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 🙂
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!
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!
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 🙂 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
- [21 Aug] Loyalty in Death by J.D. Robb ★★★★½
- [22 Aug] Back to School Top Ten with Berls #TTT
- [23 Aug] Babbling about Organization
- [25 Aug] Safe and Sexy in F*ck Club by Shiloh Walker
- [26 Aug] My TBR List Review ~ The Haunted Library Books 1, 2 & 3
- [26 Aug] I will officially be MIA until further notice
- [27 Aug] Sunday Post with Berls | A Rough Week
- [27 Aug] #HappyJustBecauseDay Steampunk #giveaway
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.
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.
IDK… at this rate up next will be a while :/