I mentioned in a previous post that along with my lung function plummeting so was my weight. My BMI was getting close to the "underweight" category and the doctors thought that bringing my weight back up would help with my overall health and therefore help with my lung function. I can eat fine (about 3000 calories a day) when I feel well, but when I am sick, which is happening frequently now, I have absolutely no desire to eat. I also often didn't have the energy to really cook or make myself anything to eat when I was feeling feverish or ill. So I asked the doctors for an appetite stimulant to help me get out of my rut. Oh my goodness, I had no idea what I was in for.
The first day I took 2 of my 4 doses since I didn't receive it until late afternoon. That very same day I started to feel a little hungry. Within two days I felt like I always wanted a snack. I started opening the fridge so many times that Kaylee must have thought I had gone crazy. I was eating nonstop and still woke up starving in the morning. I think it helped that I was coming off of three weeks of antibiotics so I felt well. The combination of feeling well and having an appetite stimulant made me a ravenous pig!
I kept asking my husband if I looked fatter, a loaded question in most relationships, but I was hoping I looked a little more roundy. He kept laughing at me telling me it couldn't work that fast. Oh, but darling it did! I was 110 pounds (I am 5'4" for reference) last Monday when I started Megace. I am currently 117lbs only one week later! That is a pound per day! I actually was checking in the mirror today for stretch marks because I was worried I was gaining weight too quickly, but luckily found none. I only want to gain about 8 more pounds, but at this rate I will be there by next week!
I feel like I look better, I felt skeletal and weak when I was 110 and even the seven pounds has made a difference in my appearance. I also feel so much better. I am not sure if it is psychological because I look healthier so I feel healthier, but I do feel less weak and frail. Having an appetite makes me feel more normal as well. I may need to pick up a part time job to pay for all this food I am eating though!