2 years since NF

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pegster
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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 2/7/2013 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thought I would give an update since I don't hang around on the site as much as I did in my early recovery. I feel so good, I don't give it much thought these days, but I do like to check up on my friends here who provided advice and an ear to listen. I will forever be grateful.

2 years ago today I had my fundo. Would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY! I have not had heartburn since I was wheeled into the OR. The quality of life has improved immensely. It is not the easiest recovery, but I hope others have heeded the message that healing can continue into the second year. Every now and then try something I haven't had in a while and be pleasantly surprised. I can now eat anything I want to, with a few exceptions.

I do not do well with pills. I eat a balanced diet (most of the time) so I don't take vitamins. I used liquid vitamins for a period after surgery when I knew my nutritional needs were not being met. For the occasional aches and pains I use junior strength Advil. They come in a chewable and also in tiny coated tablets that are very easy to swallow. You just need to take more tablets because they are a lower dose.

Raw, fibrous vegetables and "scratchy" foods like tortilla chips seem to keep things irritated. So I portion these out with days in between to let things settle down. I try to always remember to chew, chew, chew.

I have reactive hypoglycemia, which is the most annoying side effect from the surgery. It is probably due to dumping syndrome, which I assumed I would feel happening, but don't. The thing that annoys me is that I have to pretty much eliminate sugar from my diet and watch how many carbs I consume at once. I do so love sweets, pasta and tons of bread! It does help me keep off the 20-25 pounds I lost during recovery. Not the worst trade off.

If you have had all the testing and your doctor thinks surgery is a viable option, this site is a great place to support you through the healing and beyond.

Peggy

dencha
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/7/2013 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Peggy,
It's great to hear from you again!  It's so helpful for people to read posts written by members who've had the surgery and are living a normal, happy life afterward.  Like you, I can't take big pills.  When I have meds I need to take, I ask for smaller dose pills, then take two. I choose smaller versions when there is one available...for example Xyzal is a tiny antihistimine...much smaller than Allergra.  I take liquid calcium and flaxseed oil by the spoonful, rather than a capsule.  You get the idea.
 
Sorry to hear your dumping syndrome has continued.  I had the problem in the beginning, but by the second year it has subsided completely.  I wonder if there's a chance your hypoglycemia resolves as you continue to heal and adjust. You never know!  Like you, I can irritate my wrap with scratchy, rough things, but after a few days it feels fine again. 
 
Again, thanks for visiting!  Come again soon!
Best wishes,
Denise
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