An update is long overdue. In these crazy times of the coronavirus quarantine, it seems like everything is being pushed aside – including this blog!
I’ll begin with where I left off. I am SO much better than when I wrote my last post. I don’t feel exhausted all of the time. I actually get out of bed everyday now – whether I have to or not. I even bought a bike over the weekend just because I wanted to which is insane to me because I never thought I’d want to ride a bike again!
I’ve been cleared for solid food since week 7. Having said that, I’m still very careful of meat that isn’t ground because I got chicken “caught” in my esophagus once and it made me sick as a dog. I have eaten chicken since then, though. I believe that part of my problem is actually with reheated meat. I got some to-go fajitas (minus the wraps) from a local restaurant. They were delicious and went down without a problem. When I reheated it the next day, it wis still edible but it wasn’t as easy. So, as with this entire process, you live and learn. Perhaps more importantly, I hope that this fades because it’s difficult to meal prep with only vegetarian or ground meat meals. And, it’s impossible for a working couple with a young child to cook every day!
I’m concerned that I’m not getting in my requisite amount of protein per day. I’m supposed to get 60 grams a day at this point. I drink a protein shake in the morning with 30 grams. I often only eat black beans and maybe a little bit of ground sausage or turkey the rest of the day. I’m taking all of my vitamins. So, to be honest, my biggest concern regarding the underconsumption of protein comes from the standpoint of – most people start losing some of their hair at about three months post-op. While I know that is just a temporary phase, I’d prefer to avoid that altogether!
The feature photo (the before and after) is a photo of me prior to starting the liver shrinking diet and me two months post-op. The difference in my face is remarkable if I don’t say so myself!
I also got a renpho Bluetooth scale which tracks all kinds of stuff. It’s really cool and it costs less than $35! Here’s a photo of everything it tracks. Also, just to wrap up this post, I have lost 47 pounds since February 20, 2020.