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jhayes1
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   Posted 2/26/2011 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to become one of the wrapped in a few days... i'm 26 and live in Dublin, Ireland. I have GERD and a 4cm sliding hiatal hernia... i dont have many of the symptoms some of you have, mine seem quite mild compared to some of you guys.... I get really bad heartburn, i've been on 40mg of nexium for the past 3 years and still get heartburn and i have really bad breath...

Over in Ireland we do the operation as a day surgery so i'm going in on monday and i will be home again monday night... not really nervous about the operation but i am nervous about weight loss, i'm 165lb's and i'm afraid i will look like a skeleton in a few weeks...

Well, i'll keep you posted.... Thanks!

jhayes1
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   Posted 2/26/2011 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
forgot to say i also get palpitations...

spike1010
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   Posted 2/26/2011 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jhayes,

Try not to worry and things will go fine for you. I am on day 25 post surgery and I too had a hiatal hernia and a 360 wrap. I also went in as a day surgery but stayed in overnight due to some pain. My surgery has been a great success and I'm sure yours will be also. You may encounter some mild difficulties along the way but each new day things get better and better. Good luck

stkitt
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   Posted 2/26/2011 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jhayes,

Welcome to HealingWell. Glad to hear you are having your surgery and yes you will become a member of the coveted Wrapped Club of which I am not a members.
 
There are many awesome members here that will be supporting you both before and after surgery.
 
I wish you well and keep us posted.
 
Kindly,
Kitt


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Alcie
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   Posted 2/26/2011 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't worry too much about losing weight. I didn't lose any after surgery. Just stock up on clear liquids and "full" liquids now. You won't want to shop for a week or two afterwards. All you have to do is have things on hand that you can just heat and drink. Broth, gelatin apple juice to start, then in a few days - talk to the doc - liquids with milk but no solids. A few sips every hour or two as tolerated. Don't even think past 1/4 cup.

Don't try things even as solid as soupy puddings for at least a week, maybe two depending on your doc. Taking it easy at first will pay off in being able to heal faster and get to a better diet sooner.

No carbonated drinks - sodas, etc. You may not be able to burp, and if you can it won't be as much as before!

There are good post fundoplication diets on the internet.

Frankly, I think it's awful that you are sent home the same day. This is major surgery.
Alcie
 
 

dencha
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   Posted 2/27/2011 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi jhayes,
Good luck with your surgery! I'm with those who say don't worry. I stayed over just one night and went home the next morning. You'll be happy to get back to your own home. Just be sure to call your surgeon if you question anything that first night. I'm sure they expect it.

As I think back to that night, they had me on IV pain killers, but by the next morning, I was on oral meds. The first couple hours post surgery, my swallowing was a little wierd, but that got better pretty quickly.

Every surgeon has a different eating protocol, but many here stayed on liquids for an extended time. My surgeon was more trusting, and put me on solid foods that can be chewed to a complete liquid on Day 5. I never had a moment's trouble with that plan.

Of course eating is challenging in the beginning. Your stomach is swollen and doesn't accept much food. Keep in mind that your wrap becomes increasingly swollen over the first two weeks, so your swallowing will get worse before it gets better.

Over the next weeks, as the swelling goes down, your stomach will gradually accept more and more food.

I did lose 20 pounds, but gained them back once I hit the four month mark and began to eat normally again.

You won't need the narcotic pain meds (ask for liquid if you can get them) for very long. Walk, walk, walk, as much as you can to stave off the shoulder pain caused by the gas they pump into you to open the surgical field so they can see what they're doing. Get some liquid over the counter pain meds, because you'll switch to them pretty quickly.

Ice works great on the incisions that hurt.

We're here to answer any questions you might have, so ask away! Many of us had the surgery (mine was in Feb. 2009), so we've been there.

Don't worry! We'll be here to welcome you into our "Wrapped Club" after your surgery!

