go slow after nissen surgery!!!

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cowboy22
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   Posted 4/14/2010 12:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Please take it EASY after surgery and you will be all ok.Im 8mths out.Sleeping as soon as head hits pillow!.Sleepin well.Off antidepressants.Feel life is goin back to normal ."""""BUT""""""""  didtoo much physiacl work 2 weeks out and wrap FAILED.Lookin at aredo soon i hope.SO please take it easy... I wish I had but i felt so good.......

couchtater
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   Posted 4/14/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Amen! I'm still taking it easy at four months. ;)

Joy

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   Posted 4/14/2010 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brian!
So glad that you're sleeping well and feeling better generally. Sorry to hear you're headed for a redo. I'll tell you, though, if I need one I'll go gladly, because my health pre-surgery was terrible.

Thanks for giving others the good advice about not overdoing it after surgery. Laproscopic surgery is tricky. You feel so well so quickly that you can forget that your insides have been stirred up. It's easy to make that mistake.

I'm still having problems with my GI tract--I have an acid taste in my mouth a lot. I suspect it's not acid, but rather, bile, but it's just a guess. I don't get much heartburn at all with it, which seems strange. I had a barium swallow that indicated my wrap was intact, and I don't have a hiatus hernia, but it did show that I was retaining barium in my esophagus and that air was refluxing from my stomach, sending the barium up and down my esophagus.

The maddening thing is that I had the barium swallow March 19th, and my appointment to see the GI doctor for a follow up was the end of April, then he moved it to the beginning of June, because he had a conflict and wasn't going to be in the office. My husband got me a cancellation, so I'm going in a couple of weeks. I'm interested in hearing what he has to say.

I'm so glad to hear you're feeling happier and more like yourself. That's great news. Do you have any idea when you might have the redo, or aren't you sure yet? What did the doctor tell you?

Well, it's getting late, and I'm tired!
Take care, and be sure to keep posting!
Denise

cowboy22
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   Posted 4/15/2010 3:10 AM (GMT -6)   
so sorry to hear you are javing problems denise especially after doing so well.I will keep my fingers crossed for you all the way from new zealand!!!.I have to wait until the surgeon goes through all the notes.Being a professor and with 5hrs travel its not just a hello chat.Hes being very thorough and the nurse willring when hes got the layout sorted.No rush thats what got me in this mess in the first place!Idsay a cple of weeks.Good luck and i will be thinkin of you....

dencha
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   Posted 4/15/2010 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Brian. I suspect my wrap is a bit out of kilter. I may have popped a suture coughing so much post surgery. I'll probably end up with an endoscopy, and although I don't mind the procedure that much, I'll be a bit paranoid about them doing some harm and making things worse.

I agree that it's no rush to go forward. As long as you're maintaining your lifestyle (and I'm doing well--although like you having some bad tastes in our mouth from (assumed on my part) reflux of some sort) there is no real need to hurry. I'd feel differently if my lungs were going downhill quickly, but they seem to be maintaining quite nicely at the moment.

Glad to have you back posting. I'm sure your experiences could be very helpful to other posters here.
Thanks for your good wishes from beautiful New Zeland!
You're moving towards winter there, aren't you? What are winters like where you live? Here in North America (I live very close to the line between the US and Canada, actually) we're in springtime, and looking forward to summer! As a teacher (who is retiring at the end of the school year) I'm especially looking forward to summer!
Take care and hang in there. You'll do just fine in the end.
Denise

cowboy22
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   Posted 4/16/2010 2:16 AM (GMT -6)   
sorry to hear that denise Lets hope they can sort you out :).It breaks my heart to hear a nice person such as yourself who encouraged us new comers who were having such a hard time at it is having problems.You deserve the best and I will be praying that this happens:)))))
 yes we are just goin into winter at the moment.aWhere i live we get a handfull of frosts a year .Im on the east coast its really not too bad and its only snowed here (Very lightly) a cple of times in a hundred yrs!!!!.No cracking ice or building snowmen in the middle of winter.I got a call from ther professors office for 3quart of an hr!!!.Not just a quick chat over a cuppa thaqnk goodness .I will keep you posted and in the meantime take care.Always nice talkin to ya......

cowboy22
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   Posted 4/16/2010 2:18 AM (GMT -6)   
apptment is in 2 weeks .Take care all......

dencha
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   Posted 4/16/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brian,
It's a great sign that he spent such a long time discussing the issue with you. It shows a connection/dedication that isn't always the case. In two weeks you'll know more, and that will mean a great deal. The hardest part, I think, is the not knowing what is going on and what the future holds. Here's hoping you get lots of answers and you have a path forward.

