Monday, September 29, 2008

One Day at a Time

Saturday was pretty rough for me, but Sunday was better.  I've learned a few lessons the hard way.  I have to stay on top of my pain.  If I miss a pain pill by as little as an hour, it then takes hours to catch back up and get the pain under control.  Also, I learned I have to eat very small meals often.  If I don't, I get horrible intestinal cramping and pain.  And by horrible I mean absolutely-terrible-incapacitating pain.  On Sunday I started following a low-residue diet and trying to eat every 2 hours, and it has made a huge difference.  On Saturday it hurt so bad after eating it was really hard to convince myself to eat again.  

I think it also helps that my bowels fully woke up yesterday.  Before yesterday I only would expel very small amounts of stool at a time and I hadn't passed any gas since that one time at the hospital.  It took some trials and errors, but I learned how to poop yesterday.  Yup, I had to relearn how to poop.  So, now when I go the bathroom I have much more substantial bowel movements.  I've also started passing gas, lots of it.  And whoa, do I feel better.  Between the swelling from surgery and all the gas inside me I easily could have passed for five months pregnant.  

Thanks again to those who bought me the fall dresses!  They are really coming in handy.  My abdomen is still so sore I can't wear pants.  Even if I wasn't so sore, I don't think they'd fit over my pseudo-pregnant belly. 

6 comments:

Erin said...
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Erin said...

Ok, I'll try this again... I'm glad to hear that you're moving in the right direction. I knew you'd have to restrict your diet after all this, but it wasn't until I clicked on the link for your diet that I realized just how restricted you are. Is this a permanent diet or will you be able to add foods that are current no-no's as you heal?

I hope you let your body tell you this time when you're ready to do more, rather than you telling your body. Rest up and get better soon!

Love ya ~ Erin

Steph said...

Erin- As I start to heal I can add in one new food at a time. Some foods I may be fine with and some might cause me problems. If a food causes any issue then I can wait a few weeks and try again later. By only adding one new food at a time, it is easy to identify what cause a problem.

aunt colleen said...

Steph,
I can't believe I'm posting this - but I'm so relieved you pooped and farted!! (This is very familar language for me, since I have all sons).
Knowing that you are in so much pain is rough, but I am grateful you have Becky.
Take your meds! Love, Aunt Colleen

Anonymous said...

Steph,
Still thinkin about you every day! Take is slow and enjoy the time to be still and quiet. I love you!
Love, Jess

Aunt Teri said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. As always you are amazing Steph! Hang in there.