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babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/15/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
All went good! I got there, they did the usually questions, started my iv. The first nurse ruptured my vein so she had another nurse try and she got it. They wheeled me into the OR, put some patches on my chest, mask on my face and I was out. When I woke up, I was really groggy, still am a little bit. Just sore. No pain. I can swallow and burp just fine. I have 5 incisions which had staples so I had them removed before I left. I feel bloated. I had pudding and coffee yesterday. Yes coffee!!! YUM! Scrambled eggs and apple juice this morning so far. I don't really have an appetite but wanted to eat something. I have to go back in 2 weeks for another appt so until then, I'm on a soft food diet. I don't really have any shoulder pain yet but I was up walking around 5 hours after I woke up. I have Roxicet for pain meds. Tastes like cough syrup. And I have to keep taking my prilosec until my stomach adjusts. So far no reflux symptoms. I do have a lot of grumbling but I think that's gas.

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oakley
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   Posted 12/15/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Well, holy smokes girl you are jusy rocking an rollin right thru this now arent you?? !!!

Good deal..take care of yourself

we'll be here waiting for your continued news flashes!!

love ya, Anne 


mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/15/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
my god i cant believe it i am so pleased for you . and having coffee to and scrambled eggs i was expecting just to have clear fluids after . i hope i can just stay in 1 night is your cuts sore can you walk around ok ? keep well will check in everyday

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/15/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Funny thing about the eggs, I thought they were mashed potatoes at first. You know how some ice cream places do the swirl thing on top? Well that's what they looked like and they were all yellow. They pureed them! Eventhough they had the same texture as unpureed eggs. This is the list of foods I have. It's the soft diet. All foods on clear and full liquid diet, pudding, milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, frozen dairy products(ice cream), oatmeal/cream of wheat, cream soups/broths, scrambled eggs/omelet without meat and veggies, macaroni and cheese, applesauce/canned fruit, milk shakes, mashed potatoes with gravy and pureed foods. Dr said I'm not limited to the list but it has to have the same consistency and texture of the list. The cuts are tender to the touch but just sitting here, they don't hurt. It's more of a muscle ache. Like if you did a million sit ups the night before. I can walk around fine, just a little hunched over from the muscles being tight.

There was a respiratory therapist who came in. Had to do inhaling exercises which hurt. I had to wear the boots that inflate and deflate but only until I was up and moving. I was surprised I didn't have a catheter but not disappointed. lol

The restrictions on my sheet are no lifting or pushing more than 10 pounds. Hard because my daughter weighs 15. No strenuous activities (yard work, shoveling, vacuuming). No smoking. They said I can drive as long as I'm not taking the pain meds.

couchtater
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   Posted 12/15/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm surprised you are not on the liquid diet.
Things are looking up!
I'm glad things are doing okay for you.
I'm wishing for the same.

Joy

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   Posted 12/15/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow- congratulations BG! Keep us in the loop during your recovery. Sounds like you are doing great! -MM-

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/15/2009 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy, he did a loose wrap. I think that's why I start out on soft foods.

My stomach is just rumbling like crazy. I don't know if it's gas, or the air they pumped in me but it's quite uncomfortable. Maybe I'll try some gas x.

couchtater
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   Posted 12/15/2009 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Sound reasonable. The other's mentioned gas problems with recovery.

Joy

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/15/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the gas pains so bad after my last c-section that I couldn't move. These aren't too bad yet but the rumbling is really annoying. My shoulders are starting to get achy though.

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   Posted 12/15/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
babygirl-
Good to hear all went well. Remember to go slowly. Things will probably get a bit tougher as things finish swelling. As far as soft foods go....Doesn;t surprise me at all. I was on soft foods the next day after both Nissens. No reason not to be. The stomach rumbling will probably continue for several weeks. Remember your stomach has been severely changed. Your body has to adjust to this change and will take some time. Also the outside wounds will heal way before the inside is. Anyhow, go slow and remember to rest.

Take care,
Bill

oakley
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   Posted 12/16/2009 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   

Babygirl, I hope you sleep well tonight and feel fine tommorow. I'll be thinking of you.

Keep up the good spirits!

take care , Anne 


mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/16/2009 2:54 AM (GMT -6)   
well all sounds good for you mine is a week today just got a few days to work went out for meal last night boy did i suffer up at 5am only had chicken and baileys coctail i guess it could have been the coctail but i really enjoyed it . what amount are you eating and how often have good day

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/16/2009 4:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not eating a whole lot. I just had a cup of a pudding the day of and I would say 2 scrambled eggs the day after. I'm not really hungry at all yet. The dr said that's normal and can last a few days. I've been sleeping on and off all day. Must be the meds. They gave me Roxicet which I've never had before but it has oxycodone in it. I fell asleep on the couch around midnight and it's 4am now. I'm hurting. lol It's the weirdest feeling going from laying to sitting. I won't lie, it hurts but it's like all your organs shift. It stops after a while but it feels the same when I lay down. When I swallow now I can feel it go all the way down. Doesn't hurt, just feels like a lump. I've been getting alot of those hiccup type burps that are a little uncomfortable. The shoulder pain is really setting in. Today is the first day I'll be by myself with the kids. I'm pretty nervous but I'll make it!

