hi all my friends my journey starts 23rd dec

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mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/7/2009 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
hi to you all had comformation that i will be having my wrap done on the 23rd in the morning
could do with a little comfort getting scared waited so long when its here its scary

Alcie
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   Posted 12/7/2009 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mookie

I'll be anxiously awaiting word, so have someone post if you can.

Just because it'll be Christmas Eve or Christmas Day when they want to reduce hospital staff, don't let them kick you out if you aren't well enough to take care of yourself at home! Someone from home can bring you a present and can pack up 1/2 cup size portions of Christmas dinner and freeze it for when you start real food. Give them the list of "allowed" foods on your diet and tell them not to be generous with each package. You can eat every two hours or so, just not too much at a time!!! I didn't lose any weight, but regretted every time I ate too much, so don't copy me. It's still a temptation to eat too much, but I feel great when I don't at 6 weeks out.
Alcie
 
 


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   Posted 12/7/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I am so excited for you as you will be joining the "Wrapped Club" and we will all be here to cheer you on. Also it gives us a new person to cheer for through the preop, periop and postop time.



I know you are going to do well and even thow it is scary it is a good thing for you as hopefully you will make an amazing recovery and your life will be so much better.



Let us make this your own special thread to get you through the surgery.



Gentle Hugs to you,



Kitt

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/7/2009 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I get mine done on the 14th! One more week. I'll keep you updated and we can compared healing.

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/7/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
thats good you having yours on 14th i will be awaiting your posts are you getting nervous

couchtater
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   Posted 12/7/2009 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine is the 22nd!
We'll heal together! :))

Joy

opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/7/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck you 3......It will be here before you know it.

Bill

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/7/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I'm more excited than nervous right now. I'm sure as it gets closer I'll get nervous. I just want it done and over with.

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/8/2009 3:17 AM (GMT -6)   
i know what you mean . babygirl . hi couchtater you have it done day before me so thats 3 off us we can help each other get better eh . are you in england having it done same as me

Good Days
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   Posted 12/8/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   

To all you new wrappers, best of luck.  I hope you have the best surgeon available and therefore you will heal quickly. 

The advise so far is right on the mark.  Look up on the web for clear liquid and liquid diet.  On the liquid diet, which my dr told me I could have after I left hospital you can eat oatmeal.  This really saved me.  It is filling.  However, we are not kidding when we say do not eat more than 1/2 cup at one time.  You will have pains like you won't believe.  This is also I am sure what causes the shoulder pains that people talk about.  One time I ate a cup and did pay for it.  Went walking and it helped.  Be sure and eat every 2 hours and you won't get hungry.  I bought a blender and it helped. 

It will be over soon and if you follow the surgeon's directions to a T you will be back to normal by the time you have your follow up visit.

I had a bariatric surgeon, he did a loose wrap and I have had no problems since.

Good luck to all

Jayneyeah

 


Alcie
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   Posted 12/8/2009 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Jane. And if you forget and try to eat too much, walking really does help!
Alcie
 
 


Good Days
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   Posted 12/8/2009 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Mookie,

When is your surgery?   It is really not bad, especially if they do it laproscopically.  Best of luck.  Will send you lots of good wishes at it approaches the date.

Also any others have the surgery coming up soon?

Jayne

 


mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/8/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
its on the 23rd dec just very worried about what to expect when i come round will i be able to swallow will i have much pain ect just not good with anasthetic at all

Good Days
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   Posted 12/8/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Mookie,

I can only tell you how I felt.  My problem was a cough.  The cough became so severe that my blood pressure went out the roof.  I couldn't sleep and that made things worse.  My Gi dr wasn't sure that reflux was the cause because I didn't have heartburn.  After visit with lung dr and ok there, my gi sent me for all the tests and the 24ph test showed that I had reflux and when I coughed it was after reflux.  It also ended up that I had a hiatial hernia. 

After surgery, I felt fine except the usual from all the drugs.  The worst part was when the theripist came to make me cough. 

The first day was a little rough but not bad at all.  I followed all the rules as far as eating only a 1/2 cup at a time and every 2 hours.  Ate only things on the liquid list (didn't have to stay on clear liquid after I left the hospital.  Ate lots of oatmeal so that I didn't get hungry and over eat.  When I went back to surgeon for the follow-up he told me I could eat anything but maybe steak and bread for awhile.  He told me I could eat anything that was like baby food.  He was suprised that I never felt like anything was stuck in my throat, but I think that is because I ate very slow and only what I should.  Others have had lots of problems but I think that if you don't wait too long to have the surgery and your surgeon has done tons of these you will have no problem.  Mine did a loose wrap and I can burp.  Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

I even had mashed potatoes and that tasted so good.  Also had potato soup that I blended.  Stay away from tomatoes and anything acid for awhile.

