I had major surgery four weeks ago. I expected it to be a relatively easy recovery, but unfortunately that has not been the case.
In addition to a minor complication that landed me on bed rest an additional two weeks, I am still experiencing long-term side effects from the general anesthesia.
Lifting something like a full jug of laundry detergent, or a six pack of bottled water, reminds me real quick what my physical limits are – with a shot of pain. The side effects of the anesthesia include blurry vision, nausea, feeling spacey (what I refer to as “brain fog”) and it feels very much like a bad migraine without the pounding headache.
Fortunately that icky feeling isn’t consistent anymore, but it only takes a little effort to land me right back in that shape. Post-surgery advice is always “don’t over do it” but of course you have no way of knowing what your limits are… until you find them.
Obviously I am unable to drive in that condition. But this morning I was feeling clear-headed and fairly well and decided to drive a couple of blocks to a nearby grocery store. I only grabbed a few things and wasn’t in there long, but I was completely fatigued by the time I got to the checkout counter.
Luckily I have found a grocery store in my town that delivers, which has been a real save during my recovery.
It’s the simple things you really take for granted when you’re down, like being able to easily get food. When someone has been kind enough to bring me food, or cook for me, I’ve been extremely grateful – and pretty much ate whatever was offered.
Obviously all of that made it hard to eat strictly low carb during my recovery. But even worse is the fact that I hardly have an appetite at all, and have been sticking to bland foods I could stomach with the nausea. Just the *idea* of meat still makes me feel ill.
During the worst of it I was only eating small servings of oatmeal, potato soup, crackers, toast and things like that. Obviously not low carb, but with abdominal surgery the last thing I wanted to do was push the nausea to the point of actually getting sick.
It’s been four weeks now since the surgery and I’m still really struggling. But I’m making an attempt to ease myself back into Low Carb eating. I’m a lot more limited now until I can get out and about on my own again, and of course I can’t cook.
I do good to make something quick and simple to eat, but any real cooking is out. I’m also not eating cheese (again, abdominal surgery). Add all of that together, and you can imagine just how limited I am at the moment.
While I can have groceries delivered, it requires pre-planning (vs browsing and buying foods that appeal). And I need simple things I can prepare easily that don’t require much cooking. Minus meats and cheeses at the moment too, as I mentioned.
That doesn’t leave much does it? I know. LOL.
I could really use some help coming up with ideas.
I have chicken broth to sip on, and other things I have been “snacking on” today include: cottage cheese, almonds, and an Apple Quest Bar. I was really sick this evening so I had a cup of oatmeal – but I would really love to find some simple (bland) low carb foods I can eat until I get past this icky phase…