Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Next Steps

Well I'm still here and wanted to let you all know what is going on with me. I have been on this weight loss slide for a couple of weeks and went to see a nutrition doctor last week. She is out of Albany Med and is very nice as well as her staff too. She recommended that I try a therapy called TPN which stands for Total Parenteral Nutrition. Its basically all the nutritional needs delivered via IV over 12 hours each night. I don't have to eat anything the traditional way which is good because that will reduce the output on my self made ostomy and hopefully I won't have to deal with so many leak accidents. In other words I'll be able to leave the house with confidence. A huge relief. Today is the fourth day of TPN treatment and things are going along well. My body is accepting it and showing no negative signs. I just got word that I'll be getting lipids in my infusion tonight. Basically fats so maybe I'll gain some weight back. So that's the medical side of things.

My new job as Chief Relaxation Officer is working out well. I have been spending lots of time in my new office (my hammock by the pool) watching my girls enjoy our new pool. We had our final inspection today and everything passed with out any issues. Our friend and neighbor built a deck for the pool and that came out great. We went with a composite deck board that is grey in color and it ended up matching the pool's walls. I am so grateful that my Mom was able to take Olivia overnight as we had new carpet installed throughout the whole house. It came out nice and Sandy did a fabulous job picking out the colors and style. 3 guys spent the day here installing the carpet. They arrived at 9 and left at 3. Done and done.

Overall I'm feeling really good and I'm looking forward to the my brother's BBQ picnic this Saturday. Even though I won't be eating anything. I'm also looking forward to rest of this week and the sunny weather.

Thanks to everyone in my life. I love you all!


  1. Hey shawn congrats on the pool n deck we luv our deck got the same type n worry free! Enjoy ur weekend thinking of u n yuor family!

  2. Hey - good job with the TPN. I suppose a nice IPA or maybe some bbq flavor in the IV is out of the question? ;) Yay for the freedom! Keep that hammock swinging!