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9 Days Post-Op!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

And I'm doing almost great. I hate riding in cars because it hurts like a $%@$^, but I have walked a mile on a few days, a third of a mile on others, and a half mile on a couple.

I can walk!
I can stand up straight!
I can have normal bowel movements again!
I can sit down and not cry every time!

It really is amazing and I am so not used to this kind of improvement. I walked 22 hours after my surgery. I first walked one lap around the hospital ward with a walker. Two hours later it was 2 more laps and then sleep. At 7am (since you can't sleep in hospitals), I walked 3 laps with the walker and decided I was ready to go home. I saw my doctor at 8:30am and he was absolutely happy with the walking, and I was in the car by 9:41am and headed home.

I found out later that my neurosurgeon is one of the top-ranking brain surgeons in NE Florida, and he removed a tumor that no one has wanted to take off my spine for over 10 years. It was benign, so no big deal, but he said the roots WERE a big deal and he got rid of it. I did mention to a friend today that had I known he was also a brain surgeon, I would have had him go in there and try to fix some of the short-term memory loss, depression, AND the FAT part of my brain that insists I eat True North Nut Clusters at 2am!! Yes, I've become a sleep eater.

Anyway, I gained 15 pounds in the 1.5 days in hospital... fluids and all those carbs they push on you. And I will happily tell you that I lost all of it but the 3 gnarly pounds that refuse to budge. I met with my bariatric nurse practitioner yesterday and she told me I was doing great, even with the 3-pound gain, as she expected me to have gained way more from not being able to move BEFORE the surgery. She agreed that the one mile a day a few days a week is where I should stick to for now.

So far today... a third of a mile is done and 2 loads of laundry. It's really hot outside but 2 laps at a time is good enough for me. And I always use my walking stick. Even the dogs refuse to go out in this heat!! They are so used to me laying around all day that they must be in shock because they won't leave the covered porch!!

Oh, and Joe is working again! He is training this week and officially starts on Monday, driving truck hauling wood chips. He's home every night and since he was in the tree removal business previously, this sounds like a good fit for now. We shall see how it works out as I've heard negative things about the company, but you can always find complaints and very few times find compliments!! So I am praying for the best and keeping a smile on my face for not having to live in that dang truck a month at a time. LOL

Thank you all for your support and your well-wishes. They are all appreciated. I am recommitted to getting my arse a bit smaller and my middle GONE! And I will stick with the bariatric meds for now and see how it works for the first couple of months before making any decisions. I have 20 pounds to lose to get to my lowest weight since joining SP, so that's the current goal.

Big hugs and prayers for you all,
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    Hi and Congratulations! emoticon

    I didn't know what kind of surgery you were going for. All I knew was you were feeling awful! I'm so very glad it's working out well. There's nothing like medical success. You can walk? Wow! That is so awesome! I'm very glad for you!

    See you in the forum.

    Have a good night sleep.

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    1670 days ago
    How great that your surgery went so well! Life changing, right? Amazing what brain surgeons and spine surgeons can do nowadays... my mother and BIL can attest.

    I know what you mean about the memory loss. A few years of constant pain from RA (before I got to a treatment that worked) caused me to have depression. My only symptom was short-term memory loss. A neurologist ruled out all other causes. I was in a good mood, sleeping well. My therapist tells me it is slow to return to normal but mindfulness and games like on (which I haven't tried yet) can help.

    Glad you're back and doing so well. emoticon
    1670 days ago
    1670 days ago
    How wonderful! Great surgery and your determination to move!
    1670 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/28/2014 1:06:27 PM
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