Sunday, July 27, 2008


Its been a rough couple days for me, I'm having trouble eating and drinking enough, so that is not good. Its hard to force yourself to eat when you just are not hungry. I see other RNY patients talking about head hunger but that is one problem I am not having.

My dizzy spells are getting worse, getting out of the hot tub at the YMCA on Saturday (After a nice refreshing swim), I was reaching for my towel on a chair, which suddenly became six towels on six chairs. Next thing I know I was half laying- half sitting on the pavement trying to look casual about it. None of the crack Y lifeguard staff even noticed the fat guy pass out and fall over, I'm glad I didn't pitch into the deep end of the pool. I sat there for awhile and slowly made my way to the locker room before heading home.

I've also been pretty sick to my stomach all week long, and I finally got fed up with it and called the surgeon to make sure nothing serious was going on. Sadly, Dr Oakley is out of town, so I had to wait for some on call guy to call me back. He gave me a prescription for nausea but I was pretty out of it when I picked it up (not feeling well) and when I got home, only then did I discover it was a suppository, which Kim found hilarious. I haven't used it yet, but its mere presence in the house seems to have helped cure me.

On the plus side, Kim found me some apple juice that is low in sugar, but its still sweetened with Splenda, its actually pretty good and its a nice change from the other crap I've been drinking. I dunno why they need to sweeten it at all, its freakin apple juice, even the stuff from the local co-op that was "all natural no sugar added" had tons more sugar in it. Bob was also kind enough to get me a pretty nice I-pod knock off, which I've already begun ripping songs to from my CD collection, The first day I used it I was able to go ten more minutes than I normally do on the stationary bike, on that was on level 2 even. Its always nice to listen to music you actually like while working out instead of that crap the health club pipes in.

Hopefully I can make my Cardiologist listen to me, or at least his nurse and get my blood pressure meds changed or adjusted in the near future, this standing up and almost falling over 8 times a day is getting on my nerves and freaking me out a little.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Meat, Glorious Meat

Today was my 2 week follow up, I've dropped 18 pounds since the surgery, but they are apparently mystical magic pounds as I have yet to figure out where they are going from. The doctor finally took me off clear liquids and tonight I made a turkey ragu (Kim got to eat pasta with hers). It was nice to eat some real food for a change. I need to start getting 80 grams of protein a day in 3 meals and 2 snacks + 1 protein shake. That is gonna take some figuring.

Pretty much no carbs and sugar, and fruits are a treat not a meal, so we bough some fish and chicken and ground turkey. No red meat for awhile, I'm a little skittish about it anyways, I want this to be as painless as possible. We got some Wyler's Light and the stuff is almost as good as Kool-aid, that and Crystal Light lemonade is seeing me through the day. Tomorrow I am gonna go to the athletic club and start working out, at least 5 days a week when I am up to it. My incisions are still a little tender and I can't sleep on my stomach yet, but I'm getting there. Also time for me to take over more of the chores around the house like the litterbox, although I did appreciate the 2 week vacation from it while Kim did it.

We are going to make an appointment with Doctor Mallea so I can get some bloodwork done, I'm very concerned about this. Also I am getting frequent dizzy spells when I stand up even though my blood pressure is within normal limits, I think its low for me, but we'll see how that goes.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008


I'm home now, if barely coherent. They gave me a liquid version of hydrocodone for the pain and this stuff is kicking the crap out of me. Its nice to be back in my own bed though, and I've stopped leaking from my surgical incisions, so I'm looking forward to a shower. Post surgery was pretty pain free and they took pretty good care of me at the hospital as I never felt nauseous or anything like that. Considering my intestines have been rearranged I thought I'd be feeling a lot worse than I do right now.