Laurie's Nissen Journey Begins on 9/10/2013

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lajenner
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   Posted 9/9/2013 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I sure hope the surgeon can do the Nissen via laparoscopy, he did warn something to do with my diaphragm squeezing my stomach may cause him to require the open version. I'm not really sure what that means, but I trust him. It's Dr. N. Soper at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago. He's done 1500 of these procedures and is chairman of the department.

I'm quite nervous about recovery. I have my treadmill ready for walking. I have liquid forms of many of my regular meds on hand. I have protein shakes and smoothie makings ready. I made some soups and froze them. I can throw them in the blender and thin as needed.

My husband should be helpful, but I typically have to ask/tell him what to do when needed.

Am I missing anything else I should be doing today?

I need the surgery as I have been aspirating acid, found via a bronchoscopy done on June 17. I also have a very large hiatal hernia that is full of ulcers. Barretts was ruled out, thankfully. I have had pneumonia twice just this year, along with chronic bronchitis and bad asthma. I've taken prescribed ppi's for as long as they have been on the market, and other acid reducers prior to that (total of 34 years). I have never had heartburn, just stomach pain and nausea.

I have 25 pounds to lose, so no worries about weight loss following the surgery. Going new clothes shopping will be a bonus :).
 
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Albez
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   Posted 9/9/2013 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
All the best with your surgery tomorrow, sounds like you are full prepared. I have my surgery on the 16th so not long for me either. Best of luck and hope u have a speedy recovery.

lajenner
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   Posted 9/9/2013 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks and Good luck to you, too.
My surgeon had me get GasX and Colace, so I have those ready if needed.

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   Posted 9/10/2013 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
lajenner

Hopefully you are resting in your room by now. we will be waiting to welcome you to the wrapped club when you are up to giving us an update.

Take care,
Bill
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Ian Victor
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   Posted 9/10/2013 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
lajenner-- I can appreciate your pre-surgery concerns. I live west of you in Rockford. My surgeon has done 600 plus Nissens. Your surgeon has done over 1500-- and he's the Dept. Chair of a well-respected Chicago hospital. Sounds like you're in good hands. I had my surgery 13 days ago and I'm healing nicely. Good luck to you!

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   Posted 9/11/2013 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope you are doing well!

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   Posted 9/11/2013 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Ian-

I am about 1.5 or so hours Southwest of you.

Take care,
Bill
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   Posted 9/11/2013 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Wishing you lots of healing thoughts as you start out down the path of recovery.
Your preparation was excellent.  I read somewhere that when women get nervous or stressed they clean house....................I have actually done this.  You spent your stressed hours preparing for your post op days.
 
Kudos to you for being so wise,
Kitt
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   Posted 9/11/2013 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Wishing you a speedy recovery, do let us know how you get on.

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   Posted 9/11/2013 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi lajenner,
Best wishes for a speedy recovery!  We'll definitely be ready and waiting to welcome you to the Wrapped Club!  I identified greatly with your asthma/reflux issues.  You'll be so happy with the surgery.  I had horrible, sick, lungs with uncontrollable asthma.  After 2 and a half months of recovery, my lungs healed and have been great ever since.  I have had asthma since childhood, so that hasn't totally disappeared, but it's 100% better post surgery.  You've done exactly the right thing!  Sending healing vibes your way! turn
Happy healing,
Denise
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lajenner
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   Posted 9/12/2013 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the well wishes and comments. I came home last night, first time online now. I'm not feeling very good, the liquid versions of these meds are nasty. I'll update more later.

StephanieJean
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   Posted 9/12/2013 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   
The lortab elixir they gave me was terrible.
I ended up with such bad drymouth from the meds that my dentist gave me a special mouthwash which helped enormously. The liquid meds were making my teeth hurt too. Just keep that in mind if you experience something similar.

lajenner
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   Posted 9/12/2013 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks StephanieJean. I took a dose of it 30 minutes ago and I'm feeling better now. I have to look back at the lists on what I can eat. He has me on soft/pureed food, so far I've had just some bad tasting protein shakes. I think the meds make them taste bad. My some fruit flavored yogurt might be better, but I really have no appetite at all.

Were you able to swallow senna tablets for constipation? I'm nervous about trying it, although the pharmacist told my husband to crush them for me. gross!

Dencha - thank you for sharing about your lungs. I wondered how long before they heal. I look forward to that, as it's been my biggest battle for the last 8 months. Did you use the breathing exerciser following your surgery? The doc said use it about once an hour for 10 breaths.

How much walking do you suggest? I do have a treadmill I can walk on slowly. I walked several laps around the hospital floor yesterday, a few times.

