Just the mere mention of those three words can be enough to send any woman into a frenzy. For me there was a little bit of anxiety but not as much as I had ten years ago when the ladies got together last got together for a reunion. I went to an all-girls high school, well at least the last two years were spent there, so there was added pressure to see the girls again at the last reunion. I didn’t feel confident, was heavy, fat whatever you want to call it and was having financial struggles, so I opted not to go. This time I felt a bit better about attending because frankly at my age a woman needs to just be confident no matter what. Yes, I have a new body but regardless of what body you are in it helps to be more confident in your own skin. Anyhoo, this would be our 25th reunion and because we were a small school we turned it into an all-class reunion. We were down to the wire and I was exhausted and unsure if I would go. Work has been very demanding lately and that week was no exception. I had just overseen two high level events that week and I was pooped. At the last minute I decided to attend the reunion. It was great seeing my classmates and meeting other alumnae but as tired as I was I didn’t get to enjoy myself fully.
My tired self at the reunion
Another concern I had that evening was drinking. Post-surgery drinking can be a huge problem, which is why it is discouraged. Some may continue to drink but with the smaller stomachs your body quickly metabolizes the alcohol and if you are not careful you can find yourself in some embarrassing situations and very drunk. Being that I was there with a few school friends and not family, who have served as overseers per se when I have had drinks in public at other times, I chose to abstain. It really was one of those nights that I missed my old body. I felt great physically and was thinner than when I graduated but it was a social event that would have been great to have enjoyed with a drink.
Another reason I didn’t drink was dehydration. I still battle fluid intake and it is worse when I am busy. I spend the day before the reunion in bed and barely able to walk because I was dehydrated. I actually thought I was going to have to go to the hospital and get IVs. Only being able to drink a small amount of water and staggering it 30 minutes before or after meals creates hydration issues for me. This is my new normal but dehydration seems to be my new normal as well.