Best wishes!
Denise

couchtater
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   Posted 2/27/2011 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Can I add one more thing? Don't drink with a straw. You'll swallow air which will build up gas pressure.
Make sure you have liquid pain meds and plenty of gas helper (we have gas-x strips here).
Joy

Kansas-Esophyx
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   Posted 2/27/2011 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I did have the TIF (incisionless) surgery on Friday 2 days ago.
It has somwhat replaced the Nissen wrap.
 
Throat hurts. nausiated because I ate af ruit snoothie this morning.
 
Stomach hurts a good deal.
 
I have to start a new job in 2 days.
Not sure how that's going to work.
 
Dr. gave me pictures of the surgery from inside my stomach. Wow looks like hamberger meat when he finished.
 
I did have some Barrets Cancer starting to make it way up the esophogus.
 
I put up with 4 years of throat pain and not so good reactions to medications.
 
My breath too is not so good.
 
I think all the PPI meds just dry up all your saliva and yoru mouth dryes up, plaque forms easily. Hope that reverses.

jhayes1
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   Posted 3/1/2011 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I'm at home since yesterday at 4 pm... I didn't get muchsleep at all lastnight because of discomfort... I was given tablets to take that are morphine based hut they don't seem to be doing much... I have to go back in a week to get the clips out and then to see my surgeon in 6 weeks...

I'm very hungry, does anyone have any ideas of food I can eat?

dencha
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   Posted 3/1/2011 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi jhayes!
Welcome to the yeah yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club yeah yeah yeah yeah!

I can give you the protocol I was given from my surgeon. Others will give different information.

1. The morning after surgery, the hospital gave me all liquids. (no carbonation or caffeine. As Joy said, no straws.)

2. My surgeon put me on a soft food once I was home. I ate mashed things...squash, applesauce, chicken broth, custard, yogurt--anything you put into the blender is fine. Many drink liquid protein drinks. I never did.

3. I saw my surgeon on the 5th day. At that time I was told I could eat any solid foods that could be chewed to a liquid. He said to stay away from bread (FYI, it is fine if it's toasted) and steak, and sandwiches for (I believe) 6 or 7 weeks.

This protocol worked fine for me. No ice water...it can cause spasms. Warm tea is great for helping food go down.

I'll copy my early posts below. I had lung issues, so just disregard that part. I'll give you my experience. All are different, but there are some things that we all go through. At least it'll give you something to go by.

Be sure to ask questions whenever you have them. We'll be glad to help in any way we can. The time difference may cause you some frustration, when you have something you need to know right away, but maybe there'll be someone from the UK who will pick up your question.

Good luck!

Days 1 and 2:
Well, I'm on the other side! I had my surgery done yesterday morning at 9 AM. I had a hiatal hernia repair and laproscopic Nissen Fundoplication. My surgeon reported that things went well.

I did have one little complication. I have taken inhaled steroids for a long time for asthma, as well as having to take oral prednosone for about the past 10 days due to an asthma flare up. The doctor said that my tissue was very fragile as a result, so he took extra sutures in the hernia repair to ensure that it would hold.

Of course, I didn't know what to expect after waking up from surgery, and was pleasantly surprised. I had no nausea from the general anesthesia, my throat wasn't all that sore, and my lungs had handled the surgery well, with no asthma flare ups.

I had probably 3 doses of morphene through the day, before I switched to Lortab elixir. That worked very well, and is what I came home with.

My swallowing was a little spasmy at first, but got better as the day went on. I only had water all day, and a bit of chicken broth, and lemon ice at night.

Tips about the hospital stay:

Don't count on the nurses or dietary people to know what you should be eating and drinking.

Read lots about what to have and what to avoid.

I was greeted with a cup of water complete with straw. If I hadn't learned that straws are a no-no, I'd have gulped a lot of air into my stomach for no good reason.

I also had caffeinated tea on my dinner tray (which I switched out)

This morning I had a can of ginger ale and another straw. Also caffeinated coffee.

I had to ask for a gas-X product (simethicone) to be ordered, and it was a bit of a challenge to get it when I wanted it.

