kingkeld's Journal, 26 June 2012

Good morning, Fatsecret...

I slept SO good last night. I konked out at 7 PM, and slept all the way through to 4:30 AM this morning, when Wife got up. I had to get up to pee a whopping 4 times, though, but every time I found my way back to bed and fell asleep right away. I hope this is a new pattern (the sleep, that is, not having to get up and pee...).

I did great on my water intake yesterday - thank you for the great ideas to get the water in. I think what works the best for me is to simply have the reminder, and get up and drink water every time. It's easy enough for me.

Flushing my system DEFINITELY worked yesterday. I am truly amazed.

I lost 3.7 kgs (that's 7 lbs!) since yesterday! Of course, this is ALL water. Still, it's an amazing difference. I could feel it when I woke up. I felt "light" again, for the first time since the surgery. It's a nice feeling, and I am really happy that I am able to tell the difference.

This means that MOST of the fluctuation is gone. Sure, there is still some, but I can tell that my inner thighs aren't as wobbly, and I generally don't feel/look bloated.

I will keep doing what I have been doing for the rest of the week, I think, and see what happens. Again, focus right now is not on weight loss, it's on recovery. I eat what I feel that my body wants, and I try to make smart choices.

I felt some new aches in my scar last night. This makes me a little paranoid, as I really don't want anything bad to happen. I have no nerves in the actual cut, so I really can't tell what is going on, and I felt it on my lower back where I can't see. I had Wife take a look at it, and she says there is quite a bit of bruising. I'm glad it only feels like a tingle, because I really don't need to feel any more bruises right now. It does concern me, because I wonder how the bruising got there. Is it an after-effect from them tugging my skin? If so, why does it take so long to show? Alternatively, is it me not taking it easy enough? Am I pulling the stitches? Looking at it, Wife tells me that everything looks the very same, only with bruises. I hope she is right.

Just to make sure, I have e-mailed at photo to my surgeon, asking her to take a quick look. If something is wrong, I would like to correct it NOW, if something is infected or anything else, I want to take care of it NOW.

I don't feel like it's infected though. I would think it would be something I would feel more. There is no strange "infection-like" coloring of what I can think of, just bruises. I hope it's okay. All I can do anyways is to take it easy and try to not pull too much, right? So that is what I do.

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I went out for a little walk yesterday. It was kind of tough. We just walked down the street where I live (we live smack on the shopping street, above the stores, so there is always something to do down there) and it was nice. After 10 minutes of slow walking, it was time to turn around though. I got tired really fast. I hope (and believe) this will get better through the week. I have permission from the doctors to walk all I want, just to pay attention when my body tells me that enough is enough. We had a good talk about this, and we talked about this (listening to my body) really is key both in recovery but definitely also when it comes to weight loss.

If we could all completely listen (and obey) the needs of our bodies instead of the wants of our heads, we wouldn't need FatSecret. I do believe that our bodies always tell us what we need and what we want. Trouble is, we have taught ourselves to ignore it and do what we feel instead. We get sat, we eat. We stress out, we eat. We get hungry, we don't eat because we are busy, etc. You get the idea. What if we can simply change it back. LISTEN to our bodies.
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So right now I am in my little "nest", journaling. It's a little different today, for one particular reason that I will get to in a moment.

I have my recliner reclined. Pretty far back actually, to try to "lie down" as much as possible. I have my feet on the ground, as prescribed by the doctors. It actually does give me a more straight postition than if I lift the food rest.

Within reach I have 4 remote controls, an xbox game pad, thermos with coffee, glass of water, cell phone, laptop.

In my lap is kitty cat, sleeping tight.

And here is the unusual thing - this has NEVER happened before, that Kitty Cat would allow such a thing:

On TOP of the cat is my little external keyboard that I borrowed from a coworker. It is literally sitting on top of the cat, and I am typing away. It's been like this since the very beginning of this journal. Kitty Cat is purring, loving it. Normally, she'd have left a LONG time ago.

Oh yeah, that's right. I tried to find a virtual keyboard instead of the little bluetooth one. The bluetooth one turned out to react too slow for my typing. Then, I found a nice virtual one for my tablet. However, it didn't support Danish characters, so that one's out. Then I posted a request on Facebook, asking if anyone near me had a keyboard I could borrow. A coworker stopped by on her way to work to drop one off, and I am ever so thankful. THANKS!

So now I can lean back, be relatively comfortable, and still type a lot. I can much better reach the mouse pad on the laptop than I can the keyboard, so I don't really need the external mouse, but I do think we have one if I should need it. I just gotta find it. It's not really necessary though.

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I'm getting much better at sleeping on my back. I had no trouble falling asleep last night, and had no trouble falling asleep for a quick (or so I thought) afternoon nap. I ended up sleeping two hours - and I don't usually nap. Very impressive.

