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mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/24/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
well i am well wrapped now doc said everything went well and started me on soft diet . i dont feel great at this moment but i guess thats to be expected got pain in back near bra strap and getting hiccups when drink to fast , dont feel hungry and a bit sleepy . i can take tablets ok just going into shower and get jim jams on and wait for santa will post regular thanks for all well wishers

and a merry christmas love michelle

stkitt
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   Posted 12/24/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
michelle

Whoooohooooooo, you made it through and you are now an official member of the wrapped club.........you are in great company. As for me I remain a cheer leader.

I am glad to hear you are home and that all went well. Do get into those jammies and spend some time just resting and letting your body heal.

I wish you a blessed holiday and again I am so glad to see you posting your success.

Gentle Hugs,

Kitt

Shooz
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   Posted 12/24/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Mookie,
CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes for a speedy recovery!! In a few days you will feel better and be thankful that the NASTY burn is behind you. Hope Santa is good to you and speedy recovery. Shooz tongue turn tongue turn

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/24/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Yay Michelle! Take it easy and stay on top of the pain meds. Looking forward to reading about your recovery. Happy a good and relaxed Christmas!
Michelle

~Nissen 12/14/09~


couchtater
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   Posted 12/24/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Yea, Michelle!
We're wrapped! Relax take it easy. I would sit up when I felt like it and lay part way down when I got tired. Little walks around the room helps in getting the gas pressure out. Remember the weight limit and bending over.

most important thing of all rest.

Joy

opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/24/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the "Wrapped Club" and have a Merry Christmas! Take it easy and get some rest.

Take care,
Bill

Alcie
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   Posted 12/25/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Merry Christmas Michelle! Rest and take your meds!
Alcie
 
 


mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/26/2009 4:23 AM (GMT -6)   
well i can hardly eat half egg is this normal had bad episode this morning i can only manage a few sips tea ,then i took my pain meds big mistake i had more tea with the tablets and it all came up in my mouth gross . just got comfortable again but i could not breath i was scared . about how much are you eating is it about a few teaspoons at any one time are you hungry as i am not at all .

couchtater
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   Posted 12/26/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Switch to clear liquids.
This is the plan my doctor recommends:
1st week clear liquids (if you can see through it you can have it)
2nd to 3rd weeks full liquids (if it can be poured you can have it)
3rd to 6th weeks puree foods
6th week soft foods
7th week slowly introduced regular diet

No caffeine, chocolate, or beans.

weeks 1-6 serving sizes are 1-2 oz or 2-4 tbsp. Seventh week you can move up to 1/2 cup. You can eat 3-5 meals a day up to the 7th week.
He said to make sure to take 2 chewable vitamins with iron a day.
He also said to take 2 minutes to consume 1 oz. of fluid and to drink between meals not during. This prevents backflow.

I hope this helps you.

Joy

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/26/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks i am having the right amount now just had some soup had a little walk around house can cough ok and stomach not as sore . do get a little discomfort in sholder after eating but not much . not had much pain meds today will make sure i do before bed

couchtater
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   Posted 12/26/2009 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
That cough is a bugger isn't it?

I still have some trouble breathing deep, but it's getting better.

I just ate a yogurt for lunch...4 oz. I've been sipping water and grape juice in between.

I've got a ton of gas now. I'm hoping it will continue to leave.

Joy

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/26/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
this is my 3rd day joy you did well with the yogurt . does any one have constant tighting and ach where the wrap would be
mine is aching and feel like it would be relived by a burp so uncomfortable it even wakes me up at night , bed time for me night night all

couchtater
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   Posted 12/26/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I ache a little where I was wrapped. It happens mostly when I eat too much or too fast. Sometimes a slow deep breath helps it. I have some tightness, but it seems to be easing.

Good night,

Joy

dencha
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   Posted 12/26/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mookie and Joy,

Glad to hear you're both on the road to recovery. Try to be patient in the beginning...it'll take some time for you to be comfortable and eating normally again. Patience is the key to a manageable recovery. You can't rush things, and it's helpful if you can accept the process without a fight.

Personally, I couldn't take pills--even though my surgeon seemed to think I should. I don't know if it was in my head or not--actually, I still get pills stuck, so I take liquid calcium, flaxseed oil in a bottle, and crush my vitamin C tablets. If your pills are getting stuck, you're not alone. My surgeon said that eventually I'd be able to take large pills again, but I doubt it. We'll see.

As far as eating goes, the first five days (until I saw my surgeon) I ate soft foods. It's normal not to be able to eat much. You'll feel stuffed after just a couple tablespoons. My surgeon told me that it's because of the swelling of the wrap and stomach. It gives the sensation of fullness.

Don't be surprised if your wrap and swallowing become more difficult before they get better. An acquaintance who'd been wrapped a couple years before me, said that her fourth day post surgery was particularly difficult. I think I had problems about that time as well. One thing that happened (that worried me at the time) was that for a few days in the first week I was making a tremendous amount of saliva--and with my swallowing problems, I didn't want to swallow it. I just kept spitting it out. I thought it was something wrong, but discovered that it has happened to others. If you get that problem, don't worry. It'll pass.

