Tomorrow is my surgery!

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StellaNY
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   Posted 2/6/2012 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I am all set- got the call that the surgery is booked for 1:15 PM. Just got back from the market and CVS purchasing all types of juices, gourmet ice pops ( pomegranate ) and copious quantities of beano and gasX. I feel pretty positive- set on preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Had a lovely last lunch at my favorite Asian-fusion restaurant.

Any last words of advise? Otherwise, I will post as soon as I can afterward!!

pegster
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   Posted 2/6/2012 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
You may want to get some liquid Motrin or Tylenol. Good luck to you. We'll be waiting to hear from you!

Peggy

StellaNY
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   Posted 2/6/2012 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks- did get the liquid Tylenol . Feeling as ready as one can be now; my doubts seem to have faded as to the wisdom of having the surgery.

dencha
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   Posted 2/6/2012 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stella,
Very best wishes for your surgery tomorrow!  yeah yeah I'll be thinking of you, and waiting for your return to the forum at which time you'll be inducted into the Wrapped Club!
Don't worry...all will be just fine.
Take care,
Denise turn

StellaNY
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   Posted 2/6/2012 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much!! You do give me the confidence to move forward now. So glad I did find this forum.

dencha
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   Posted 2/6/2012 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Stella,
This forum is a great place...glad you joined us.  There aren't many places to find positive and supportive wrapped friends to talk to!
We'll all be thinking of you tomorrow, and wish you the very best!

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Denise turn


LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/6/2012 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
StellaNY,

Good luck tomorrow. I wish you a successful surgery and speedy recovery. Let us know how you are doing. Get lots of rest tonight. That will help. Good Luck.

Max

Darryl
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   Posted 2/7/2012 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
GOOD LUCK STELLA -

Submit to the healing process.....
It will all be better soon.

dencha
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   Posted 2/7/2012 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stella...thinking of you today!  Hope all is well. yeah yeah yeah

StellaNY
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   Posted 2/9/2012 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Two days pot-op now.

As long as I do not move am feeling pretty good. I had no nausea and am able to stick to the liquid diet, since I have no appetite. However I keep falling asleep. My surgeon said that I could start on mushy foods tomorrow. My key symptoms now are pain!!! As soon as I try to get out of bed, or a chair or go to lie down, I am having excruciating pain. An ice-pack a little but. as does the meds.

Jesper A
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   Posted 2/9/2012 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there, the pain should subcide over the next days so keep taking the pain meds

StellaNY
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   Posted 2/9/2012 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. It was bad last night, that I got up at 3 AM to take more meds.

dencha
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   Posted 2/9/2012 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stella,
Hang in there...you're getting surgical pain now, which is understandable.  Be sure to stay ahead of the pain with your pain meds.  Nighttime is the worst...all pain seems maginfied when it's dark and quiet and we're trying to sleep!
It will get better...
Best wishes,
Denise

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/10/2012 2:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Stella,

I hope you feel better. My surgeon told me to take the meds in advance to prevent future pain. I believe getting good rest is key during this period. For the first few days, I had a hard time bending down and getting up. It's better now but I still have to be cautious.

StellaNY
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   Posted 2/10/2012 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks and I have been taking my meds- pretty much every 4 hours. I cannot get to sleep without taking one in the middle of the night. Do not even try to bend over and seem to dropping lots of stuff. My husband has been an angel. Having about half of a scrambled egg this morning was delicious.

Reading this forum, I had expected many side effects, but I was not at all prepared for the amount of pain.

dencha
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   Posted 2/10/2012 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stella,
Everybody reacts differently to pain.  In addition, when our surgeons root around in there, I'm sure they don't all do things exactly the same.  A pulling stitch, unique swelling patterns, etc...there are so many things that can cause some to have more pain than others.
 
Still, it will all calm down once you've had a little more recovery time under your belt.
 
Have you contacted your surgeon's office and let them know that your pain med isn't sufficient fo the pain you're experiencing?  I remember in the hospital they switched me off IV meds to oral so they'd know whether or not it would handle the pain before I headed for home.
 
You shouldn't be a lot of pain (a little, sure).  You sound like your pain level is too high.  When you call your surgeon, try to think of a 0-10 pain level chart and give them your perception of where you are on that continnum.
 
Best wishes!
Denise

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   Posted 2/10/2012 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Stella,
 
Glad to hear you made it through surgery OK.  Post op pain is always different for each person. I agree that it is a good idea to call your surgeon to see if you may need a different pain med or an increase in frequency. 
Using the pain scale is a great way to explain how severe you pain is. The rule of thumb is what the patient says their pain level is should be believed.
 
Good luck and thinking of you,
 
Kitt 

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StellaNY
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   Posted 2/10/2012 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
My pain script is for 1-2 tablets- 4-6 hrs. I have been trying to manage with just one tablet so far. When it gets closer to the 4 hrs, I can really feel my pain increase. I am reluctant to take too much medication because after I had surgery for a spinal fusion 4-5 yrs ago, it left me with a morphine addiction which was not easy to overcome.

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/11/2012 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Stella,

What kind of pain pills were you given?

I was given oxycondone 5mg 1x every 12 hours.

I'd say if you can manage without it, it's better but don't try to fight it. If you need, that's what its there for. The best thing to do for this surgery is to take care that wrap by sticking to your liquid diet, avoid lifting heaving things and stretching your abdomen, get plenty of good rest and walking exercise, and be positive ;)

Good luck and I you feel well.

Max

StellaNY
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   Posted 2/11/2012 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I got percocet( which I think is the same thing-different dose) as to what you were taking.

I asked my doc for nausea meds and he swore that he NEVER had a patient who suffered from nausea. Of course, today I am nauseous, hope having some breakfast will help. It is hard to get exercise, both given cold weather and how painful ti is even for a short walk back and forth in my living room. Lying in bed is the most pain-free.

After 3 days, he already put me on a semi-solid diet.
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