Health issues and exciting news

Weight lost: 41,6 kilo (91,7 lbs)

It has been quiet here for a while so it feels like it’s about time for an update. It has been a month since my gallbladder has been removed and I am glad that it’s gone. I don’t have to deal with that pain anymore which makes me feel much better. It doesn’t make me any healthier though, but I bet that my gallbladder removal has nothing to do with that. I need to share some things with you all, so here goes…

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The new year has started and I have got some exciting news to share. We are expecting a baby! Yes, I am pregnant after gastric bypass surgery. Nine weeks and five days to be exact. I know that it is a tiny bit to soon after my RNY gastric bypass, but we’re really happy about it. On January 5 I have had the first ultrasound and there was a tiny heartbeat. I was really scared, because having surgery while knowing you’re pregnant is not what you want.

Ever since I know I am pregnant, I haven’t been healthy. First I got a throat inflammation and now I have been dealing with the flu since Monday. On top of that I am super tired. I know deep in my heart that I wasn’t healthy when I was fat, but was I sick this often? I can’t remember. Maybe I was… I hope that I will feel better soon so that I can actually start enjoying the fact that I am pregnant without being worried all the time.

My weight loss is a whole different story. Before my gallbladder removal my weight had stalled for a couple of weeks and as soon as I was recovering, I lost 2,5 kilo. Not ideal, because they had told me not to lose any more weight during my pregnancy. Now I have lost another 2,5 kilo. I am not sure if they will come back, because that is what happens when you’ve got the flu right? You lose weight easily, but then it’s back before you know it. I feel kind of weak, so maybe gaining 1 or 2 kilo would not be such a bad thing. We shall see. I guess my body knows what’s best for her? I know I should have some confidence in my own body.

I started this blog last year to keep everyone updated on my weight loss journey and now I should not lose weight. I am not even sure how to do that, because it seems to happen all of a sudden. I mean, I am still sticking to the diet of course, even though I am trying to eat more carbs because the baby needs them. I guess I will just stick to what they tell me and we will see what will happen.

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This will probably mean less blogs from me on this blog… But you are always welcome to read my English (book) blog or my Dutch blog if you want, for updates on the baby/pregnancy and the rest of my life!

And it’s gone

On Wednesday I had to be at the hospital again for my gallbladder removal. Having surgery twice in 2014 was never really my intention, but these gallstones were bitches and the attacks were very painful. So on Wednesday I had to get up early in order to be at the hospital in Beverwijk on time. I had to be present around 9 am, but I knew that I had to do another bloodtest before I could have the surgery so we decided to arrive at 8 am instead. That way we could avoid the rush hour traffic as well.gallbladder 01The actual surgery department where I was supposed to stay was too full, so I got my own room at the gynecology ward instead. It was really quiet there, so that wasn’t too bad. I thought it was a bit odd to be there, but my neighbor turned out to be a boy who was supposed to be at the children’s department. Yes, the hospital was a little busy this week. No worries, I got a bed and the nurses were super sweet so I had nothing to complain about while I was there.

I got pain medication and a tranquilizer before my surgery. I had to wait a few hours before they brought me to the OR, but I was sleeping, so time was flying. Before I knew it, I was on my way up. I knew the surgeon already from my previous surgery and he still remembered me (I guess that happens when you’re in the hospital for six days?) They gave me a drip in my hand and I was ready to go.

gallbladder 02I remember that waking up after surgery was awful in April, but I told the anesthetist how much I hated that and he told me that there was something he could try for me.  I am glad he did, and that I told him, because this time I actually woke up about 30 minutes after surgery and I was able to talk to the nurses at the recovery ward. That was less scary. It was still painful though, but that might be normal after surgery. I must say that I had underestimated this surgery, because I thought it would be less painful. Yes, I am fitter than I was 8 months ago and therefore I felt much better and I was able to get up faster. At the same time it was still super painful. The good thing is, that this time it’s only the right side of my abdomen that hurts instead of my whole abdomen. That makes it slightly easier to deal with the pain. Still they gave me some morphine here and there during the first 24 hours so I could sleep.

While I was there I got two visitors. My boyfriend Huib came over and later I also saw my friend Anita. It was really nice to see some familiar faces and have someone to chat with. I mean, it’s nice to have a quiet room so you can relax and rest a lot, but on the other hand I don’t really like being alone that much. Glad that I could still chat on my phone as well, where would I have been without the internet? Hmmm, maybe I would actually read a whole book then?

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While I was in the hospital I have been taking lots of pictures, so I could keep people updated on how I was doing. Including the food this time, because I was actually allowed to eat. In the evening I got endive with potatoes, meat and cherry custard. That was okay. Although I am not a fan of cooked endive, I prefer it raw to be honest. In the morning I asked for crackers with cheese and kiwi fruit which is always nice. So food wise I was fine.

As you can see, this experience was MUCH better than the one I had earlier this year. I am back home now. Still experiencing some pain, but otherwise I am fine. No complications this time. I really hope that I will be fit again in a couple of weeks.

Surgery date for my gallbladder removal

Last night I have experienced yet another of those gallbladder attacks. It is getting quite annoying, but at least I know that it will all be over soon. On Wednesday the 17th of December I will have the gallbladder removal at the hospital in Beverwijk. Of course I am not looking forward to a second surgery this year, but I know it will make things better. I already know that I have to stay at the hospital for one night, because of my gastric bypass surgery. To be honest, I really don’t mind. Last time the anesthetics made me really tired and sick, so it seems safer to stay there for at least one night. I will let you all know when it’s over!

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