Hi Everyone. I wanted to share my experience as well. On Thursday I had my Nissen done through my navel. I was so scared since I have never had surgery before. On the day, I went to preop to get ready and my surgery was bumped up 3 hours (probably a good thing seeing how nervous I was). The surgery only took 2 hours. I felt pretty good when I came to. They had given me dialaudid and fentanyl. After an hour, I was moved to my room.
I remember all of your advice to walk, walk, walk. I just couldn't shake the dizziness the first day. I realized it was the morephine, so I switched to the Lortab elixir (yuck by the way). I had so much pain in my shoulders, it was nearly unbearable. I asked my nurse for the elixir. I waited 30 minutes for it to kick in and I got up and walked all morning. That really helped. I was even able to make little burps, but they hurt. So I tried to refrain from this. I was discharged home later that afternoon. We had a long drive, which amplified my pain.
I didn't realize that I would have such a hard time lying on soft surfaces. I laid on my bed when I arrived home and it left me sobbing in pain. I ended up sleeping on my couch last night. That was much more comfortable. When I came home my stomach was a balloon. I couldn't stand up straight, the gas pain was intense. I couldn't pass flatus for the life of me. So, I took half a dulcolax suppository. 30 minutes later, I was empty of gas, but seriously nauseated. My poor husband has been taking such good care of me with my crazy ranges of moodiness.
This morning was much better. I still have shoulder pain, but not as bad as it has been. I hope that goes away soon. I'm still on a clear liquid diet. My doctor told me to take my time advancing to full liquid. I'm not to be on mushy food til later next week. I've been drinking the Nectar protein drink. It's a suspension. Since protein is really important for healing. I'm also drinking liquid multi vitamins. I can feel that my wrap is beginning to swell. So I want to be as gentle to it as possible.
Since my Nissen was done exclusively through my navel, I have a pressure dressing there. I have to leave it on till next week for my post op appointment.
Thank you all so much for your advice on this column. Everyone tried to give me straws in the hospital and even carbonated beverages. I'm glad I knew what to avoid and what to do.