Wednesday, May 4, 2016


My carefully cultivated wild (unshaved) appearance which was hatched over a week or so between by surgery pre-op and post-op has come to an end. I was under the impression that I was under doctors orders and forbidden to drive during the first week of hernia recovery. I admit I could not fathom why driving would be disallowed. I did discover that that that particular warning is based on the premise that a patient recovering from hernia surgery might be under the influence of strong pain killer drugs during the first week. My pain was completely dissipated after 48 hours - and I know that the absolute biggest challenge facing my recovery now will be remembering to take it easy and not to lift anything more than 15 pounds. I have made my first post op appointment with a customer to sell some buttons today. I emptied my buttons from their large suitcase and placed them in 6 individual canvas tote bags. Once I start selling my fabrics this will present some additional challenges. Fabric samples are heavy! I meet with my surgeon in 9 days. I am hopeful that some of these weight limiting restrictions will become much less restrictive. The good news is that I am back to exercising daily. I am starting where I started last year. I am spending time on the treadmill. Yesterday I was able to log 6.93 miles in a 104 minute session. The weather should be getting real good real quick and I am looking forward to to once again taking some long vigorous urban hikes. It feels very good to be pain free, as long as I remember not to sneeze, cough or sit up or sit down too quickly. Soon I will be firing on all cylinders. 
Goodbye wild look.  Pre-Shaved, Post-Op Appearance.
Hello Civilized Appearance.  Still Post-Op, but now Post-Shaved
I would like to thank my wife Jennifer for being very helpful in my quick recovery. She answered the bell last Friday, and got me to the surgical center on time at 6AM. She stood by me as I awoke from my anesthetically induced stupor (if only all stupors were so easy to awake from - I am talking to you, America...way to go making Trump your nominee)  In addition, Jennifer has helped prepare lots of delicious meals while I have been spending more time at home than usual. I am very accustomed to eating my breakfasts at the Super 8 or some other equally uninspiring lodging - it has been much more enjoyable having a delicious freshly prepared ham and cheese omelette for breakfast.

Your Food Diary For:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
BREAKFAST Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Malt-o-meal Cereal - Honey Nut Scooters 360 72 5 9 630 27
3 Egg Omelette - Ham and Cheese, 1 Omelette 400 1 30 40 1,225 0
Sage - Red Delicious Apple, 1 medium apple 95 25 0 1 2 19

855 98 35 50 1,857 46
Costco - Cheese Pizza Slice, 1 Slice 700 70 28 44 1,370 7

700 70 28 44 1,370 7
Generic - Chicken Breast, 1 breast 500 37 26 28 520 3
Wild rice, cooked, 2 cup 331 70 1 13 10 2

831 107 27 41 530 5
Apples - Apples, 3 medium apple 240 66 0 0 0 48

240 66 0 0 0 48
Totals 2,626 341 90 135 3,757 106
Your Daily Goal 2,306 288 77 116 2,300 86
Remaining -320 -53 -12 -18 -1,456 -20
Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
*You've earned 376 extra calories from exercise today         

Although my photograph of the treadmill display shows 99 minutes, 59 seconds - this is only because this particular treadmill is restricted to a two digit maximum on the number of minutes. After a 99 minute workout, and a 5 minute 'cooldown' the total time spent treadmilling was actually 104 minutes. It felt good to be moving my legs after so many weeks of serious inactivity.  My distance travelled was 6.93 miles.  I am happy.  My fitbit is happy.  My patched up intestines are happy.  I think in about two weeks time I will be given the 'OK' to use an elliptical machine again. And at some point, I should be able to lift more than 15 pounds.  That day can't come soon enough. Then I will be very happy.


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