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   Posted 12/16/2009 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Babygirl-
I found I would get the hiccups when my stomach is full. That's how I knew to stop eating. It would happen before I felt full. Of course that was a couple months after surgery too. The 1/2 cup thing is serious too. If you over do it you will pay for it. I know what you mean about feeling your organs sift and the strange feeling of every swallow. Once your body adjusts and the swelling goes down you don't notice the swallowing so much. I still noticed it some at the 3 year mark after my first one. I am sure it has to do with the extra pressure needed to get everything by the LES now.
Walking can help that shoulder pain. Sometimes it helped mine and sometimes not. I also got some relief from antacids. The nerves can send signals to your shoulders and I found antacids helped sometimes. As the wrap swells it can let some acid by.

Take care,
Bill

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/16/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
The dr has me taking my prilosec still which went down without a problem. I'm wondering if the "problems" in my last post were from not taking my pain meds because now I'm ok. I'm going to try some cream of wheat in a bit just to eat something. I'm not really hungry but don't want to stay empty either. I'll try less than half a cup at first. I'm a little nauseous but I'm wondering if it's from being empty. They gave me Roxicet for pain. I don't like it at all. It has oxycodone in it and makes really loopy and sleepy.

I have to really watch my incisions. They couldn't give me the last dose of antibiotics because all the fluids that were going through my iv weren't going in my vein. It was puddling under my skin so they had to take it out. I'm pretty tender on the right side by that incision. Feels like my rib is bruised when I breathe.

oakley
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   Posted 12/16/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   

I hope you have a good day today...less pain and lots of rest. I am sure that the pain meds are strong enough to help you get thru the first days and that is good, you really don't need to feel how bad the pain might be without them.

Take care and be careful, not lifting or being too active just yet with your kiddies.

Have a good day...Anne

 


Alcie
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   Posted 12/16/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Baby on your quick homecoming!
There are two kinds of gas. Outside and inside the gut. The CO2 they blew up your belly with runs up the mediastinum and into the shoulders and the neck and everywhere. That seems to be relieved with time - absorbed by the body tissues - and maybe by walking. The rumbling in the gut is from the food you are eating. Take it easy on the carbohydrates and vegetables! That's where the gas is coming from. You'll continue to have that for a long time at the least. I'm having severe pain with it at 2 months out.

Rice and carrots don't seem to cause gas. Lettuce, when you're allowed is ok, but worthless for nutrition. I'm crushing my vitamin and calcium and putting them in applesauce since I'm not getting enough veggies. Stay away from legumes, inc soy and soy milk.

Best wishes!!
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babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/16/2009 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Why no soy milk? I was going to use that to make my cream of wheat since my belly doesn't like regular milk. I have a large lump in the middle of my belly under the incision. I'm not sure if its a gas bubble or what it is. If feels like gas when I press on it. I just took some gas x so hopefully that will help. I've been doing as much as I can around the house without lifting too much. I'm getting a treadmill this weekend and can't walk outside since its freezing. I've been doing dishes, swept, and have been doing laundry except for lifting the baskets. Do you think ramen noodles would be ok since I can have Mac n cheese or would it be too much sodium? I'm going to have chicken noodle soup minus the chicken for supper.

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   Posted 12/16/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Babygirl-
My surgeon recommended small diameter pastas if I wanted to eat them. He said it would be great for energy. The ramen noodles should be fine. I had soy milk at the hospital the next morning after my redo.
Having a lump at the middle incision is normal, but mine was about 1 to 2 inches. How big is "large"? The incisions around your ribs will be the sorest. Especially the left side for some reason. Remember they aren't gentle in the OR. They get the job done and you can expect to have some extra sore spots from that. My wife used top work in the OR and said you wouldn't believe how rough they are with people. But than again an unconscious person isn't easy to move I suppose.
Maybe you could ask your surgeon for a weaker pain med? If you must have liquids I know they make one that's hydrocodone and not oxycodone. My daughter and I both had it when we had our tonsils removed. That's a funny story.
I took my daughter to see the ENT because she was a "strep carrier" they said. We couldn't get rid of it even after a month of different antibiotics. So Her, my wife and I are talking with the ENT and my wife decides to tell him about my tonsils and the troubles I had with them. I am 32 at this time. He says he wants to look at them and tells me they should come out also. I am thinking this was a set up. Anyway, my daughter and I had our tonsils removed 9 days apart. Sure is much easier on a kid!
Anhow, good to hear things are going well.

Take care,
Bill

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/16/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
My lump starts above the middle incision and kind of goes down towards the left. My left incision doesn't hurt at all. Actually none of them do except for the right. lol Maybe I'm just backwards. I think I'm going to try liquid tylenol. I would like to take ibuprofen since it's an anti inflammatory but I think that would be too hard on the belly. I have quite a bit of chest congestion too. Hurts to cough but I hug a pillow and it seems to help. Were you nauseous at all afterwards?