Hope this helps some.

Jayne

 


oakley
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   Posted 12/8/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi all!!

Mookie, babygirl and Joy !!

I am so excited for all of you ! You will all do just fine...I feel it in my bones and trust me they know what they are talking about ...for instance they have been feeling this bone chilling cold we are having right now!!!! I really dont like winter that much because I have to shovel at work....but when I retire I am going to just love watching the beautiful falling snow from my breakfast nook window with a delicious hot cup of coffe in one hand and another Debbie Macomber novel in my other hand !!! LOL  Cant wait for that day !!

You all three take care of yourselves and we will all be here for you. What a lovely Christmas present to give yourselves...BETTER HEALTH !!

love, Anne 


mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/8/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
i have decided to bring christmas forward a week . going to have christmas eve on the 19th dec and christmas day on the 20th going to have turkey and all the trimmings so i feel that i wont be missing out you bet i will suffer for it though . then 3 days after will have joined the wrap club

couchtater
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   Posted 12/8/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Mookie, I live in GA, USA.
I've found myself doing nervous eating. I've gained 4 pounds with my munching.

I'm trying to keep myself busy to avoid the nervous nellys. I want it to hurry up and get it over with, but at the same time wanting more time. :) This is the first time I've ever been in the hospital longer than a couple of hours for ER or tests.

I'm worried my niece won't hold up her part of the bargain of taking care of the cats for me. Even though 2 of the 3 are her's, she doesn't feed them or clean up behind them. She has no idea how much work they are. I know I won't be able to bend over to clean their boxes or clean up accidents around the house. She grosses out when she had a little dry hairball in her room the other day. I made her clean it up under supervision giving her step by step directions all while she kept threating to throw up herself. I asked her to clean the litter box yesterday at 4, because I was swamped with other things. I wound up cleaning them at 10 o'clock myself. >:(

I'm really going to have to rely on her for a few weeks. Ugh! My house is going to stink!
If she doesn't keep the boxes clean the cats start using it on our beds! :P

I wish I could celebrate Christmas earlier, but everybody has already planned to be here on the 26th for the yearly eat-in. I'll be in my room sipping broth. :P
I've already warned my family when things get too bad for me I'll go to my room and shut the door.


Joy

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/9/2009 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Joy, how long will they keep you in the hospital? I have to stay for 24 hours. I thought it would be longer.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/9/2009 3:45 AM (GMT -6)   
They usually say 24 hours and did for both of mine, but I stayed 3 days both times. It depends on how you are doing after surgery.

Bill

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/9/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
well guess i better be prepared to come out boxing day any earlier is a bonus i suppose

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   Posted 12/9/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Mookie and the rest anticipating lap surg -
Do NOT let them send you home after only 24 hours! That's when complications, if there are any, will just start to show up. Even if you don't have a hernia that has to be closed and your surgery is only an hour, you need another day, at the least, to recover enough to be safe at home.
I was there for 4 days, but I am 64 and had my stomach stuck up in my chest. So I would say 2-3 days is perfectly reasonable with no complications. Just say you don't feel well enough to take care of yourself at home.
One complication - what we all experience and they don't tell you about - is air and fluid around the lungs and fluid in the lungs. They are up in the mediastinum freeing up (cutting the attachments) of the esophagus so it will come down and be long enough to wrap. You are also on a ventilator for the procedure. Your lungs will not be in the same condition they were when you went it! That's why they bring you a spirometer and have you proctice inhaling to reinflate your lungs. They will x-ray to see how bad it is, so ask about it afterwards!! They should have you get another x-ray after a few days to see if there is improvement.
Alcie
 
 


couchtater
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   Posted 12/9/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
They said overnight, but I'm sticking around town for another day beyond my release. I've got my parents helping me out at home. My mother said daddy will help me in getting up and down out of seats. She said she'll carry anything over the weight limit for me.

Joy

Lowdown
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   Posted 12/10/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Joy

 

Are you having the lap done or going for the EsophyX?  Been out of the loop lately on what's going on with your procedure.

 

Carl

couchtater said...
Mine is the 22nd!
We'll heal together! :))

Joy


I'm at the top of my game, but I can only last one play!


mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/10/2009 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
i think alcie that i would be better at home if they think im ok as i have the most wonderfull husband who does every thing for me anyway. i will just relax and watch christmas films ha ha

couchtater
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   Posted 12/11/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
lowdown,
I can't have the EsophyX procedure. My HH was too big. So I'm having Lap Hill procedure (270 wrap).

Joy
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