Surgery next week - caught a cold

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Elle Jay
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   Posted 11/12/2013 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm scheduled for surgery next Thursday (Nov 21st) and I caught a cold at my niece's birthday party this weekend. I have a pre-op physical tomorrow so I will talk to the doctor there but I'm just wondering if anyone else had any head cold symptoms prior to surgery. I don't want to be told I have to wait even longer.

I will post my whole story in another thread soon.

StephanieJean
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   Posted 11/12/2013 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Its really hard to say with colds. I really have no idea, but I would that that the only big thing that they might wait on is any coughing or sneezing since its so hard on your diaphragm and incisions.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 11/13/2013 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   
EJ-

I was just getting over a cold with my 1st redo. Since I was no longer coughing and only had mild left over symptoms they had no problem doing my surgery.

Take care,
Bill
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dencha
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   Posted 11/13/2013 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Elle Jay,
I had a lung infection just before my surgery, and I was so afraid that they wouldn't do the surgery.  I was told, though, that as long as I didn't have a fever, it was a "go". 
 
My lung infection continued after my surgery, and made my recovery a little more difficult (with severe asthmatic coughing, and my husband pounding my back with lung PT in order to get my lungs cleared out of mucous).  My internal tissue was very fragile due to steroid overuse, so my surgeon added some extra stitches to hold things in place.  Even with my constant and severe coughing, thankfully everything worked out fine.
 
My situation was a "Catch 22"...my lungs weren't likely to improve until after surgery, so they did I anyway.  I'm not sure how they'll deal with a cold, but if it's garden variety without a fever, I expect they'll go ahead with it all.
 
Let us know what they say!
Best wishes,
Denise
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Elle Jay
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   Posted 11/13/2013 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my pre op this morning and it is a "go" as long as I don't start coughing and wheezing.... which is making me think about it more and want to cough. I'm just nervous that it will turn into something more if I do cough because I do have asthma and I am prone to bronchitis.

But for now its ok so we'll see what happens in the next few days.

dencha
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   Posted 11/13/2013 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Elle Jay,
As a fellow asthmatic, I understand your concern.  Colds always go to my chest as well.  I expect your surgery will go on as planned, though, and if you have to cough post-op, just hold a pillow tightly to your belly, and don't worry.  Your wrap will be fine.
Hang in there!
Denise
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

opnwhl4
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   Posted 11/13/2013 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
EJ-

I second Denise's recommendation on the pillow. It's a good idea even without a cold.


Take care,
Bill
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Elle Jay
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   Posted 11/14/2013 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Ugh... woke up today coughing up all kinds of gross stuff so I called and left a message with my doctor's nurse. Hoping they give me an antibiotic to clear it out instead of postponing surgery. I'm so impatient I keep checking my phone thinking I missed her call.

dencha
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   Posted 11/15/2013 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Elle Jay,
Good luck with it all!  As I said, I had that exact situation (lung infection in my case), and they went forward anyway.  Perhaps because yours is a temporary problem, unlike my 6 year bout with constant coughing/mucous, they will wait.  Hopefully, though, you'll still be a "go".
Good luck!
Denise
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

Elle Jay
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   Posted 11/15/2013 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Sitting at the pharmacy right now waiting for an inhaled steroid, oral steroid, and antibiotic. Sounds like they're confident it will be cleared up by Thursday.

dencha
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   Posted 11/15/2013 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah yeah YAY! yeah yeah
Feel better soon! Don't forget to push those liquids!
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

Post Edited (dencha) : 11/15/2013 11:46:38 AM (GMT-7)


annyjolie
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   Posted 11/15/2013 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my paraesophogeal scheduled back in august, caught a cold at pre-op, and the rescheduled me to Nov 29th. Wish I had this support group back then! I may have pushed harder to just have surgery instead:( I have been struggling so badly , absent from work one or two days a week since September, totally using up my sick days before I'm even recovering! Grrr but my health and comfortability during an acute time is more important I must remember.Thank God I have pre-op today, I am excited to the ball rolling on this corrective surgery! Only 10 more weekdays till surgery( counting the weekends makes it seem too long) I am reading about all the post experiences and taking them to heart, I will listen to my body and hope I don't have any breathing difficulties, I already have asthma issues. One of the things I am looking foreward to is not being anemic any longer:) pretty much my while young adult/adult life I've been anemic and they could never find the cause! Nasty Paraesophogeal hernia! I need my blood supply! Along win all the other things

annyjolie
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   Posted 11/15/2013 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Along with all the other things this hernia is depriving my body of:) wish me luck, I'm starting the count down!!!!! Oh to be out if this horrible terrible situation!

Elle Jay
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   Posted 11/15/2013 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Annyjolie, sounds like we'll be going through this together. I'm scheduled for the 21st and got a pretty bad cold turning to bronchitis just 10 days prior so now I'm on steroids and antibiotics...and being told to rest but that isn't gonna happen. We are moving this weekend and have a whole house to pack still. Ugh. Can't avoid stress.

dencha
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   Posted 11/15/2013 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi annyjolie,
Welcome to Healing Well!  This is a great place to get support and information from others who've been through, or are going through a Nissen recovery.  Best wishes with your upcoming surgery!
 
Elle Jay,
Oh, no!  Not moving!  YIKES!  Hang in there...you'll get through it.
 
Good luck to both of you!
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

annyjolie
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   Posted 11/15/2013 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Yikes moving!!! Why don't these things have better timing?hope all goes well and surgery is a breeze compared to all the xtra you are having to contend with! I got home from pre-op and am so glad the ball is rolling on this procedure!!! Healing vibes: ) thank you Dencha:) glad I found this place!

Elle Jay
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   Posted 11/15/2013 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
We don't have to be out until the 30th but if the family expects me to help we gotta do it this weekend. I'm feeling about 90% right now with all the drugs they put me on. Haha. I got this!

lajenner
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   Posted 11/16/2013 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Take care Elle! Please don't work too hard, our lungs sure fight us.

Welcome Annyjolie - like you - I'm so glad I found this forum before my surgery.
Laurie
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Elle Jay
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   Posted 11/18/2013 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
The move went well. The lungs are clear. The cold is mostly gone.

Things are looking good.

lajenner
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   Posted 11/18/2013 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah - happy you can move forward and get yourself fixed! I'll be thinking about you this week.
Laurie
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dencha
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   Posted 11/18/2013 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Elle Jay,
That's great to hear!  We'll be thinking of you this week, and waiting to welcome you into the Wrapped Club when you feel up to posting after your surgery.
Best wishes,
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

Elle Jay
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   Posted 11/19/2013 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a final check with my general doctor tomorrow morning to actually clear me for surgery. I've never heard of having 3 pre-op checks but I guess that's what happens when you're special!

I will have a definite answer by this time tomorrow if surgery is happening Thursday but right now I don't see any reason why it wouldn't.
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