I lost more weight, and faster than intended.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Our WL Leader, Ellen, congratulated me for losing more weight, than the 5% intended. SP, then, suggested I share it with the community. So, here it is. I started the Blog and, then, it disappeared. So, here I go again:
I had knee surgery last month, which was not an easy feat for this lady. My previous surgeon, yes, I had a hip replaced, close to 9 years ago, refused to operate, because, as he said: " I am a very conservative surgeon." That didn't help my pain any. I went to another surgeon, who was willing to do the surgery, with the comment: "You are ready!"
So, I had the surgery on January 9. It has not been an easy ride. The hospital wanted to send me home the same day. I insisted on staying at least one night. So, I went home the next day. I had a college friend stay with me for two weeks to take care of me. Then, I handled it by myself. The nights were the worst. I don't think I ever slept more than 3 hours, and that, rarely. I also started rehab after one week. I didn't count any of the rehab, initially, because I really felt lousy. The last couple of weeks, I did more walking than my PTs. like, but Fitbit reminded me every hour to go for 250 more steps, which I did. So, the minutes I counted are those hourly 250 steps and my rehab time, which runs 1.5 hours or more, twice a week.
The weight loss, initially, prior to the surgery, was intentional, because less weight meant less to carry on my operated leg. Then, I was just not hungry. The opioids the hospital prescribed for me to take, lasted one day, because I just could not keep any food down, using them. So, I just went to Tylenol, occasionally, because that is all I could take, because of my blood thinner. I had also started to eat only two meals a day; breakfast and a mid-afternoon lunch/dinner. I am sure that started my weight loss, beside the fact that I was terribly sleep deprived, and just never felt hungry.
Therefore, my comment that it was not intentional. I was sure I would lose some weight, but not at such a fast rate. Now, I have to wait and see, if I will stay there, or will add a little again. For now, this is what it is. I will continue Rehab for another 4 - 6 weeks, and that is not an easy task for me. This crew at Rehab must think I am 18 years old, but the fact is that I turned 78 years old, last December. I was always in good shape and very athletic in my life, but had put on weight, after having had 2 boys, later in life. So this is my story. I already dread Rehab on Monday morning, but my 'dear PT friends', keep on telling me "No Pain, No Gain."
So, this is my story.
Just a quick update to my Blog from : I discontinued my Physical Therapy on Dr.'s orders. The surgeon became alarmed when both of my hips started to hurt, including my ankle that was broken two years ago. He ordered me to only walk and ride a stationary bike.
This past week, I returned to PT, but a different outfit. They are gentler and listen to me. Unfortunately, after the first session, I walked out of the organization quite well, but ended up with extreme pain throughout the following night. According to their instructions, I kept it easy the following day. Then, I went back, yesterday, reported what I experienced, and they were baffled (as I was). I went through another session, and had a really good night, last night. I walk mostly without a cane, these days, only take it with me, when I run errands, and don't know, how long I will be away. I am hopeful, for the first time, that I will improve, eventually. I will only keep up with these new sessions, until I will start to travel overseas in about three weeks. I will report more, upon my return.
So far, I kept my weight between 135# and 137#, weighing in at 135# this morning. I decided to stay around this weight, by eating two meals a day: Breakfast and a Lunch/Dinner-type of meal, mid-afternoon. If hungry later on, I choose a piece of fruit in the evening. That works quite well for me.