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Five days out

September 5, 2012

This is my fifth day post-surgery, and my second full day at home. Today’s been another tough one. Comfortable sleep has eluded me. I may switch to the recliner tonight, because I don’t think the bed is cutting it.

I haven’t done any solid food yet today, but I’m going to brave some pureed meat tonight to see how it goes. So far today, almost every sip of water was felt like it’s going into a container without any room — this means it’s painful to drink, but I need to keep my fluids up.

Hm, this update is a bit of a downer. Let’s focus on some positives. I walked a quarter mile in the house this morning. I’m going to try to do that again tonight. My meds have been going generally okay. I can’t take any pills, so anything that isn’t a liquid gets crushed and mixed into sugar-free pudding. Although had a horrible moment with one of my prescriptions — it was a gel cap that we tried piercing and mixing the liquid with water — I think it was the worst possible thing I’ve had in my mouth. Ever. It’s something I have to take to counteract some of the negative side effects of my pain killer, but I would give up the pain meds rather than take this again. Luckily, we found a more tolerable alternative. There’s one shot I have to give myself twice a day, and I that’s what I was most afraid of since I don’t do well with needles. However, the good news is that if I do it right, I don’t even feel the needle. And, more often than not, I do it right.

I’m optimistic there’s a corner here I’ve yet to get around. Hopefully it will come this week. I’m kind of miserable at the moment, but I’m not disheartened and have plenty of moments where I’m not in pain or feeling down.

I’m at a weird point, since I can not in any way describe myself as hungry, but I’ve been watching more live TV, and I notice just how many ads are for food. The past couple of days, I would tune them out. Now I see them, and I think “Hm, I bet that would taste good, but in no way would I want to swallow that.” I’m just so turned off food right now.

Okay, that’s it for today. Thanks for following along.

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