritionist appointment and at that time I will be able to see which phase of eating I can move to.

TIDBITS:
1. Why is there a shortage of sugar free jello when you need it? LOL I had to go to three stores for it.
2. Smells still seem to unsettle my tummy a bit. Someone passed me in the store with perfume and I almost gagged.
3. Sleep is still needed. I laid down for a 30 minute nap and woke up 3 hours later! (this makes it hard to keep drinking, so plan for that)
4. Only use meds when needed for pain, don’t get caught up in the drug game. I used one Oxycodone and one Promethazine for my flight to keep any pain and nausea down when flying.
5. If your urine is dark – you are DEHYDRATED! The lighter the better!

My New Tummy

2 Comments

  • I appreciate your thorough updates and good information. Which good bone broth, do you purchase /like? I also live in Los Angeles area.

    • I like Kettle & Fire but my absolute favorite is found at Whole Foods. It’s in a jar and it’s called Epic Artisanal. They have four flavors. The chicken is yummy! They do add Apple cider vinegar so check with your nutritionist for approval. So happy your enjoying my posts!

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