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grandma jt
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   Posted 1/25/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I have read some of your postings and am glad that I have found this group.   I am to have the lap nissen procedure this thursday and am a little nervous.  However, I am relieved to know that a lot of you have dealt with the healing and are much better from having this.   For those of us lurking-  please, keep posting- both the good and the bad... smilewinkgrin

stkitt
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   Posted 1/25/2010 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
grandma,



Welcome to HealingWell !

Please take your time and post when you feel comfortable. You may lurk all you want too. :) I have found the support, validation and encouragement that I receive here, to be so helpful and healing. I hope and trust that will be your experience as a member of the HW family.

I have you in my thoughts and prayers as you go into surgery.

Blessings,

Kitt

couchtater
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   Posted 1/25/2010 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with your surgery. It's not as bad as you would think. I very little pain by that afternoon. I was just tender.

Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 1/25/2010 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome grandma -
I'm a grandma too. If you're my age - old enough for medicare - plan on things taking a little longer to stop hurting. I wanted to say heal, but we do that pretty well. Complete recovery just takes a bit longer than for the kids in the group. But it's still worth it! At least it was to me. I'm just now 3 months past surgery and feeling pretty good finally. But then I had my stomach stuck up in my chest, so that added quite a bit. No reflux now! YAY!!

Just be careful not to eat more than a couple of teaspoons when you start eating and don't go past 1/4 cup for at least the first week. If you're hungry just eat again in an hour or two.
Alcie
 
 


opnwhl4
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   Posted 1/25/2010 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Grandma-
Welcome to Healing Well and soon to be our newest "Wrapped Club" member!

Take care,
Bill

Bethany63
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   Posted 1/25/2010 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Grandma...I'm a grandma too..

I'm having my nissen fundo tomorrow 01/26/2010. We will have to keep in touch with our progress. Good Luck :)

couchtater
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   Posted 1/26/2010 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck to both of you! I'll be thinking of you.

Joy

grandma jt
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   Posted 1/30/2010 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Day 2. I was able to go home yesterday and all I could do was sleep. Unfortunately, my roommate was not the quiet type and kept the nurses running. For those of you going to surgery, remember to wear pants with elastic. I have been able to eat little bites of milkshake, pudding and tons of water. Today, I even tried spagettios.. no issues so far. Although I really do miss my Diet Coke. The reason for my surgery was my cough. That was my only GERD symptom. I have noticed that I have coughed a few times today and I am hoping that is from the surgery and not a continuation of what I had before or all of this was for nothing.
Judy


couchtater
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   Posted 1/30/2010 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I had only coughs for my GERD symptoms, too.
My coughing started decreasing by week two. I seldom cough now.
You'll have to wear elastic for about three weeks. My stomach was swollen about that long.
As the swelling increases over the next two weeks you'll want to drink mostly liquids. It will get tighter for a little bit. My doctor kept me on things that can be poured and no tomato based foods for about two weeks.

Joy

stkitt
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   Posted 1/30/2010 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Judy


Welcome to the Wrapped Club. I am not a bonafide member but one of the lead cheer leaders for each of you as you go through surgery. Whoooo hoooo, you made it through and now please do share and ask questions as you heal.



Joy is a wealth of info along with so many others.



Again, I am so happy that you are back home and on the mend.



Gentle hugs,



Kitt

opnwhl4
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   Posted 1/30/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Judy-
Welcome to the club!

Kitt- We all consider you a member anyway... Wrapped or not!

Take care,
Bill

grandma jt
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   Posted 1/30/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, do I did not get your message until after the fact, but why should I stay away from tomato based products? I had to ask as I just had the spaghetios today?
Judy


couchtater
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   Posted 1/31/2010 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Tomato based foods can cause an acid build up and when you're healing it's best not to get irritated.

