Having surgery on Monday!

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Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 1/14/2012 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been reading here for the past several weeks. Hubby plans on keeping me busy the next two days so I don't go nuts worrying. I have been dealing with Gerd for decades now sand it has gotten progressively worse the last 5 years or so. I think I am as prepared as I can be with freezer stocked with homemade broths and Popsicles and sherbert and pantry worth ensure,boost, jello, puddings and assorted canned fruits, juices thanks to all suggestions I have seen here in posts. We have put comfy recliner in my room and so on. Dr plans on doing procedure with scope but said that due to a good portion of my stomach being above diaphragm that he may have to do with an open incision once he gets in there. A big difference! Three day in hospital vs ten days. Nerves are starting to get the best of me. All I seem to be doing is cleaning and eating all the things I am not going to be able to enjoy. I wanted to thank all of you here for your input. It has been and I hope will continue to be an enormous help.

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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 1/14/2012 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Penny,

Firstly, welcome to HealingWell. I'm so glad you've found us :)

Secondly, surgery gives a lot of people the willies, but I'm sure you're going to do fine. Just remember that the swelling peaks at about day 14, so don't get discouraged if there aren't immediate results. Your body will need to heal and then these pesky symptoms will put the biscuits in the saddlebags and hit the dusty trail. (Sorry, I heard that the other day and had to use it!)

It sounds like you're well prepared, good for you. It also sounds like you have a wonderful and supportive husband, how nice :) Also, when your doctor comes and checks on you post-op can be a great time to ask any questions you may have if he hasn't prepared you adequately already.

Keep us posted afterwards with your progress, as we get attached to our members here. I wish you a successful surgery and a speedy recovery! Please, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask us.

I will keep you in good thoughts!

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 1/14/2012 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   

You built your nest and stocked your frig so I think you are all set.  Try not to anticipate any problems and just know that the healing process takes time but you will make it through.
I think it is awesome the way members jump in to help people facing surgery so I am very glad you found this forum.  Knowing there are so many others that have been down this road is a comfort when facing surgery.
My prayers are with you,
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   Posted 1/14/2012 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Penny,
I'd like to add my voice to Ashley's welcome!  Glad you've joined us.  Like you, I found this forum when I was preparing to have my surgery.  I'd seen so many scary posts on the internet, it was wonderful to find a forum where people were experienced yet positive.  A lot of the people who helped me then are no longer posting, but Kitt and Bill are still here, and occasionally a few of our old friends stop by to say hi and lend a hand.
If you've been around here a while, you've probably searched the resources, but just in case you missed this, here's my recovery journal thread for the first 19 days of my recovery (February 2009).  While each experience is unique, I find that there are some things we all experience.
It'll give you an idea about what you might expect during the early stages of recovery.
Do you have any liquid Tylenol around for when you have recovered enough to stop the narcotic pain meds (you'll probably want to continue them at night, because pain seems to be magnified in those nighttime hours, and you'll want to get your sleep.)  I found that I was more comfortable continuing to sleep in an inclined position during healing.  You're smart to have your recliner at the ready.
Don't be surprised if you continue to have some reflux during your healing stages.  It could actually be some acid sneaking out of the misshapen, swollen wrap, or just pain sensations that are interpreted by the brain as reflux.
Also, I found that sometimes a little food and some water might be standing at the wrap site and when I burped it would be sent up to my mouth--very much like reflux, but minus the acid.  Many take PPIs during the recovery period to stay comfortable.  Some surgeons tell their patients to stop taking them immediately after the surgery, while others suggest continued usage.  Just remember it is an option for you.
Again, glad you've joined us! 
We're here for you, so be sure to ask any question that come to mind.  No question is a stupid one, and since we've been where you are, we probably had the same ones!
Good luck with your surgery!
You'll do fine.  We'll be here ready to welcome you to our Wrapped Club!
Best wishes,

New Member

Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 1/15/2012 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your responses. Saturday down one day to go! Scheduled to be at hospital at 7am tommorrow. Think today I will just keep me busy here around the house. Hubby kept me out of the house most of yesterday so that helped a lot. If I sit around I just get very fidgety and start eating. Iwish I could have dropped a few more pounds before surgery but it was rough with the holidays and knowing it is gonna be a while before I can again eat normally. I kind of wish it was bedtime now instead of the day just starting!!!

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Date Joined Nov 2011
Total Posts : 1097
   Posted 1/15/2012 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck Pennyoc,
I just had my Nissen Wrap done on me On Thursday Jan 11th 2012. I just want to wish you all the very best in your healing and Recvery Process I am having alot Of gas in my belly that I have to release and pain in my shoulders and back from the gas used during surgrey. But I feel good to have my anti Nasea meds and other meds on hand cause you feel pain and nausea in your recovery. Good Luck with Sugrey Monday. LexiPoo

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Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 515
   Posted 1/16/2012 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to HealingWell and Welcome to the Wrapped club!!! Now you are on the road to recovery... Please remember that we here at the forum come here to help those such as yourself, ease through recovery of this surgery and get through it with caring and understanding from those of us who have gone through it or do understand the problems associated with this health issue called GERD.

We hope that you will come to us when you have questions or you are frustrated with the way your recovery is progressing or when you have triumphed over any and all obstacles. We will be here to support you and show you that we care and we will cheer when you have taken 3 steps forward and stayed there... we will be here to help you when you have taken 2 steps forward and 3 steps back...

Good luck and let your recovery flow.. don't push it.. most importantly.. listen to what your body tells you.. it will let you know when to and when not to.. I promise.. it will not lie to you.

Let us hear from you soon.. we are all anxious to hear how you are!

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