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lilfox
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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 4/12/2011 1:39 AM (GMT -6)   

Well, here goes, my journey from heartburn, reflux, to barretts, to wrap & hernia fixed and gall bladder taken out.  I wake up Monday the 11th of April, get up, take my meds, feed my animals, get dressed, grab my purse. and off to the Pre op festival.. I go to my mom's house because she has been my rock since this long road began..she may be 81 the 15th of april, but she is in better health then I am, God loves her!!!!!    So here we r on the road, having never been to this hospital, my mom is driving slow looking for the entrance..and behind her, a car horn honks, she happliy tells them where to go and they pass her...we meet them at the stop light.There they r waiting for light to change just like us, so we wave, I don't give in and stick my tounge out like I wanted too, and off we go again...poof the entrance shows up and we r getting near, where my adventure begins.  

     We park , we go in, find the sign in desk,  mom goes and sit down..I stand there with pen in hand, struck dumb, wondering what I was called on the day I was born, while I was having this senior moment, smilewinkgrin
Thinking maybe I should just make something up, it dawns on me Oh yea!! Cheryl, but Cheri to my friends. I look around at the people behind the desk, and made up my mind, Better call myself Cheryl...Dont know a sole and they look important to my health, so thought it wise and then added my last name just to show my mind returned from the beyond...
   I now go and sit next to my mom who is happily watching the TV...The View was on and since I know mom loves the show I figure wow this isn't so bad after all....

    As I sit watching TV, a nice young man, who's no older them my kids, calls Cheryl..about then I was wondering if I could make a run for it or not, my mom pokes me in the side, I stand...this nice young man says "follow me"   and off I go thinking so far so good, knees are still working....We go down the hall, he shoes me a chair, I sit...reservations, not tests, shaking and wanting to run just for reservations...!!!!  so I drag out my ID insurance cards and stuff...he looks at the computer and tells me where I live, I said yeaaaa, He knows my phone number...ok....then I decide uncle sam must of knew I was coming today and called ahead. cuz I know it wasnt the insurance guys...If they had there way I would of had all this stuff done at a car wash or something...Acted like it was coming out of there pockets ...grrrrrrrrrr...... enough of them!..ok back now sitting with my mom, the view is over...told her why I was at desk for so long...the guy that took my information said something about a copy machine and a few mumbles .... but NOW I was ready for the pre op tests.

    Sitting, I hear my name, Cheryl...getting used to that name by now I quickly look up...There stands a 60yr old little lady smiling, and I think to myself, Wow, She's around my age, so far so good..until I here the words again "please follow me"    I stand and follow, like a good girl, she shows me to a small room and I look up and notice that chair with the long extra arm and all the needles and tubes...and I start thinking nice lady? she's the vampire!!   well she starts pulling tube after tube from the wall, and setting them down in front of me....I look around for the other people who r going to help me fill them up...nope no one around, just me and dracula's  woman...now out comes the rubber band and the slapping of the veins, She smiles..Fangs, I know I saw fangs, And here I was. No Holy water or garlic, but before I could turn my fingers in to a cross....the neddle was in my arm and the rich red stuff was flowing like the Nile.......When I awoke, I sat up wondering what day it was, and if I was doomed to forever walk the night..never knowing sunlight on my face...oh back to the story huh?....the words again..."follow me".....this time no smile from me.  I was going to be more vigilent...she wasnt going to get anything else from me...HA..she smiles and hands me a little plastic cup and points to a room...Well since it looked like a restroom I kinda put 2 and 2 together and figured she wanted me to water the cup, she then hands me a handi-wipe and says from front to back. I guess all the women reading this knows what I mean...and off I go...sort of...I sit, holding the cup like it made out of poison...and I sit...well darn my bladder locks as if the handiwipe was made of super glue, I sigh...looking over at the sink in the room wondering if I should get up and hobble over and turn the water on, remember pants r now down around my feet, so Hobble is all i could do then pow!!!!! well not really more like a trickle, but filled the bottom of the cup...I did it!!!!   So standing up dressed now, holding this cup in my hands,  I was looking around wondering what to do next,  when the vampire, now lets out this shriek.."I forgot to tell you, put it in that little door",  So when  I finally peal myself off the ceiling, cup still tight in my hand I go to little door, and deposit.

