Back to Work

The first week back to work was challenging for me. While trying to adapt a new eating and drinking schedule, plus juggling getting back to work after three weeks off, it was really hard for me to get into a good routine of when to eat and drink. And unfortunately, I got ahead of myself with soft solids.

I went back to work this week. It was five of the longest days of my life. Seriously. With my surgery being 6/15/2020, I essentially took 3 weeks off of work for recovery. My original intention was to go back to work the Monday following my surgery (6/22), but that definitely didn’t happen, and i took an additional 2 weeks off that I wasn’t intending.

My work schedule is weird. Because of COVID and the lack of daycare, my husband and I worked out a schedule where he is home with the kids all morning until lunch. I have to go into the office because I’m essential, so I go into the office until about 1:00, then come home and work from home for the rest of the day. It was interesting taking this new schedule and adapting it even more for a new eating and drinking regimen.

My new Schedule

One of the biggest changes I’ve found since surgery is that Constipation is real. It’s really real. I’ve had to take steps to battle it because of how much protein and how little fiber is in my diet. Therefore, the first thing I put into my body is Metamucil. It’s disgusting and I hate it. I can’t chug it the way I would like to, so as I drink (slowly), it just becomes more and more coagulated. Disgusting.

Two pill boxes with vitamins and prescription medications
Pill boxes with calcium chews, vitamins, B-Complex, and Prescriptions – easy and convenient to bring to work!

Some difficulties

It’s really hard adjusting to a new schedule when you are trying to get back to a job that is really busy. There were definitely a couple of days that I didn’t meet my water goals because where I work, I can’t bring any liquid onto the production floor. Also, there were a couple instances of dumping, unfortunately.

My second day back to work, I had cottage cheese and mango for breakfast. But I totally forgot about waiting a half an hour after eating to take the prescriptions. I didn’t even realize it. For 36 years of my life, I’ve drank while I ate with no issues whatsoever. So trying to eat and not drink for a half an hour on either side of it? That is really hard! So I took the prescriptions and immediately felt sick. Luckily no one was around and I could quietly get sick in my office.

One step forward, two steps back

Toward the end of the week, I decided that I’m just SO SICK OF PUREED FOOD. Chicken Salad and Egg Salad are delicious. But at the same time, I feel like I’ve just been eating the same thing over and over. I found a recipe online for a high protein, low carb, low fat banana bread. It was perfect! I had a whole bunch of super-ripe bananas that needed to be used, and after making “regular” banana bread muffins for my family, I used the last two bananas to make my special banana bread.

I decided that with the macronutrients working in my favor, it was a perfect breakfast, and it was definitely soft enough that I thought my stomach could handle it.

Yea, that didn’t happen. I definitely had my second dumping experience at work in the matter of a week. I knew that I had just jumped the gun with trying a new recipe. For dinner that night, I made scrambled eggs for my family, also knowing that I would be able to have some as well. And I got sick again.

I definitely threw myself a pity party. It’s too early to start soft solids and I get that. I guess I just need to put a few more pureed recipes into the rotation – and make only enough for a couple meals. That’s the biggest problem…I make enough for 6 meals, and no one wants to waste. But no one wants to eat the same thing over and over, either.

Five Bento Boxes with breakfast and lunch foods in each one
Five days back to work, five breakfast and lunches

So stay tuned! A few more pureed recipes coming your way!

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I am not a doctor or a dietitian.  The information I provide is based on my personal experience.  Any recommendations I may make about nutrition, supplements, lifestyle, or fitness, or information provided to you on this website should be discussed between you and your doctor.  The information on this site does not take the place of professional medical advice.

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