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couchtater
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   Posted 12/19/2009 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, the big day is fast approaching. shocked


Needless to say my nerves are flaring at times, but I think I'm handling it fairly well. My parents act like this is no big deal. I think their trying to keep me leveled headed. cool



I'm trying my best to relax and stay in the now. cool



I've got my bags mostly packed to leave on Monday. I have a large selection of liquids to take along with me for eating on the trip coming home. Juices, puddings, yogurts, and broth to have went I get home. I even bought some baby food. tongue I got a pair of sweat pants to wear home until the swelling and tenderness goes down. No jeans until the stitches heal. I hope my boss understands about them. smilewinkgrin



I have to hurry to be there before 1:00 Monday for my pre-op tests. We're leaving a 7:00am Monday morning. The drive is long and murderous. We will have to grab a bite on the road in order to get there on time. I just hope I don't get prodded too much. smhair



The unknown has always caused me to fret. So I'm always trying to be well informed about things. I think this is why I'm approaching this surgery with so many questions.



I'll be on tomorrow and then out of touch until Friday if all goes well.



Wish me luck and pray for me!

Hugs and kisses to my GERD friends. turn



Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 12/19/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
You aren't seriously going to eat the day of surgery are you?? Didn't they tell you NPO, not even water that day? I had to do a bowel prep the day before too.
Alcie
 
 


dencha
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   Posted 12/19/2009 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck, Joy! We'll be here cheering you on yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah and waiting to hear from you when you're feeling better and able to get on the computer!
Best wishes for a successful procedure and speedy recovery!
We're here for you!
Take care,
Denise

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/20/2009 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
You will do great Joy! They told me nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before but I could take water to take my pill.

Why did you have a bowel prep Alcie? That's the opposite end. lol
Michelle

~Nissen 12/14/09~


oakley
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   Posted 12/20/2009 1:29 AM (GMT -6)   

Good luck Joy !

My prayers are with you. I have no doubt you will be just fine !!

Take care ..Anne 


opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/20/2009 2:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Michelle I was wondering the same thing about the bowel prep. That's strange I had 2 nissens and not a single bowel prep for them....maybe I got cheated...ummm nope didn't get cheated. LOL! Sorry Alcie, I have had to do that darn prep 4 times and didn't like it either time.

I am sure Joy is going the day ahead for the preop stuff if she is going to eat something, unless she means her parents are getting something to eat. Ok Joy we need a clarification here!

Things are going to go perfectly! We'll be waiting to welcome you to the "wrapped club"


Take care,
Bill

dencha
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   Posted 12/20/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
The only fasting I did was the day of the surgery--no bowel prep. I had to stop eating and drinking by midnight, I believe. I ate everything I wanted the day before.
Good luck, Joy! turn
Denise

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   Posted 12/20/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy,

Tomorrow morning at 7:00AM I will be thinking of you and

sending good vibes for you to be able to stay in the moment and not let the anticipatory anxiety overwhelm you.



Remember this was to be your Christmas present to yourself and it will be a good thing. I bet you will look great in those sweats and good for you for thinking ahead.



You have my prayers and know we are all here waiting to cheer you on through the whole surgical event.



Love and Hugs



Kitt

couchtater
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   Posted 12/20/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
The food is for after the surgery... when I get home. :)
No bowel prep, just fasting after midnight with a small swallow of water to wash down the antinausea med. :)
I sat down today and had me one last bite of chocolate for awhile. :(
My sweet tooth is already griping. >:(

Thank you for all the good vibes. I feel a peace coming over me.

(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((to all))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 12/20/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Aren't they going to have you on liquids or at the best, a soft diet when you get home? Nobody ever gets to eat just anything.
Alcie
 
 


couchtater
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   Posted 12/20/2009 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
He said I'll do liquids for awhile, then soft foods. I don't know the time frame he will follow. But if it's like what I've found on most websites it's two weeks on liquids until the swelling goes down then soft foods for about two more weeks. He said it will be the diet he issues for his patients who have had the lap band surgery.

Joy

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/20/2009 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
good luck my friend you will do just fine . im thinking of you and hope you do well and get out for christmas . i go in on the wed . trying not to think to much . i just got some sweat pants to lol next time we talk we will both be done yeah

stkitt
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   Posted 12/21/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
By now your at the hospital and just wanted you to know I am here thinking of you and praying all goes well.
 
(((((((((((((((((((((((Hugs)))))))))))))))))))))
 
Kitt

mattlbue
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   Posted 12/23/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
How did the surgery go couchtater, all successful I hope.
 
Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery !!
 
Matt
 
 

couchtater
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   Posted 12/23/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm home.

It wasn't as horrible as I had imagined.
I took an antinausea med before the surgery. It made me throw up.

I put on my air conditioned gown. It did not close in the back so I probably moon a few people.

I climbed into the bed and waited for the nurse to finish her 100 questions.
She had to stick the Iv in my right hand right at the wrist knot (hamate?) Ouch!

