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   Posted 9/13/2011 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow it seems just like yesterday i set my surgery knowing it is just one day away.I am getting knots in my stomach. Knowing tommorw will be last rel meal for awhile.I just want to thank everyone for all their posting on here. As it has helped getting somewhat ready for the big they usually make you stay overnight.or do they usually let you go home the same day.need to go shopping tomorrow and get my broth.can any one else tell me what would be the best for me the first week that way i can get it all when i get off work.dont want the hubby to go shopping.he is gonna have is hands full as it is.he is taking 3 days off to be here with me .so hopefullly after that i will be ok by myself/any pointers will be greatly apperciated thanks a bunch vista

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   Posted 9/13/2011 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Vista,
Pretty soon you'll be a member of the Wrapped Club!  We'll be here to welcome you after your surgery.  It's natural to be anxious before surgery, but you're well prepared after reading all our posts and suggestions!
Be sure to get your doctor to prescribe your pain medication AND anti-nausea medication (call it in to a pharmacy) so you can have them when you arrive home.  (I'm sure you've read that you should avoid vomiting after surgery, as it can damage your wrap.  If you have anti-nausea medication always at hand, you can protect yourself.)
I would be helpful to buy some liquid Tylenol or Motrin because you'll only be on the narcotic meds for a short time, and will want to switch to OTC meds.  You might want to continue taking the narcotic med at night, because things always seem to bother more at night.
I was on a liquid diet in the hospital, but was switched to soft at home.  I had homemade chicken broth, applesauce, squash, Carnation Instant Breakfast (I never used), Jello, etc.  In the end I only used a little of these, because I went to eating "anything that could be chewed to a liquid" at day 5 or 6. 
You can help reduce and avoid the dreaded shoulder pain with walking.  If you can walk the halls of the hospital every time you get up to go to the bathroom (that's what a night nurse recommended) it is a good start.  Then walk as much as you can at home.  I found that the more I walked the less my shoulder hurt.
No ice water (can cause spasms).  No straws or carbonated drinks(can introduce air into your stomach).
In my experience and what I've heard, nearly everyone stays overnight in the hospital.  They start you on IV pain meds, then switch you to oral meds as it nears the time of your release.  Good luck getting them to prescribe an elixir pain med.  Surgeons seem determined to have you take your pain meds via pills.  I don't get it, since they don't want us eating solid foods...why the pills?  If you figure it out, let me know!
You may want to keep the head of your bed elevated while you heal, as it will take pressure off your healing wrap.  Some like to go right to sleeping flat, but I found that I felt more comfortable elevated.  Get your couch ready so you'll have a nice place to flop down when you arrive home from the hospital.
If you have time to make a couple casseroles so your husband won't have to cook as much, it would be helpful, but if you don't have time, I'm sure he'll manage until you're up and around.  You'll heal quickly on the outside.  Don't be surprised if the incision on the left rib side is more painful.  Apparently that's the one they do most of the manipulation of the tools from.  I found ice applied directly to the site was very helpful.
We're here, so any other questions you think of, just ask away.
Good luck!  You'll do just fine.
Take care,

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   Posted 9/18/2011 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise!! Your awesome...

Vista...WELCOME TO WRAPPED CLUB...You're one of us now. How are you????? Those first few days are a trip, but they'll pass slowly and quickly...

As for all Denise said....listen to her. She's an expert and helped so many of us here. I am on three weeks now...they have been my go to folks. They've gotten me three weeks down the road.

Let us know how you're doing....You're NOT alone friend. We're here...

We've been there (and some like me are still walking it out)....

Denise I am going to say it again....YOU ROCK! Such a blessing...I love all you said, with mine still fresh in my helps....I am so grateful you're here and sharing with us...what a difference.

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   Posted 9/18/2011 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Vista... we are here for you, please come share your triumphs with us.. we are here for you to ask questions of us and to listen as you shout and swear if that is necessary also..WELCOME TO THE WRAPPED CLUB...

Please come share you adventure through recovery with us and others who are getting ready to go there...

Reach for the Sunshine... Rainbows will follow

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