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So, what's in store for today? More of the same. Nothing in particular. I have some concert videos, a RUSH documentary and a few other things that I want to watch. Right now BB King is entertaining me. Oh, and at some point I gotta make it a priority to go do #2. :) My stomach is pretty badly constipated because of my medicine, so it's hard to accomplish this. I had Wife buy me some laxatives yesterday, and I will take it today hoping it will "help things along". My stomach is hurting, so I think it's about time. I haven't had "touchdown" since Friday or Saturday. :/

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There. Kitty Cat had enough and left. She'll be back, I think. Once I am more calm and put the keyboard away to watch TV, she'll be all over me again. I think she really enjoys that I am home. She's incredibly social this morning.

Today, I am thankful for:
- Kitty Cat keeping me company.
- Feeling better, even if I am more bruised.
- Dropping ALMOST A GALLON of fluids since yesterday!
- Wife being an amazing help.

Happy Tuesday! Life is good!

EDIT:
LOL! I had to go back and post this. When I weighed in, saved my journal, it said that with my current pace I would be done losing weight in one day. So I wondered what my average these days would be.
Well, according to my bio page, it's this:



Beat That! :) That's something you don't see every day...
177.0 lb Lost so far: 164.7 lb.    Still to go: 0 lb.    Diet followed reasonably well.
on diet kingkeld's own diet   losing 57.1 lb a week

