See bariatrics and December 9, 2002 for previous details.

Coming up on three weeks after major surgery, I feel pretty normal. I lost 30 lbs in the first two weeks. I worked all last week with no problems. The doctor said my progress was fantastic, and I can drink a glass of fruit juice every day, and have some "no sugar added" frozen yogurt once a week. My diet is very limited. I can drink water, have some broth, eat cottage cheese, string cheese, yogurt, refried beans, egg drop soup, miso soup and soft scrambled eggs. I ate a whole egg this past saturday and filled myself up so completely that I almost threw up.

I do notice that when I get hungry, I just notice it. It isn't the ravishing urge it was before the sugery. I don't know if that effect is physical or mental, nor how long it will last. I enjoy cooking for the family again, though I don't eat any of the stuff I cook. The six incisions are just scabs now. They don't hurt anymore. It is still somewhat difficult to drink half a gallon of water a day, but I'm managing so far.

My wife notices that I'm smaller. So do I. Next week I get to add some things to my diet. I'm looking forward to it, but I know that meats will fill me up much more quickly than yogurt, so i will have to be very careful. When i started this, I was 5'9" and 384lbs. I need to lose half my body mass, which is a rather daunting task, but things are progressing well so far.