Thursday, 27 April 2017

A New Direction

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Most of you who have been reading for a while know I underwent the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) last year, and that while the weightloss has been amazing, there's only so long you can live on liquid and puree and cheese sticks when your pylorus (valvey thing at the bottom of your stomach) isn't working properly. Last week, after much deliberation and discussion, I underwent the salvage roux-en-y gastric bypass to fix things.

The story with the RNY so far: first two days were pure hell on Earth. I won't name and shame the hospital I was at but it was not where I had my sleeve done, and I have vowed not to return based on the nursing care I received in that time when I really needed the support (when I could sort of look after myself the nurses were a lot more pleasant!). Days 3-5 were still in hospital - a lot of sleeping and staring at the ceiling and dropping off again but not in excruciating pain, breathing normally, and with my heart rate and blood pressure sort of sitting where they needed to be. Day 5 I was released and came home to finish watching Season One of The Crown and then fell asleep on the couch. Day 6 there was a lot of pottering - sleeping - pottering - sleeping... Day 7 I felt much more myself.

I can drink more, and faster, than I could at this stage with the sleeve. I'm stapled this time, so the stitches are pretty sore, and there are three sites that hurt under the skin instead of just the one, but not as much. Just the dull ache. So I guess - so far, so good!

While I've been and am in recovery mode, I haven't had/won't have many 'new' food posts - though there are a few exciting things coming that I've saved. Despite not being able to enjoy everything I'd have liked to, I did force myself to try some very interesting food on a trip to the US (even though I threw most of it up afterwards). Stay tuned!