Nissen set for April 21

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MNlady
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   Posted 4/15/2014 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I am all set for my Nissen on the 21st. My family will be celebrating Easter on Sat. So I can chill on Sunday and finish up last minute preparations. I think God will understand.
I posted on Grandma Barb's link that I have cleaned my house, done my laundry and gone grocery shopping. I live alone, so I plan to put everything out on the kitchen table that doesn't need refrigeration to avoid having to bend and stoop. I bought applesauce, jello and pudding cups, eggs, grape juice, prune juice, ice cream, Popsicles, broth, flavored waters, tea, cream of wheat, club crackers, vanilla wafers and liquid medicines. Anything I should add?
I am shopping tomorrow for anew robe to wear at the hospital ( senior discount day on Wednesday :)) I also suspended my gym membership and purchased a body blade for exercising here at home.
I am hoping they can do laparoscopic surgery, but I am a little worried. I have had three previous abdominal surgeries and the last one they attempted to do laparoscopically but couldn't because of adhesions and scar tissue. My surgeon thinks it should be ok because it is not the lower abdomen where he will be making his incisions.
I do not plan to have anyone come stay with me. My kids all work, and all my friends are younger so they too are working. I am like a Boy Scout all prepared, so I will be good to go. I would love to hear from any of the vets on here with anything I might have forgotten. One question when will I be able to drive? Thanks all, I have learned a lot on this site.

Mrskat
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   Posted 4/15/2014 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
All the best & a speedy recovery!!

KitKat880
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   Posted 4/16/2014 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Being able to drive could take a little while. At first I could not drive because of the pain medication, but even after that I was weak from not eating much, so driving was not the best idea. The seatbelt also was not pleasant to deal with at first. I was driving consistently at the three week mark.

MNlady
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   Posted 4/17/2014 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Still thinking about food! Will creamy peanut butter go down post NF? Why can I have tea but not coffee? What about high protein diet shakes used for weight loss?

I am eager to hear from Barb as suddenly this morning I woke up a little scared and nervous...up until now I have been gun ghost!

MNlady
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   Posted 4/17/2014 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Ha supposed to say "Gung Ho!"

1039smooth
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   Posted 4/17/2014 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't drive for a few weeks after. It's unpleasant. The seatbelt, too, was a nuissance. HOWEVER, wear it anyway. I wouldn't drive until that simplest of aspects is comfortable to you. To be honest, I drove without it for too long.

I'd hold off on the peanut butter for a while. You'll get there.

MNlady
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   Posted 4/20/2014 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
My surgery is set for 6 am tomorrow morning. So I am finishing up a few chores today. We did Easter with family yesterday. My son was just admitted to hospital for an emergency appendectomy! When it rains it pours!

1039smooth
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   Posted 4/20/2014 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
It does. Hope he's ok.

Wendy Workout
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   Posted 4/20/2014 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
All the best tomorrow MNlady. You sound well prepared. I am still using the high protein shakes and I'm 7 weeks out now. They are what saved me. I think peanut butter will be tough. I tried it once, spread very thin, but it sticks. Maybe if you have minimal issues with swallowing in time with warm fluids to help it down. As for driving, I think I was at a month. I had complications though and ended up back on pain meds. I'd say three weeks maybe too. Your head is clouded with the surgery, recovery, pain meds, anesthetic meds in your body, and lack of nutrients and fluids. Hope your son is doing well by now. You can recover together and spend some time together maybe if he's close to where you are. Get some rest tonight. It's going to be an early morning.

Debra

Wendy Workout
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   Posted 4/20/2014 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
7 Stringer I'm thinking maybe start a new thread and edit these ones from MNlady's thread. Her surgery is tomorrow and your post may be worrisome to her. You have valid concerns. You will get more responses having your own thread as well so others can see your thread and your concerns. You may get limited answers here. Just a thought so other will respond.

7Stringer
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   Posted 4/20/2014 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok. Sorry about that. I have deleted and will copy paste to a new one.