It does sound like you were set up! lol I would like to get mine taken out but not sure if I should now. I need to go back to work and would hate to take more time off. Maybe all the acid was bugging them. Time will tell.

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   Posted 12/16/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Babygirl
Soy is a legume! It's a bean = GAS! Soymilk gives me gas about 2 hours after drinking it.

Most foods that contain carbohydrates can cause gas. By contrast, fats and proteins cause little gas (although certain proteins may intensify the odor of gas).
Sugars
The sugars that cause gas are raffinose, lactose, fructose, and sorbitol.
• Raffinose — Beans contain large amounts of this complex sugar. Smaller amounts are found in cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, other vegetables, and whole grains.
• Lactose — Lactose is the natural sugar in milk. It is also found in milk products, such as cheese and ice cream, and processed foods, such as bread, cereal, and salad dressing. Many people, have low levels of the enzyme lactase needed to digest lactose. Also, as people age, their enzyme levels decrease. As a result, over time people may experience increasing amounts of gas after eating food containing lactose.
• Fructose — Fructose is naturally present in onions, artichokes, pears, and wheat. It is also used as a sweetener in some soft drinks and fruit drinks.
• Sorbitol — Sorbitol is a sugar found naturally in fruits, including apples, pears, peaches, and prunes. It is also used as an artificial sweetener in many dietetic foods and sugarfree candies and gums.
Starches
Most starches, including potatoes, corn, noodles, and wheat, produce gas as they are broken down in the large intestine. Rice is the only starch that does not cause gas.
Fiber
Many foods contain soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves easily in water and takes on a soft, gel-like texture in the intestines. Found in oat bran, beans, barley, nuts, seeds, lentils, peas, and most fruits, soluble fiber is not broken down until it reaches the large intestine where digestion causes gas.
Insoluble fiber, on the other hand, passes essentially unchanged through the intestines and produces little gas. Wheat bran, whole grains, and some vegetables contain this kind of fiber.
Alcie
 
 


babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/16/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info Alcie. I can't tolerate regular milk, give me bad stomach cramps and gas so I'm going to try the soy and see what happens. Milk, ice cream, and carbonated drinks are the only things that give me gas. If I don't tolerate the soy milk, I'll try rice milk.

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   Posted 12/16/2009 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Baby
At the very least, take a couple of Beano with the soy milk and don't drink more than 1/4 cup the first time you try it. Then wait at least 4 hours before you drink any more. Maybe being younger than me you will not have a problem. I drank a whole cup and almost landed myself in the ER with heart attack-like pain - and they wouldn't have been able to cure me!

I don't tolerate milk either, but have better luck with a little Lactaid milk than soy. Rice and almond are OK, but not very milk-like. They're all just flour and water, so not much nutrition. Just added calcium.

I don't tolerate bread (pure carbs) and you shouldn't try it unless you toast it first. Anything sticky might choke you. Banana, potato not moist enough ...

Add foods very slowly. Maybe one or two a day. Some things are just hard to swallow, some make gas. See list above.
As Bill said. eat a very small portion and stop and see if you are still hungry 20 minutes later. Eat every 2 hours - just a little! No seeds for 4-6 weeks (depending on your doc), some say 3 months. Seeds can get stuck in the wrap while it's healing. I was told 4 weeks. My written diet said 3 months.
Alcie
 
 


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   Posted 12/16/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Babygirl-
Alcie brought uip a very good point too. No bread unless it's toasted. The length of time is different for most people but seems to be at least 4 weeks before trying regular bread. It will go down easier if it is toasted.
Watch the ibuprophen, you are right about it being hard on our stomachs and yours needs all the rest it can get. I did have some bouts of nausea too. Did you get any anti nausea pills? I completely forgot to mention that to you before surgery. Most likely you won;t be able to vomit now and dry heaves suck. I have had them several times and now I make sure I have the anti nausea meds with me every where I go. If you didn't get any I would call them tomorrow and ask for it.
If you do decide to go through with the tonsils and are having any kind of infection issues you will be glad you got them out. I am very happy they talked me into getting mine removed. I should have done it years before. Mine were fully of holes and looked very nasty. The ENT calls them cheesy tonsils because they look like swiss cheese.
I remembered what I had for pain meds when I had my tonsils out. At first I had stuff called capitol, it wasn;t alchohol based and didn't burn. But I only had enough for a couple days and the refill was tylenol with codeine and it burned my throat.
The pillow works well for coughing and sneezing.
Take care,
Bill

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/16/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
The only thing I would be making with any milk is oatmeal so maybe I'll just make it with water. I have a calcium chew that I have to take twice a day so I'm not worried about the calcium. I'm a toast addict! Love it but I'm going to hold off on it. I might try dipping it in my soup though. I just had some ramen noodles and those went down fine. Had maybe 1/4 of a cup. I was forcing myself to eat something, not really hungry yet but don't want to sit on an empty stomach.
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