Thursday, October 2, 2008

Can't sleep still

I was having trouble sleeping prior to getting "sleeved" but I blamed it on stress and excitement. Now I can't sleep after. I'm blaming it on taking naps and pain killers.

I am still on pain killers. My Post-op Bible says most people are off them by day 7, but I think it's going to take me a little while longer. I still have back pain from the hiatal hernia repair.

Even though I can't sleep, I'm so happy! Because of the hiatal hernia repair, a lot of uncomfortable symptoms are gone. I no longer go to bed at night feeling like a 10 pound cat is sitting on my chest. Plus the back pain that comes and goes where the hernia was will go away forever once it all heals.

I also feel like the hunger monkey is off my back. It's such a wonderful feeling not to be hungry all the time. I am sometimes still hungry -- I haven't figured out if it's "real" hunger or "head" hunger because it's an okay feeling. It means I need to eat something and then it will go away. It's nothing like the desperate hunger I had before.

Compared to these two things, all the other stuff -- the fussy tummy, the occasional gas, the loopiness from pain killers -- is nothing. Those are all temporary and get better every day. I'm a bit impatient to be totally better, of course, but the overwhelming happiness tends to wash those other feelings out.
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