Joy

grandma jt
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   Posted 2/1/2010 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Day 4-  no changes, although I am not getting the caffeine headaches as offen.  I thought I would always be addicted to my diet coke, guess I was wrong...  that is a good thing!  I was bored yesterday and the only thing on TV was the cooking shows..  talk about punishing!  wink  Hubby has been great in helping me and around the house.  I have not been on any of the pain meds now for over 2 days- and that was mostly due to the headaches so that I could sleep and not due to any pain from the actual surgery...  Just waiting on the next level of foods that I can eat!
Judy


couchtater
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   Posted 2/1/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, When I was on basic liquids the comercials were a killer. it was also the Christmas season and family came over to eat Christmas dinner. I stayed in my bedroom and moaned.

Joy

grandma jt
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   Posted 2/3/2010 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I am glad that I did not have this prior to the holidays, that would have been bad.. I feel for you there.... Day 7- FINALLY got to put on my jeans... I realize that is too much info for some, but a milestone for me today.. :) I have also tried real creamy mac and cheese and so far, so good. The other amazing thing that I have to report is that I have had NO diet coke for a week. I used to drank diet coke morning, noon and night. I cannot believe that I have gone this long without it. My doctor should be pleased!
Judy


couchtater
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   Posted 2/3/2010 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah! I had my first true soda today. Not a flat one. It was so good, I burped alot from it, but no pain.


Joy

StaceyA
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   Posted 2/4/2010 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Judy,
I just found your post. I had my wrap on Jan 18 and you are WAY ahead of me! I can't even think of putting on my jeans. The stomach area is still so uncomfortable. And you are on real food already. I must have the wrong doc. lol
So glad that you are doing so well! BTW, I too am a diet coke addict. I must say it's getting tough, but thanks to people like Joy we know that it will come in time.

Stacey

grandma jt
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   Posted 2/5/2010 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Stacy, I am glad that there are a few of us that had this procedure at about the same time so we can compare stories. Although I am not on REAL food- as I am scared to try any of the food that I normally would eat for the Super Bowl~~~GO COLTS~~~~, I am just sticking to the very very soft food...nothing that may scratch anything going down..and I do not use a bowl, I use a coffee cup so that I do no accidently overeat...
Judy


StaceyA
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   Posted 2/5/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Judy,
We are at about the same place and it is so good to see you here.
I think Sunday will be difficult w/o food. I am still on liquids only. I expect to be put on soft food on Monday. I think my doc is SLOW on this. I also use a coffee cup. My husband started putting my soup in it after surgery and it seems like a great idea.
Did your doctor tell you what constitutes soft food? Is this just like mashed potatoes, oatmeal, cottage cheese? Or does it include more - like pastas? Would love to know!
I am so impressed with your progress! You are doing great.

Stacey

couchtater
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   Posted 2/5/2010 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I had those raman noodles around day 21.
The liquid part of the diet is tough, but I feel like at that time I couldn't handle anything very solid.
Judy you're so lucky, I couldn't put my jeans on until the 18th day and even then it was snug.

Joy

grandma jt
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   Posted 2/13/2010 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
It had been over 2 weeks now.. I saw my surgeon Thursday and the scars are nearly invisible- that is amazing. I can now eat a little bit more but need to stay away from tough meats and soft breads, but the portions are still small.. from what I am reading I have been very lucky so far, but I am scared that my cough is still an issue as I am not sure which coughs are from the surgery itself or the cough that I was trying to get rid of.. I go back to the surgeon in a month and should know if the surgery was a COMPLETE success or not..
Judy


couchtater
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   Posted 2/13/2010 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I coughed for a few days after my surgery. I think it was some kind of post op cough. My reflux cough is gone now, but I've caught a chest cold and I'm coughing my head off now.

Joy

StaceyA
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   Posted 2/13/2010 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope that BOTH of your coughs clear up very soon! I had a chest x-ray at about day 10 & it showed a very underinflated left lung. I used that spirometer to strengthen my lungs for about 3 wks.
Wishing you the best!
Stacey
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