Just as they were getting to take me back the power goes out in the hospital. They had to wait a few minutes for the generations to kick in. I asked the orderly if someone was sending me a sign about the surgery. We laughed.
They put me on the table, stretched out my arms on a little extention rods and I didn't know anything until I was in recovery. I couldn't seem to wake up enough for them. I kept asking for water, because they said I needed to wake up. My next memory was being lifted over into my bed. I doze off and on. I kept saying I was in pain and very thirsty. They came in with a cup of ice and a shot that burned something terrible as it went in.

I spend yesterday nibbling on jello, popsicles, broth, and juice. In between the food I snoozed.
As for the pnumonic boots I didn't get them of until an hour before dismissal. No Foley was adminstered.
I now have a slightly swollen belly with 5 one inched cuts that hurt only when I touch them. I'm able to do a tiny burp, I've blow out some small toots. I have no shoulder pain. His nurse said, he bled off a lot of the gas for me.
I have a scopimeded (Sp?) patch behind my ear that will run out tomorrow, then I start on my other anti nausea medication.
I feel great.
Joy

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/24/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear it went well Joy! You're so lucky you don't have shoulder pain, I'm jealous. lol Mine are still achy. Hope you have a speedy recovery. Enjoy your Christmas!
Michelle

~Nissen 12/14/09~


opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/24/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy-
Glad things went well. Welcome to the "Wrapped Club". As I told Michelle, take it easy and get plenty of rest. Oh, and have a Merry Christmas!

Take care,
Bill

couchtater
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   Posted 12/24/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Quick question...
The arm they did the IV in seems a little warmer thant the other. Did the IV do that to any of you?
I've still got a slight ache in the wrist like I still had the IV running in it.

Joy

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/24/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
That didn't happen to me. They tried twice to get an iv. First time she ruptured my vein. Second time the other nurse numbed it and got it in but the last day I was in the hospital all the fluids was going into my tissue and not my vein so I had a big lump. That spot is still very tender.
Michelle

~Nissen 12/14/09~


Alcie
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   Posted 12/24/2009 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy
Is your pain around a vein where you actually saw an IV? Or is it on the inside or the backside of the wrist? Or did they put an IV on the side of the wrist under the thumb?

I have continuing pain in my elbow at two places where I had IVs for the op and for testing, plus pain on the inside of the wrist where they put an arterial line for monitoring blood pressure. I had an aterial line for BP because my op was 5 hours. The arterial area pain runs nearly to the elbow. I'm trying to figure out if they hit the radial nerve of if I have a clot in the artery and also the elbow veins. Vein clots can attach to the vein wall and not block the vein but just stay there. I'm getting occupational therapy - 6 visits and have an appointment with a neurologist. I'm wearing a wrist brace because this has worsened my carpal tunnel symptoms dramatically. Damage in the wrist can make CT run up to the elbow.

As long as you have a good pulse and aren't turning blue or pale it's probably not too bad.
Alcie
 
 


couchtater
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   Posted 12/25/2009 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
It was placed right at the wrist joint on the back of my hand. Right where you can feel the bone that sticks out like a knot.
The whole top of my arm from the wrist to my elbow hurts when I touch it.
I've lifted myself so much out of my recliner lately that I've developed tennis elbow from using only my arms.
The good news is my breathing is getting better. I seem to be clearing my lungs better each day.
Oh, how I love the little pillow I'm carrying around for sudden coughs.

Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 12/25/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
So it was only an IV. They can develop clots. At least it was only one. I was given 2 - standard procedure for long ops.

Do the deep breathing exercises they gave you. At least they should have given you some! Since they dissect the mediastinum you can get pneumothorax or fluid in the lungs. As a minimum you have air under the diaphragm. Did they give you an x-ray on leaving?

If your breathing doesn't get dramatically better, complain! If you have fluid in the lungs that is not resolved quickly or removed it may stay there permanently and you won't ever be able to breathe properly.

I don't worry about coughing as I almost never cough, and that's only when I try to. Polio 1956.
Alcie
 
 


couchtater
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   Posted 12/25/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
They x-rayed me in post -op. No one told me to do some deep breathing exercises, but I trying to do it on my own.
My sister who works in the medical field said I might have a touch of cellulites from the IV.
She told me if it got any worse to go to the doctor about it. It's not as painful as it was yesterday.

Joy

dencha
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   Posted 12/25/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, Joy! It sounds like things went well for you. IV's can be painful...hope your site feels better soon. Sorry you got sick. Sounds like they've got it under control. They were slow with getting my little "air boots" as well. Did they get you up to walk right away? You're very lucky not to have shoulder pain. That's pretty predictably part of the recovery. Seems like an odd side effect of a stomach surgery, though.
I hope you're having a chance to enjoy Christmas. I'm eating and drinking way too much this year...Just think, by this time next year you'll be back to normal eating!
Take care, Joy! Heal well...
Denise

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/26/2009 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
hi joy michelle hope you had a comfortable christmas day . i had an ok day but cant eat much at al . if i do its hurts like hell i can only manage half egg three sips tea is this normal . taken some pain meds this morning and they came up as well
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