     "Follow me"   so off I go, thinking I have no more to give, I am wasting away, she takes me to the next room...we go in and I hear "strip to the waist and put this gown on"  wow she wants my shirt...she's a size 2 and here I am a size 14 (oh maybe she's having a yard sale) by now my mind is going. I guess thats happens from the loss of fluids...so I figure if I want to leave this place I better do as she says, so I pick up this gown, my eyebrows shoot up to my hair line, this gown has three armholes, then from behind the other side of the screen i hear only use 2 armholes and leave garment open in front I need access..whew  close call cuz I could not think what the other armhole of the gown was for!  i tell her I am ready, I step around the screen, there stands the shreiking vampire, holding this page of blue stickers my grandkids would love to get there hands on, she tells me to lay down, so I do and she starts sticking these stickers all over my body,so far so good, then she drags out all these wires with clothes pins attached to the ends of them all tangled up, looks like a spaghetti feed, and starts cliping them up to me...still so far so good, when she was done with that, she tells me lay still for 90 seconds, so I start counting one, two, three, and so on.  I make it to 77 and she says ok all done here, you r normal with slow heartbeat.  I wanted to tell her she if she would of waited till the full 90 like she told me,it probally would of said ,crazy with a regular heartbeat, but I was ready to get all these nooldes hanging off of me off..so she unpluggs me, i was kinda glad, didnt want a free pernement for my hair if the electric decided to back up and attach me thru all those wires.!!!!  well i stand still with gown open and the third armhole hanging there, I decide to put my same arm thru 3rd armhole,...well I'll be darn if it finally made sence...guess I wasnt as far gone as i thought..

     "follow me"  again with the follow me,  oh well maybe vampires that shreik only know a few words...so off we go, down this hall, up this hall, till I was so lost...I began to wonder if I would ever find my way back to my mom...she then stops at this little room and hand me a key, "put clothes in there", she was locking up my clothes, never to be seen again...oh well...poof, then she was gone, like a creature of the night...and lo and behold she forgot to take the key with her,  ah ha I will show her, I will retrieve my clothes when I am done, my shirt wont be in here silly yard sale after all!!!..Well now out comes this young girl, about 14, or so she looks ...."follow me"   she'sssssssssss  I am begining not to trust that word!!! But knowing that I must do as asked to make sure I get my shirt back, she takes me to this room that has very low lighting...has me press up against this panel as she moves it up and down, till my chin is resting apon the top and again i hear the words hold still take deep breath and ruuuummmmmmmmm click, then I hear a opps...now knees have gone to jello and my chin is the only thing holding me up, ok one more time ruuuuuuuuuuuummmmm click, good she says,   now i hear turn to the left grab overhead bar and hold still, rummmmmmmmmmm click,....now she's says what r you having done I tell her stomach wrap hihatal hernia repaired and gall bladder out.  she smiles, No fangs, maybe this one is a vamp in training.  I did say she looked kinda young..wow I had that done 12 yrs ago she says... had it done when she was 20, wow the older I get the younger everyone looks!!!  I asked what to expect?  She said the first couple of weeks I would hate my doc the world and life in general, but it get better and better after that and she loves the way she feels...so guess I will have it done Thursday the 14th of april after all...

     Well I am back with my shirt, I quickly dress, the little old vamp I mean lady might return soon...the girl of 14 thats really 32 says, just go out that door...thinking ok but if I am not at the hospital thursday I am still wandering these halls looking for my mom....so with fingers crossed I go out the door and poof  I had gone in a comlete circle....there sits my mom, still watching the TV..I go up to her, smile and say done!!!!!  so as we go out the door, me with the thought in my mind am I going to turn into ash? well..nope still all in one piece...guess I will just have to glow in the dark from my last nuking...and yea I get to live in the sunlight   tongue  ....thats it from the festival of Pre-Op testing...Now I am off to Carl's Jr. and having the biggest baddest burger they have, kind of figure it maybe my last for awhile .....Well I will be back on after I have the deed done...talk at u all soon and take care    Cheri   turn    

 

 


lilfox
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Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 4/12/2011 1:50 AM (GMT -6)   
dont forget to say hi....:)

dencha
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7188
   Posted 4/12/2011 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cheri,
What a great idea! I look forward to reading more about your adventure as you move toward a better quality of life! Best wishes for a successful surgery and comfortable recovery! You know we're here for you...any questions? Ask away!

