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Recovery is slow but steady.

Friday, January 11, 2013

It's been two weeks since I had my gallbladder surgery. I ended up having hernia surgery, too. I finally went for my post-surgical visit. I found out that the recovery time for the hernia surgery is four to six weeks. Great. The gallbladder recovery was supposed to be two to four weeks.

At the end of November I put myself on maintenance. I was walking, but not doing strength training. Every time I would do ST I would end up hurting myself, so I figured it could wait until after my recovery from surgery. Who knew it was going to be two months (that's counting the month before the surgery) without ST!

Apparently, I wasn't supposed to be doing cardio for the last two weeks, that is not walking for 40 minutes at a time. No wonder it was so exhausting! Oops. I'm supposed to start back slowly. Not something I do well, but I'll work at it.

The PA I saw at the surgeon's office says everything looks good. Yeah! I feel tired and a little sore, but that's to be expected. Otherwise I feel so much better. So I have at least two more weeks before I can slowly begin ST again. I can walk, but I'm supposed to take it easy. I've noticed that the swelling on my right side is gone. It had been swollen since the end of October. And the pain in my shoulder and neck are gone, as well. What a relief.

I've been using the food tracker, except for the couple of days when I couldn't manage seating at the computer. When I weighed myself today the scale said I gained half a pound. Not what I wanted but I had expected to gain about five pounds with the holidays and the change in diet. Eating less fat means eating more carbs. I find that when everything is in balance I don't feel hungry or crave sweets. Getting more protein is difficult too, because you don't want to eat foods that will give you gas, like beans, and nuts have too much fat in them. I can finally eat a balanced diet but now I'm craving more carbs. I'll have to retrain myself there.

I have a tip for anyone having surgery. Don't ever weigh yourself the day after surgery! Two liters of saline drip can weigh 5 to 10 pounds the next day. Then again, maybe that's partly what kept me from overeating!
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  • v CLAIREINPARIS
    I am so glad you are recovering well! Please be patient with ST, take all the time you need to recover enough to do it!
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    1314 days ago
  • v DESERTJULZ
    Glad you're feeling better, Linda. It is frustrating not to have the energy to do what you really want to be doing. Soon you will though, and you'll look back at now and smile at your impatience (grin).
    1318 days ago
  • v MIDNIGHTER1
    I am happy you are feeling better since the surgery. When strength training I tell people to warm up a good while with very lite weights. You will be bringing muscles into play that are not being used in the way they are not used to.
    Don't rush to get back too soon. It is not a competetion. Don't want a relapse.
    1322 days ago
  • v EABL81
    I'm happy to hear that you're starting to feel better again. Take care of yourself first, and worry about the rest later. You'll be back up to speed eventually, in a few more weeks. Then you can knock'em dead at the gym!
    1322 days ago
  • v SENATOR9
    emoticon and rest
    1322 days ago
  • v GEORGE815
    Glad you are on the mend. Fortunate they found the hernia while working on the gall bladder. Good luck on getting back to the exercise program. Always hard to resume the same pace as you want. Hope 2013 is better for you.
    1322 days ago
  • v SENIMMO
    I have been doing really good with my higher protein requirement with the two knee surgeries one right after the other (well, 3 months and 1 week apart.) That's part of what's causing me all the problems emoticon because I am doing well with nutrition, my body is healing super-fast and the scarring is accumulating faster than I am able to stretch it with exercise I can tolerate. UGH!

    Anyway-good proteins without huge amounts of fat:eggs(moderate fat) low or no-fat cottage cheese (there is a new sea salt one out, better for your sodium intake and there are some low-sodium varieties), reduced fat cheeses (I LOVE these, especially on cucumber slices if I don't have the calories for crackers) and I really like the light&fit greek yogurt (pretty budget friendly).

    I don't know if any of those suggestions help, but they are things that were suggested to me when I was struggling to try getting 80 grams of protein into 1400 calories after the first surgery.

    Feel well, and emoticon emoticon
    1323 days ago
  • v KAREN608
    Glad to hear of your recovering, step by step. Two months sounds like a long time but it will soon be over & you can walk to your hearts content.
    1323 days ago
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