Sunday Post with Berls | A Rough Week

Posted August 27, 2017 by Berls in The Sunday Post / 22 Comments


News at Home: A Rough Week

Well, as it turns out, this surgery is a bit harder to recover from than I initially thought. I’m okay right now, but I’ve had to go the ER twice this past week. Both times I probably could have skipped going, but the Nurse Practitioner advised I go and I’m trying hard to do exactly what they tell me.

Sunday I woke up and had a 8oz glass of milk. Next thing I knew I had diarrhea. I hadn’t had anything I wasn’t supposed to have and it wasn’t my first time drinking skim milk post-surgery. At first I just let it go, but it got to a point where I was feeling kind of dizzy – probably from dehydration, since I couldn’t even keep water in! – so I texted the Nurse Practitioner. She said the milk probably wasn’t settling well and to try and get in some protein shake… well, that didn’t work and she sent me to the ER. They did blood work, a CAT scan, and gave me some meds via IV. The conclusion (after spending all day) was that I am now a bit lactose intolerant. Not badly, since it wasn’t the first time I had milk – but enough that I’m now taking a daily probiotic and dairy relief tablets anytime I drink anything with dairy.

The week went well, though I noticed a bit of an increase in pain in my lower abdomen whenever I had to bend a little and sometimes with sitting lower/standing up. So I stopped trying to bend as often as possible – guess what? I’m way clumsier than I realized. I drop shit all the time! I had to kick my phone down the hallway once and my keys another time, until I could get to someone who could pick them up for me. My team has been awesome and have taken to teasing me hard core about now much I drop stuff- since they are my constant rescuers. I have a reach claw thingy that I keep with me most the time now so I don’t have to call someone quite as often. But it doesn’t pick up everything- GRR! For an extremely independent person, it’s been a trial!

I started taking some liquid tylenol (that shit is gross!) and pushed through the week – assuming it was just normal post-surgery pain. But Saturday morning it was still really hurting, so I texted the NP to make sure it was normal and she told me I should go to the ER. I was like, “really? Do I have to?” and her response was, “No, but if it were me, I’d be going.” So yeah, I went. This time I went with a book and a fully charged phone, so I wouldn’t be so incredibly bored. I was at the ER from roughly 12:30 to 6pm… another weekend day lost to the ER. And they confirmed that it was just that the area that’s hurting is where they had to stitch together and it’s hurting more now than it did directly after surgery because the stitches are dissolving and that can create some inflammation.

So good news, I’m fine. Bad news, I spent too much time in the ER this week. I’d never even been to the ER before this week and now I’ve been twice!

We had meet the teacher this week and it went really well – I met about 18 of my 22 new students and I’m feeling pretty okay about the class. I already know about a couple of behavior concerns I have coming in – both SPED and probably shouldn’t be in a Gen Ed classroom, but that’s what politicians in Education have given us. I also got to see several of my kiddos from last year, since they came to visit me while visiting their new teacher. That was the highlight of my night – something I missed last year because of being at a new school. They’ve grown so much, lost teeth, and had enormous hugs to give. Such a treat – I don’t think you can fully understand unless you’ve taught, but teacher love is a special kind of love and getting to see my kids after a summer away from them was awesome. And of course, it warmed my heart that they took the time to come see me. About 10 of my kids from last year came, so a good number πŸ™‚

So Meet the Teacher was a success – but it came at the end of a long work day… we were there from 8am to 8pm. And I was non-stop from 6pm – 7:45. When I finally had a break at 7:45 because my last parent left – before my SPED kid from last year came for me to help transition him to his new teacher (that went FANTASTIC BTW) – I sat down on the edge of my desk and took a deep breath and realized, I was exhausted.

My exhaustion after just a couple of intense hours does have me a little nervous about next week. There’s nothing like beginning of the school year teacher tired because those first days are intense and I just hope this post-op, recovering body of mine can take it!

Blog News

I was too tired to do much blogging at all this week, sorry! In fact, I really didn’t do much reading either… which is why I didn’t have a review on Saturday for My TBR List! I’m working on my TBR read and I’m hoping to have a review for you early September. Sorry!

