As of yesterday, I officially had my VSG bariatric surgery 6 weeks ago. Since surgery, I’ve:
- lost an addition 28.7lbs (I had lost 11.3lbs in the 10 day pre-op liquid diet leading up to surgery)
- missed one of my closest friend’s weddings – the couple I set up, no less
- visited ER twice for dehydration
- been hospitalized for a 4 night stay due to dehydration and malnourishment (once was an admit from an ER visit)
- had a central line (PICC) inserted into my right upper arm
- had 5 visits from at-home nursing staff
- spent 98 hours hooked up to IV-administered nutrition (TPN) — 14 hours a night for 7 nights
- had 63 saline and hepron flushes administered via my IV line, all but 8 of which were administered by my loving, patient husband, and
- maxed out my insurance out-of-pocket (or I will have, once all the bills clear).
Needless to say…it’s been a helluva adventure thus far, and I’m one of the lucky few with ‘complications’ from surgery. I still have the central line in, although if I continue to improve my liquid and protein intake, it’ll be removed on Monday. I’m supposed to be getting 64 ounces of liquid and 70+ grams of protein in, averaging ~600 calories a day. I’ve not hit those goals yet. However, I’ve been improving each day, and yesterday I was up to 60g protein, 600 cal, and 30 ounces. So, progress. I don’t feel like death anymore, and while my energy is still limited, I can do more which is great.
As of now, we’re still planning on visiting the UK over labor-day week, although we’ll make some modifications for my energy levels. I’m still really pumped for the trip. Hopefully, after I return, I’ll be able to start physical therapy again for my knee. I was just about to graduate to agility exercises (pivoting, jumping), so I’m hoping I didn’t regress too much.
Everyone on the interwebz and doctors still say I won’t regret my choice, once I’m adjusted and losing again. Apparently, while this isn’t a normal series of events, it’s not the worst case by far, and at 2-3 months I’ll be just thrilled. Here’s hoping that’s the case! I do know I’m wearing a pair of jeans I couldn’t wear a month ago, so at least there’s that. At this point, I’ll be thrilled to be able to shower without having to tape and saran-wrap my arm. It’s the small things, right?