Sure thing! I was very nervous too, and it helped to hear everyone's experiences.
The day before surgery, I had the pre-op. It was kind of a pre-check in. They asked a bunch of questions about
health history, and would have done blood work and an EKG if I hadn't had them done just the previous week. Basically they just want to make sure you're healthy enough for a successful surgery.
I did the Dulcolax and Miralax prep, which was pretty easy. A lot less gross liquid then the other preps I've done.
The day of surgery, I had to arrive a couple hours early. When I got called back, they made me do a pregnancy test first. After that, I got into a gown (a heated gown, it was hooked to a warm air blower). I also had to wear some tight stockings that went all the way up my legs, as well as those little compression bags on my legs (they keep you from getting blood clots). They hooked up the heart leads, and started an IV. They had me sign some stuff, and let me ask questions. Then I just laid there until the surgeon arrived. Right before they wheeled me back, the anesthesiologist injected my IV with something to relax me. After that, I don't remember much more. I know they put the mask on me, and I didn't like it (it felt like I couldn't breathe). They said to relax, and wham I was out.
During surgery, they put an IV line in an (I think) aeorta on my arm to monitor my blood directly. This was pulled by the time I woke up, and I had a big bandage in it's place. They also put an IV line in my neck. Surprisingly, this didn't bother me at all when I was awake (they rarely used it though). I usually forgot it was even there. They put in a urinary catheter, which was still there when I woke up. They put in an NG tube. They were suppose to pull it before I woke up, but didn't until I was in recovery. I vaguely remember it being there, and vaguely remember no problem when they pulled it. In recovery, I don't think I ever
opened my eyes. I could hear what was going on around me, but felt disconnected from it. The anesthesiologist said she would give me pain and nausea meds prior to my waking up, and they worked pretty well.
Once they wheeled me to my room, I was given morphine for pain every 6 hours, and something that kept the stomach juices from just sitting in my stomach (reglan, I think). I also got IV antibiotics. For the first day, they monitored my blood pressure continuously. I was allowed ice chips, and small sips of liquid. I only sat up on the edge of the bed once that day. It hurt plenty, so I didn't try again. They had a little thing I had to breathe into every hour to keep my lungs clear, and they also ask that you cough once an hour.
The next morning (Day 2), they took out the urinary catheter and unhooked the blood pressure cuff. Every time I had to go to the bathroom, they had to unhook the compression bags on my legs. They also had me do a round of walking around each time (walking was easier then getting in/out of bed). I eventually found a technique to getting in and out of bed. I could get up by myself pretty well, but laying back down I needed some help. I was allowed meds by mouth, and I could drink some. That night, the nurse said that if I walked around the nurse's station 3 times, I could sleep without the compression bags on. Hurray!
The next day (Day 3), I didn't have the compression bags put back on. The surgeon came in and said that if I could tolerate regular food and pass gas, I could go home. Success on both accounts! They pulled the IV's from my hand and neck, and I finally got those long stockings off. I couldn't believe that I was home just a day and a half after surgery! The only med prescribed was Percocet. First order of business, a shower! I just have to be careful not to let the water go full blast on my stomach.
Today was 4 days after surgery. The pain was much improved this morning. I can get in and out of bed pretty dang easy now. I can sleep on my side fairly comfortably. The nasal drainage I'd had since surgery is about
gone. My stomach has got a real yellow tinge from bruising. All in all, I'm doing well. It's hard to believe how fast one starts to recover.
We'll be rooting for you Solanges! It is nervewracking, but once you're through it, you'll feel so dang relieved. If you have questions about
anything I didn't address, just ask.
EDIT: Once other thing, the pain wasn't horrible from the get go. So long as you're just laying there, it's no biggie at all. It's just for the brief time of getting up and laying down that it hurts. Walking doesn't hurt too much. So don't worry that you're going to be in constant pain. I didn't even get as much morphine as I could have asked for.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods
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