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somedaysarediamonds
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   Posted 8/2/2011 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone,


I am home just now and I hope at least some of this makes sense. The surgery got changed to yesterday morning early and the surgery hurt much less than the original pain I had. I could not believe it went so well.

I learned three important things.

1. I have a "small" esophagus. Smaller than anyone thought.
2. The hiatal hernia was much smaller than they thought as well.
3. My DeMeester score was of the charts.

I learned those things today when the doc dismissed me. Hubby learned them yesterday morning after the surgery.

My only major complaints are:

My neck is swollen from the HUGE tube (the doc's words) that went down my throat.
I can't speak above a whisper (hubby loves that one).
It's 110 degrees here already in my part of Oklahoma and we're supposed to set a record today. I'm just very relieved to have it over and be home.

I was diagnosed with "positional sleep apnea" about a year ago. The CPAP with oxygen never helped me at all. The only night I spent at the hospital (last night) the oxygen was removed about 6 pm. My oxygen level stayed good and I ate a bit of jello. I watched a movie and had a few more small spoons of jello and turned out the light.

The oxygen was removed but not the oxygen monitor. After 10 minutes it sounded the little alarm and I looked at it immediately. It went down 10 points and as I stirred in bed a little, it went back up. Same thing happened every 10 minutes for several hours. Sleeping on my back is when the oxygen goes down so I turned onto my right side. The alarm sounded again and again and so I turned to my left side. It kept sounding till about 4:10 am and I gave up and the nurse who happened to come in hooked me back up to oxygen.

I slept from about 5 am till a little after 6 when I woke up with jello refluxing from above the wrap site. I'm able to burp and I kept burping the sour jello till they brought in the breakfast tray and I could eat a bit of cream of wheat. NO MORE NOTHING that late in the evening.

Doc came in and said some of the oxygen stuff was leftovers from the anaesthesia and some of the "acid" was just an acid taste. Says he's heard it before many times and that he'd just past a patient in the cafeteria who hugged him for her surgery done two weeks ago. He said I couldn't be wrapped any better and that things will slowly get back to normal. The acid in general is about 95% better and so far the chest pain and the gastritis are minimal.

Surgery and the prep/enrolling at the hospital were a down-right hoot. The RN who checked me in said, "My husband has it bad like you but he won't have the surgery. Too much risk and not any guarantee of the outcome". I almost slapped her.

I told her that wasn't a good thing for a nurse to say to a patient going into the surgery. She then tried to back off that she'd said it at all. I wanted to slap her again. Then she said her husband "does just fine" on 20 mg of Nexium twice a day. I told her all the Nexium on the planet wasn't helping me and that my LES was wide open. It didn't phase her at all. She told me to "calm down" and I decided not to say anything further at all. She tried twice to insert an IV and couldn't do it and sent for a lady who did it the first time and who was in the end a much better nurse.

This morning when the cafeteria gal brought in my tray it had coffee with caffeine, milk which I cannot use because my small blood vessels rupture, Ensure which has Soy which I cannot take and some cream of wheat of which I took a few bites.

Before she took the tray away I told her the surgery I'd had and why I couldn't eat any of the stuff and she said, "My mother has acid too but 'she just lives with it". I would have slapped her but she wasn't a nurse. She assured me I'm "get over it"

The days ahead will tell the whole story. I have had the surgery. I know all too well what needing the surgery and waiting so long have done to me and it isn't pretty. I remain hopeful and am attempting to live one day at a time. Before the surgery my hope had run out completely.

I'd been treated for everything in the book until the proper testing was finally done and the really good chance of treating what was most likely the problem behind everything was finally addressed.

I was given Toradol for pain after surgery for the first time and it did NOT make me nauseated. I had no nausea to speak of at all. If you have not had it and get nauseated easily you might check into this stuff.

I'm still wearing the elastic stomach pad and it really helps support my abdomen. My back still hurts but I've laid around so much I'm not surprised. I hope to get some rest tonight and start off even better tomorrow.