I'm home now, which is a huge positive.
Honestly, I've had much worse experiences with actual GERD episodes that burned my esophagus so badly that I couldn't eat a bite. This (so far) has been more comfortable than that. I've just got to remember not to get too feisty, and let myself heal.

IN THE HOSPITAL:
Everything went very easily. Pre-op and post-op procedures were fine. Recovery was a pleasant surprise. I didn't know what to expect, because I'd never had general anesthesia.

Once back in the room I just dosed on and off with the morphine. I didn't have any adverse effects from that, either. My swallowing wasn't as good in the beginning...little sips. As time went on, my swallowing got quite normal (water only), but I tried to be careful not to overload my stomach.

The nurse switched me from morphine to Loritab, so I could see if it was effective, since that's what they'd send me home with. It worked fine.

AT HOME:
Here I sit at the computer. I haven't had any pain meds since about 6 AM, so I'm feeling some discomfort.
Mainly in my left rib area...according to the resident, that's the port that gets the most activity and movement during the surgery.

I do have some of that famous left shoulder/collar bone are pain. They blame it on the co2 they pump into your gut so they can see what they're doing. It's uncomfortable, but bearable.

I had part of a soft scrambled egg, because I was really pretty hungry. It went down well, but I think my new valve is tired of working at the moment, and doesn't feel as good as it had when I didn't challenge it as much.

OVERALL:
While I know I'm in for some ups and downs, I feel that this is a very "doable" process, and I'm very glad I went through with this. I know that there are a lot of hurdles to pass, and I won't know of its ultimate success for quite a while.

I had to do this, though. Although the percentage for the lap Nissen's effectiveness in curing things other than GERD is only about 70-80%, I had to try this procedure. My doctors were just maintaining me. They had nothing else to help me, and really wanted me to give this a try.

Just before leaving for the hospital I had a severe GERD episode, and of course I could take nothing for it. I immediately started coughing and wheezing, and it took an nebulizer treatment in the hospital to get my lungs to calm back down. IT WAS A MESSAGE TO ME; This surgery will help your asthma, and the GERD definitely is irritating your lungs.

I stupidly did something I shouldn't have just now. I bit into a Dulcolax "softgel" to see if it was chewable, and got actually swallowed the liquid. It was quite irritating to my throat. Hopefully I haven't done something that will screw me up! Oh well...don't make that mistake!

I'll keep you posted.


Day 3:
Well, I've made it through my third day post-op, and I'm still here! My stomach felt more comfortable today. I'm on oral prednosone (due to persistent, severe asthma), and have been on it about 13 days (IV in the hospital), and that is very tough on the stomach. Because of that, I gave up the hydrocodone pain meds, and switched to extra strength liquid Tylenol (chosen because it's the easiest on the stomach). I use ice for the surgical pain. My left rib area is the most painful location, and I'm keeping ice on that most of the time. I'd rather deal with some pain, than an upset stomach right now.

By the way...my family doctor did call in a nausea script (suppositories) for me to have on hand. He understood that peace of mind is important at this time.

This morning, I don't know what I was thinking, (I guess I wasn't thinking)--I swallowed two 10mg prednosone tablets whole. They seemed to go down okay, but I won't do that again. I'll cut them into smaller chunks tomorrow.

So far, my swallowing is pretty good. I handle liquids just fine. My doctor sent me home to a soft diet, and I seem to be doing pretty well with it. Before my surgery I made up some fresh frozen squash, applesauce, and homemade chicken broth. Today I made whipped potatoes, and topped them with some locally made low fat turkey gravy. I also had some squash. A Thanksgiving dinner minus the turkey! I don't eat much, though...a quarter cup total. I don't want to challenge my stomach. I just eat tiny meals whenever I feel like it.

I slept from midnight to 6 AM last night...so that was good.

