Monday, March 6, 2017

Home Alone

Today is my first day home alone.  My husband is back at work.  Tomorrow will be two weeks after surgery, one week after getting out of the hospital.  I'm really amazed at how well I'm doing.  I have very little pain.  I haven't had any pain medication since before I got out of the hospital.  I have an occasional twinge or something, but that's really about it.  I'm tired.  That's to be expected.  I did have major surgery less than two weeks ago.

The only real challenge is learning to eat and drink.  And so far, that's going pretty well also.  The first couple of days were hard.  I wanted to turn back the clock and erase time and not do the surgery.  I've still got a lot to learn.  I'm supposed to eat every 2 hours.  I'm not supposed to drink more than 4 oz. with a meal.  I'm supposed to drink between meals, but you're supposed to wait before and after the meal and not drink.  It's so complicated.  I'm actually not even sure the math works.  Every meal and snack should include protein.  They also encourage protein drinks as meal replacements and as beverages between meals. I couldn't keep down the premade protein drinks I tried from the store.  The nutritionist said that wasn't unusual.  She suggested Carnation Instant Breakfast.  I'm not a big milk person, but those have been OK.  Since I'm home, I've also been making my own smoothies and adding whey protein powder.  Although I just realized I forgot to add it to the one I'm drinking right now.  Oh well....I'm still learning.  I did use Greek yogurt in it so it still has a little bit of protein.  So much to learn......


  1. This is such a good use of your time in this new chapter of life, Linda. It's instructive for those of us who weren't called to travel your particular journey. While you reflect, we learn. Having just lived through - and still living in - a totally unexpected time of challenge to my own health, I found my days suddenly oriented to the needs of my physical body. Totally foreign perspective to me! Nonetheless, my journey has made clear that (borrowed from another believer) we are spiritual beings having an earthly experience. God has chosen for us to be embodied, just as Jesus came. Our bodies are unique. Many of us typically ignore them until they cause angst. That's where I have been dwelling since October 1. On your particular journey, share your details as you grow in understanding! I am still learning as I live in an altered physical status. Blessings to you as you reflect and are strengthened.

  2. Thank you, Jennifer. I am so strengthened by the people of Lenexa United Methodist Church and all the prayers I have received from them and others. I couldn't do this journey without all of you and without God at my side.