It's a big day here at our house and everyone - friends and family - have been wonderful. Calls from out of town, offers of food, cards, emails and tons of FB posts have been very comforting.

I hope to be an encourager here now instead of a whiner but give me a little time to heal. It's been a long and winding road but I think I have a chance to get back on track now for the first time in a very long time.

Thanks to all of you who have helped me and I hope to be of help even in a small way to anyone considering this surgery. Just give me a holler.

On the Road Again!
Rita
Take it easy.
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy.

- The Eagles

vulpine
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   Posted 8/2/2011 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Nice, too bad about the dummies at the hospital. hope you have as smooth of a recovery as I did!

Emu1984
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   Posted 8/2/2011 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
As I read this, Take It Easy is on the radio! (It's a sign!)

Glad to hear about your wrap and hope the next few weeks go quickly and as comforting as possible. Sorry to hear about the experience with some of the hospital staff, but it's good that you spoke up. :)

Take it easy!

Emily

somedaysarediamonds
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   Posted 8/2/2011 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
There were signs all over the hospital with an acronym spelling out:

S
P
E
K

U
P

So I did. The nurse was out of line and just being from Oklahoma didn't give her the right to comment as she did.

I was too weary at 6 am to listen to anyone else play down what GERD/HH and a weak LES can do to you.

The Eagles are my favorite!

Rita
 

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 8/2/2011 3:19:51 PM (GMT-6)


sewfun
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   Posted 8/2/2011 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on your wrap. Sounds like you are on your way to feeling better already.

And, you are already helping others just by posting your story! turn turn turn Glad too that you are getting so much support from family and friends. turn turn turn

Hope you sleep better tonight. smilewinkgrin

Sewfun

Post Edited (sewfun) : 8/2/2011 4:45:53 PM (GMT-6)


somedaysarediamonds
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   Posted 8/2/2011 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sewfun,

I was very pleased with my surgeon. He did the best job he could and has done close to 400 NFs in our little town. He's very good at what he does and has saved the lives of several people I know personally.

I'm sleepy now but also feel as if I have a slight fever.
He told me to expect it. I'm armed with liquid Ibuprofen.

I appreciate your kind words!
Rita
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. - The Eagles

mock turtle
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   Posted 8/2/2011 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
halloweenbaby

congratulations ! on your successful operation

oh and btw

sounds like you met nurse ratched ........and her twin sister!

from the classic book and movie "one flew over the cuckoos nest"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nurse_Ratched

somedaysarediamonds
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   Posted 8/2/2011 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I think maybe I did meet her. It was a surreal situation at 6 in the morning waiting to go into surgery and someone with a medical degree saying to me what she said.

Sometimes there is just no explaining people.
I never cease to be amazed.
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. - The Eagles

elsiem
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   Posted 8/2/2011 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rita,

Congratulations on a successful surgery. So pleased you are starting to feel better already. Long may it continue & I hope it will not be too long before you are enjoying life again.

It also amazes me how some health professionals have no people skills. They may be technically brilliant but cannot hold a conversation without opening theirs mouths & putting both feet firmly in.

Take each day as it comes & listen to your body. Will be thinking of you.

Best wishes

Lynda

stkitt
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   Posted 8/2/2011 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry folks but I take offense at comments about the "dummies" and "Nurse Ratched".
 
I am glad you made it through halloweenbaby.  I wish you well.
 
 
~~Kitt~~
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Post Edited (stkitt) : 8/2/2011 3:45:13 PM (GMT-6)


kyheart
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   Posted 8/2/2011 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Rita
I am so glad to hear from you and I can only say that anyone who downplays GERD and HH and LES has never had to go through the horrors of it..

I am so happy that you are going to stay with us..
WELCOME TO THE WRAPPED CLUB!!!!! yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

Rest and get your strength back, don't push your recovery nono nono

Stay with us we want to know how you are doing as you recover...

