Friday, May 11, 2012

The Good the Bad and the Ugly

I need a hug.....probably a couple of them. Maybe we could just cuddle in one big soft pile. FYI, I am not a touchy feely person, so when I say I need a hug, I REALLY need a hug. Aunt Flo came today, the gas ninja karate chopped me in the neck and I am struggling to be a good Bandster.

I got the job!!!!!!! They called to make an offer today and I will be putting in my notice on Monday. I hate giving resignations. I know it is not supposed to be personal, but it makes me feel like I am jumping ship. Oh well, I gotta shake that off cuz I earned this baby!

I am still having a serious issue getting in my protein and liquids. I might get down 30 grams and 32 oz per day. That is pretty bad. I hate protein shakes and I have been trying to have a variety, but Geez Louise it is hard to get it all in. I mentioned before that I enjoyed my Atkins shakes, but 15 grams ain't doing it for me when it takes 2 hours to drink (Note to self; try 2 Atkins shakes tomorrow.) As far as liquids in general go I can't tolerate much. I keep getting a stitch in my side. It slows down my daily intake drastically. I have only been getting in about 350 calories a day.
I very much prefer the hot and savory broths versus the sweetness of the shakes. I have been experimenting with with broths and unflavored protein to find something palatable. Adding too much protein powder to the Lipton Cream of Chicken packet makes it almost pasty. I love the soup packet, but I need to be able add more that 1/2 scoop of protein (6.5g) so that I can meet my target.
I went a different route tonight and used 1 Knorr  chicken cube, 1 scoop of protein (13g), hot sauce, pepper and 1 cup of water and I like the results. I only had a tablespoon or two because I was already stuffed, but I put it up for tomorrow. I might even be able to sneak a little more protein in it. My unflavored protein powder has 120 cals, 0 carbs and 26g of protein in 2 scoops.

Writing this out is already making me feel so much better..... thanks guys. I am going to work on a meal plan for tomorrow.

Remember in my banded post that I said I could remove my bandages in 3-4 days? Well, the nurse told me that when we were going over my discharge orders. I distinctly remember her saying that and looking forward to seeing what was underneath (even though they are clear.) I tried to remove one of the bandages today. It was the one on the right that always itches around the edge. I began removing it before I got in the shower today, but it hurt so I finished getting it off in the shower.
Underneath was a very tiny incision and there was irritation around the edges of where the bandage was placed.  I decided to wait on the other ones because I didn't like the pain of removal.

Later today I was going through my surgeon's Band book and pulled out his orders which said DO NOT REMOVE BANDAGES UNTIL FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENT. Oops.
However, my non medical degree having, hypochondriac, mad-cow diagnosing self now believes that this particular bandage needed to be removed to to the rash that developed around the edges and the incision looks to have scabbed over nicely. So there :o/

The other incisions did not have a rash at the bandage edge. Please excuse the gut.


  1. Congratulations on the job!!! You deserve it!

    I preferred the savory to the sweet too. I had a lot of tomato soup with the unflavored protein powder that was so good! I think you just have to be careful not to get it too hot or it won't mix in good. I also made (and still do) and pureed black bean soup that was so good and had protein and fiber.

  2. Congratulations on the job.

    When is your follow up appointment? Mine was two weeks later and there is NO way I could have kept a dressing on that long. They soak off in the bath/shower. If you're worried, call the clinic, but I would be going with the instructions they gave you at the time.

  3. Well GIANT HUGS for you my darling!! I'm also a touchy feely person, so I can guarantee that it'd be a proper good hug if only I was there! You're doing so well, don't be hard on yourself about the protein, just keep trying, sounds like you're working hard to figure out what works for you. Big love x

  4. Congrats on the new Job! (hugs) to you! Don't worry too much about the protein - when I was first banded I could hardly get in 500 calories...It will increase - don't beat yourself up!

  5. Hugs! I have the yucky rash from all of my bandaids too - it's awful. my biggest ones hasn't falling off yet (bandaid) - post-op appointment is on Monday so I guess the Dr will check it out then! I'm having protein probs too - yuck

  6. I was allowed to take mine off a few days after surgery, but I didn't like the idea of scabby wounds rubbing against my clothes so I bought some surgical bandaids and sterilizing wipes at the drugstore and would just change them every couple of days until I felt comfortable being without them.

  7. don't stress it's hard getting used to everything. Just try as hard as you can to get to the nutrition goals, but if you can't, just try to get super close.

    I'm trying to think of some things that will help. Have you tried mixing protein powder in your atkins shake? When we were recovering we would take 1 atkins shake (the best is actually slim fast lower carb - 9 oz and 20 grams protein)
    And then we would mix 1 scoop of protein in it. It would take us all morning to drink it, but by noon we had all of our protein in. After that, you can eat more savory throughout the day.

    I also made pumpkin pie and other various flavors because chocolate really gets to me sometimes.

    Hope that helps!

  8. I took off my bandages a few days after surgery too. I am sure that's what I was told to do.
    Yay on the new job! So happy for you.
    Will I see you at group on Monday?

  9. Congrats on the new job! How exciting. Do your best with the protein but seriously...a few weeks of not getting enough isn't going to kill you unless you start feeling weak. Incisions look pretty good actually. :)

  10. Awesome with the new job. Love the blof. I am a new follwer 4 sure!
    Love your honesty and truth!

  11. Thanks for the post Reggie.... I had not even thought of "not wanting to eat"...that is just a foreign term to me at this point.

    Adding the protien to the Atkins Shake may be what I do also....

    Thanks much.

  12. "Please excuse the gut." lol We all have/had guts or we wouldn't be here! :)

    Hope you found some stuff that goes down easy but is satisfying. Liquids are hell.