I have been trying to walk around the house as much as possible. At the hospital I walked a lot. A night nurse told me to walk whenever I got up to go to the bathroom. She said that was the trick to getting the gas to move out of the body. I still have some shoulder pain, but it seems to have subsided a bit. It's just a dull discomfort...not excruciating at this point.

Overall, I'd say..so far, so good. I was prepared for anything. I've had more torturous episodes with my uncontrolled GERD/gastritis that was caused by intolerable antibiotics.

I do have some phelgm in my lungs that I'm coughing up. I'm assuming this is not just limited to asthma patients post op. I'm assuming that many people experience the need to cough up some gunk. Am I right? I'd like to hear your experience.

Hope this record of my post surgical journey helps someone else who is struggling with their own decision to take the surgical route.
Best wishes to all.


Every day is an adventure. Still, to all those people out there who are fearful of this surgery (as I was)--in my experience, Days 1-4 have been much better than I had hoped. FYI--To help with others who are trying to relate to this experience...I'm a nearly 57 year old female. I don't think I'd mentioned that.

A few things that I'm noticing (and would appreciate experienced members to comment on):


Day 4:
1. Lung Issues

As I've shared, I have asthma issues, so my lungs are more problematic than in other cases. Do other (non asthmatic) recovering patients experience mucous in their lungs as well?

I made the mistake of trying the Unisom Melts, and they worked great in getting me to drift off to sleep again, but I ended up paying for a few extra hours of sleep with dried out mucous in my lungs, and a wheeze that won't quit. So--to anyone reading this who has asthma, I would recommend against the Unisom. (They're just Benadryl--which is an antihistimine/drying agent, that makes you sleepy) Lucky non-asthmatics, it works great for snoozing, and is definitely non habit forming.

I've been coughing way too much today, which hurts and worries me a bit. I'm also tapering off prednosone, so that could be part of the problem as well. I've emailed my doctor for advice. I'm sure this too will pass. Just one of those little bumps in the road.



2. Burps.

My surgeon told me that I wouldn't be able to burp, but burps are slipping out here and there. I'm not purposely burping, but every so often a burp is allowed--which is actually very nice, since it allows the bloating to dissipate.

The surgeon (another in the practice) who discharged me, said that I MAY be able to burp. I guess he was right!

Do I need to worry that because I can burp it will mean that reflux will also be allowed to pass out of the stomach? The resident said that the flap can allow a bit of air to escape without letting stomach contents out.

What has been the experience of others who've been through this? Are burps okay?


3. Wrap swelling over the first two weeks.

I noticed today that "lump" feeling--the feeling that I'm swallowing a big gulp of air--when I swallow food. I figure it's the beginning of the swelling, and expect that it will probably become progressively more challenging to get things swallowed, until the swelling begins to subside. So far, though, swallowing has been fairly easy. Better than I had hoped. Very "do-able", and much less scary than I expected.

Is it common to have this experience? Do the wraps always swell?

I'm determined to go with the flow of the recovery process. I wish my lungs weren't giving me fits, but oh well...that's why I'm here to begin with. The surgery isn't a magic wand! It's so important to maintain a positive attitude, and be patient, patient, patient!

Anyway...in case it helps anyone, I'm sharing my experience. If anyone has anything to add, or can help me through some of these issues, I'd appreciate it! Best wishes to all!


Day 5:
Another day, another adventure.

I went to the doc today regarding my lung issues. I'm back on an antibiotic for a suspected lung infection--I was being treated for one before surgery, and I guess it didn't totally resolve. I never really got a full course of antibiotics. I'm also continuing on 20mg prednosone twice a day to protect my lungs as well.

Because of those meds, my doctor put me back on Protonix for a while, to protect my stomach, which is very sensitive.

WRAP SWELLING
I knew this was coming, but it's not too much fun. I've got that lump in my throat that doesn't want to cooperate in getting food to my stomach. No complaints, though. I knew this was coming before I made the decision to go forward. I was a lucky one. After the surgery, and before the swelling, I had no difficulty at all, swallowing liquids or soft foods. Now it's definitely a challenge.