#FitReaders Update

I feel like most the above was a #FitReaders update, since a huge chunk of my life right now is about fitness. I started mushy foods this week, but I’m going hardcore slow on it. Wednesday was the first day, and rather than having mushy foods throughout the day, I just let myself try 3tbsp egg whites with 1/2 a wedge of laughing cow cheese. Took me 30 minutes to eat it and I was stuffed when it was gone. But, it settled well πŸ™‚ That’s all I did each day this week, until Saturday night when I tried 4oz canned chicken breast with half an avocado. Tasted good but took me more than an hour to eat.

Obviously no working out quite yet, as I have to recover and just living is a workout at the moment!

So far I’ve lost 22 pounds, so I’m still losing at a good rate. One day this week, I actually gained and I was like WTF?! But I’m guessing it was some of that inflammation they mentioned? I still am averaging less than 600 calories a day! Crazy!

Last Week on the Blog

Coming Next Week From Me

Sunday Post with Berls

Just a few books that surprised me


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

I just finished…

I finished F*ck Club: Con and… that’s it.

Reading Now…

I started reading Written in Red and I’m really enjoying it. Still listening to HP and the Half-Blood Prince. Still Reading Love and Logic.

Up Next…

IDK… at this rate up next will be a while :/

How was your week? What are you Reading?

Berls had a rough week, with ER visits and other post-op struggles. Read about it in The Sunday Post with Berls! Click To Tweet

About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 1 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 20 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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22 responses to “Sunday Post with Berls | A Rough Week

  1. So much to chat about… first… THE OTHERS series – so good!! I hope you enjoy. I did that series on audiobook. I have to say I wasn’t WOW’d after the first book, but each book just got better and better. The author is writing a spin off series, starting next year.

    Next – even though I’m not a teacher, I completely understand what you mean about that special bond. My daughter had some amazing teachers the past few years and I go back to see them with her. I give them hugs. It truly makes such a difference when you are or you child has a teacher who loves her job and cares about her students. THANK YOU for being one of the good ones!!

    Surgery – sorry to hear you had some hiccups. I guess it’s good they weren’t too significant, even though you had to spend so much time in the ER. I am crossing your fingers that now that students are back, you can maintain a good balance of work and keeping healthy (no bending over!)

    Hmmm. there was probably more to chat about, but that’s enough for now! *HUGS*

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    • I am really enjoying the first book in the others series, taking me longer to read because I’m so tired, but I am enjoying it.

      Yes, I hugged some moms last week too πŸ™‚ I’m missing my fully trained kinders from last year, but already starting to fall for this group. I’m lucky to have found a job Iove so much πŸ™‚

      I’m feeling pretty good this week. My feet are super tired, but nothing going on that seems to necessitate any more ER trips! *fingers crossed* thankfully nothing too serious has come up, but it was nerve wracking to be told to go to the ER and then I spent so much time :/ hopefully I won’t be there again for a long time!!

      **hugs** have a great week!

  2. Oh no, sorry to hear about the ER trips, but glad that it wasn’t anything too serious. Good to hear that the Meet the Teacher night went so well but being so exhausted would have me nervous, too. Sure hope this week goes well for you!

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    • Thanks Tanya, I was quite relieved as well. Just got through my first day and while I’m tired, I think I’m going to make it πŸ™‚ have a great week!!

  3. Sorry to hear you weren’t feeling good but it’s good to hear everything is ok. I’ve gone to the ER and it is not fun but it sounds like they took special care of you. I know someone who had that procedure done and they felt sick a couple times after the surgery. But their body adjusted and didn’t have anymore problems. I hope you feel better soon. Good luck on your first week of school. I hope you have a great week!

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    • Thanks Kathy! Yeah, both visits took all day, but it wasn’t horrible. I never would have gone to the ER without the advice of the NP, since I expected to not feel GREAT after major surgery. But I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry, right? Thanks, fingers crossed for a good year! Have a great week πŸ™‚

  4. Hate that you had to spend all that time in the ER but better safe that sorry with that type of surgery. I am glad it wasn’t anything major. I am glad you are enjoying being a Kindergarten teacher after the mess of your very first year. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

    Have a great week!

