I know its been quite some time since I’ve did an update, but things haven’t been too easy. All of that is the past now, and I’m purely looking to the future.
I was sleeved on August 17, 2016. Here’s how its been so far:
I went in the hospital at 5:30 am. I was weighed in at 252 lbs. Nerves were actually pretty laxed and I felt confident. That morning I actually told my mom she could go home to my son and I would stay at the hospital myself that night. I can be so naive.
Surgery went off without a hitch. My gallbladder was good, so no removal of that. I had no hernias, so the only procedure was the sleeve. I woke up extremely nauseated. I was quickly given more meds and put back asleep for an additional 30 minutes to avoid throwing up. Once I was back in my room, I had many visitors. I was overwhelmed with how many people came to visit me and show their support.
The first day was, by far, the hardest. Since the procedure requires filling the abdomen with gas, I was full of extreme gas pains in my chest and left shoulder.Some walking relieved the pain temporarily, but the morphine did better. :p After a couple rounds of morphine and some great rest, I got up and did much more walking and passed my blue ice test.
Fast forward four days, I had my first protein shake! I thought I would do fine with my clear liquids since drinking was so painful, but the constant smells of my dad’s cooking had me wanting to scarf down some jambalaya so I drank a premier shake instead. I’m down 3 lbs from my preop weight, but swelling had me gain 5 lbs so technically I’m down 8 lbs?
I’m excited to see where this journey will lead me, and I’m happy to have you all following me through it.