I'm glad you're having another good day. How did your therapy go? Is it for the fibro or for the TC? I had read about the Boost and was wondering about that. Did the doc suggest you take it to help speed the wound healing time or for vitamin supplementation? They told me to eat alot of protein this week because it helps in the healing process. My pre op went okay. They are not even going to start me on liquids but will start me on soft foods after my surgery. That really surprised me. He thinks that I'm going to adjust just fine and says that they'll have me eating a few solids before I leave the hospital! No list of foods...just whatever goes down easy. Is that what they told you also? How soon after surgery did you have the NG tube? Was it after you had eaten something? Thanks for the info.
An NG tube is a nasogastric tube that they run through your nose into your stomach to drain it of liquids. They sometimes use it for TC surgeries and sometimes after if you develop an ileus.
Did they suggest that you drink anything like Boost or Arginaid after your surgery to help with healing? I know you had mentioned about how some meds just go right through you...are you currently taking a liquid vitamin or one of the above? I got my grocery shopping done and I think I'm ready...I just really want to tidy up the house before Monday but I don't have a whole lot of energy...I took out my 'webster' and chased down the cobwebs from last spring and broke a sweat doing it! Its funny how when you sit in one place long enough that you start noticing things that you never would have otherwise noticed. I think my hubby is going to go nuts with my recuperation and with me making a 'honey do' list since I'm home taking inventory How did your husband adjust to post surgery? Is this a big adjustment for you since you also retired about the same time?
Hope you are doing well and things are returning to normal...gogently
I am currently not taking any vitamins...
As far as my husband is concerned, he is great, there is no adjustment that needed to be made. I just go to the bathroom more than everyone else.....but he was great before. I was fortunate that a colostomy was not needed.
You may want to get a few magazines, or have a book you have wanted to read or perhaps CDs or a ovie rental. You may not be physically able to do a lot when you come home and laying in bed can be sooooo boring. You need to listen to your body after surgery and not tire yourself. You need all your energy to heal.
Thank you for your prayers and wonderful ideas and suggestions. I'm all packed...not that you can pack much! I think if I had my druthers I'd rather be going some where warm and tropical for 7-10 days Maybe after this is all over I can go somewhere to warm my bones...it has been so cold here this year! I promise I will post as soon as I can sit long enough at the computer after I get back home. Be sure to check up on Lam and Tracy. Lam could possibly be home by now and hopefully she is doing great. Love you all and thanks again for the support...it means so much.
Hi everyone...it took me a little while to find the new thread. I had my surgery on Wednesday Jan. 17 and came home on Sunday Jan. 21, 2007, because as my surgeon said I was doing "remarkably well" . I did have a few complications in the hospital placing me on the telemetry unit for the first 48 hours. Blood pressure was tooo low. Once they got everything under control I began walking with physical therapy and tolerating my diet.
The night I was sent home, I was feeling too good and decided that I could eat a banancream pie shake, vanilla pudding, 2 variations of cream of potato soup throughout the course of the day only to wake up at 4 am washed down in a cold sweat in the most horrific pain I had ever experienced. My husband wasn't sure whether to call 911, or just try to administer pain medication. Pain medication became a problem as every time I sat up I became dizzy and nauseus. I can promise that I did come out of it alive, but I will always follow my diet because there is no food out there worth that kind of suffering .
I do have a question, as I am learning my body all over again? Were any of you put on protonix or aciphex througout your hospital stay? Did you have to remain on it for a long time?
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I also had asked my surgeon whether some of the colon could be left in and he said no. That the condition is diffuse and they can not know what part of the colon has the problem. If I had insisted on having some remain he advised me to get another surgeon because he was not going to set me up to have a failed procedure and the need for second surgery.