Anyone had the Nissen with small children at home?

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   Posted 11/29/2012 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm scheduled for surgery next week and I'm honestly getting so scared I'm sick to my stomach yesterday and tears yesterday.  I just keep reading scarey things and now I'm wondering, will I even be able to pick up my little girl and take care of my 2 small children after a couple weeks?
I had thought I was ok to lift after 2 weeks but others don't sound like that.  I'm just so scared.

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   Posted 11/29/2012 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
You're not supposed to lift for 2-3 weeks I believe. When I had my first nissen, I didn't have an option to not lift my daughter. She was an infant. I have 3 kids and healed fine. I'm a fast healer so it didn't bother me much. Are you able to have help at home with the kids for a few weeks?

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Date Joined Aug 2012
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   Posted 11/29/2012 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your response!
Yes, my husband will be home and I'll have someone here with me for at least 2 weeks when the kids are home and not at school.  My dr. says I can lift after 2 weeks, just got nervous with other people's response on here.  I've almost got myself talked out of the surgery b/c I'm so nervous from all the bad things you read!

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   Posted 11/29/2012 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor was very strict and told me nothing over five pounds for 6 weeks.
What are your kids ages and weight?
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   Posted 11/29/2012 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi asthmareflux,
Your name makes me thing you're having a Nissen for the same reason I had mine.  You might want to check out my early recovery journal.  I had the surgery nearly 4 years ago.  Like you, I feared the surgery because of all the scary posts online.  Fortunately, I came across this forum, where people were positive yet realistic.  Here's the link to my journal.
I was going to suggest that you check with your surgeon about lifting.  It was my understanding that because of the hernia repair you must not lift for a while.  Here is a quote from a document about post-Nissen care:
Activity/Work: When you return home, take it easy. Avoid all strenuous activities and do not lift more than 5 to 10 pounds for at least 3 to 4 weeks after surgery.
Another says:
After discharge from the hospital, avoid lifting more than 10 pounds for 2-4 weeks and excessive bending or twisting for 1-2 weeks following surgery.
(however it says with laproscopic surgery you may be able to lift sooner.)
Still, your own surgeon is the one who knows exactly what you've had done, and when and how you should lift post-op.  Use your judgement.  Still, if you can get help for a few weeks, it would be very helpful.  I know it is hard with little ones...they want YOU!  Just don't try to be a hero.  Ask for help.
Good luck with the surgery.  I put it off far too long.  My asthma was out of control, and I was on far too high a dose of inhaled steroids for far too long.  Oh well...water over the dam.
You're in a great place!  Stick around, ask questions, and get lots of support.  We're here for you!
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