My husband had a ileostomy one year ago due to UC and perf, lots of commplications septic shock etc. He had an ongoing abdominal abscess that would not resolve thru perc draining, this went on for almost a year while he got strong enough to have surgery. 2 weeks ago he had a 3.5 hour open surgery to see what was wrong, they found 2 pin hole perfs in his small bowel which were resectioned and repaired and also a tiny abscess on his stomach, this abscess was removed. He had a large insisional hernia and lots of scare tissue on his belly, muscles were all unattached and bunched on either side of his belly. This was repaired as well. Surgery went really well and he came thru is strong. His RBC is low again though even with iron infusions prior to surgery.
Here is my question: he had a morphine epidural for 3 days after surgery, he was in hospital 7 days total, he came out of hosiptial feeling and sounding very strong, now a week later he is loosing his appetite some, has a slight pain right side when he takes deep breath and just doesnt seem as well. He is not needing any pain meds nor does he have a temp. We thought maybe he got dehydrated after hospital, he usually needs and takes quite bit of salt on a daily basis and missed that for quite a dew days, does this sound right? Do you think the morphine gave him quite a high and would it last in his system after if was stopped?
What is normal for one to feel after a major abdominal surgery? thanks