Getting back to the “New Normal”

On Monday, I had my stomach procedure, and it went as expected. I had 9 stitches placed in my stomach to form a sleeve that has reduced my stomach size greatly. Afterwards, I had about 5-6 hours of moderate discomfort and pain, and then… a semi-return to normalcy. I was able to walk around, sip some water, and generally start to get back to normal.

Yesterday, I was released and I came home. From there, I pretty much slept for the remainder of the day, taking the 5 medications they have sent home to me. This morning, starts the new routine. Since my procedure, I have had zero appetite (which is a no-brainer, given that I have beaten up my stomach pretty well), but today I start on the liquid diet.

Over the last 24 hours, it has been a a sort of renegotiation between me and my body. from sleeping positions (I normally sleep on my belly, but that is a no go for me right now because acid reflux), to general movement, to trying to figure out these new feelings. it is definitely a process and one that is going to take a while. The worst change is the hiccups. If I transition from laying down to standing up too quickly, I get hiccups. They in themselves are not bad, but they persist for a while after I stand up. Luckily, this morning I was able to “reset” my diaphragm by laying down and slowing getting back up again, but I am not sure how effective that will be long term. Still, I am able to get in and out of bed easily.

I will also get out in the car today and see how I can do driving around. I need to get that under my belt quickly as I have a long 2.5 hour drive on saturday (and back) to do. Overall, I am happy with my progress so far, and I really hope to keep the momentum up as I go along.


So that is about all for now, I hope you all have a great day!



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