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!