Tuesday, 9 March 2010
9th March 2010 My five week anniversary.....MOAS + 5 weeks
Its now five weeks to the day that I had the operation. How things have changed! In the last week I have finally started to put on a couple of pounds and this has coincided with a huge improvement in my strength. The picture above was taken at the weekend when I went walking with my family on the Bristol to Bath cycle path. We are lucky that is so close and the semi rural surroundings make it a joy to walk. I'm now managing walks of around 3/4 hr regularly and am thinking about increasing it a bit more next weekend. I am treating my walks just like my running training. I have a long flat route to build endurance, a shorter hilly route to build strength and a short flat route for when I'm just too tired for the others (which I haven't done for a while now).
Mentally I also feel stronger and far more lucid. As time has passed dealing with what I have been through has become easier and the hallucinations are fading into the past although still make me uncomfortable when I think of them. I have finally also started planning my future a bit. Something I hadn't done pre op. We have tentatively talked about a family holiday later in the year after my second operation has been done and I have a few months work under my belt again. Never the less something to look forward to.
The caving and climbing will have to wait a bit I think until I am really fit. In the mean time I plan to do some fishing through the summer months and continue with my walking. Who knows I may get back up Pen-Y-Fan before the year is out. I also want to take the kids camping and do some of the things we have been putting off.
Food is becoming easier and slowly the volumes are increasing. I still cant manage a full meal at the moment though so am still supplementing meals with the Fortisip shakes.
I have no pain so have cut out all the painkillers totally although I am still taking medication to help settle the stomach and of course the Penicillin which I will have to take for at least the next year now that I am without a spleen. My Platelets are still high (1700) so I am also still on the Aspirin to thin the blood.
In all things are really starting to look up and I'm feeling pretty good. Just need to keep working on my food intake and getting back to full strength although I think that could be a slow and frustrating process.