Joy, your surgeon has a very restrictive eating regimen compared to mine. Once he checked me out at Day 5, he turned me loose to use my own judgement--eating anything that could be chewed to a liquid. I still eat very slowly and chew very carefully. Even at 10 months post-op, I can get things stuck/irritated if I eat too fast or swallow things that aren't chewed.

I know that some complain about the changes caused by the surgery, but for me any little inconveniences that the surgery created for my GI tract are well worth it for the improvements in my eating, sleeping, and most of all, lung function.

Try not to worry about the recovery process. It is just something we all have/had to make it through. Try to take it a day at a time, and go with the flow. Don't panic when you have a little setback--we've all been there. This too will pass!

We're all here for you, so don't hesitate to ask away if you have questions or worries.
Happy healing!
Denise

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/27/2009 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Day 5 pain a little better still cant drink a cup of tea yet. had some home made soup and little ice cream yesterday though . just tried a cracker with cream cheese nono had a spasam what is not good back to soup i think . scars a great can hardly see them , dont go back to hospital for 4 to 6 weeks

walked a little around house as gas a little bad . bending is not good at the moment going to have a lay down now
doctor told me to stop ppi as from day 1 which i have and dont think i need them .

yes dencha you do fill stuffed after just a little food
as it goes i would say this as been my best day so far

but not sleeping at all though cant get comfortable just snatching a few hrs here and there

dencha
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   Posted 12/27/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mookie,
Try to walk as much as possible. At least for me, my shoulder pain had a direct releationship to how much I walked...the more I walked, the less shoulder pain.
I found that sleeping on an incline after surgery took pressure off the wrap.
Good luck finding a comfortable position!
Take care,
Denise

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/29/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
do you think its pressure on the wrap what is causing the brick kind of feeling then
Michelle


couchtater
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   Posted 12/29/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe...
I've noticed when my gas pressure is high I feel a heavy feeling on my chest.
I wish this gas would hurry up a get over with. I'm going to be so embarressed if I have a release in front of my students next week... you know how seven year olds are! :O
I've never had gas so bad in my life. :<

Joy

opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/29/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I got some bad news about the gas..... Those of us with GERD tend to swallow more air than normal and it takes a while to unlearn that habit. Since it can be harder to burp after the surgery you may have to release it the other way for quite a while. Also, as Denise said about sleeping inclined. I did that with both surgeries and found I got much better sleep that way. I have a couch that has recliner ends and it helped a ton. I think I slept there for the first 4 or 5 weeks. I am a stomach sleeper and that had to wait for a couple months. The brick feeling is most likely from the wrap being pushed in a new position when laying down or when the stomach gets to much air in it.

Take care,
Bill

Post Edited (opnwhl4) : 12/29/2009 8:02:10 PM (GMT-7)


couchtater
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   Posted 12/29/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, Great! mad


I'm going to be running my students out of the classroom! skull skull skull blush



I wonder if some probiotics will help? confused



I'm going to have to explain to them why I'm doing this so I won't upset the class when it happens. shocked



Joy

Good Days
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   Posted 12/30/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   

Mookie and Couchtater

How this week is good for you both. 

1.  Egg - don't think that is a good idea in week 1 or even 2.  Although it is soft, it isn't soft like mashed potatoes, oatmeal etc.  Hope you are both eating better now.  If you give yourself at least 2 weeks on the soft food you should be fine.  I was able to go back to work within a few days, just was on liquid diet so that was a bummer.

2.  Gas - ok, it is there, it will stay there - at least mine has and it has been over a year.  Get Beano or I like gas-x in the new tiny capsule like tablets.  Take 2 gas-x as often as needed, I have taken as much as 3 and it does stop it.  So the little kids won't raze you so much.

3.  Crackers and cream cheese - that is funny so soon after surgery - but you soon learn what you can eat.  Do take it easy on the eating for the first 2-3 weeks. 

4.  Pain in shoulder and stomach - walk, walk walk - it really does help releive the pain.  And helps the healing process.

welcome all to the wrap club.  The inconvenieces are still outwayed by the pluses.  Go wrappers.

Jayne

 


mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/30/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
day 7 well i thought same as you guys about the food . but no doctor sent a dietician to see me with the diet do and donts and all what im eating is on it every thing for nissen fundo it is soft cheese lol

cant eat much though going to get weighed fri on my wi fit as i will be able to monitor it as the dietian said she does not want me to lose weight to quick and she given me a tip on what to do if i am

slept better last night though smilewinkgrin
Michelle


opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/30/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I was told bot times to eat what I want as long as I sty away from soft bread and steak for a couple months. Just chew it VERY well and all is good. As Denise says " almost anything can be chewed to a liquid". That is very true. I ate eggs the 3rd day after surgery both times.
Keep up the posts. People really want to hear how you all are doing.

Bill
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