Keep in mind that MANY, MANY people have this surgery and never post anything on the internet. They go about their lives, happily enjoying their improved quality of life. Things are looking up for you, Brian! You will find an answer. It's so good to know that you're going to see a specialist who is obviously knowledgeable and interested in you.

As you said, it's no rush. Take it a step at a time. You can make the decision that is right for you.

Here in the Northeast USA, we get piles of snow, and lots of snowmen! I happen to like all the seasons, and really enjoy winter. I'm always glad to see springtime come, (although my allergies are horrible!), and do enjoy the warmer weather as well.
Have a great day!
Denise

cowboy22
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   Posted Today 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi denise thanks for the support once again.Yes the prob here on the east coast is no snowmen lol.I used to love them as a kid(further south). in the mountains.Yes a week to go and im gettin scared about the future.Yes there must be a heap of people who have a suceesful nissen dont know where they are though not here lol.

couchtater
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   Posted 4/21/2010 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
So far I've had a successful Hill. (knock wood) :D

Joy

cowboy22
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   Posted 4/25/2010 1:39 AM (GMT -6)   
 Awesome joy and you will be good years later....Im gettin worried now only 5days before an hour meeting with professor.                               

dencha
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   Posted 4/25/2010 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brian,
Have you written down a list of questions? I don't know about you, but I always forget what I was going to ask/say when I finally get to talk to the doc. (I'll have to take my own advice when I go to my own GI doc on Thursday of this week.)

It's so good that you are going to spend a significant amount of time discussing your problems with the professor. That's key.

We're moving the end of June, and with all my chronic problems (especially asthma) I was concerned about finding a good primary care physician. My daughter in law is a physician assistant, and she recommended someone. I'm planning on maintaining my other family doc who is an hour and a half away, but he recommended I find and meet with someone here for those times I get sick.

I saw my new doc this past Monday, and was very impressed. He was excellent--no a fancy office, but tremendous dedication and a philosophy that works well for me. My son who lives here, also goes to the same doctor. The doc is fine with maintaining a connection with my doc of 30 years. I think if they can talk, my new doc can save a lot of time and trouble, as my old doc has me pretty well figured out.

Well I'll be waiting to hear what your visit to the professor reveals. Best wishes for a good outcome.
Until then, have a great week!
Denise

cowboy22
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   Posted 4/26/2010 4:10 AM (GMT -6)   
So good to hear you have a new doc Denise that you can trust:).That is half the battle won already.Thanks for the encouragement.I spent some of today crying wishing this nightmare is over and scared the road I have taken will still be bumpy.The bitter taste in the mouth is annoying me the most and the food regurgitation which is a LOT less when on clonazapam(less stressed?).take care and good luck with the  doc visit on thursday:)))))))

dencha
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   Posted 4/26/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brian,
Try to stay in the NOW as much as you can.  When you project your thoughts into the future and worry about what might be, it will cause you pain.  You can never handle some projected problem or consequence that hasn't happened yet.  When it happens, I guarantee you'll find a way to manage whatever it is.
 
We make ourselves miserable by worrying about the "what if's".  Let's just take things a day at a time and try to stay in the positive.  Think of the things you have in your life that you are grateful for.  Look out the window at the view...think of things that are good in your life, rather than those negative things that can take over your thoughts.
 
Your mind can't think of a happy/good thought and an unhappy/ bad thought at the same time. When you feel your "pain body" taking you over, push it away, and think of positive things.  We can choose our thoughts, so it's important not to let the negative ones take over.  Be aware of what's happening and push them out of your mind.
 
It's not going to make anything better if you worry about things.  Just try to go day by day, and stay as positive as possible.  We're all in the same boat.  This is a great place to come and get support as we go on this journey towards health.
 
Hang in there and make that list of questions!  Be sure to ask everything that's on your mind, and if you don't understand something as for clarification.  You will be the one making the final decision, given the information you get from your doctor.
 
We're here for you!
Take care,
Denise
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