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Comments 
haha 11kg a week. DAMN! That's amazing progress!! I'm sure the bruising is completely normal. Your body has gone through something pretty traumatic. Like the doc said, listen to your body, give it time. I love how you share everything. It's interesting to see exactly what someone goes through both physically and mentally with a procedure like this. Thanks for allowing yourself to be venerable and share every detail. I really do appreciate it. I have learned so much. I admire your courage. Hope you're feeling better with each passing day. And give Kitty Cat some love for me. :) Always nice to have some extra company.  
26 Jun 12 by member: coachcj8
Coach, I see it as a very vital part of my entire weigh loss journey - including the surgery and recovery - to share it. When I started out doing this, it was only meant as therapy for me. Somewhere to put my thoughts and a tool to stay focused. It still is, but it has become so much more. I was baffled when people started asking me for advice, and started telling me that they were following my journal daily. I had no idea why, and I still am amazed that people take their time to read it so often - I write a lot and it's gotta take some time to read. I can't help being impressed with you guys. I am more than happy to share my experiences. I know that this is pretty much uncharted land that I am in right now - this new surgery technique is so new that they surgeons only the weekend before my surgery went to a convention in Finland to share experiences with it, and the surgeons were discussing these techniques just before they put me to sleep. It was kinda weird, because they sounded just like me after I take a class and learn something new. I gotta say that the result of what they have done to me is simply amazing, and it looks better and better every day. I can not thank them enough for trying new stuff on me. They know about my journal and how I log things, and they are actually excited to be part of it, and they are excited that I am sharing information about, though I can't really get too much into the technical details of what and how they did. :) ...and I will make sure Kitty Cat gets a little extra love and a treat, once she wakes up. She went to sleep in her little indoor tree. 
26 Jun 12 by member: kingkeld
I would LOVE to see a picture of the keyboard on top of Kitty Cat. That is one that will be hard to believe without proof and anyways, I am pretty sure the internet needs more adorable kitty pictures. :) I am glad to hear that everything (except for bruising) is going so well, including ditching a lot of that extra water weight. 
26 Jun 12 by member: Eringiffin
You're back in the blue already! Woohoo! 
26 Jun 12 by member: Baxie
Eringriffin, I actually DO have a picture, through it isn't very good. I will post it tomorrow. :) 
26 Jun 12 by member: kingkeld
I'm a teeny bit jealous of your kitty - ours loves company but draws the line at sitting on laps! At present she's nursing 5 kittens anyway. Glad to hear about the water loss - where does that leave the Deep Purple? I would say it's pretty normal for bruising to take a while to appear especially if it started more internally and is now showing on the surface. You're doing just great! 
26 Jun 12 by member: Earthlady
Earthlady, it has taken me 4 years to train her to want to come snuggle, and she mostly does it when I wear a particular blanket, though she is starting to see the benefits even without it. She still doesn't like to be picked up. She still will tear into us at any given moment, just because she's a cat. I am happy though that she is learning this. It's super nice. You're probably right about the bruises, since I do move around a lot more than the first days. I just wanna make sure that it's all okay. Regarding the Deep Purple, it's slowly getting better. Less bruising, but not really less pain just yet. I think I'm more getting used to it than it is going away. :/ 
26 Jun 12 by member: kingkeld
You sound as if you are doing great KK..... I wonder if the reason you are feeling extra bits of ache, is because you have expelled a lot of the fluid that had "cushioned" the area - I am not a medical person... It just seems logical. Great that you are getting plenty of sleep.... I am sure your body needs it, as it is using up lots of energy to repair itself. Enjoy your games and films :-) 
26 Jun 12 by member: Sk1nnyfuture
Keld- saw your note from yesterday, and so glad for you (and wifey) that you are looking forward to your 'secret' plans for Friday! What a nice thing to do for her ;) I am also glad you are doing so well... I too think the bruising is probably very normal, based on my own scars and their reactions (even when small). But no reason not to be careful, so sending the pic to the Dr's makes perfect sense. Technology is so useful sometimes! And what a great friend to help you out w/ the keyboard!!! OH SO HELPFUL! Listen to our bodies...yeah, that would solve it all wouldn't it? Much Love!!! 
26 Jun 12 by member: jsfantome
Yeah for a good nights sleep and a great loss of all the extra water weight. I was wondering if the bruising has something to do with the fact that your laying on your back and if some of the extra drainage is settling there? I don't think it is something to be too worried about but it is a great idea sending the docs a pic just to be on the safe side. As you said, listen to your body and don't push it. 
26 Jun 12 by member: davidsmom
Thats all good news king, sorry your feeling pain, ask for some nice meds! XD. Maybe not. After I was ambulatory, I got fatigued really fast. Sadly our bodies seem to go back into lazy mode really fast, and you have to kick butt to get back out of that. Sorry it is not good news in that area, but, you will spring back much faster than before! Aditionally because of another "change" for the body, you may get additional weight loss! It also sucks cuz of our age. I am sure with your bike and walking you will come around nicely. I often wondered if it was not because of the medication to knock you out, and if so, Michael Jackson must have been in some wild shape with all the stuff he did. Anyway, Enjoy your day.  
26 Jun 12 by member: posterchild66
LOL, JP, I like the Michael Jackson reference. Actually, I take virtually no pain meds. I take some regular painkillers when needed, and in a slightly larger than normal dosis, but stronger than that is really not needed. It's not horrible, agonizing pain that I feel, but like a nagging, burning, tingling sensation. It's something I can definitly live with for a while, but it's really tedious. Especially at night, where I am more focused on taking the meds to get my mind off the bugging.  
26 Jun 12 by member: kingkeld
I just wanted to comment. I look for a journal post everyday :) I agree with the other posts. I have learned so much by reading your posts. I was just talking with my husband the other day about your journey and how you had just had skin removal surgery. Before we started losing weight he weighed around 470 pounds. He now weighs 358 pounds. He's lost about 111 pounds. He's worried about having extra skin. I told him I'm pretty sure he'll have at least some because he weighed so much. Your skin can only shrink so much when you're that overweight. Also you have a great way of putting things into perspective. You're so upbeat and positive about everything. Me personally I would be freaking out (like I am now about my plateau). Whenever you post it's always good things or if you do post about a bad situation you have a positive perspective on it. It's refreshing. You rock! 
26 Jun 12 by member: Shanelle05
Thank you, Shanelle. CONGRATS to you and hubby! 111 lbs is VERY impressive. When he is lower yet he will know whether he needs surgery or not. Then he should make the decision. Sure, it's not a walk in the park to have it done, but it was actually much easier than I thought it would be. So, what's up with your plateau? Is there anything I can do? Let me know. You're welcome to inbox me. I try to be upbeat and positive. I have learned a long time ago that being negative doesn't get you anywhere. The more of a positive attitude you have, the more you will accomplish, and the closer you are to goal. So smile, dammit, make sure you have fun losing your weight and you WILL lose the weight.  
26 Jun 12 by member: kingkeld
Definitely dont see that every day. Glad you're feeling better 
26 Jun 12 by member: Helewis
OOO NOOO - I thought I HAD the corner on saying, " YOU ROCK! Keld!!!!!" What will I think of next now that Shanelle has said it? I want to post a photo of my Therapy Cat, Bodhi (short for Bodhisatva) for you to see. I will do it when I figure it out. I think it is Photobucket then I post the link?? Is that correct? 
26 Jun 12 by member: HCB
To help with "touchdowns," I recommend magnesium citrate. It is natural, affordable, requires no doctor's script, and it is gentle. I take several meds that cause constipation and magnesium citrate is da' bomb! Haha. 
26 Jun 12 by member: Brittalicious
I had bruising for a month after surgery, its trauma on your body, on differant levels interanally so the brusing will be sporatic. Dont stress my friend, and yes- keep regular! :) AND a note to you, my belly button area still has no feeling its very strange- and its been 4 months so the healing process is a LONG one. Did you get a new belly botton? 
26 Jun 12 by member: sarahduke
Sarah, I got a nice, shiny, new belly button. :) I can't feel a thing in it. Of course, I haven't fully explored it yet as it has stitches and is covered with surgical tape that keeps infections away (just like on the rest of the cuts), but it does feel like there is nothing there. Then again, I can't really fully remember ever having noticed my belly button unless I was touching it. Hmmmm...  
26 Jun 12 by member: kingkeld

     
 

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