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Lovie L
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   Posted 12/10/2010 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
greetings all! i'm officially in the club! yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah had my surgery today. woke up a bit out of it, been fading in and out of sleep since. I've been able to move around and get myself to the bathroom a couple times now and the pain/discomfort is not as bad as i anticipated (though to be fair i am on meds, not sure how i'd feel without those :-) )

my surgeon was pleased with how things went and feels that this will have a very positive outcome. i do my barium swallow tomorrow and we'll see then. I will keep you all posted, hoping to post a success story as good as GazeboGal's!

thanks for the knowledge and support you provide, it made me feel totally prepared for today.

couchtater
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   Posted 12/10/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations! Rest and take it easy.
Joy

dencha
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   Posted 12/10/2010 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah yeah yeah yeah Welcome to the Wrapped Club, Lovie! yeah yeah yeah yeah So glad things went well. I'm sure you'll do just fine. This forum helped me so much to prepare me for the surgery and help me make the right moves afterward.

Take it easy and you'll do fine. I expect you already had your husband buy some liquid Motrin or Tylenol to have on hand at home. You won't need the narcotic meds for too many days. Maybe at night if you're hurting and it's bothering your sleep.

Be sure to post your experience so others can learn from it!
Rest up! You're on the other side! Yay!
Denise turn

drgrcr
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   Posted 12/11/2010 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Please do keep us posted on your recovery. Hope all goes well.
Pat

Lovie L
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   Posted 12/11/2010 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
good morning! after some decent sleep, i am up and around today. was able to get myself (IV tree in tow) to the bathroom several times last night. i am feeling a bit more discomfort today, my shoulders are starting to get the gas ache and my throat/uvula are raw from the breathing tube i had. but abdomen pain is not bad so far. more like the ache you get if you have had a bad cough for a while, a muscular sort of pain. no reflux like pain at all.

i got ambitious and did a lap around the floor today. my room is in a newer cancer wing, so the surroundings are really nice. the bed is hands down the most comfy hospital bed i've ever been in. it has air chambers in it, which my tailbone greatly appreciates over traditional hard mattresses.

the nursing staff and doctors who periodically check in on me continue to be impressed by my recovery. i will have a barium swallow later today and if that goes well, i will graduate from ice chips to fluids (apple juice sounds heavenly right now- anything with flavor). and if all goes well i will be home today.

couchtater
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   Posted 12/11/2010 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like everything's going smoothly.
When they gave me a popsicle the first time after my surgery I relished it throughly. I thought it was divine.
Joy

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   Posted 12/11/2010 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the club Lovie!!!!!

Sounds like you're off to a good start.....

Remember to keep walking off that shoulder pain.... do it often and it'll help. When you get home use a heating pad and maybe some menthol patches (that's what I used) to help when you're in the bed (or the recliner, whichever you choose).

I'm a month and a half out (almost) and I can eat just about anything I want (in small amounts) if I go slowly and if my stomach will handle it so keep in mind during the next few weeks that the liquids phase passes. I still get out and walk every 2 hours every day - it's done me so much good. There's no more pain of any kind at all for me and even the gas is getting better.
Be sure to eat plenty of gas x strips!!!! They'll help too!!!


Hang in there! : )

Cat

Lovie L
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   Posted 12/11/2010 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I never thought I'd be savoring chicken broth, but it tastes amazing. my barium swallow showed swelling at my wrap site. they are trying me on clear liquids. if I tolerate them I can move to full liquids. they say I may still be released today, but it may be one more night.

GazeboGal
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   Posted 12/11/2010 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lovie!!! I've been thinking of you and wondering how your surgery went, but just now had a chance to check in. SO very glad to hear that things have gone so well for you!!!

I think the shoulder pain was the worst for me...and it only lasted about 1-2 add'l days after I came home from the hospital, so it wasn't too terribly bad. (but it hurt!)

I didn't have the barium swallow following my surgery, so that is new for me to hear about...that's interesting.

Apple juice is my favorite!!! And I know exactly what you mean about that yummy and savory chicken broth!!! Isn't that just too funny?!? :)

Hopefully you'll be able to move on into the full liquids diet today. (vanilla pudding became one of my favorites!!) I'm in the 2 weeks of soft foods only schedule right now...and everything is still going great for me!!)

Remember NOT to drink anything that is TOO cold!!!! Oh my gosh, that elephant will suddenly appear out of nowhere and sit himself down right on top of your chest if you do!!!! It's a strange sensation!!!

Hope you're getting some good rest!! Let us know if you get to come home today!!! Take care!!!!!

