It's now the third day after surgery and I'm allowed to advance to "full liquids" and 8oz of water between my liquid meals. You have no idea how happy I am to get a full 8 ounces in between meals instead of 1oz every 15 minutes.
Yesterday got harder and harder with hunger and thirst and then nausea. I'm not sure where the nausea came from...I have a few theories. 1) the ear patch is finally not working anymore, 2) my body is rebelling against the Vicodin or 3) I was so hungry by the end of the day that my stomach was twisting in defiance.
I got a good nights sleep though (stopped doing water every 15 minutes and instead opted to take a sip any time I "naturally" woke up through the night). Man...this 1oz every 15 minutes thing is incredibly destructive to normal sleep patterns. I feel like a mom waking every 2 hours to feed a newborn baby.
My abs are killing me...but I think I can safely say that I got through all the gas pain by the end of the surgery day. I don't know how I lucked out with that...but the muscular and incisional pain...boy, will be nice when that starts to go. I think I'm done with the vicodin though...the thought of drinking another dose of that and the possible nausea that will come with it is making me want to just wait out the discomfort for now. It's not THAT bad.
My first day of full liquids menu looks like this:
7:30-8:00 - 1/2 cup of protein drink (15g)
8:30-9:30 - 8oz water
10:10:30 - 1/2 cup Cranberry Mango drink (5g)
11:00-12:00 - 8oz water
12:30-1:00 - 1/2 cup protein drink (15g)
1:30-2:30 - 8oz water
3:00-3:30 - 1/2 cup Cranberry Mango Drink (5g)
4:00-5:00 - 8oz water
5:30-6:00 - 1/2 cup Cream of Chicken Soup made with milk (5g)
6:30-7:30 - 8oz water
8:00-8:30 - 1/2 cup Cream of Chicken Soup made with milk (5g)
9:00-10:00 - 8oz water
This gives me a total of 50 grams of protein, and my daily goal right now is 45-55 grams, so I think this is pretty good. I just hope I can get rid of those hunger pangs today...