sick

That Time of Year

Well I’m not at all surprised that with all that traveling we just did that I got a cold! Thankfully I don’t think it’s the flu (I never had a fever) but I felt pretty crappy last week and basically all weekend. πŸ™

I was home Thursday and Friday and either on the couch or in bed. Drinking gallons of theraflu, emergenC, taking ColdEze and elderberry cough drops. Yuck! The good news is that I got to catch up on some TV shows snuggling with the fur babies on the couch.

I watched Pandemic on Netflix (very good) and started Locke and Key (also pretty good, with a twist of fantasy and mild horror). And I got caught up on my favorite TV shows I’m behind on (Schitt’s Creek, Grey’s Anatomy, and SVU). Lots of napping. Lots of laziness.

I was sick for Valentine’s Day. Bummer. But Michael brought home pho (my favorite when I have a cold) and some keto ice cream!

Not really doing keto right now while I’m sick but trying to do low carb at the very least. The pho hit the spot! The ice cream was a little weird in texture but I’ll try it again. πŸ™‚

Logan got me a super sweet card:

Michael also got some keto bread at Costco!

Saturday night I had a grilled ham and cheese sandwich on the bread. It was pretty decent. It itched the craving for a sandwich! The bread was pretty good. The first half was good but the second half got a little soggy and the bread started falling apart a bit. Maybe using the keto bread for just grilled cheese, no ham, would be better.

Sunday morning I had eggs and avocado toast with the keto bread. The keto bread was great as toast!

Sunday I also went to the doctor. I was feeling a lot worse and it was turning into a sinus infection. Antibiotics and prednisone for a few days. BOO. My surgery last year definitely fixed my issues, though. Instead of 7 or 8 sinus infections a year, one is definitely an improvement!

Also, once I’m feeling better I need to get back to weight lifting. I notice that when that falls off I start having issues with my back and stuff. My SI joint has been bugging me for weeks and my hip and back feel terrible. Probably because all I’ve done for a month is cardio (swimming, running, hiking etc). I need to get back to strength training asap!

As for losing weight…I managed to NOT gain any weight in Hawaii! Yay! I did a mostly on plan diet (low carb, not necessarily keto) with splurges every day (like rice with my poke and then birthday cake) but I didn’t go crazy and we were super active. So that was nice. I did manage to gain 2 pounds in LA, of course. LOL How does that happen?!? Who even knows. But as soon as this cold is over with I am back to the diet, back to the gym!

I started doing Keto last February 1st and have done it in fits and starts, which isn’t ideal and not effective. Stuff kept popping up (my surgery, the stress of buying a house and moving and then the holidays) so I basically kept gaining and losing THE SAME 10 pounds since last year. I am really hoping I can do better this year.

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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.Β 

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. πŸ™‚

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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.Β 

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!Β 

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!

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