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After Surgery update

Friday, November 20, 2015

I had surgery under general anesthesia on July 27 this year. I had another surgery under general anesthesia on October 30. I have not popped back like I usually do. I'm blaming it on the two surgeries close together. I tire easily and am not back to full strength.

It is a blessing to have help from a home care agency. There is a nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and bath aide. The physical therapist works on lower body strength. The occupational therapist is working on my shoulder that has been stiff and painful since I broke my hip last year. That is a painful therapy. I've found some relief using a heat pad, as the therapist suggested.

I will see the oncologist for a post-op visit on December 2. Hopefully I will then be able to drive again. I am a little afraid of getting away from the house and running out of energy!

I was on a clear liquid diet during the four days in the hospital. I developed an intolerance for anything sweet, including jello and apple juice. I was not able to keep broth down. Cranberry juice was the only thing I could tolerate in the hospital.
They pumped me so full of lactated ringers that I swelled like a marshmallow so that my allergy and ID bands had to be cut off. Expecting a nice weight loss, I was shocked that I weighed more when I was discharged than I did when admitted to the hospital.

It has been four weeks since surgery. I still cannot tolerate sweets. No soda, chocolates, desserts. I tried potato chips but they had a bitter chemical taste. Am I cured of poor eating choices?

Many foods taste salty to me. Someone asked what they could bring me, and I requested a McDonald's double cheeseburger. It tasted like someone had dumped the salt shaker on it. Bah. I also found I can't eat a whole cheeseburger anymore. My portions have become less than half of what I used to eat.

The nurse said I need protein for healing. I like cheese but my usual favorites taste too salty now. Because of the constipating effect of the medicines, I have to limit cheese.
Vegetables are good. When nothing else goes down, mashed potatoes work. I have them once a week. I also eat grapes every day.

I posted a blog a short while ago about nutrition versus taste. My sister who has lost too much weight during her fight with cancer, says food does not taste good. The nutritionist told her she must concentrate on nutrition instead of taste.
I have tried to apply this same reasoning, eating nutritious food that I can tolerate. I've learned the importance of eating three small meals a day, never skipping a meal.

On a good note, my weight is slowly moving down again. As of last weigh in, I am down 40 pounds for the year.
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  • CATIATM
    Wow! What an ordeal. I'm glad you're healing from the surgery, and I'm glad that sweet temptations are not appealing to you, but .... the overall food situation sounds grim. I hope you're feeling better soon!
    1827 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    HUGS and your sister is offering wise advice. Sorry that it's so difficult. Hope you manage all right with all your help.

    Sending healing prayers as well.
    1840 days ago
  • COOLMAMA11
    Thinking of you Annie, a hard way to lose weight. Hope you are feeling better real soon. You are always in my thoughts and prayers!

    Elaine emoticon
    1840 days ago
  • VANILLASKY15
    The medicines are affectong the taste of your food. Make sure youbest enough, maybe try some protein powders. U can use ones with neutral taste and mix with cranberry juice
    1841 days ago
  • SIMPLELIFE4REAL
    One of my "go to foods" while getting chemo was peanut butter on toast. It packs a lot of nutrition in something digestable (and easy to prepare).
    1841 days ago
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