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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 2/3/2012 2:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I am Lisa and jumped right in there asking before reading. Sorry. I'm already becoming a wreck before surgery. I also suffer from severe panic attacks anyways so it's prob not good to be scared a week ahead. As I stated I have a 5 cm hiatal hernia and gerd. I am overweight and hoping this surgery will help that as well with the diet.
I have an excellent surgeon and survived a major hysterectomy with no probs so hoping things will go well.

I am scared about the pain. I read one persons post regretting having the surgery. I have a low pain tolerance and am very impatient. I am scared about being hungry. I just dont want to be a slave to my nexium anymore and I have barrets esophagus already. I've gone to twice a day in my meds and have had a serious reflux incident reducing me to tears it hurt so bad. I wake up at night with acid too. My best friend had this done many years ago and is fine. I have always been jealous because she no longer needs meds and can eat in "peace". Yet, now that it's my turn I'm second guessing myself. Any help or pointers will be so greatly appreciated. Thank you. I look forward to all my new friends.

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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 2/3/2012 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lisa,

Welcome to HealingWell. I hope we can help you here.

I understand that you have anxiety, but the attitude you're going into this surgery with is a little worrisome to me. You are saying already that you're very impatient. This is a surgery which requires patience, and a lot of it. Some bounce back quickly, but some take longer than others. You will also probably be on liquids right away, so you should be aware that you very well may be hungry. The other factor is that you will new to chew your food until the cows come home to make sure your stomach doesn't have to work too hard and that things don't get stuck at the wrap site. This also requires patience for those for those of us (myself included) who take big bites, lightly mash it, and then swallow a big gulp of food. Maybe start practicing that now? I've found that it's actually very satisfying, and also helped me lose weight because it takes longer to eat (due to the whole it-takes-your-stomach-20-minutes-to-realize-it's-full thing).

I think that you should start to learn some coping techniques, like Yoga or chanting (just a couple of suggestions, there are tons more out there). Just like your hysterectomy, this is major surgery which will not be cured overnight. The first thing I can tell you is that the swelling will peak at day 14, so don't be tempted to think it has failed right away. You will need patience, and you know yourself best on how to cope with it. If not, there are tons of Internet articles out there to help you.

Secondly, if you have a low pain tolerance, speak to your doctor about longer-term pain management. For instance, we had a member who was struggling because the doctor told her she "should" only be taking her pain meds for something like 10 days (I can't remember exactly). However, once reassured by members here that she should take pain medication if she really needed them, she resumed taking an OTC analgesic and had a lot of relief from it. Of course consult with your surgeon if you're unsure about medications.

Thirdly, if you're having second thoughts, re-read your sentences above:

"I just dont want to be a slave to my nexium anymore and I have barrets esophagus already. I've gone to twice a day in my meds and have had a serious reflux incident reducing me to tears it hurt so bad. I wake up at night with acid too. My best friend had this done many years ago and is fine. I have always been jealous because she no longer needs meds and can eat in "peace"."

All of those reasons are very valid ones. Try to focus on those instead of second-guessing you and your surgeon's decision. I know that's easier said than done, but you've obviously been suffering for quite some time. Your choices are to continue, or to have the surgery. It doesn't seem like you want to continue! :)

One of our extremely wise and wrapped members, Dencha, always says to "surrender to your recovery". I think it's a lovely plan. If you listen to your body and surrender to what it wants and needs, it's a lot easier to recover because the expectations can fall by the wayside and you can recover more gracefully :)

I wish you very well on your surgery next Thursday! Please keep us updated on how everything goes! Please feel free to peruse through our posts, and to ask anything that you're wondering about. Also, don't be shy about asking your surgeon questions!

Take care,

Post Edited (aeshleyrose) : 2/3/2012 3:41:33 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/3/2012 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Well done Joy!

Not much else I can say right now except learn to be very patient. This isn't your typical lap surgery and you bounce back after a few days. You have to relearn the proper way to eat and your body will have to relearn how to digest food.
That being said, there are a lot of people here and where ever else who have taken the time to really recover and are doing great. Slow and steady for this recovery. Before you know it you will be eating basically normal again.

Take care,
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/3/2012 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Ashley,
If I didn't know better, I'd think you were already a member of the famous Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club yeah yeah yeah !  I think you will have to be an HONORARY MEMBER!  You have really learned a lot as you wander the halls of this great forum. I don't think anyone could have said it better.  Thank you for your very excellent advice. If you ever get to the point when you have the surgery, you'll DEFINITELY be ready for it.  I do think you win the prize.  Hopefully you'll come across some Nissen patients when you're a nurse, and you'll be able to share that wise advice widely!
Welcome, ljritchie!  Ashley has pretty much said it all.  Attitude is everything when recovering form this surgery.  It takes patience and fortitude.  If you haven't checked out my recovery journal, here's the link:  http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2183443
It might give you some more information regarding what to expect.
Best wishes to you both!
Denise turn

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Date Joined Feb 2012
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 2/4/2012 2:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Than you all for your kind comments. I cannot begin to express how much the recovery journal has eased my mind. I only 45 and have been under general anesthesia many times for one reason or another; including a hipbone to hipbone hysterectomy. I guess I mistakenly said impatience instead fear; of being hungry and the fear of never eating again (being overly dramatic here ) and being in excruciating pain and not being able to swallow or burp or vomit. Why am I worried about this last one ? You tell me. I've been doing homework and was scared to death Id be on apple juice for 8 weeks! Your journey sounds like something I may actually able to handle. My hernia is bigger than a golf ball at 5 cm. and is parked in my throat . I have recently developed asthma; which i havent had since childhood and have already been hospitalized with pneumonia.

I am even on what they call the "green goddess cocktail" to soothe when I have breakthrough episodes. I am very impressed with my surgeon pre op; as he comes recommended by my ent ; who us one of the most brilliant women I know.

Thank you again. I was ready to call and chicken out Monday morning. You have given me hope. I think I'll keep a journal or try to as well to pass forward more positiveness. I continue to wish you both luck who have written and hope you will pray for me and keep in touch; as I will.

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