I went for my six week post-op visit this week. Progress report here. I'm still living the Bariatric Life and growing more and more accustomed to having very little choice in the feed-me department. I'm still on what is known as Stage 4 and won't progress to the big 5-0 for almost two more weeks but then, in the light of things, two weeks is an incredibly short time. I honestly don't know where the past six have gone and what I had perceived as ultimate challenges, well, that's kid's stuff and it's all behind me now. If you had told me some time ago, that I would be living on liquids only, for two weeks, I would have asked you to have your head examined. But, I did it. And give up coffee? Wine? Anything with sugar? Pasta? Bread? A glass of water with a meal? Yahoo!!!! I did it.
With my ever-present-sidekick Beth, up we went to Wareham for the big visit. This time, I met again with a Nurse Practitioner. She answered a lot of my questions. She was very nice. Some of what she said made sense. Other things I'm not too sure about. She told me that I can now lift more than 10 pounds. Wow!! My father would have starved if I did not lift more than 10 pounds every week. I survived. Good grief.
The hardest part and I mean it sincerely, of this whole new way of eating, is the big "rule" that says
that one cannot drink a half hour before eating and close to an hour after. I'm not thirsty any other time of the day.....in fact, I cannot get in the recommended number of ounces of fluid per day. Water makes me gag. That is, unless I am told that I cannot have it. There are a few other "rules" that can be altered to suit the occasion and the individual but this one about drinking within eating times, it cannot be dissed. I saw a perfect little video that really impressed me and I thought I would share it. It gives you an idea of how a "sleeved" stomach operates and why, should we be dining together, I will not join you in a cocktail. And, cake and coffee? Ask this guy.