1. I am not eating/drinking any protein powders or shakes to bulk up my diet
2. My weight stabilizes
When I went for my Sandostatin shot on Friday, I asked the nurse practitioner when I might get my appetite back and stop losing weight. She said it could take up to 6 months! Holy cow, at this rate, I’ll be emaciated by then! I’m sure that won’t happen as I am continuing to improve. Most of my clothes at least fit or are loose now and I’m fine with that.
Over the past few weeks I have also been less tired and am sleeping normal hours. I was having gastrointestinal problems with eating and drinking at the same time right after surgery. Now, those problems are gone. I still don’t have my stamina back and am working on getting and keeping my energy up.
I will be returning to work on December 17th. That is exactly 12 weeks after surgery. I wanted to stay out through the holidays but Dr. Clancy’s office said that they could not allow me to be out any longer. Going back in mid-December will give me a chance to take it slow for a month or so before the year-end busy time gets going. I’ve really enjoyed my time home recovering and I don’t really want to go back to work. Unfortunately, I’m a bit young to retire and probably not sick enough to go out on long-term disability. The break has given me some time to think about what I might want to do when and if I do retire. I might be able to swing working part-time and have the best of both worlds.
My 8 weeks off has been quite stress free and my diet has been very controlled in that I eat most meals at home. When we go out, we choose the restaurant carefully to be sure I will be able to find something that will agree with me. Working will be much more stressful because of the hours, travel and lack of control of my eating situation. I have another 3+ weeks to enjoy the time and recover and I’m going to savor every moment.
Have a great Thanksgiving!