It will probably get worse before it gets better. I am determined to go with the flow. This too will pass.

SPASMS?
When I eat, I feel like I'm getting (non-painful) throat spasms, as things move at the unmovable wrap.

MUCOUS!!
When I drink or eat, and start having spasms, etc., my mouth begins making huge amounts of thick, "mucousy" saliva. I can't even stand to swallow it. It only happens during eating or drinking, and subsides shortly afterward. Has anyone experienced that?

INCISIONS
I haven't used pain meds in 3 days (even Tylenol)...I've been icing. The only incision that hurt is in the left rib area. OUCH. Ice takes care of it. Actually, lately it hasn't even hurt enough to ice. Coughing does flare it up.

WALKING
I've been walking for 10-15 minute intervals on my treadmill...all day long. A nurse told me to walk whenever I get up to go to the bathroom, so I try to follow that advice. I had a blood clot after my last surgery, so it's important to keep my legs moving...it's also good for my lungs. I also think it has help my shoulder/neck referred pain/loose gas pain.

FEELING REMARKABLY GOOD
I'm amazed at how quickly you can bounce back from laprascopic surgery. Nobody should fear the surgical pain aspect of this surgery.






Day 6:
Just a quick update:

1. VISIT TO SURGEON
All was well with incisions. He assured me that I don't have to worry about healing on prednosone. I'll heal. He's not worried that the tissue/sutures won't hold through coughing. He put extra sutures in the hernia repair (it was a small hernia). He's confident that all is fine with the repairs.

BURPS--he thinks I'm fortunate that burps are escaping, and that it's very normal, and a bonus for me. Burping does not mean reflux.
From my perspective, burps have been a lifesaver. When my stomach starts feeling bloated (after drinking or eating), the pressure shifts around, until a little bit of air escapes. This may repeat several times. I don't "belch"...the burps just happen on their own.

SWELLING OF WRAP--My surgeon reinforced the fact that the wrap will continue to swell over the next two weeks. He said I could eat anything I can manage--things that can be chewed thoroughly. He said that if the wrap makes it hard to get food through, (being sure to take small bites), just sip water/tea until it goes down. It will get through.

Surrender to the recovery process...it makes it lots easier.

I'll be going back for a follow up with him in a month.


2. LUNGS
I do have some fluid in my lungs. Hopefully the antibiotic I'm taking will take care of any residual infection from my pre-surgery lung issue.
Patience is a virtue!

I did have a bout of loose stool/diarrhea...I have a tendency to react to GI issues (even my endoscopy) with that problem. Also, being on the antibiotic...

3. OUT TO DINNER
Before coming home, we stopped at Friendly's for supper. I ordered a cup of decaf tea and a bowl of clam chowder. I just worked around the clams and enjoyed the broth, potatoes, and vegetables. Of course I didn't eat a whole bowl. I get stuffed before I eat much. I was also able to eat saltines...they chew up to total mush. YUM. It was a treat to have crackers and soup ! I brought the rest of my soup home to enjoy later.

All in All...
I'm keeping active...walk daily on my treadmill--10-15 minutes at a time...no incline...1.9mph. SLOW. It feels great, though.
Things going as well as to be expected...I was prepared for pretty much anything.
Heal well!


Days 9-13
First of all...to anyone who is agonizing over this surgery, stop. It is nothing to be afraid of, provided that you do your homework, take the required tests, and find an experienced surgeon.

I was very frightened, and struggled against the decision for four years. Granted, at 13 days, the jury is still out as to it's effectiveness in my case, but I can speak to the surgical experience.

I was ready to be tortured in recovery. I expected my stomach to shut down, and that I may not be able to swallow anything but liquids, and that I would have unbearable bloating and gas. I didn't know what to expect, and prepared myself for a horrific experience.

This fear was totally unwarranted. Once the anesthesia wore off, I had no trouble swallowing liquids. I went home after just one night in the hospital, on a soft diet. Within 6 days post surgery the surgeon told me I could eat anything that could be chewed thoroughly--warning me against sandwiches/bread/steak.

