Anyway, I am now two weeks post-op and I am thoroughly sick of not being able to do as much in a day as I usually would. Luckily, things are starting to get easier and I can try and get back to normal life. Here's what's been going on this week:
The liquid diet that never ends
Half a tin of soup fills me up and it still take me forever to get through one bottle of Slim Fast in the morning. Because I feel full all the time, it can be difficult to drink as much water as I need, which is my main struggle at the moment. Even a liquid diet can leave you dehydrated, so I'm still working on drinking enough.
I am very much looking forward to the next stage though, especially as it will involve at least a small amount of chewing.
That being said, I still can't bend over properly - the husband is still feeding the cats as a result - and I still need some pillow support to lie on my side in bed. If I stand up too quickly or twist fast, it also causes me pain inside, making it very obvious that I'm not as healed as my incisions might lead me to believe.
However, I'm able to walk more and am looking forward to leaving the house some more now. While I still get tired more easily than normal, I'm definitely looking forward to getting back to life.
I also found that my feet have shrunk a bit, as I'm now able to fit into my new pair of Irregular Choice shoes that are half a size smaller than usual. When they first arrived, I couldn't even cram my feet into them so this made me both happy and slightly worried that my shoe collection will be too big soon.
It also seems like I'm going to have to learn to sew with a machine so I can keep up with the alterations to my dresses - thank god my 1950s-style dresses are easy to size down.
The next appointment
There is a port stitched under the skin on my stomach, through which saline will be injected into the band a little at a time, which causes the restriction and means you can't eat as much.
If I've had such good results already, I think it is a good indication as to how effective the band will be once it is fully operational. I'm sure the time will fly and it will be appointment day before I know it.