6cm hiatal hernia repair and NF on 12/4. Christmas?

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IlliniFan
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   Posted 11/10/2012 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I am scheduled for laparoscopic hiatal repair and NF on 12/4. we have the family from both sides for Christmas at our house. Usually about 25 people. Trying to plan ahead on what I will be able to do, and what I will be able to eat. My daughter is also expecting 12/16 and wondering how much I will be able to help her. She has 4 year old special needs triplets as well. I am assuming picking them up (40lbs) is out. thanks for any help. Just trying to plan out what I am going to need for me, and how I can help others in my immediate post op period?

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   Posted 11/10/2012 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
do not plan on helping anyone for first two weeks. you'll need help yourself.
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   Posted 11/10/2012 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
IlliniFan-

You will be between 2 and 3 weeks.....no lifting over 5lbs, still tire out very easy, may be feeling of reflux again to to peak period for swelling, possibly still having pain at the left upper incision site, plus not eating much so low energy. I am thinking you are going to be a spectator 95% of the time.

I don't want to sound bleak, but this is a long recovery and the first month or so is the slowest part. If you can find something to help out that allows you to sit down the whole time yo may be able to help a bit more. No promises though.

I coach travel softball and had all 4 of mine during the peak of our schedule. I was in the dugout, but after about 15mins. of pacing the dugout I was worn out. Of course I ignored all the other people telling me to go sit gown and my wife threatened to have other parents snatch me up and take ne to the car, LOL. So I do understand the need and want to help. Just listen to what your body tells you and try not to ignore it.

Take care,
Bill
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IlliniFan
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   Posted 11/10/2012 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for reply, that is kind of what I thought. Of course you tell yourself that you will be the exception and feel great! I need to go out and stock up on "food" for after the surgery. Any suggestions on what and how much to get?

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   Posted 11/10/2012 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Illinifan,
I don't know how much responsibility you were planning on taking regarding meal preparation, but it's time for you to step back and let your family step up and help.  It's way too soon for you to entertain a large group, and you won't be able to pick up a single child.  As Bill said, a limit of 5 pounds is the rule for at least 6 weeks.
 
This is definitely a potluck dinner kind of time.  Remember that you're having major surgery, so you need to let your family/company know that.  If you want to go forward with these family entertaining plans, they all have to know that they're going to need to wait on you, instead of the other way around.  Let them know now, so it won't be a surprise.
 
It can still be fun, but don't be a hero.  You can set your recovery back if you overdo it, so take it easy!
We're here for you if you have continued questions or need support and encouragement!
 
Good luck!
Denise
 
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   Posted 11/10/2012 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
about food...
I prepared soft foods...I made and froze squash, applesauce, bought lowfat frozen turkey gravy (to go with whipped potatoes), yogurt, made egg custard, and stocked up with Carnation Instant Breakfast.  As it turns out, my surgeon was very liberal with his eating policy, and at 5-6 days post-op he told me I could eat "anything that could be chewed to a liquid." I used my soft foods for the first few days, but after that I just experiemented with regular foods and had very good luck just taking small bites and chew, chew, chewing until whatever it was became a creamy, smooth "liquid" consistency.  If whatever it was didn't chew to a liquid, I deposited it in a handy paper napkin.  It worked perfectly.  I never even had one Carnation Instant breakfast packet.  Go figure!
 
Be sure to have liquid Tylenol handy to take when you no longer need narcotic pain meds.  Also, you might want some chewable Gas-X, and BEANO to take before any gassy foods.  Above all, be sure your surgeon or PCP gives you anti-nausea drugs to have available in case you're nauseous post-op.  Vomiting or retching at that early stage is very dangerous to your wrap.  You'll want to be prepared. 
 
I had Zofran (dissolvable tabs) and Compazine suppositories (worked best for me), and I still carry them in my purse wherever I go. I've had two vomiting bugs in the nearly 4 years since my surgery, and both of them snuck up on me.  Each time I vomited once (yes, once it got past the wrap, I could vomit) but took the meds right after that and stopped any further assaut to the wrap.
 
Best wishes,
Denise
 
 
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Post Edited (dencha) : 11/10/2012 4:23:58 PM (GMT-7)


IlliniFan
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   Posted 11/10/2012 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for your kind reply. I will just tell my husbands family that they are most welcome to come, but it will be paper plates and take out. They will be fine with that. I am more worried that my husband will think since there is no big incision that I am being hypochondriacal. He is one of those big stoic guys that slaps a piece of duct tape on a cut and keeps on working.

I will get to work on some food for my recovery. Are tomato based foods not advised?

dencha
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   Posted 11/10/2012 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Illinifan,
Not right away...tomato-based foods are acidic, so it would make sense to wait a few weeks before trying them.  I know I ate crepe manicotti in the first month or two.  Wish I'd kept a journal so I could be more help!  Acidic and spicy foods should be avoided until you give yourself some time to heal.  You'll introduce them gradually and listen to your stomach's opinion when you do.  Just listen to your body and follow its lead.
 
Send your husband here if he gives you a hard time!
We'll set him straight!
Denise
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”Eckhart Tolle

opnwhl4
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   Posted 11/10/2012 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
IlliniFan-

I was one of those guys before my nissen. If a finger was hanging off, duct tape it! I can't remember all the times as a mechanic or farm work I should have had stitches and just taped that thing up.

Take care,
Bill
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IlliniFan
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   Posted 11/11/2012 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
You must be related! LOL! my son has progressed. He superglued instead of using duct tape.
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