You'll get lots of support from those of us who went before you! I also came here looking for information before my surgery. People here were wonderful to me. Many have moved on, but several continue to share their experiences and support with new members.

Thanks again for your blog! It will be very interesting and helpful to those who are looking for information and wanting to get an idea of what to expect.
Very Best Wishes!
Denise

couchtater
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 4/12/2011 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm...Sounds familar.
My fangs haven't come through, yet. However I do make a nice nightlight. :))
Joy

lilfox
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Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 4/12/2011 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
hi again, everyone...well had a good day so far, went to dinner at my mom's ....I am going to eat everything that will be a no no after thursday...so had ribs baked potato raw veggies and dip, coffee with caffine a soda with carbonation....figured if I have them now I will keep fond memories, for i hear 8 weeks :)...got back home , phone rings...doc's nurse...we stay on the phone for like an hour, talking about meds, surgery the whole works...by now dinner is churning around in tummy going ha ha ha.... So I guess it is really hapening, so off to the bedroom to pack...robe slippers...flour sack to come home in, I figure that wont hurt and not be tight around the middle...I am sitting here wondering how hard it is to get into the car to come home in...mom's car is small and its hard to get into well... let alone with 5 wholes in the tummy and and insides turned up and down , round and a round like they were in the blender :)
..maybe bring a big can opener and wittle part of the top off car, them maybe I will fit...oh maybe she can prop me up on the hood like chevey chase did with aunt edna in the lampoons family vacation...so closing for now..will see you all soon..if I forgot anything to pack, let me no before Thursday...happy trails to you ...till we meet again Cheri

dencha
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   Posted 4/12/2011 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Best Wishes, Cheri! We'll be ready and waiting to welcome you into the Wrapped Club when you come back! Happy Trails!
Denise

couchtater
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   Posted 4/13/2011 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I rode home in the backseat of my father's caddie surrounded by pillows like a queen. Make sure to put the lap belt low on the belly and the shoulder strap behind you for more comfort.
Can you have the seat adjusted as far back as possible and tilted back?
Just sit down sideways and have the attendent help you turn your legs in the car. Tilting and going in sideways will be uncomfortable.
Things to pack:
Loose undies (You'll be swollen for about two weeks) Don't worry about the bra you won't feel like wearing one for a few days.
Make sure you have very loose clothes for the next couple of weeks. I couldn't button my jeans for nearly two weeks.
Any medicines you might need that you need in emergencies like inhalers. But make sure the nurse knows you have it. You probably won't need the slippers except to go home in. You'll wear pressure boots and special socks during your stay as well as the breezy nightgown they'll put on you after the surgery. :O (I couldn't change out of it due to the IV and the pressure boots.)
If the doctor gave you some liquid pain meds or anti-nausea meds for your recovery make sure to carry it with you. You might want a dose on the way home. I got thirsty on the way home so I had something to drink on hand (grape juice is good).
Joy

bittersweet603
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 93
   Posted 4/13/2011 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Cheri, thank you so much for your wonderful tale. You are a great story teller and would be great at writing childrens books if you haven't already :) My thoughts are with you and I hope your surgery goes smooth as can be.
I am having exactly what you are having done May 9th, a full wrap fix my small hernia and my gallbladder out and am nervous as can be with less than a month away.

Please keep us updated!!

opnwhl4
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 4961
   Posted 4/13/2011 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Cheryl-
Good luck tomorrow! Soon to be a member of the "wrapped club".

Joy- you know i have been wondering about why anyone needed loose fitting clothes and why they couldn't button their jeans. I just figured it out......duh women's fit different and I wear mine under my belly! You know I invented Larry the Cable Guy's look when I worked on the farm in the 80's. Bought new flannel shirts every fall and by spring ripped off the sleeves and wore them until fall. Just a weird tid bit I thought of while thinking of buttoning jeans. LOL!

