- Let's just start with the scale: LOST 25 pounds! With the 40 I lost before surgery, that puts me down 65.
- Proved I can give myself a shot. My doctor required twice-a-day injections of a blood thinner (Lovenox) for 28 days after I left the hospital. Although I am lucky enough to have a super partner who did most of them for me, I have also done it myself! It is kind of scary, but I keep telling myself if I didn't get this surgery, I might have been injecting myself with insulin for life.
- Had to bag up some clothes to donate because they are too big. I did a big purge of the closet! (Unfortunately the bags are still here in the house--I couldn't lift them at first per doctor's orders, lol!)
- Gained an even greater appreciation for the amazing support people in my life. They did so much for me--I can't even list!--and I was actually able to LET them take care of me. (This is an accomplishment for a caregiver-type like me.)
...and here are a few of the challenges:
- I had no idea how difficult it would be to manage X amount of water and Y amount of protein and Z amount of vitamins, especially when you can't have X with Y, and you can only have Z with certain other Z, and there are only a certain number of waking hours in a day!
- Finding okay protein powders. Enough said about that.
- I keep wanting to do projects at home that involve lifting, bending, and carrying, but I am still fairly sore on my left side. Thinking I should try to hold off for a little longer.
- It takes longer than I'd have thought to get back to my regular stamina level. I went back to work full-time on Monday and kept going from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm--repeat on Tuesday--then...crashing commenced! I didn't understand why everyone at work kept stopping by my office to check on me! I'm glad it's the weekend now. :-)
It's a work in progress...but I know I made the right choice. What an amazing start to 2013 and to my 50th year on the planet. :-)