newly wrapped- 11/05- what's happening

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ruby red daisy
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   Posted 11/10/2010 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm so glad I found this website. I had my nissen fundo and hiatal hernia surgery last friday 11/05- home on saturday w/ instructions for full liquid x 2 weeks until my follow up. I also have this pain to my left shoulder- hurts to take a deep breath, but my major problem is w/ some liquids, haven't pinned it yet, but my abdomen swells out and I look like I'm 7 months pregnant- you can hear my bowel sounds across the room- is this normal? when will it go away?

newlywrapped
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   Posted 11/10/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ruby,

Welcome to the club! I am on post-op day 8 today. I returned to work and it wore me out! But I have to get back to the grind sometime. I have found that milk and water are really the only drinks that my tummy likes. I tried those vitamin water drinks, but it felt like they irritated my stomach. I continue to have the left shoulder pain, but it really started to show improvement around day 5-6. And yes, my tummy is very noisy and I have gurggling sounds coming out of my mouth. Pretty funny at work today since they are hard to control lol! Make sure you are only drinking recommended drinks and not drinking too much too fast or with a straw. Also, try not to drink too much when you eat. Glad to meet you! Keep us updated!

Newly

ruby red daisy
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   Posted 11/10/2010 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank-you. Did not know about not drinking too fast- I'll watch that. Glad to meet you also- will watch your progress since I'm just a couple days behind you.

Ruby

couchtater
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   Posted 11/10/2010 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My stomach couldn't handle the milk products when I was recovering. It seemed I became lactose intolerant during my recovery.
My stomach was noisy for months afterwards.
Joy

newlywrapped
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   Posted 11/10/2010 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy,

That would be a nightmare for me since milk is in everything I have eaten so far except the chicken noodle! And I LOVE milk!

NW

ZhyKitty
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   Posted 11/10/2010 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there Ruby! I am also on day 8 from Nissen surgery.

Try drinking slowly - and make sure all drinks are room temp, uncarbonated, and caffeine free. Like newlywrapped, my tummy wont tolerate any liquids that are exotic. I'm sticking to aloe verra juice, water with mineral oil in it, smart water, 1% milk with whey protein in it, and watered down apple juice. All of it needs to be lukewarm to avoid the spasms - at least in my case.
Also, get yourself some gas-x strips (I'm eating about 1/2 a box a day.) They really help the stomach gas thing!

The pain in your shoulder is from trapped gas they put into your torso during surgery.

Walking helps this, and I'm also getting relief from the menthol pain patches you can get at any drug store.
Mostly though, you need to be walking. I've yet to find any other relief for it that REALLY slows it down for a while.
If I dont walk for a couple of hours, the pain comes back - but like newlywrapped said - it's not as bad after day 5.

Both my tummy and newlywrapped's tummy make lots of noise too - we've talked about it.
I assume that's normal since I've read that others also experienced it.

I'm not really on any kind of solids yet though newlywrapped has been trying soups and things.....that part as well as tolerance for dairy seems to vary for each of us.

Hang in there! You are not alone! : )

Cat

ruby red daisy
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   Posted 11/10/2010 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe that's what happened today, I drank a protein shake and abdomen swelled.

couchtater
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   Posted 11/10/2010 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I love milk, too. I can have it in small amounts now, but I have to be careful and not overdo it.
Joy

ruby red daisy
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   Posted 11/10/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank- you for all the tips. Here I thought I was doing so good- had no discharge instructions on any of this- will take my water out of the frig for room temp- explains the spasms and will not gulp- you don't think I could have messed up my surgery this quick w/ too much liquid intake? Yes, I worry too much, took me a year to agree w/ this, but feeling soooooooo much better.

newlywrapped
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   Posted 11/10/2010 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
On the protein shakes, if you are not drinking alot of water, be careful not to get too much protein. I am drinking the shakes too but only with 1/2 scoop and 8 oz. of milk. If you get too much protein and not enough water, it can damage your kidneys. I was having spasms with too cold of water, like Cat was, but that seems to have subsided. Go with the lukewarm for now...much better! I don't think your surgery is messed up. Just drink water all day...little sips at a time. No gulping it down! That has been a hard habit for me to break since I was used to drinking water constantly before surgery to help with the reflux and nasty taste in my mouth and throat.

ruby red daisy
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   Posted 11/10/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Me too, was always drinking water. Plus, to add to this, I quit smoking on the day of my surgery for healing, so I know I'm drinking too much, too fast to replace the cigarettes.

ZhyKitty
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   Posted 11/10/2010 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Daisy - call the doc and get a script for the nicotine patch honey.
I was a heavy smoker, tapered down to half a pack a day before I went into the hospital - it was the best I could do.
They put a patch on me in the hospital and I took an electronic cigarette with me as well - that worked just fine.
I got the lowest dose of nicotine they sell - it satisfies my urge to inhale and exhale - I know you know what I mean.
You change the patch every day - be sure to switch sides!

I still drink water all day - but I do it in small sips and I keep it room temperature.
I feel all dried up if I dont drink enough water..... and since I'm still really just on liquids I do at least 2 shakes a day and one dose of liquid vitamins. The aloe verra juice soothes everything - I make sure I drink 16 oz of it every day.

It's such a shame that they didnt tell you how to care for yourself after surgery - but you've come to the right place! The people here are great and they'll help you with everything you need to know! I couldnt have gotten through this without them! : )

Ask any question, bring up absolutely ANY concern you may have!!!!

Cat

dencha
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   Posted 11/10/2010 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ruby red daisy,

Welcome to Healing Well! As you can tell, we're happy that you've joined us! We're a very active group, and provide lots of support and information based on our own experiences. I also had the Nissen surgery in February 2009, so I definitely know just what you're experiencing.

It's great that there's a cohort of newly wrapped friends here to share and support each other.

Cat!
Look at you...giving advice and sharing your experiences. See how it works? I knew you'd be great at it.

It is amazing that surgeons give so little information and prepare us so poorly for the recovery. It's lucky that we've gathered here to share and support.

This forum was a lifesaver for me when I was trying to get the courage to go forward with the surgery. People here provided me with a wealth of information and support.

And now we pass it on!
As I tell everyone...surrender to your recovery. Follow it wherever it goes. You can't force it, or rush it, so if you can relax into it, and accept it as it is, you'll do great.

Rest and recover!
Denise

ZhyKitty
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   Posted 11/11/2010 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise: *blushes* lol


Ruby...yoo hoo..... where are you? Let us know how you're doing! : )

Cat
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