I have had a few moments of swallowing spasms during the 9-13 days post op, but very few. Actually Days 4-5 seem to have been my most difficult hurdle, swallowing-wise.

Throughout this time, I was having difficulty with my lungs, and coughing did hurt the incision at my left rib area. Over time, that incision has healed, and although I still have some coughing (better, but still mucous to raise), my rib area is much more comfortable. I don't even need to ice any more, and can just hold my arm there when I cough. Much improved on that front.

I'm now walking on my treadmill--no incline--2.5mph. I truly believe that my emphasis on walking and getting up and around right after surgery has made a huge difference with the shoulder/neck pain gas issue. It has resolved quite quickly, and is only occasionally felt--and then, very mildly. I would recommend getting right up and walking as much as possible throughout the recovery process.

I'm feeling much better--stronger--more comfortable, and I have lots more energy at this point.

I'm noticing that my stomach is beginning to accept more food without feeling so bloated and uncomfortable. I'm not getting as much gas, either. My surgeon said I wouldn't be able to burp, but my stomach does burp. I've never been one to force burps, and I don't now. My stomach burps itself whenever necessary, which really reduces the gas issues.

I took two weeks off from work (I'm a second grade teacher) after surgery. I've got enough sick time available that it wasn't a problem. I'm going to start back to work next week--mornings only--to give myself a chance to regain my strength before going full force. My family doctor, who is following my lung recovery, is very conservative in that way, and wants me to take it easy so as not to relapse.

My lungs are still far from perfect, but they're already better than they were pre-surgery. Also, everyone who sees me comments on the fact that my voice sounds so much better--I was very, very hoarse before the surgery.

I'll check in again as my recovery continues. Hopefully those who are seeking the information they need to make an informed decision will find these posts helpful.
Happy Healing!

19 Days:
Once again, I'd like to begin by reassuring those people who are searching these forums for information as they try to decide whether or not to go forward with a Nissen Fundoplication surgery. I know how hard it is to find positive comments on the web. I found so many negative blogs and forums that I waited way too long to make the decision to go forward with the surgery.

This surgery isn't as difficult to recover from as I had expected. I've posted earlier reports, so I won't repeat that here.

1. For those who want to avoid or alleviate shoulder pain (due to gas forced into body during surgery)--walk,walk, walk. Mine improved greatly with walking. In fact, when I went a couple days without walking as much, the pain came back. Once I went back to walking a lot, it went away again. The more you walk, the less pain you'll have.

2. Rib/incision pain subsided by the end of the second week--I didn't even need to ice. I think it would have healed more quickly if I hadn't been coughing so much. (I had a lung infection that started before surgery.)

3. By day 15 or 16, my stomach began accepting more food. (Not a lot, mind you...but still more than before.) Be careful not to overdo it, though. You'll be sorry if you stuff your stomach. Several small meals are better than one larger one.

4. Bready foods--even when chewed well--still seem to challenge the wrap.

5. I was able to eat stew cooked in the crock pot (for hours). Even the meat was able to be chewed to liquid form. If you can handle soft foods, you can (carefully) experiment with the slow cooker.

6. Creamy Chicken Gnocchi soup at Olive Garden is a great choice. Actually small bites/careful chewing--opens up a lot of options. Just don't swallow anything that you can't chew to a liquid/mush.

7. My doctor put me on Carafate to counteract stomach problems/acid/wrap irritation. It coats my stomach really well. I take it 4 times a day--1 hour before/2-3 hours after meals. I put the pill in a little medicine cup and add a bit of water to make a slurry that I can drink easily. It did work well to counteract the wrap irritation that was waking me up in the early morning (3AM and on).

8. Expect some irritation feelings around the wrap site. Expect some resistance at the wrap site. It's normal. Things get better, though. Just don't get too frisky with your eating. Your appetite gets better before your stomach can handle a lot. I found that when I became too frisky/eating too much, eating things that might be a bit too chewy, I paid dearly, with more wrap irritation, and stomach problems.

