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BCer
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   Posted 5/22/2012 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I went out this afternoon to our Eagles Club with my husband. We were only there for about an hour and I had my glass of cranberry juice. By the time I got home, I could barely walk I was so tired. Went to bed and slept for a couple of hours. Surprised that I can feel so good so soon after surgery but only minor exercise nearly put me under the table. Is this typical?

Sandy

dencha
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   Posted 5/22/2012 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sandy,
I think you're forgetting you've just had major surgery.  It's TOTALLY normal to be exhausted after very little activity.  Many don't leave the couch during the first week.  You're 7 days post-op, for gosh sake!  Comeon, girl!  Give yourself a break!
 
It's great that you're enjoying a social life, and as long as you can handle it, go for it!  Just don't worry if you're exhausted after a foray out of the house.  Give yourself a break, though, and be careful not to overdo it.  After a fun social event, give yourself permission to flop down on the couch for a rest.
 
Also, don't forget that your wrap is swelling as we speak.  Don't be surprised if you get some discomfort and more difficulty swallowing at about the 2 week mark.
 
Happy healing!
Denise

BCer
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   Posted 5/26/2012 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   

So far, so good...

I am nearly two weeks post-op and things are going very well. I had expected to still be on a very limited sof diet and had stocked up on Jello, soups, juices, etc. I am nearly back to a normal diet, granted smaller portions than pre-surgery. Also I am being careful to avoid onions, broccoli, etc and no heavy meats. But still, food is not a problem.

Now I have a question. So many of you have talked about the worst of the swelling at about week two. I expected it to be an inner feeling of cramped space and trouble swallowing but I don't have that. Right in the centre of my stomach is a hard, tight knot about the size of my fist. Is this what you meant by swelling or do I need to see my doctor? There is no pain but it is uncomfortable and causes my belly to protrude.

Hoping for an answer. Thanks.

Sandy

dencha
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   Posted 5/26/2012 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sandy,
I would say that sounds like swelling.  Most of us have trouble swallowing at that point, but there are variation, and everyone is unique.  It's also greatly dependent upon how tight your wrap is.  Be happy that you can eat so well! 
 
Glad to hear you're making such great progress!
Happy healing,
Denise

BCer
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   Posted 5/27/2012 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
andy
Thanks Denise,

I think it must be the swelling but it surprised me. I didn't expect to be able to feel it on the outside of my body. If it is swelling then it should start to soften and then disappear soon.

Sandy

BCer
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   Posted 5/28/2012 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   

It is not swelling!

For the past several days I have had a hard knot about the size of my fist in the centre of my stomach. As I previously posted, I was expecting swelling from the surgery, 2 weeks ago, but didn't know exactly what it would be like.

Today I went back to my doctor and asked him what is going on? He seems nearly certain that I have a hernia. He wants to monitor for 6 weeks until the surgery heals but if it is still there or if it gets worse before then, I will need to see him again. I have been trying not to lift anything more than 10 lbs and have been careful about everything. If he is correct, this means more surgery. I am not happy.

Sandy

dencha
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   Posted 5/28/2012 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sandy,
When you described the "lump feeling" I didn't think you meant on the outside!  Sorry for the erroneous response!  That's too bad.  What kind of hernia did he think it was? 
 
I always heard avoid lifting anything over 5 pounds.  Was the 10 pound limit given to you by your surgeon?
 
Good luck.  Hopefully you won't require another surgery.
Best wishes,
Denise

BCer
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   Posted 5/29/2012 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Denise,

I am so glad you answered! No need for any concern about suggesting it was the typical swelling. We are not doctors. That's what I thought at first but it seemed more than that. And yes, the bump or bulge is on the outside. I am so depressed. It will need more surgery but I don't want to wait 6 weeks before the doctor even gets the process started.

This is an incisional hernia. (I looked hernias up on the computer and that seems like it) The doctor said that they close in three layers putting together the inner part then the fat layer and then the skin. Somewhere along the way one or more of the stitches let go and tissue is pushing through.

I don't know who told me the 10 lb. limit for lifting. I think it was a combination of my family doctor, the nurse and the surgeon. Lifting was a concern because my little grand daughter weighs nearly 30 lbs and my dog weighs nearly 20 lbs. I was told to wait 6 weeks before lifting them. I think the surgeon was the person who said 10 lbs but I can't check with him. After surgery he left for a month long holiday in Europe. I have a tendency to have expensive surgery folllowed by the doctor leaving on holiday.

I don't know how complicated the surgery will be but I am going to get another doctor's appointment.
Will post again later when I have more information. i have too many questions to wait.

Again, Denise, thank you for writing. I finally got up at 4:30 a.m. and the first thing I did was check the HealingWell forum to see if there had been any responses. I am really getting dependent on all of you and will probably need more support through this next chapter.

Sandy

dencha
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   Posted 5/29/2012 6:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sandy,
Well that's a first!  I've been working on this forum for 3 years (since my own Nissen), and you're the lucky winner of the first slipped stitch/hernia routine.  I know it's not the type of honor you wanted to have.  Still, your experience will no doubt help others who have the same problem in the future.
 
We'll definitely be here to support you through your medical adventure.  Please post often so you can share your experience and knowledge. 
 
We're here for you!  One challenge at a time, though.  Focus on healing from your Nissen and try not to project into the future and spend a lot of time worrying.  Today. One day at a time. 
 
You can do this!
Denise turn

horsecrazylady
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   Posted 5/29/2012 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
BCer, i am 6 weeks post nissen and hernia repair. feeling great, but also get tired easily. this is new for me as i have never been one to have to nap or lie down in the afternoon. if i go to town for groceries i am fine, but if i have several stops to make along with the grocery store, i am wiped out. yesterday i hosted 15 of my family for bbq and swimming all day. they all left by 5pm and i just collapsed with fatigue. thing is, they cleaned everything up before they left, so i did not have a big mess to deal with. i think this surgery is sooooo major that it is going to take a whole lot longer that we ever imagined to heal and feel tip top again. at 58, i am giving myself permission to kick it out of gear when i feel the need.

BCer
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   Posted 5/29/2012 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Horse lady,

I am finding the same thing about being tired. You are so fortunate to have a large family near you and a considerate bunch too! Nice that they cleaned up before leaving. I found that just sitting and visiting for a couple of hours is tiring!!

Now with 6 weeks of healing and then more surgery with more healing, I will be enjoying my summer from a lounge chair in the back yard or on the deck watching the weeds grow. I love my garden and was hoping to be able to get it cleaned up after the 6 week period. At least I have a fall cruise to look forward to in November - if the surgeons will put their knives away!

Sandy

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   Posted 5/29/2012 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Sandy

Good luck with your recovery and your possible surgery to come. We here at teh forum welcome you and hope you continue to come here and share your ups and downs and everything in between. Your experiences and help someone else in the same position that you are in now... Please ask questions and relate goods and bads.. we will be here to help you..

Rainbows are on the way!!!!!!

Sandi smurf tongue turn turn tongue smurf

BCer
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   Posted 5/29/2012 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Sandi,

Rainbows and virtual hugs are always welcome. I got back on the internet today and it looks like my family doctor did exactly what is recommended in checking for hernia. I was at first a bit upset that he wasn't booking me for any more tests or scans right away. I think he is right in allowing time for healing before thinking about this repair.

Sandy
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