It’s hard to believe that I came home from the hospital a week ago today. I still have band-aids and a gauze bandage over my incisions, but the stitches come out on Monday. They’re starting to be itchy so I know they’re healing up. Yayyy!
I went for a driving outing today, my first time out since I came home. It was weird to be driving during the middle of the day on a weekday. Usually when I’m out driving to run errands, it’s a busy weekend afternoon. I’m on familiar roads and looking for lane changes and parking. But today it was crisp and clear day. The leaves are mostly turned and fallen to the yards and sidewalks in big piles, though there were some faded gold holdouts.
I went to Walmart looking for sugar free Torani syrups. Hungry Girl talks about them a lot and uses the syrups, not in fancy coffee drinks, but to flavor shakes and in other recipes. They’re popular on the banded community to add variety to protein drinks. Though available online, I wanted to see what I could score locally, and rumor had it that Walmart had a small supply. I bought everything I found (which wasn’t much) – vanilla, caramel, chocolate, and raspberry. I can see myself adding some into yogurt when I’m able to eat it. I’m really craving a gingerbread flavor and may resort to buying that from Amazon.
Coming home I got lost and ended up in a nice little meandering side trip that was calming and mind-clearing through back roads, soft hills, and the unmistakable feel of late fall. I know we have some warmer weather coming up this week (62 sounds very balmy at this time of year) but I also know it won’t last, so better to enjoy what I have when I have it.
For exercise I walked up and down all the aisles of Walmart, even the food ones, as well as a loop at the complex. I could feel almost every step and every deep breath in my upper left shoulder, something that seems to be not uncommon for bandsters. Right now I have a heating pad on it and am planning to sleep on the right side tonight since it’s sore.
My body feels more sensitive, or else I’m just more aware of it. My tummy is sore only in the middle; the other incisions itch but look pretty good (I peeked when I replaced band-aids). My hair is falling out a bit, more because I was cutting back on food pre-op than because I’m not eating now, tho I’ll pay for this later. I get hungry but not in the before-hungry way; my small Ensure meals do fill me up and I’m drinking all the time. My face looks thinner and every morning the scale drops a bit – not leaps and bounds, but I’m down to territory I haven’t seen in almost 4 years.
It feels good to have some time off work, to sleep until Tessie and I wake up (yesterday was our 2nd anniversary together). To watch West Wing episodes in the morning, then taking walks, futzing around the house, playing with the kitty, and catching up on things left undone, followed by more walking. All with a water bottle in my hand and my tiny measured sips of Ensure. I’m almost completely caught up on my sleep and am ready for new things.