Posted 1/30/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -6)
I'd like to address a few issue with my post, so please bear with me:
Welcome KME, I hope we all can be of some help and comfort. Children are different than adults; but my 24 hour ph showed a Johnson-DeMeester of 126 or so with reluxes numbering in the hundreds; 85 is a lot, so don't get me wrong, but hundreds in mind-boggling; both underscore the need for action.
The shoulder pain is from the gas that is introduced into the abdomen during surgery; the gas is used to inflate the area for better visualization and to move the organs out of the way for surgery. While much is remove during surgery, there is some that remains and for whatever reason, this is felt in the shouder. In an adult, walking and gas-x and even chiropratic adjustments seem to alleviate this more quickly than just hoping it will go away.
Children heal much more quickly, with much fewer side effects than adults; the older you are, the tougher it is and honestly, I raised 3 boys...nothing kept them down! That may be more of a challenge for you than something surgically related; I'm thinking specifically of lifting restrictions, but listen carefully to your Dr.s
I hope this helped.
Chris, and everyone else; I hope you are getting stronger each day! Chris, week 5 and 6 seem to be the magical numbers for turning the corner..you are through the worst and each day you will feel much more normal. 90% of your healing will occur in the first 8 weeks; the final 10% will take a year, so it is not surprising that swallowing issues are still there for you. I had a particularly rough recovery and had to return to Cleveland for an emergency endoscopy and dilation at week 2. Take cues from your body, eat slowly, chew tremendously long and watch out for things like steak...test something when you feel brave enough to do so and if you have problems swallowing, wait another 2 weeks or so before trying it again.
Chris, about the use of anti-nausea meds, many of us used these at night time for 6 tp 8 weeks, one person used them even longer, so it doesn't surprise me that you are still using them and it's really okay (and wise) to do so. I used zofran during the day (they're stronger) and phenergan at night (they helped me sleep but they're not as strong), so if you sleep like a log, use the zofran..may I ask?, how old are you?, did they do an open or a lap?
By April, you will have stopped wondering if you had made a mistake and you will be happy that you went through with the surgery. Unless you have problems with sea sickness before surgery, chances are you won't have it then, but take some with you just in case (they're small!) Drinking alcohol may still be an issue though, so watch that, as will overeating, which is a temptation on a cruise!!)
A word of caution for everyone, and, unfortunately I'm living this problem right now...watch out for catching the any type of flu or intestinal bug, including food poisoning. Remember when I said the last 10% of healing takes a year? In December, 5 months post-op for me, I came down with an intestinal bug (the first time in 25 years) and in the middle of the night I was up having a horrible time. In the middle of this nastyness, mother nature decided that I needed to have more fun than I was already thoroughly involved in; I had to vomit. If this does happen, and you have the presence of mind (which I did not have!!!) see if you can get some anti-nausea meds down..early!
I did not have the presence of mind to do so and having the dry heaves in the middle of the night, whoo hoo! who can beat that! eventually, MN won and I actually did vomit some. The pain was pretty bad, but once I did get it up and out, the heaving stopped. Unfortunately, I am once again symptomatic; I'm on Protonix for heartburn, I have chest pain, intermittent pain ( a knot-like feeling) under my sternum and my voice is getting raspy. I'm scheduled for a barium swallow next week, and when speaking to my surgeons' assistant at Cleveland the other day her response was "oh, Janice, this does not sound good, it sounds like the repair slipped" So, I'll have the test up here, fax the results there and when Dr. Rice reviews them, he'll decide if all is okay and I'm just nuts, or if I have to go back for additional testing there.
So, there's my post, I'm sorry that I dragged on and on!!! Good luck every one, let us know how things are going.