Sandi

Post Edited (kyheart) : 8/2/2011 5:58:29 PM (GMT-6)


CRABBYGAIL
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   Posted 8/2/2011 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Rita,
   So happy you are in "The Club!" I am 6wks post op tomorrow and am a new woman! I do hope you will progress as well as I have.
 
Remember to take it slowly. My biggest problem was drinking or eating a little too much in the beginning, and having that overfull "Thanksgiving meal" feeling.  Don't freak out if you get something stuck, just sip water or warm tea and it will go on down.
 
I have discontinued my Reglan and am only taking the Dexilant every other day for right now. Feels strange to not be popping pills all the time and still suffering!
 
I was happy to see your post! Hope each day finds you feeling better and better! smurf Gail

KatherineG
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   Posted 8/3/2011 6:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck, Rita! Keep us posted!

somedaysarediamonds
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   Posted 8/3/2011 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I just posted a long update and the forum wouldn't let me post to my own thread so I lost it all.

I'm doing well for the start of the 3rd day. All the usual stuff as expected.

Nothing that big to complain about as the pain and nausea pre-surgery were so terrible I promised if the surgery stopped those two things I wouldn't complain.

Funny thing for the day: I gave out with the "Fart Heard Round the World" a bit ago and hubby called back to me "I'll be there in a minute!'" LOL I still have no voice after the tube down my throat during surgery and he can't hear well due to big guns in the army and we had a good laugh from that situation. I guess I know what I sound like now when I'm yelling for him. confused

My only concern at this point is that anyone else ever receive the same treatment I did at the pre-op interview and later by the admitting RN. It will be duly noted on the survey the hospital sent home with me. Not by her name because I do not recall her name. Nothing personal just substandard behavior with an ill patient.

Guess I'll hit the shower now. Not a bad start to day three.

Oh, my new lap top is going in for repair and the high here today will be at least 115. At least.
We're having fires and power outages and everything is burning up from the heat.
Not a bad time to be stuck in the house.

Here's to better days ahead!
Rita turn
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. - The Eagles

elsiem
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   Posted 8/3/2011 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rita

So pleased you are doing well. Sounds like you are having a 'rough time in your old town tonight' LOL Its winter here so I'm struggling to keep warm by the fire today.

Continue to heal well & good luck with your diet.

Take care

Lynda

Tduga1
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   Posted 8/3/2011 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Rita,

Take it easy the first couple of weeks and you will being feeling better before you know it.

I am almost five weeks post surgery and feeling great.

Tony

somedaysarediamonds
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   Posted 8/4/2011 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I need some help.

My surgery was on Monday. I didn't have any nausea/acid that day. On Tuesday when I woke up at the hospital I had no acid but I burped some. On Wednesday (yesterday) I had horrible pain and woke with what felt like some acid but no real nausea. This morning I woke up (Thursday) with a really acidic taste in my mouth and a good bit of nausea. I have been up since about 5 am and it's nearly 8 now. I'll call the surgeon's office for the anti-nausea cream because I actually forgot to ask for an Rx when I left the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

I have had only liquids till last night when I smashed up some mac and cheese. It tasted good and felt alright at bedtime when I took a sleeping pill. The pill is rather large in size (not in dosage) and I'm wondering if it went down passed the wrap site at all. I did burp this morning and felt something hard/rough like part of the pill. That's all it could have been because the mac and cheese was not hard.

I'm not saying the mac and cheese was a good idea and I'm going back to liquids only but I'm scared.

Did any of you who have had the surgery wake up this soon after surgery with nausea and/or acid? I can't tell which it is for sure - acid or just nausea. I'm also having lots of diarrhea.

I'm panicking here.

