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Getting Used to the New Normal

on February 20, 2012

Today’s my first day back at work full time since surgery.   I came back a few half days last week, but this is major.  Physically I feel great and mentally I needed to be here and actively engaged in my regular responsibilities.

Last night, I realized that I had to prepare myself for the new normal.  This means that I need a good, solid grasp of what I need to have around to fulfill my nutritional needs.  I’m still on “full” liquids so there’s no such thing as not bringing stuff with me to work.  I can’t just run down to the lunch truck and grab a sandwich or hot dog or chicken tenders.  Thankfully, I’d thought ahead and had soup in the house that I could bring with me today.

I’m also staying on top of my fluid intake.  I live in the Florida Keys.  It’s hot down here most of the year.  I am frequently outside with my job.  It is extremely easy to dehydrate.  Once again, if I let that happen, it’s a big problem.  Gone are the days when I can grab a bottle of water and chug it down to replenish my depleted fluids.  Frankly, if I take more than a couple of sips at a time, that water wants to come right back up.  I need to sip, sip, sip and then put down the bottle and wait a moment for all of the liquid to settle.  There’s no room for guzzling.

I filled up the water glass on my desk as soon as I got in this morning.  No matter how busy I get, I reach for the glass and sip regularly.  When the glass is empty, I go right to the cooler and refill.

When I move to pureed foods, I’ll enjoy a greater variety but will still need to make sure that I have foods I can eat readily available.  Pre-planning is the key.  I think I’m going to buy a small plastic box that I can fill with some of the foods I can eat — like cottage cheese, fruity yogurt, and some ready-to-drink protein shakes.  That way, if I ever do forget to bring something from home, I’ll always have what I need around anyway.

This is my new normal.  The sooner I’m accustomed to it, the better.

One response to “Getting Used to the New Normal

  1. londonmabel says:

    “Gone are the days when I can grab a bottle of water and chug it down to replenish my depleted fluids. ” – Hadn’t thought of that!!

    You should find yourself some cute bento boxes and lunch bags, to make it All Very Exciting!

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