Ian Victor
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   Posted 9/12/2013 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
lajenner- Glad that you are home. I had to crush my meds; it was the only way that I could get them down-- gross, I know. Everyday you'll feel a little better. Be patient. Over time you'll be able to eat more foods. Don't overdo it. Your body needs time to heal. Good luck. Keep us posted.

Ian

StephanieJean
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   Posted 9/12/2013 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I took some tiny tiny laxative pills and milk of magnesia. Milk of Mag is a liquid, so that is great to try.
Also, you can try some Natural Calm, its a magnesium supplement that kind of tastes like lemonade, but it always took care of any back ups. I am still struggling with the constipation.
You can also get digestive bitters or smooth move tea, which is senna. that works well and is also liquid.

I am lucky because I was able to swallow pills after two weeks after I started on liquid Motrin, it totally took care of the swelling. I did not really have too many issues with stuck foods or pills. I even took a motrin 800 last week and while I could feel it move past the wrap, it didn't get stuck at all and my surgery was recent. I must have a really loose wrap. the one thing I did have issues with in the beginning, and it was weird, was apple sauce.
I really loved getting chicken noodle soup and pureeing it in the blender. I lived on that and some apple butternut squash bisque from the market around here. I have a new appreciation for soup now.
I stayed away from protein shakes and milk because it made me BLOAT. Everyone is different though, but just be careful. Oatmeal really made me miserable, but some tolerate it really well. The bloat and constipation for me is the worst part of the surgery

lajenner
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   Posted 9/12/2013 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I should get the smooth move tea, sounds like a good idea.
I made some egg drop soup, just some broth and I swirled a lightly beaten egg in. It went down alright. I did crush a couple of my pills (singulair and chlorthalidone) this morning and mixed with applesauce, no problems.

I have a good blender, so pureeing soups will be easy. I'll watch the dairy, as you suggested, I do feel bloated, but I suppose that is because surgery was so recent.

I have some stabbing kind of pains in my back and sides, I suppose it could be gas. I'm walking around the house, hoping it will move on. I crushed 2 ibuprofen and mixed in applesauce as it was not time for the narcotic, yet. It went down fine.

I'm feeling better just knowing I can get these pills down by crushing for now. Also, knowing so many of you are willing to post about your progress and help us newcomers out.

StephanieJean
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   Posted 9/12/2013 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
The pain is most likely gas. I used to belch a lot and never was bloated so all of a sudden experiencing gas was weird and scary for me after the surgery.
I had to keep asking my boyfriend if my gas pain was normal. He got me some gas x strips and chews and I took those all the time and it does help.
I had a latte the other day and they messed up and gave me milk instead of soy and I paid for it, oh lord did I pay for it. I am taking probiotics now and it has actually helped a lot. I am hoping that some of my intestinal problems were coming from the antibiotics they give during surgery. Its something to think about if you can seem to get things back on track after awhile. I am hoping it helps with the dairy problem I have now.

You also might want to consider taking the theraputic dose of Ibuprofen. My boyfriend's sister in law is an ER doc and she said 800 MG every 6-8 hours round the clock builds up in your system and helps with swelling. I followed her advice and she was dead on. Helped like nothing else.

lajenner
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   Posted 9/12/2013 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I should go ahead and take the gasx. The doctor had me get that ahead of time.

I can't take NSAIDS day after day or I get ulcer like symptoms. The regular otc dose did help some.

I take probiotics daily, as I was on antibiotics for 5 months just this year. I have not restarted, yet - I take the pearl version and it doesn't look crushable. I'll probably be able to swallow it some time soon, though.

Did you have trouble with dairy products before your surgery? I have not read many of the stories on this site, yet - I focused on yours as you had it done recently.

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   Posted 9/12/2013 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I had mild problems, mostly with ice cream and soft serve. Nothing like the bloat I am getting after surgery. It might go away though...

They do have probiotics that you can sprinkle on food. I got some on Amazon for my grandma a few months ago, just a thought. I dont know how effective that kind is, but you can also drink Kefir. If you dont know what it is, its basically a yogurt smoothie with lots of probiotics in it. 99% lactose free too. I had that after surgery and it was pretty tasty.

I have a lot of issues with grains more than dairy though. I thought I had celiac, but my test came back negative, although my mom is celiac...I might just be intolerant, but i cant do oats at all.
corn and rice are ok. I also have a new found love for almond milk. I use it in everything after surgery. It makes my tummy feel good, especially warmed up.

Thats another point I see on here a lot. Whenever I eat, i usually have a warm glass of something to sip on while I eat. It really helps. tea, warm almond milk, coffee....I even had warm water one day when I was feeling really bad. it was soothing.

liamfan
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   Posted 9/12/2013 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. Just joined the boards. Had my surgery three weeks ago, and am up in Milwaukee. Hope all is going well for you!

lajenner
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   Posted 9/12/2013 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Stephanie. I really appreciate all your info.

