Thursday, July 14, 2011
6 Months Post-op
I started working again at the end of last month, but it didn't last long. I was hired at a well known retail store for their bakery. I have a lot of bakery experience so I was excited to start the job. I loved the work, it was great. But, let's backtrack. I arrived to work early on my first day, water bottle in hand, ready to start the day. When the manager showed up, she told me I was not allowed to have the water behind the counter. She recommended I talk to personnel when they came in later that day, so I did. Personnel told me that no, I can't have my water but I was welcome to leave the bakery to get a drink at the water fountain. I offered a letter from my doctor but I was still not allowed my water. So my problem was this - it gets busy and the water fountain is halfway across the store. Not only that, but when I use the water fountain I am unable to track my fluids so I have no idea how much I'm getting in. The first week about killed me. I never had time to go to the fountain and I was so dehydrated. By the time I got home from work after a 9 hour shift, there was just no way to catch up on my fluids. I had to use my first break to drink my protein, my lunch to eat (can't drink after eating) and that left only my last break of the day to try to cram in as much fluid as I could at work. When you only have a 6 oz stomach, that isn't easy. I warned the manager and personnel that if I didn't have my fluids, I would end up in the hospital. They didn't believe me and I really think they doubted that the majority of my stomach had been removed. Anyway, come July 4th, guess where I was? Yep, in the hospital hooked up to an IV getting fluids. I had been so lightheaded and dizzy, had a headache, was weak and my blood pressure had skyrocketed. I got 2 bags of fluids and went home that afternoon feeling so much better. I called my work to tell them what happened and I still think they thought I was making things up. I thought about it overnight and the next day I called to resign my position. 5 1/2 months post-op and that was the first complication I've had, first time I've needed fluids. I didn't even get dehydrated when I had the flu 2 weeks post-op! I figured it wasn't worth my health to continue that job. So now I'm on the job hunt once again, looking for something that will accommodate my school schedule.
I guess that's it for updates for now. I really need to update this blog more!