post-op

Back At It

In my last post, I described the post-operation life. It was kind of a fog of pain, pain pills, healing, sleeping….carbs! I didn’t go crazy. It wasn’t like I could really eat a ton anyways. But I did eat carbs for about a week and a half.

But then after my post-op appointment with my surgeon, I was feeling better getting the stints out of my nose and decided to get back to the diet. It was a pretty easy transition back to Keto. I went to the grocery store (my one activity of the day! Still taking it easy) and got the essentials and then I was back on the plan.

First day back, I had scrambled eggs with cheese and Canadian Bacon and my coffee with MCT Oil, Stevia and heavy cream. Lunch was sautéed kale, andouille sausage, and smoked gouda. Afternoon snack was raspberries. Dinner was zoodles with Alfredo sauce and meatballs. Dessert was dark chocolate with strawberries. My first day back I was at about 1400 calories and 35 net carbs (because of all the fruit I had I guess). But I’m happy to be back at it!

As for exercise, I am not cleared yet. My surgeon said in about two weeks I can start getting back to easy cardio. I will start with the elliptical since it’s low impact. I’m kinda afraid to try running so I’ll wait a full month to try that.

For swimming and weight lifting I have to wait a full month post surgery.

I can’t smell or taste much. It’s better with the stints out but it feels like I have a very bad cold or something! It’s kind of a bummer but I know it will get better.

For dinner the other night, I made this recipe: Kofta Ground Beef Bowl . I used cauliflower rice. Topped it with the kofta beef. Then used Trader Joe’s Tzatziki and crumbled feta. I added grape tomatoes and cucumber slices.

Since I can’t taste much, I have to go by what Michael says and he said it’s a keeper. 🙂 He said it would be better with lamb and more garlic, but overall it was good!

I got back to work on Monday. It will be good to get back into the routine and back to “real life”, modified as it is. But it has been nice being home for two weeks taking it easy, healing, resting, catching up on TV and just not having a schedule!

Nosy

Recovery was hit or miss. I had good days and bad days. Last Wednesday I skipped the afternoon pain pill because I thought I had it managed but it was too soon to go that long without anything. It felt like I had to play catch up that night to get the pain manageable. Then it was ok. I could go every 6 hours instead of 4 hours, or so. I also took Tylenol.

The bad news: I ended up getting a viral cough. I thought the cough I had was because of being on a breathing tube for the surgery, but unfortunately the cough was definitely a cold. Like really? Perfect timing, right?

Other than that, I slept a lot. I would do the sinus rinses, take my meds and then take a lot of naps. I tried to relax a bit on the couch. I watched the new season of Queer Eye, the first season of Killing Eve, and second season of Billions. 

I tried to move around a lot. Just laying around or sitting too much was making my body hurt so I tried to stand and walk as much as possible.

I was hoping to get back to the Keto diet as soon as possible post surgery (I assumed after a few days) but it took me longer eating comfort food. I’d have half a bagel with cream cheese with my eggs for breakfast (it was a craving and comfort food thing). I had kombucha once a day for my guts. I did have some leftover pizza for lunch one day and chicken noodle soup for dinner one night. I ate a lot of fruit because that sounded good to me.

I was also a bottomless pit of hunger the four days post-surgery. I don’t know why I was so hungry but I could seriously eat anything and everything. My guess is that it was a combination of fasting pre-surgery throwing me off and then healing. My body just needed calories and food to heal? So I just listened to my body and ate when I was hungry and slept when I was tired. I’ll get back to the diet soon. (Hopefully the damage won’t be too bad.)

The Friday after my surgery, 5 days post-op, I got off the Oxy because I was so sick. It was really awful!! So the pain was kinda bad for about a day or two with just advil and tylenol but I got over the worst of it and once the oxy was out of my system I felt better.

Over the weekend, my cousin brought some delicious soup and groceries, which was nice! I didn’t do a whole lot. I just didn’t have the energy. This picture of Logan was him checking on me while I was resting in bed. He asked, “Are you ok, mommy?” It was pretty cute. 🙂

 

Michael was a trooper. It was a lot of stuff to take care of! My mom went home to Seattle on Friday so it was a busy, busy weekend for him. 

Monday, Michael took me to the post-op appointment with the surgeon. It was kind of awful but I got the stints (they were HUGE!) and stitches out. I had some bleeding the rest of the day but felt a lot better having that stuff out! 

The rest of the week will be more resting and slowly getting back into my normal activities. No working out for a few more weeks but I can at least start doing more around the house!