It has been exactly one week since my surgery and my sense of time is definitely altered. It's hard to tell how many days have passed as since I returned home from the hospital, I made myself a nest on the living room couch and have not moved much since. For the most part I've felt fine, with hardly any pain and I've had energy enough as long as I remained fairly prone for most of the time.
Thanks to all of you who've enquired on my well being and are sending along healing thoughts... they are very much appreciated. Apologies that I have not sent out many personal updates to you individually, I am trying very hard to rest so please forgive using the blog-o-sphere to write a blanket update.
So today, for the first time in a week, I left the house, drove myself to the doctor's office and then to my parents to drop something off. I was originally supposed to have my stitches out on Tuesday but the surgeon postponed my appointment to today instead. The doctor painlessly removed my stitches and gave my incision a nod of approval. They have made an appointment for me for two weeks from now to have him look at me again and also talk about the "official report" from the hospital labs that they would have received by then on the status of my now-removed thyroid and the details of the cancer. The presence of a foreboding and forthcoming report still makes me nervous but considering that things seemed better than expected during the surgery, my hopes are high that there are not too many more battles ahead.
When I got to my parents, my mother graciously made me a superb lunch of turkey schnitzel, home fried potatoes, homemade applesauce and a light green salad and I can safely say that I was starving when the food was presented on the table. I returned home absolutely exhausted from my very tiny outing and I am still shocked at how much surgery takes out of a person. When I returned from the hospital last Saturday night, I took the opportunity to go back on my SP tracking and suggested caloric intake. However, I noticed that for the next several days, I'd been quite lightheaded throughout the day and headachy in the evenings. At first I thought it was the lack of movement or possibly the new thyroid meds that I am on but now I think it was the fact that a 1100-1500 calorie-a-day plan is simply not enough for a healing body. I have dropped a few pounds since my operation and I think my body is not sure what's going on. So now I am trying to keep myself around 2000 calories a day in order to simply maintain and build some strength. It seems to be helping and I wasn't lightheaded at all today!
I'm back to eating all forms of food again, not just a "soft diet" as I am swallowing without pain (thank the universe). My voice though is still incredibly hoarse and I can barely speak above a whisper. My lovely man is getting used to me knocking on the walls or doors in the house to get his attention as there is no way he can hear me from over 50 feet away. I will admit that I've also texted him a few times when he was out of earshot... it's not entirely reliable though as he doesn't always have his phone on him. I really hope my voice returns soon. I've read that it should return in about a week but I think this time estimate is off. The doctor didn't seem concerned at all when he heard me speak so I'm assuming that things are ticking along at the right pace.
I've also started my post-surgery supplement regimen. Ho-ly-cow. I down over 20 capsules, pills and drops a day in addition to my new thyroid meds (they've put me on Eltroxin) and have had to set up an app on my iphone to keep track of times and dosages. (I use Dosecast and it works beautifully. There is a free version but I went ahead and bought the premium version.) If anyone is interested, I have a wonderful list of pre and post surgery supplements that I can send to you care of my wonderful naturopath to help speed the healing process. Feel free to just email me.
Otherwise, I am in good spirits. I feel like I could start using my time productively and hope to start editing photos again tomorrow, if even for small segments of time in between periods of rest. I also have a sloo of emails to respond to as I have been dutifully avoiding them over the past week. I've had a few visitors but have honestly just really appreciated my alone-time with my sofa. It's been many years since I've had this much time to just do NOTHING and I am fully taking advantage of it, though I fear reality will set in far too soon and force me back into many hours of work. I'm definitely holding out as long as I can though.
On another note, this Monday marks my 6th month anniversary with SparkPeople and I can honestly say that joining this site was the smartest move I have made for an eternity. I do not know how I would have fared without all of your support, advice and friendship. You are all an enormous part of my life now and I would like to thank you all for being here and holding my hand through this. Who knew that a weight loss site would help me battle cancer? SP is a unique and loving community and I count my lucky stars everyday that I decided to commit to it when I did. The Universe/My guardian angels are indeed looking out for me by bringing me here to all of you. Thank you so much. I look forward to the day when my journey here is just about the weight loss again! lol.
So until my next update, happy St. Patrick's Day and a happy Spring Equinox to all of you! May the sun shine upon you all all and bring you many warm wishes come true!