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   Posted 5/21/2012 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   

I am not sure if I should have left the dressings off but there is no seepage or anything. The incisions are dry and clean so I don't want to cover them with more gauze.

Only another day before I have the staples removed.

I really don't like the look of my torso! I look like a battle tank! My sister, a nurse, said the gas pumped into me during surgery will take a while to leave. It has to be absorbed by tissues - not just a matter of passing gas!! smilewinkgrin


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   Posted 5/22/2012 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Usually your post-op instructions will tell you when you can leave the dressings off of a surgical site.  If you still have your staples in place you may want to put a light dressing over the site to keep the staples from catching on your clothing. 
Your torso will heal in time and start to look better.  :-)
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   Posted 5/24/2012 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   

My staples are gone - and it didn't hurt to have them removed. The doctor put fresh, light dressings on just as insurance that the incisions don't split if I lift something or bend over. My torso still looks awful and I told him that it can't just be "me" that it wasn't so big before surgery. He said yes, it's all me!!!

Diet time!!!!!

The good things about post surgery:

Cough and mucous are gone
Not using puffers
Not using bipap machine

I did a home oximetry test last night. The doctor thinks it is posibble that the surgery may have reduced the need for these. We will see. He said that, if it were him, because of the Barett's Esophagus, he would want to continue taking Nexium. I feel that is the safest thing to do.

No other news. I'm going for a nap!

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