Hi liamfan. I grew up in that area Mequon and Whitefish Bay, I'm now in the far Northwestern Chicago suburbs (closer to WI than Chicago). The drive home from the hospital took us 3 hours, it was torture. I wonder if that hasn't contributed to some of the pain I have today.

liamfan
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   Posted 9/12/2013 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, nice! The North Shore :)

I can imagine 3 hours in the car was torturous :( My surgery was on a Tuesday and I went home on Friday. I had a migraine until the day I was going home, probably because I was slamming caffeine before the surgery, knowing I wouldn't be able to have coffee afterwards. I never stopped to think I could end up with a caffeine withdrawal headache. On top of that, every time I would get up to walk, nausea would hit. They'd alternate three different nausea drugs in my IV. Once home, I felt pretty good until one day when I woke up with a whopper of a migraine and didn't have anything I could take for it. My primary physician took several hours to prescribe anything for me (and then would only prescribe PILLS, thank you very much). The nausea that accompanied that migraine was killer. I now have two different nausea meds in case that happens again.

I also ordered something called Devrom that someone on another group told me about that, although it doesn't do anything to reduce gas, it apparently stops the odor from gas -- for when I have to return to work. I haven't tried it yet, but it did get good reviews. Yesterday I cooked some veggies and, even though I only ate the potatoes and carrots and not the cabbage, it was still a mistake to eat the veggies that were cooked WITH cabbage. OMG. LOL. I suffered most of the night because of that.

lajenner
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   Posted 9/13/2013 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Day 3, I took the lortab around 10 pm and turned off my light about 10:30. I slept better, just getting up a couple of times to pee. The gas pain I have so far is digestive. Otherwise, I have general discomfort which the lortab helps for about 3hours.

My doc wants me to quit the lortab on day 6. I will run out today, though, so I put a call into him for a refill. NSAIDs give me ulcer like symptoms, so I expressed my concern to his assistant. I am waiting to hear back.

No bm yet, so I crushed 2 senna tablets in applesauce this morning. I have been able to crush most my meds, thankfully.

I wish I had done more cooking for me ahead of time. I puréed some chicken dumpling soup yesterday, the canned stuff is so salty. Nothing food wise appeals to me yet, I hope my low calorie consumption is ok for healing.

Post Edited (lajenner) : 9/13/2013 9:13:26 AM (GMT-6)


StephanieJean
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   Posted 9/13/2013 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Dont worry about your appetite. It will all work out. As long as you are eating anything and staying hydrated you will be fine. I remember at first I had no idea when i was hungry. The swelling and wrap made it feel more like pressure than hunger pains. Then it switched to rumbly tummy noises and now finally I feel normally hungry again when I need to eat. Just trust that it will even out soon!

lajenner
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   Posted 9/14/2013 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Day 4: I slept all night, almost 10 hours, just getting up once or twice to pee. That was without pain medication, too. :)

I'm down 6 pounds, already. I was about 25 (30 according to my back doctor) overweight to start out, so I have the weight to lose. Seeing that number on the scale following a good night sleep made me mentally cheer up today.

My appetite has returned ever so slightly. Knowing I have to limit myself to about 1/2 cup of whatever at each 'feeding' allows me a wide variety. This evening, I added bacon bits to my scambled egg. A few of the bits were larger, so I just chewed, chewed, chewed.

My husband took me to the grocery store today. I got into the electric scooter and used it, getting up as necessary. Walking the entire time would have been too difficult. I have a strong intolerance to corn (stomach ache, sinus problems), so my goal was to find some soft foods I could eat that were also lower in sodium. I had some success. I look forward to feeling well enough to do some of my own cooking. I predict it will be soon, as long as I don't push myself now.

I did pre-cook quite a bit for my family ahead of time. This evening, they are enjoying lasagna. It's loaded with spice, tomato and mozzarella, so I was not even tempted to taste it.

I'm no longer constipated. The senna has kicked in and helped me along. I experienced extreme nausea, both times using the bathroom, so I hope I can do away with the senna. I may give some Miralax a try if I need it. I was so freaking afraid of puking!

I have taken to rounds of pain killers today, but possibly that will be it, I'm not afraid to take the lortab, I'd just prefer not to, as it's quite constipating for me.

I had the house to myself for a couple of hours today (well... me and our 2 dogs). I was very nervous. But everything was fine. I'll be alone for a few hours tomorrow, again - but I plan to invite a friend or sister to come hang out with me. I don't know why I'm worried, I guess I know I'll push myself harder than I should, and with others here, I'm a lot less likely to do that.

I'll update tomorrow. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.
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