Welcome to the Healing Well Wrapped Club! Glad you've joined us! This is a great place to get support, encouragement, and information. Most surgeons don't prepare their patients sufficiently for their recovery, and I'm not sure why. Please read through other journals here. You'll see that the experiences you're having are very normal, and that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
I had the surgery in February 2009, and found this forum shortly before then. The people here gave me tips and provided such outstanding support that I decided to stick around after my recovery to help others the way I was helped. Here's my early recovery journal:
Here is StephanieJean's recovery thread:
Hopefully, she will post on this thread soon, and share her recovery experience and provide lots of tips and encouragement. There are lots of members who are at various stages of recovery right now, so you will be hearing from many of them soon. It's a great place to hang out while you recover!
Hang in there. The first two weeks are the toughest, and as MCord said, your swallowing will get worse before it gets better, as swelling increases. It takes six months for most of the healing, and a year for the rest. Of course you won't feel like you feel now for the first six months! Give yourself a few weeks, and you'll be amazed at the improvements you'll make. It takes time, patience, and trust to make it through this recovery.
If you can surrender to your recovery and follow it where it leads you, you'll find it much easier. Relax and allow your body the time it needs to heal. You can't rush it, as much as you wish you could. Hang in there and go with the flow. You're in the midst of the roughest part of recovery--it will get better!
Hopefully some of the other members who've had hiccups at your stage will have some tips for dealing with them. I know they're painful.
Again, glad you've joined the forum!
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.”
Post Edited (dencha) : 11/17/2013 12:38:57 PM (GMT-7)