This was my very first surgery/hospital experience and I was terrified. I was scared of the pain and what was going to be done to me. If I wasn't at the end of my rope with GERD I would of ran the other way.
I was too out of it to really gauge my pain level when I woke up. I faintly remember muttering "hurt...thirsty" over and over. I wasn't nauseous at all. They put an anti-nausea patch on me & gave me a pill before the surgery. After I got home I had liquid anti-nausea and pain meds to help me. While in the hospital I only asked for the pain med while I was waking up. Once they gave me one shot of dermerol I was good the whole 24 hours.
The pain at home was mostly if I touched my stomach, laid on my side, bent over, or got out of the chair wrong. I would hold a pillow on my stomach to help me when I coughed or hiccupped. Those were painful.
I was basically a whuss when it came to pain, but the pain was very managable with the meds he gave me. I had phenagan and loratab.
He had me on a stricter diet than others here.
2 weeks-light liquids (broths, jello, tea, water, juice pops, ensure)
2 weeks-full liquids (puddings, thin soups, juices, thin grits, watery oatmeal)
2 weeks-pureed foods
2 weeks- soft solid foods
2 weeks- solid foods but save raw veggies, steak and soft breads for last.
I only needed nausea pills for about a year to be safe. I only took them as needed. It took a full year to take all of them and that's with me getting gastroentreritis 3 times! :P
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