Third Day Post Nissen

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dencha
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   Posted 3/1/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I've made it through my third day post-op, and I'm still here! My stomach felt more comfortable today. I'm on oral prednosone (due to persistent, severe asthma), and have been on it about 13 days (IV in the hospital), and that is very tough on the stomach. Because of that, I gave up the hydrocodone pain meds, and switched to extra strength liquid Tylenol (chosen because it's the easiest on the stomach). I use ice for the surgical pain. My left rib area is the most painful location, and I'm keeping ice on that most of the time. I'd rather deal with some pain, than an upset stomach right now.

By the way...my family doctor did call in a nausea script (suppositories) for me to have on hand. He understood that peace of mind is important at this time.

This morning, I don't know what I was thinking, (I guess I wasn't thinking)--I swallowed two 10mg prednosone tablets whole. They seemed to go down okay, but I won't do that again. I'll cut them into smaller chunks tomorrow.

So far, my swallowing is pretty good. I handle liquids just fine. My doctor sent me home to a soft diet, and I seem to be doing pretty well with it. Before my surgery I made up some fresh frozen squash, applesauce, and homemade chicken broth. Today I made whipped potatoes, and topped them with some locally made low fat turkey gravy. I also had some squash. A Thanksgiving dinner minus the turkey! I don't eat much, though...a quarter cup total. I don't want to challenge my stomach. I just eat tiny meals whenever I feel like it.

I slept from midnight to 6 AM last night...so that was good.

I have been trying to walk around the house as much as possible. At the hospital I walked a lot. A night nurse told me to walk whenever I got up to go to the bathroom. She said that was the trick to getting the gas to move out of the body. I still have some shoulder pain, but it seems to have subsided a bit. It's just a dull discomfort...not excruciating at this point.

Overall, I'd say..so far, so good. I was prepared for anything. I've had more torturous episodes with my uncontrolled GERD/gastritis that was caused by intolerable antibiotics.

I do have some phelgm in my lungs that I'm coughing up. I'm assuming this is not just limited to asthma patients post op. I'm assuming that many people experience the need to cough up some gunk. Am I right? I'd like to hear your experience.

Hope this record of my post surgical journey helps someone else who is struggling with their own decision to take the surgical route.
Best wishes to all.

acidgirl
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   Posted 3/2/2009 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi hun, I'm glad you managed to get some sleep and able to eat something yummy. Its good you have a backup just incase you feel ill.

You sound like you are doing really well. I hope your mind is settled and you are able to relax.

Thinking of you.

J x

dencha
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   Posted 3/2/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your constant support and good wishes, Jules. It means a lot! I had no idea what to expect this post surgery would be like. I'm expecting lots of ups and downs, and my surgeon predicts swallowing to get harder before it gets easier, but I'm ready.

I got some good sleep last night. Also, I have a great family doctor who communicates with me via email, and is dedicated to helping me through this. He is the one who kept nudging me to do it, so I think he feels even more responsibility to be sure it all turns out well. That's really helpful.

I hope all is well on the other side of the pond! Thanks for being there! You relax and trust. Remember that your emotions can play lots of tricks on your body and impede your healing!
Denise X

acidgirl
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   Posted 3/3/2009 3:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Your welcome hun, I hope I'm helping :) I'm glad you got some decent sleep, I was having some really weird dreams, but the cat doesnt help meowing all night aha..

Your doc emails you! wow, our doctors are rubbish.

I think the lansoprazole is upsetting my digestion of late, wont go into details lol!

OH well, better go, the cat is wailing!

Have a relaxed day xxx

dencha
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   Posted 3/4/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Ya, being able to email my doctor really helps. Thanks for you kind wishes! I'm going back to my surgeon today, so hopefully I'll have more information. Most of the information I have, I gained from searching out information in the internet this past few years as I moved toward this decision.

I slept even better last night. Yay!
Hope you rest well and that your stomach/throat feels better!

Take care!
Denise
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