When that happened I backed off and started measuring my meals--a half to 2/3 of a cup is about all I can tolerate comfortably.

9. I've lost about 14 pounds, which I'm glad about. I can lose a little more without a problem. If I start losing more than I want to, I'll just pick my nutrition intake with some snacks in between meals.

10. I still have a persistent lung infection, and am now on injected antibiotics to get rid of it. I can't take antibiotics orally (except amoxicillin) without getting gastritis, which I don't need now. So I'll be going to the doc daily for some (ouchy) shots. I just want to get my lungs cleared. My asthma is the best it's been in years. So far so good there. My lung problem is the reason I finally had the surgery, and so far so good...once I get over the infection. I'm off prednosone as of tomorrow, so that's a happy development.

Hopefully this little journal helps someone who's looking for information and trying to imagine what the recovery will be like. It has been so much better that I had ever dreamed.
This is a great forum. There are many supportive and experienced members who will help you through.
Best of luck to anyone considering/or is scheduled for surgery.
Denise

dencha
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   Posted 3/2/2011 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jhayes,
I hope you're having a great day and your healing is going well! Let us know how you're doing...
Denise

jhayes1
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   Posted 3/3/2011 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for that Denise,

Yes, today has been a really good day, i slept right through the nite with the help of one pill before bed, I only have 3 pills left so i'm keeping them for when i need sleep.

I have been taking panadol regularly - my throat is very sore, i think it may be getting infected.

Food-wise things have been good, i had 2 fish cakes earlier mixed up with gravy - a yogurt and some creamed rice - washed down with some apple juice.

No food getting stuck - the only problem i ever have is when I swallow too much liquid i feel it going down and it's uncomfortable.

I have to change my bandages now - i haven't seen the incision sites yet, dont know if I want to lol!

- For anyone reading this that is about to have their surgery... mine was quite easy going, thankfully I skipped all the hard parts!

Thanks for all the help!

James

dencha
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   Posted 3/4/2011 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi James,
Glad to hear things are going well. You're sure to have some little ups and downs, but don't worry. Things will improve, and you'll do just fine. It sounds like you're finding some good things to eat! Just take little bites and chew, chew, chew!

Keep healing well! Any questions, ask away.
Denise

spike1010
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   Posted 3/7/2011 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi James,

Glad to hear that your surgery has gone well - keep being positive,, it all helps. I'm quite a way in front of you 34 days post surgery and things are going great.

dencha
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   Posted 3/7/2011 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi James,
Hope all is well and you're making good progress with your healing!
Denise

jhayes1
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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 3/18/2011 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys,

So i'm 2.5 weeks out now... this is my 5th day back in work... (well 4th, St. Patricks day yesterday) I miss not being able to drink guinness...

Eating is good - i'm eating fish most days which goes down nice with some mash potatos... Wounds are healed bar 1 which still has a plaster on it, the one on the left side of my belly...

Hopefully I can get back to being a normal 26 year old very soon!!!!

dencha
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 3/18/2011 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi James,
Thanks for checking back in! We always wonder how people are doing in their recovery. It sounds like you're doing great! Don't worry, you'll be able to enjoy next St. Pat's day just like the old days! Beer, though carbonated, doesn't cause the problems that the artificially carbonated sodas do. I'm a beer lover, so I've got first hand experience!

I've no doubt that you'll be enjoying the life of a "normal" 26 year old very soon!
It's a gradual recovery, but things will get better. I'm sure you've already noticed improvements. You'll always want to eat slowly and chew your food carefully. It can irritate the wrap as it goes through if you don't. (Of course in the early recovery days, it's necessary just to get it through!)

We went on vacation at four months, and although I was eating normally before that, I remember that time period, as we were going to restaurants often. Just be patient, and follow your recovery where it takes you. Don't try to rush it...don't fight it. Relax and go with the flow!

Take care, and keep checking in!
Denise
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