Greetings from blizzard session in PA! So glad to hear from you!
I'm sorry to hear you are still having issues with your output, but am confident that once you are reconnected, things will be much better. Did they move up your take down to February? For some reason I thought it was March, but either way, I am excited for you to have that! How long is that surgery?
My surgeon did get back to me right away in terms of my question about food - he more or less told me to slowly add fiber foods in and make sure to keep a food diary of it. So I got some light wheat bread sunday and tried to make my chicken lunchmeat w/ mayo and some shredded lettuce on that for lunch yesterday - went down fine, with no pain. I did notice I felt really backed up last night though, and things that were coming out were not so liquidy, and hurt a bit. I also picked up a salad on my way home last night from my fav place - it had spicy chicken, apples, strawberries, croutons, and candied pecans. I chewed everything up really good. No pain after eating, some pain during the night when it was digesting last night, but notice I am backed up again today with again no liquidy stools and what does come out is hard to pass and I feel constipated. I think it's just going to take some time for me to be able to eat stuff like that again - or i need to drink more, one of the two!
I've added in coffee w/ splenda after i eat lunch, which usually seems to help move things though. I also drink hot tea after breakfast and lunch (when i don't have the coffee) which also seems to help.
I've been extremely tired as of late, have to push myself to do things, especially working out - even though i haven't missed a day. I guess that just goes along with the surgery and the fluctuation in energy levels.
I do bartend and am actually not returning to work again until the week of February 3 - actually trying to find a different place to work that is closer to my house since this place has us cleaning up, unpaid, until 4am...and i don't think my body will really function off of 2 to 4 hours of sleep like it used to. I may have to stick it out for a time though...if they let me come back. They've been pretty rude since I have had the surgery, making me want to go back even less. I am back at work at my internship and graduate teaching assistant...and classes were supposed to start today, but with the blizzard...we will see if I even have them tomorrow
I'm intrigued by the fact you mentioned winter blues - i feel the same way, and wonder if some part of it has to be from the surgery that we had? I mean, it was a huge deal and does take both a huge physical and emotional toll on the body. Winter too doesn't help things as everything is so dull! Hang in there
Kudos for you for making that meal for everyone today - I am sure they will appreciate it, and I am also sure it made you feel good to do something like that! I too enjoy cooking, and would love doing that or baking for others. It's always nice to bring a smile to someone's face.
Feel free to ask me any and all questions - I'm happy to help and give insight! This board has been such a lifesaver and form of support for me throughout this entire ordeal...so thankful for that and you all!
I will definitely let you know how the cardiologist appointment goes - the dizziness is driving me bonkers. I also had to get botox injections last week for my complicated migraines (which started after my 1st surgery last January) and my vision has actually gotten worse. Hopefully this is just a temporary thing. Will keep you posted!
In terms of alcohol - you will be fine . The only thing I notice is I get flushed and my cheeks get rosey when I drink now, they didnt' before, or at least I didnt' notice. When I got home from the hospital I was having hot chocolate with caramel vodka before I went to bed; now I just have hot chocolate, but that's because I have to wake up early for class and am really no longer on break . I also have been having a glass of wine whenever I go out to dinner with friends, which is now my drink of choice over martinis. The wine has been completely fine for me (I drink whites, like reisling), so I think you should be just fine! I find it relaxes me and actually helps my food digest a bit better, if that makes sense? I also make sure to have a full glass of water with it too, so that I sip on it and have the water as my main beverage with dinner.
Fondly and warmly,