Please help if you can.
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. - The Eagles

couchtater
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   Posted 8/4/2011 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like the pill got stuck at the wrap and caused some irritation.
The diarrhea is normal-liquids in, liquids out.
Joy

kyheart
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   Posted 8/4/2011 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Rita
I have to agree with Joy, it does sound like the pill got stuck.. if it is a tablet, you might try crushing it and mixing it with a bit of yogurt or pudding. Try not to panic.. I know that is hard when you do not know what you are experiencing.. that is why I came here to panic.. they all helped me
I had the diarrhea also, as Joy said.. liquid in, liquid out...
once you get past the swelling..which may be part of your experience.. it will continue to swell until about day 14, then it will begin to go down.. as the wrap swells you will be more comfortable sticking to liquids..I was anyway.. everyone has their own experience with it, I can only relay my own...

take each day as it comes...better days to come..
Reach for the Sunshine (no heat though)
Sandi

I just read your post on my thread.. I will be here as often as I can be to encourage and support you when you are discouraged or frustrated..(and any other time too) I experienced those feelings and everyone supported me.. I made it through and so will you!!!
You are right.. a positive attitude does help.. but we all have times when our attitude takes a nose dive.. come here and tell us what's going on and we will all try to help you through..... turn

Post Edited (kyheart) : 8/4/2011 7:28:39 PM (GMT-6)


somedaysarediamonds
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   Posted 8/4/2011 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had Postcholecystectomy Syndrome for nearly 17 years. It's the constant loose stools caused from residual bile with the gall bladder gone. It comes and goes but had lessened till the last 3 years when acid got really bad. I had 7 bile stools today including two at the hospital where I returned this afternoon for another barium swallow. I also have fever again tonight and had to get the nausea cream medication filled.

I will take my sleeping pill in water before going to bed = crushed as best I can crush it. I'm also going to raise my adjustable bed higher tonight as I kept it at the hospital. I was worried that the pill got stuck because I took it too late so will be taking it earlier tonight.

I don't want another day like this one. I got a phone call from my friend who had the open surgery 11 years ago and was in the hospital for 12 days. He said they kept him sedated so long he doesn't remember being nauseated, fever, headache etc.

I have what feels like a bad case of the flu with fever, diarrhea, as if I've been shot 5 times in the abdomen and like someone just told me Santa Clause was dead. I guess I'll try it again tonight.

I know I'm not anyone's favorite since I'm not that positive but I have to say how I feel. It really stinks. I still can't talk from the tube down my throat during surgery, my neck is swollen, the IV made me gain 5 lbs and I'm back on my CPAP because I still can't breathe deeply.

I know it's not what anyone wants to hear but there ya have it.
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. - The Eagles

couchtater
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   Posted 8/5/2011 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
HB,
I felt pretty rotten during my recovery too. So vent away! I believe it helps you feel better to let it out.
I feel you will get through this rough patch soon. Hang in there.
Joy

kyheart
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   Posted 8/5/2011 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Rita

Please don't feel that you need to be positive all the time.. when you are in pain or feel nauseous or you just plain feel crummy.. well if you need to vent .. go ahead. we have all been there.. you aren't going to run us off.. there are better things to come, I can almost guarantee it!!

I am just one of those who feels that if I am positive I am going to feel better I will. Works most of the time but other times I look in the mirror and tell my self to "hush up" .. I saw your most recent post and I am glad you had a good nite...

By the way..
the Eagles are AWESOME!!!!

Better Days to come!
Sandi

somedaysarediamonds
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   Posted 8/5/2011 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I actually had a pretty good night last night (Thursday) and a pretty darn good day today considering all I've had is soup. LOL

Not much gas, no big shoulder pain today and while I still can't talk my neck and throat aren't as sore.

thanks!
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. - The Eagles

kyheart
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   Posted 8/5/2011 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
This is just the beginning of many more days and nites to come that you feel ok then good then great!!!

I am so happy for you, it feels so good to finally feel something other than crummy!!!!

Sandi

stkitt
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   Posted 8/6/2011 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I am glad to read that you had a good night and day on Friday.  I wish you many more good days.  I do understand how the bad days can bring us down and make us feel like we may never see up again.
 
Blessings,
 
Kitt
~~Kitt~~
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