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    • Thanks Stormi! Yeah it was a bummer, but I think it was the right move to go and be safe. Fingers crossed thus year is smooth πŸ™‚

  5. I’m glad you heeded the advice of the NP. Better to be safe than sorry. I think I would die if I became lactose intolerant. Meet the Teacher night is the longest, most draining day and evening. Now that I do know my kids, yes, there are a couple who should not be in the Gen Ed classroom. If the curriculum needs to be modified and individualized – not accommodated – the Gen Ed classroom is not the “least restrictive environment.” Caseworkers will tell parents otherwise. I hope things work out for your kiddos. I come home exhausted every day. Friday night I fell asleep on the couch sitting up. The Man ran the steamer in the guest room, wrangled all the dishes, and started laundry and I never woke up. He finally woke me up after Hurricane Harvey was upgraded to a category 4 that we needed to go to the store. I hope this week is awesome – not too tiring, and no more ER visits needed!

    • Yeah, it was frustrating, but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry. I know, I love my dairy, so I’m sad but I’ll deal. Gah! Yes, meet the teacher is exhausting! And getting ready for it is so stressful – I’m a kid person, not a parent person lol. I know exactly what you mean about the SPED accommodations vs individualized. I have a feeling I’ll be facing that with two of my kiddos this year and it’s so frustrating because its a disservice to me, the kids, and the class. Fingers crossed this week is good. I hope all is well for you with Harvey!! Have a great, safe week πŸ™‚

  6. The lactose intolerant thing really hit me too. I do fine with fat free milk (in things like protein shakes) and cheese (not mass amounts). I can’t do anything like cheesecake, ice cream, yogurt without feeling icky for awhile. So I limit those to things I have a couple times a year. You will find some food combos will also strike you weird (this is different for everyone) but remember to try the foods apart from each other. It is really odd what your body will choose to break down and not (and it will change over time). You are actually doing really well though. Limit the bending for about 2 more weeks and you should get through the roughest patch. The exhaustion will start edging off about week 12 but will probably still hit you at times till about the 6 month part. It sucks but lack of calories really does zap energy πŸ™ Getting calories in is hard and not always doable that first 6 months.

    • Yeah I’m trying to only try a couple new foods every few days, so I don’t get too much in my system. I’ll have to try separating them more though, I’m so used to eating flavors together. The not bending is a pain, but at least I’ll have 22 helpers starting tomorrow, super eager to pick things up for me πŸ™‚ yes, I’m struggling to get in calories, fluids and protein. Frankly, all I want most the time is water or apple juice, so making myself drink the heavier options is a struggle. I’m feeling okay – tired, but okay. Anxious about this week, but that would probably be the case even if I didn’t have surgery!

  7. Aw sorry it’s been a tough week. And you are busy! Glad your meet the teacher went well and you got to see some of your previous students! How fun. Take care and have a good week!

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  8. So sorry to hear how post-op has been so challenging, you are going to need to be really kind to yourself in the first few weeks of school. I know those weeks are busy, but your recovery matters. I wonder whether the lactose intolerance will last, I am lactose intolerant and I take one lactase tab a day, that lasts all day, which I get in from the United States would you believe! Thank goodness that’s where I was diagnosed because we are a bit backward here about that kind of thing. Good to hear you are enjoying the Anne Bishop book.

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    • I’m going to do my best to take it easy, despite having a room full of 22 kindergarteners. Crossing my fingers that none of their behavior is too difficult, as that will make things very hard. Really hoping the lactose intolerance isn’t permanent, since I love my dairy :/ but at least they make ways to deal with it. Lol that you get your pills for the US! Glad you know you need them though. Have a great week πŸ™‚

  9. When I had my Cochlear implant surgery the week after was the worst cause of the stitches on the INSIDE were dissolving. I had to know why there would be stitches inside of my head so I youtubed a surgery and OMG it is brutal. They saw your skull open! If I had watched that BEFORE my surgeries I would have chickened out. So take it from me don’t youtube anything and it will be better in about a week. I hope you feel lots better soon!