I just wanted to give anyone interested a
quick status of where I am after my Nissen Fundoplication.
Last week, on my day 11 and 12 I had to go
to the hospital. I am from Denmark and I think it works a lot different here
than in the US.
Anyway, at lunch on day 11 I felt for the
first time my wrap closing off all access to my stomach from my esophagus. I
had only taken a small bite of some cooked minced meat and it was just stuck
there. It felt like cramps just over my stomach and it hurt like hell. I got up
and walked around for a while and I started to gulp. After about 10 minutes it felt like
it loosened up and 5 minutes later I could get back to eating.
The little fright quickly passed and I
thought it was just a combination of some air in the stomach and food playing
tricks with my wrap.
At dinner time it happened once again. At
the first bite I didn’t feel much but at the second bite I realized it was all
stuck again and this time round I had taken bigger bites. The horror carried on
for half an hour at which point I got my wife to drive me to the hospital. I
was gulping up slime every 3 minutes and couldn’t swallow. Just like earlier it
felt like at cramp every 30 seconds and it hurt like nothing else. I was
certain that the food was thoroughly stuck and I needed help to get it up. After
1½ hour of hell it suddenly eased off (thank you!), and 10 minutes later when
the doctor came to see me it had passed. Since I was only 11 days post op he
opted to hospitalize me.
I stayed there for 24 hours and was then
send home on a fluid diet and soft foods when I had found the courage again. Also
they told me to come straight back in case it happened again.
Since last weekend this has happened a lot
times, but not as bad as the dinner because I am expecting it and are careful now.
It is like the first bite I take is always stopped and only after 5 minutes my
wrap opens up. It is not a huge problem and I am sure it will get better over
time plus it is the only complication after the surgery so far! I feel lucky.
2 months before the surgery I had started
running in order to be in good shape for the operation and yesterday I went out
running for the first time after.
Let me tell you, it felt so good!
Before surgery I had made a route of just
under 2 miles (3 km) and my best time was just over 14 minutes. Yesterday I ran
the first mile and then walked the rest. It took me 19 minutes and I am well
proud. After the first mile my stomach started to hurt a little bit which was
the main reason why I opted to walked. Either way it just gave me a huge energy
boost and I felt so good the rest of the day!
Lowering my PPI doze
Thursday I started to lower my doze of PPI’s.
Up until Thursday I took Lansoprazol 30 mg twice a day but now I have reduced
to only 30 mg in the morning. Thursday it didn’t feel so good. I had a lot of mucus
and I had small coughs. Friday it got better and Saturday was actually my best
day since surgery.
Full of joy and positive energy (remember I
was also out running in the morning) it opted to celebrate this with my first
glass of red wine…
In hindsight that was probably pushing it
a bit too far… J
After the glass I began developing a lot got
mucus and my voice got hoarse. Yikes. And the night was even worse. I woke up
several times and I felt it burning all the way through. This morning it was
still bad but during the day it has felt as if things is getting better again. I
am sticking to the lower doze and I think if I wait a little more with the red
wine it will all be good again. Will keep you posted