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09

bittersweet603
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 93
   Posted 4/15/2011 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope everything went well for you during surgery and hopefully you'll feel good enough to update us when you're done resting :)

lilfox
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Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 4/28/2011 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I am home and doing great....the surgery went fine. My doc believes in nothing to eat or drink after surgery for aleast four days, not even a ice chip....so was very thristy, but then I got my first clear liquid meal of crushed ice...was heaven.. second meal was jello, broth, tea, and juice . didnt drink my broth yucky but every thing stayed down and couldnt wait for the 3rd meal which was the same as second...next day i got mush, milk, juice and coffee...ate it all....this is day 5 in the hospital...lunch had chopped roast beef mashed potatoes and gravy veggies of brocolli and cauilflower milk, juice and coffee.  Dinner wad chichen mashed potatoes and gravey and mixed veggies pudding juice milk and coffee....day 6 cheese omlet toast jelly juice milk coffee, by now I figure
eating was going to be easy, and it is even with them taking my gallbladder out with the wrap...I may be one of the lucky ones, but no food sticks or hurts going down.  pills r easy to swollow, and i havent found anything I cant eat.   even ate a big bag of crunchy cheetos, boy were they good....raw veggies and steak is the only thing I havent tried and the doc wants me to watch the grease cuz I have no gall bladder now, but even that doesnt bother me...had fish and fried zuchinni...and they gave me no trouble, I have nothiced my bites r smaller and cant glup drinks down fast but so far so good...my surgery took 6 hours , i didnt eat or drink anything for the first 4 days after surgery, then started with ice chips went to clear for a full day to very soft, to regular food in 7 days.....my doc was great and I would do this again in a heart beat no heartburn or pain for the gall bladder,,,feel great, first check up went fine now a few days from now i am going shopping for a new out fit..am strong and getting stronger ever day...heres hoping everyone else has it as easy as i do i will say a prayer ...............

opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/29/2011 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
lilfox-
welcome to the "wrapped club". Good to hear your recovery is going well. Remember things can still be swelling for the first 2 weeks or so. Sounds as if you had a "loose" wrap. Which is what I now have. A lot easier to swallow stuff. If things get to loose stool wise there are some meds that help with that. Questran worked best for me, but Colestid also worked and is a pill rather than a powder. You are the first person I have heard that had to be NPO for 4 days after surgery. I just recently had to go NPO for 22 days and then only ice chips and small sips of water for another 22 days. So I feel for you not being able to at least drink some thing.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09

bittersweet603
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 93
   Posted 4/30/2011 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Lilfox, I so glad your surgeries went well! It sounds like you had a good experience and a good surgeon. I do think I'd be very upset if I couldn't eat or drink anything for 4 days though. Maybe that helped the initial healing process take place though. I am praying my gb removal and nissen go as smooth as yours did. Take care and keep us updated :)

dencha
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   Posted 4/30/2011 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cheri,
I'm so glad you are doing so well post surgery! Wow! Four days without anything to eat or drink? I give you a lot of credit for being so accepting and cheery about that! I was on liquids that same day and soft foods the next 5 days, then anything that could be chewed to a liquid after that. I've heard of people having strict rules regarding liquids, but nobody who wasn't allowed anything. Good for you! You made it through the worst of it.

As Bill said, it is typical to get increasing swelling during the first two weeks, so don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse...it'll improve once the swelling begins to get down.

Stay away from raw veggies and steak for sure! My surgeon recommended 6-8 weeks before trying steak or un-toasted bread.

Again, glad you're doing well!
Denise

lilfox
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Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 5/1/2011 3:39 AM (GMT -6)   
thx guys for all the info...this site was a life saver....My surgeon said the longer I go with out eating or drinking the better the healing goes, and he was right...I am having no trouble at all....I had a IV bag going the whole time with liquid stuff in it to replace fluids and foods so I didnt starve, i am glad I did it the way he said...I have no trouble with bread...but not brave enough for raw veggies and steak yet,I figure why ruin a good thing and not follow rules....I feel so good that tuesday I am treating myself a day out at the casino ....$$$$$$ down the drain , but fun...so you all take care and talk at you soon   Cheri turn

dencha
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   Posted 5/1/2011 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Have fun, Cheri!
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