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Time to check back in.

Monday, March 26, 2012

As I believe I mentioned, I had surgery last Tuesday, March 20, to remove an ovarian cyst that had gotten really large. Seriously, it was the size of a grapefruit. That's ridiculous. Happily, it was not cancerous, so I am just recovering from surgery and not having to worry about anything else.

Let me tell you about recovering from a laparoscopy. First, there are these little incisions that my panties sit over. Then there's internal pain - not enough for me to think I need pain killers, but enough to remind me that I had stuff taken out of me through a little hole they cut in my belly. And then there's the rash I got the day after the surgery, all where the iodine was. Apparently I'm allergic to iodine as well as adhesive. I knew about the adhesive (and forgot to tell them, so the stripe of adhesive rash is totally my own fault) but not the iodine. Yay, so much fun - not! Oh, and some of the internal pain occurs when my bladder is full. Not sure if it's my bladder still being upset about the catheter they put in it or if it's pressing on my uterus and my uterus is complaining.

So I feel really good, and have for a few days. My digestive system seems to have normalized, but I still can't do tons physically because it makes me tired and it makes me hurt.

However, I can't just sit around all day for much longer without doing stuff, because I guarantee you I will go stark raving mad sooner rather than later.

This is good, though, because I've been getting behind on some things, and I want to get back to eating healthy food. I've been eating a lot of convenience food since the surgery, and it's time to get back on track. It will help speed my recovery, for one thing, and it will help me be ready for when I can start back to running and stuff once I've fully healed! emoticon

I noticed, when I was "eating like a guinea pig," that my brain seemed to function a lot better and I was able to deal with stress more easily. So I have decided to modify that a little bit so it's not quite so restrictive. Basically, I am going to eat fruit for breakfast, snack on fruits and vegetables all day, eat a nice big salad for lunch, and then eat whatever I want for dinner (as long as dinner includes some kind of cooked vegetable). Except I will leave dessert for Sundays after dinner - that's when I can have a chocolate bar, or a small bag of candy, or a piece of pie or something like that. I'm also going to drink water instead of apple juice (I've been practically living on apple juice this week), saving the juice for drinking with meals. Vegetable juice, on the other hand, I will drink as a snack once a day.

So that handles eating. How about the rest of my life? Let's have a go:
I'm going to take things slow and try not to push myself too much. I don't want to hurt myself, and I want to see lots of success! So, as always, I have a nice long to-do list, but I'm going to pull just three things from each area of my life to focus on each day. If I manage to get through even one thing from each area, I will have succeeded - especially right now, when I'm recovering from my surgery!

I will try to post here more regularly now that I've "checked back in"; until next time!
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  • RFJSJ50
    I'm setting up the April BSG challenge. There will be three teams. Why don't you join just the chat room of one or all of them? We had one person due that this past month just for the motivation and support (she's dealing with cancer and can't do much physically).
    One thing that really helps me eat well is to make a protein smoothie (1 cup skim milk, 6 oz. nonfat Greek yogurt, 1/2 to 1 cup frozen fruit, 1 serving whey protein powder, and 1 teaspoon metamucil in the blender). It starts my morning with around 40 grams of protein and keeps me going strong up to a late lunch time. I sometimes just take a carton on nonfat Chobani Greek yogurt and mix the protein powder with it when I don't feel like a smoothie - then I eat a slice of cantelope with it.
    I'm glad you're feeling better. I was wondering where you were and how you were doing.
    2248 days ago
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    Comment edited on: 3/28/2012 11:49:08 AM
    emoticon Get well wishes.
    2250 days ago
    I have been in your shoes with this surgery. I had a cyst the size of a grapefruit that had to be removed. I however had a complete mid-line incision....from right bellow my chest to right above my privates...because I also had to have my gallbladder and my appendix removed at the same time. And yup you will have that sore ouchie kinda feeling for a while...it's where they had to pump your belly full of air to hold things outta the way while they took the cyst out.

    Good healing and recovery to you. Hope you get back to top form soon.
    2251 days ago
    Way to go!
    2251 days ago
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