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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Well, after knee surgery followed by an infection and complications, I am finally up and around and looking at eating well. I am currently anemic so I am not allowed to go under a certain number of calories til that is better.

I have learned one thing from this -- well, I knew it already but now I really know it -- eating a small number of calories does not make me lose weight. I've had very little appetite until just this past week. Many days, I was doing all i could to get 500 good calories down. This went on for 6 weeks. And what did i lose? 10 lbs!

But never mind. I am going for the Healthy at Every Size goal and if, when I'm totally recovered, I can get back to walking for exercise, that may help.

Anyway, hello everyone! I hope you have a great holiday. And I look forward to re-meeting you and reading how your journey is coming along.

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SANDYBRUNO 1/8/2011 3:19PM

    I'm so glad you are on the mend. I've been thinking about you but couldn't remember your Spark name. I don't lose very fast but I just focus on eating healthier and getting exercise. When the weight does come off it should be a lot easier to keep off by losing it slowly.

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oh, and btw

Monday, November 22, 2010

I imagine I've lost some weight -but can't get on scales to find out!

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DJ4HEALTH 11/23/2010 8:39PM

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SANDYBRUNO 11/22/2010 10:55PM

    When you do get on them I hope you get a nice surprise.

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DONGR8NCHARNC 11/22/2010 9:27PM

    Hope your recovery is going well! Best wishes.

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LINTPICKER 11/22/2010 9:15AM

    Are the clothes fitting better? Do you feel good about eating well?
Two good measures of success :)

Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon

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post-surgery recovery and anemia

Monday, November 22, 2010

My surgery went well and I left the hospital on schedule. It was kind nice to just have people deliver healthy food to me in bed (-:

Recovery is turning out to be much more onerous than I thought. It's going well; in fact, I am ahead of schedule in some areas and behind in none but it is a lot more work than they had explained to me previously. I have to be on a machine 8 hours a day. It isn't painful but it is confining. I also have to do PT 4X day (once with a PT who visits me at home). I can't get into a bathtub yet, don't have a walk-in shower and washing my hair today was quite the chore. Hard work from Larry, too, since he is the one helping me. I am on pain medications, which I don't like. I tried taking less and got dressed down over it so I am resolved to being high as a kite for a few more days (Oxycontin/Percoset). I also get to inject myself with heparin. Such fun times.

I am eating a healthy breakfast cookie for breakfast, frozen dinners for dinner and a variety of things for lunches. However, they drew blood just before i left hospital and I am quite anemic. I wasn't before the surgery -- and I didn't bleed too much but this has happened to me before -- the stress of surgery seems to depress my hemaglobin/red cell production. I did have a blood transfusion just after surgery and it got better temporarily. It isn't bad enough now to need another one but the problem is, my body cannot tolerate most kinds of iron and B vitamin supplements. He has some kind that doesn't go through the digestive system that he has ordered. Also, eating iron rich and B vitamin rich foods will help but many (not all) foods that are high in iron also are blood thinners and I can't eat any food that thins blood more since i am on the heparin.

So - suggestions, anyone?

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LINJHA 12/2/2010 12:18AM

  Thank you for your suggestions. I have trouble taking any mineral by mouth, with the possible exception of some kinds of calcium. i also can't take much vitamin C because it causes sores on my intestines. /-:

But the doctor has got me on intramuscular thing.

I am begining to feel stronger but I still don't have much of an appetite. I will be going to dr tomorrow and they will draw more blood as well as check my knee.
I'l also let them weigh me. .. I havent' eaten much, but I haven't done much so I hope it equals out. Actually, this rehab keeps me quite busy but I don't know if it enough to use up the calories.

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NANALD 11/23/2010 9:02AM

    I wish I had some suggestions but I am afraid that I don't. I just want to say that I am thinking of you and hope that you are feeling much better soon. The good news is that the worst is over and you are on the mend. Hang in there!!! I'll be thinking of you! emoticon

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SANDYBRUNO 11/22/2010 10:55PM

    I have to take an iron supplement twice a day or I get anemic. I hope they get your iron straightened out soon. I will keep you in prayer while you are healing.

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DJ4HEALTH 11/22/2010 9:52PM

    If you take iron with Vitamin C that will help get the iron into your body better. That is what I have found when I had to take Iron right before my total knee replacement. As Julie said don't take your iron with any type of calcium because it will bind with the iron and you will just put it in the toilet.

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JULIESDREAM 11/22/2010 9:16AM

    I am on an iron supplement. I would suggest that although you need to make sure that you don't take your iron at the same time you take anything with calcium. They tend to work against one another as they are being absorbed. Good luck to you.

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Out of pocket

Monday, November 15, 2010

It has been a really, really busy week and I haven't logged in at all. I have, however, done well with my eating and lost a little. I have not been able to exercise as much for physical reasons, but I'm trying.

Tuesday I will be going into the hospital for orthopedic surgery. I will be there for a minimum of 3 days. I'd appreciate prayers for an easy recovery.

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SHELLPRO 11/16/2010 3:49PM

    More prayers 4 U, I'm facing the same choice:(

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JOOPRINCESS 11/16/2010 3:29PM

    Prayers being said. Congrats on your recent weight loss!

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SANDYBRUNO 11/16/2010 11:43AM

    I'm here with my prayers. May God comfort and watch over you.

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MUEHLBBO 11/15/2010 10:35AM

    My prayers are with you.

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FAEMOM 11/15/2010 3:16AM

  I will pray for you. Wishing you the best. emoticon

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ANNABELLE1957 11/15/2010 2:52AM

    prayers for your recovery and wisdom for the doctors emoticon

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Rdy for week

Monday, November 08, 2010

Okay, not the *best* weekend, but not the worst either, considering anniversary dinner, husband's return and a lot of activity.

I have prepared for the week, though --

1)prepared several helping so the cottage cheese salad I like to eat for breakfast or lunch
2)cut up fresh veggies
3)splurged on fruit already cut up
4)read a couple of Spark articles before posting this and going to bed
5)set out my exercise stuff

Weigh tomorrow. Hoping I lost a tiny bit in spite of some lapses this weekend.

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JOOPRINCESS 11/8/2010 2:36PM

    Way to plan ahead!

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SANDYBRUNO 11/8/2010 11:07AM

    I've been having trouble too but yesterday I got back on track. It feels great to be back where I need to be. I'm glad you have prepared for the week. Pineapple was on sale so I have a bunch cut up in the fridge. It is always good to have healthy snacks around.

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