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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 8/4/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone out there dealt with low blood pressure after  1st step of surgery.my daughter has surgery 7/8/08 she was in hospital for 15 days.We finaly got the wafer situation {leaking} under control thanks to this site we used ekin wafer, but for the past 5 days low blood pressure, she passed out a fell down steps today she is okay .have had visiting nurses in and she has visit with surgeon on 8/5.

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   Posted 8/4/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Is she getting enough to drink?  Dehydration could be at work here.  Increase her fluids but make sure if its water that you also make sure she is getting enough salt.  Salt will help to retain fluids.  I drink vitalyte for hydration and electrolytes.  You can read about it at www.vitalyte.com 


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dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

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   Posted 8/4/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Again thanks for your reply, she has been drinking water,gatorade and propel water.She is slowly gettin her appetite back.She got up to go to bathroom and everything went black and she fell down steps, she is okay.bag is working okay, but the blood pressure is the issue  , she had been going to the bathroom {urinating} okay, i know dehydration is a major issue  she has 4 or more bottles of water etc daily

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   Posted 8/4/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
i would say dehydration also, even though it may seem like she is drinking alot, that might not be enough still. Hope she feels better soon!

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   Posted 8/4/2008 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
You've already received a lot of great advice regarding hydration. I've dealt with low BP all my life, so I might be able to point you in the right direction. The main thing is when going from a lying to sitting position, sit for a bit until you feel okay. Then when you go to stand up, do it slowing and then stand for a while before starting to walk.

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   Posted 8/5/2008 4:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Her body is still adjusting and trying to figure out it's new plumbing and HOW to handle it's own hydration issues. Yes, she is drinking what would seem to be enough, but as others have said, it does sound like hydration. Maybe they can give her a jumpstart by running a bag of fluids via IV and then maybe she can stay on top of it. Have you tried the "pinch" test? On the top of her hand, pinch the skin between your forefinger and thumb. If it quickly goes back to normal, she is probably well hydrated. If not, that may tell you the problem. This is always a quick way to tell what your body may be needing.
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