LeAnne ("GazeboGal") :)
GazeboGal
Nissen Surgery on 11/30/10

Lovie L
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   Posted 12/11/2010 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
they discharged me around 6:30 this evening. so glad to be home. the only downside is my pharmacy closed before i could get there. i have some vicodin in pill form here that i will have to crush and put in something to last me through tomorrow morning.

having a bit of soup now, then sleeping for a while. hoping to get much better sleep tonight.

couchtater
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   Posted 12/11/2010 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Mix it with a little sugar and milk. It will taste better.
Joy

Lovie L
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   Posted 12/12/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Just got done with dinner- mixed a bit of garlic juice, butter and parmesan cheese into cream of wheat. It was delicious, almost like an Alfredo flavor. Half a packet of cream of wheat and 1/4 cup of apple juice and I am very full. That seems so strange!

Did anyone use heat on their abdomen to relive pain/swelling? I used ice in the hospital, but feel like it slows the healing if I use it too long. Would a warm rice sock be beneficial?

couchtater
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   Posted 12/12/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Gentle moist heal will help. Don't get it too hot.
Joy

dencha
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   Posted 12/12/2010 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lovie,
So glad you're home! There's DEFINITELY no place like home. I always found ice to be the best for pain. What an imaginative Cream of Wheat recipe! It is challenging to find foods to eat that are yummy in the first days. I hope your swelling goes down soon. My experience (and my surgeon warned) was that my wrap site continued to swell to peak at 2 weeks, then begin to go down. Don't be surprised if your swallowing gets a little worse before it gets better. Each day is an adventure at this point in your healing. Be sure to ask any question that may crop up, and you know we'll do our best to answer it and share our own experiences!
Sleep well!
Denise turn

Lovie L
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   Posted 12/14/2010 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
quick update- I am now 4 days post op. not really needing lortab anymore, which I am thankful for as not taking it has relieved my constipation. alternating between liquid Tylenol and liquid motrin. I really wish you could get adult strength liquid ibuprofen. the kid stuff is so sugary it takes my breath away. hard to drink a dose worth.

my throat continues to be my biggest complaint. the combo of a breathing the and the instment the surgeon used to ensure he didn't overtighten my esophagus did a number on me.

I've been diligent at eating something every 1-2 hours, using full fat milk for mixing and drinking ensure. I'm down 4 pounds so far. starting to miss texture. oh well , the health benefits are outweighing the temporary loss of food. I have had no reflux meds since surgery and have had no symptoms. some of my other recurring problems seem to have subsided as well- I don't wake up with my nose and sinuses dried out and bleeding, my chronic right shoulder pain is practically non-existent... maybe they were both reflux related. I am still afraid to lay down after eating, so I don't know if that has improved. :)

off to sleep for a while. take care everyone!

couchtater
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   Posted 12/14/2010 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
You can try nibbling on crackers. You'd need to take super small bites.
Joy

Lovie L
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   Posted 12/17/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. One week post op. Things are continuing to progress well. I'm eating soft foods now- scrambled eggs, noodles, having saltines in my soup. I think I went a little overboard with how much I ate. Feeling unpleasantly full after dinner. Nothing too bad, but not something I want to feel again any time soon. Live and learn.

Got out of the house for a while too, my mom took me for a movie and groceries. Nice to get out, but it took a lot out of me!

couchtater
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   Posted 12/17/2010 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Take it easy. Don't over do it. Keep the food to less than a 1/2 cup a meal.
Joy

Lovie L
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   Posted 12/17/2010 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks joy. I got ahead of myself due to the excitement of expanding my diet. I will definitely keep a measuring cup handy from here on out.

couchtater
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   Posted 12/18/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I remember getting excited too. I overdid it many times and paid for it everytime. OW!
Joy

dencha
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   Posted 12/18/2010 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you're doing great, Lovie! Joy has very good advice regarding eating small amounts. Just increase your number of meals!
Have a great one,
Denise

Lovie L
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   Posted 12/27/2010 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Had my follow-up with the surgeon today. He is pleased with my progress so far. I have had no heartburn whatsoever since my surgery and haven't taken meds for it. he "warned" that there may come a day when I do need to take meds again, but that if I do, the meds should cover my symptoms completely, unlike prior to my surgery. he warned that the most important thing I can do to (aside from following the diet and lifting restrictions short term) ensure my surgery remains a success is to maintain my weight (meaning: not gain a lot). I have only lost 6 pounds so far. hoping to maintain that loss and maybe add another 4-5 to it.

My diet is going well. I have added some soft meats and cheese, they go okay as long as I take small bites and chew thoroughly. I tried a cinnamon roll Christmas morning and it got stuck. Ouch! I have backed off most breads.

I forgot to ask him when I can incorporate exercise back into my routine? I know that I can't do weight machines for a while yet, but what about the treadmill? Would jogging mess anything up?

couchtater
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   Posted 12/28/2010 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't jog, but a slow walk would be okay. Ease into it. Start about 1.5, then move into 2.0, adding .5 every few days. Listen to your body and don't over do it.
Joy
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