Lunch today was a hard boiled egg….and I was stuffed afterward! “The Daily Plate” on Livestrong.com has been a great tool for me to record everything that I eat throughout the day. It counts calories for me and tracks nutrient intake, too, so I can see where my diet has fallen short. Yesterday I somehow managed to eat 871 calories but felt uncomfortable for much of the day. My days seem to revolve around resting and trying to see how much food I can manage to eat. I don’t seem to be tolerating dairy products well right now. The night that I came home from the hospital, I had a small bowl of ice cream and felt miserable afterward. This morning I had yogurt for breakfast with similar results. I NEVER feel hungry…..just a constant feeling of fullness.
I weigh 124 pounds, 1 pound more than what I weighed when I got married, but I now wear size 2 jeans……something I NEVER did before. Today I’m wearing my “fat jeans” (size 4) because they’re looser and a bit more comfortable to lie around in.
I’ve been “Googling” to find more information about my surgery and it’s affect on my digestive system. I was given almost no nutritional information when I was sent home from the hospital but fortunately there’s plenty on the web. My tumor was located in the upper portion of my stomach, in the back. The top third of my stomach was removed, along with the vagus nerve which went through the diseased area. The vagus nerve is responsible for moving the food through the stomach in order to “keep things moving”. I also had pyloroplasty to help food move from the stomach to the lower intestines. I need to watch out for B12, folate and continuing iron deficiency and potential problems with Dumping Syndrome (food moving to quickly from the stomach to intestines), fat maldigestion, gastric stasis and lactose intolerance. It’s all very interesting…..but I look forward to my first hunger pangs!