Chelsers and I just finished her second Christmas puzzle last night, the Games We Played. It was fun, and REALLY came together last night. What shall we do next?
She’s glad to be home, but she still has pain from a gas bubble that has lodged against her rib cage and is fighting for space. The rib says, “This is MY spot,” but the gas bubble refuses to relinquish custody. Dr. Logan forgot to sign the prescription for the pain pills, and there are times when the pain brings Chelsea to tears, particularly when she has to roll over to her left side so that I (or the home health nurse) can change the dressing on her wound or when she transfers from her hospital bed to her wheelchair.
She sees Dr. Pulliam on Tuesday so hopefully he’ll write her a script. She’ll take in the unsigned one to show to him.
The feeding tube has proven to be very useful. She can use it to take her vitamins and medication and also her nutrients, like the whey protein isolate. If we get it thin enough she may be able to have Greek yogurt through the tube, too. The better option may be to get a powder probiotic if I can find out where to buy one.
The pain she is experiencing right now will likely recede as time goes by. It hasn’t been that long since her surgery, so probably that is why it’s so distressing for her right now. Part of it may also be the location of the tube. As I mentioned in a previous post, Chelsea’s stomach is very high and behind her rib cage. (That is probably why the first two surgeons said the PEG-tube surgery could not be done due to “anatomical limitations.”) So, imagine if you will, having a tube lodged between your ribs. It doesn’t sound comfortable, does it?
She plans to hang onto the feeding tube as long as she can, as long as it’s not detrimental to her health to have it. She has some drainage right now, but the home health nurse says, “Well, yes, it’s a WOUND. It’s completely normal. Eventually that will stop.” We hope. Of course, most feeding tubes are not up by the rib cage.
In other news, my new Trim Healthy Mama breakfast sandwiches are a hit with the family, as is the new “Veggetti” made with zucchini instead of spaghetti.
I’ve hit a slight stall, but that could be because I’m now building muscle by doing weight-loss workouts on the treadmill, in addition to my regular treadmill time. I lost fifty-three pounds, then fifty-four, then fifty-five; then I was back up to fifty-three and now I’m back to a total of fifty-four pounds lost. I’m so ready to hit the sixty-pound mark!
Today, instead of my usual baked oatmeal I had a fat-stripping frappa (a fuel pull). For lunch, I may have a THM orange julius or my baked oatmeal, or maybe I’ll save the oatmeal for my afternoon snack. I need to do more fuel pulls maybe. Dinner will be leftover Veggetti with THM Red Lobster biscuits (if I get to the store to buy parmesan cheese). I was all set to make them last night, but I was one ingredient short.