Friday, 16 March 2012

My Week in Review - Week 2 Post-Op

Hey Friends!

It is week 2 of recovery, and it has been fairly eventful. Well, as eventful as lying around like a slug can be anyways...Luckily I have had a small friend who has been loyally by my side. Clark has been glued to my side since I returned home - giving me lots of snuggles and kisses. I firmly believe animals help you heal, and this little guys is no exception.
Puppies have magic healing powers

I had my first post-op appointment on Wednesday, which I breifly tweeted about, so this might be redundant for some. But I got my drains out which is super exciting! (TMI alert!) For the last 10 days I have had 3 drains attached to my body to allow the excess blood and fluid to exit my body from the surgery site. There were 2 on the left side (aka that evil side that caused all the problems on Dday), and 1 on the right side. I had a problem with bleeding, so obviously it took longer than expected to finally get rid of my 3 little friends. But 10 days later and they are finally gone. It feels so much better!
I call them my bulbs, but they are finally gone!
I was exhausted after my appointment. I felt woozy being on my feet for so long. It was the most physical activity I have had since Dday and it was definitely a challenge. The amount of blood I lost is also contributing to that woozy feeling. In total they estimate I probably lost about 700 cc, which is more than half a litre, so a pretty significant amount. So while I am healing I need to increase my iron levels and make iron-rich foods a focus in my diet.

Steak and Dark Greens = Iron-y deliciousness

I have been struggling to eat properly since the surgery. The meds have caused some digestive issues and my my appetite has been less than stellar. But I am slowly trying to get back on track. This week I am going to focus on incorporating more...
  • Beans and Lentils
  • Dark Leafy Greens
  • Barley
  • Eggs
  • Beef
And hopefully these small changes will help my iron levels increase and my healing will continue!

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