Let me backtrack. If you have followed my ramblings for a while, you might remember that I had planned to have bariatric surgery (Rouen-Y). I had that surgery on Tuesday morning, October 12th. I am, today, nearly done with the 13th day post-operative. This blog serves as my personal diary so I am going to be recording here some notes about my experience. This may strike you as too much personal information - for which I apologize in advance. Feel free to skip this is you are squeamish. :P
My two week post op appointment with the surgeon is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully I will learn that I am healing on schedule - though I am having problems with nausea and difficulty eating enough calories. I have mostly managed to drink enough fluids (48 to 60 ounces) and to ingest enough protein (60 g per day) ... and my basic meds. Trust me, in my state of mind that is a lot of balls to keep in the air at one time. :)
Today was a lovely fall day - I think the high was around 72 or 74. For the first time in two weeks, I had the grit to take a slow peaceful walk to the mailbox and back. (Maybe tripled the number of steps I've taken in each of the previous ten days) Felt good!
I actually sat in my sewing room this afternoon, chatting with some of my modern quilt making friends via Zoom. I did not have the energy to sew, but it felt really good to chat and catch up. :)
One result of my surgery date was that I had to miss the modern guild's retreat (which I had signed up for) ... a sweet coordinator dropped off my door prize this morning on my front step, along with a lovely card (see the photo above) signed by friends at the retreat. What a heart warming thing to receive!!
Here's what was in my bag - fun stuff:
I quite like the pouch pattern ... and I think that Dalmatian print fat quarter will make a great lining. :) The quilt looks like a great scrap idea, too. The little tool holder went right next to my sewing machine to hold the thread snips I keep dropping on the floor. LOL.
When I went through the mail I brought in from the box later in the afternoon, there was a wonderful fabric postcard from Linda Anderson, a guild friend and bariatric surgery advice-giver from Faithful Circle:
Then, to cap things off, later in the afternoon I got a very funny text message from my former brother in law that made me laugh right out loud. ;)
So many blessings to be thankful for today!
PS For my own records, please note that after two weeks of a liquid diet (no, not alcoholic:) I lost 12 pounds, in preparation for surgery. I have not weighed myself since surgery (should have, no brains to think of it) so it will be interesting to see what tomorrow's doctor's appointment will show. Especially given that I am managing to eat about 400 to 600 calories a day right now. :P