Wendy Workout
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   Posted Yesterday 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
No worries 7Stringer. I think you will get responses this way. Thanks

MNlady
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   Posted Yesterday 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, surgery was about 3.5 hours and they couldn't do it laparoscopically, too much scar tissue. Surgery started at 7:30 this morning and I just had my first liquid meal. Swallowing is good. They haven't allowed me out of bed yet. The pain meds are keeping me loopy. They are giving me lots of pain and anti nausea meds. They are tentatively planning discharge for Wed. I have slept on and off most of the day. I will update tomorrow.

grandma barb
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   Posted Yesterday 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Bev -
Resting today is just what your body needs. Your experience shows we cannot get too set in expecting things to go a certain way. Your path will be slightly different, but I bet we will end in the same good healing place.
One of the moderators has had two laparascopically and one open and says the open was the easiest recovery for him. It will all work for good. I pray for a restful night for you and will be in touch tomorrow.

Barb

dencha
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   Posted Yesterday 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bev,

Welcome to the yeah yeah yeahWrapped Club! yeah yeah Once they let you get out of bed, be sure to walk as much as you feel able. It will help with the shoulder pain, and getting gas out.

Bill, (our great moderator) had a Nissen done as an open procedure, and always says it was actually the easiest recovery of all. (He's our pro on redos--he has had 3 Nissens, and still has a positive attitude about it!)

Best wishes for a speedy recovery! We'll be here to cheer you on!
Happy healing,
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

Wendy Workout
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   Posted Yesterday 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like all went well with the open surgery rather than the lap. You sound like you are taking things in stride and coping well. Glad to hear it. Hopefully they let you ambulate some tonight and run freely tomorrow. lol I was not allowed out of bed the first day either until the next day late morning. I spent three nights in hospital but for different reasons. Enjoy the rest and the doting on. Once home you have to do all the work. You guys always amaze me getting on here the day of surgery. I was in no shape at all. Mind you I didn't find the site until just after surgery either. Keep up the great work. You and Barb have comparing to get going on. :-)

Debra

opnwhl4
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   Posted Yesterday 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Bev-

Welcome to the "open wrapped club"!

I had a wide elastic wrap around my belly after my open redo. Not sure if they gave you one, but it helped me a lot with getting in and out of chairs and bed. It kept the abs nice and tight.

I didn't have any of the referred pain to my shoulders with my open surgery and hope you don't either.

I found that walking the halls some really helped with the pain as well. Probably more so than my lap nissens.

Take care,
Bill
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MNlady
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   Posted Today 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Tough night, lots of pain. I still have a Foley catheter. I am sitting in the chair now, lots better than the bed. I do have the referred pain. They peeled back the scar tissue and then did a laparoscopic. They gave me a pain pump this morning. They heard crackles in my lungs and I am running allow grade fever, so now they are doing vitals more frequently and I have to use the breathing incentive and cough! Ouch! I can swallow pills, and I have had some jello and apple juice. They are holding off on a soft diet until I can pass gas. Thanks for all you encouragement.

dencha
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   Posted Today 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi MNLady,

Sorry to hear you're still stuck with the Foley. Hopefully you'll get rid of that soon. If you cough, be sure to hold a pillow firmly against your midsection. It will really help the pain. It supports the cough with counter-pressure, and it should help. You've probably already been advised to do this, but just in case!

Hang in there. You're in the roughest part of recovery. It'll get better!

Happy healing,
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

grandma barb
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   Posted Today 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bev,
You have a unique Nissen - half open and half Lap. It will make your healing path unique too. I am ready to cheer you on in your journey to wholeness.

I hope you are finding things to bring smiles and laughter (with a pillow, as Denise suggested.) Nice that you can swallow pills too. Enjoy each food as new ones are added to your diet. (OK. You do not have to enjoy the hospital oatmeal!) tongue

It is great they are letting you be in charge of your pain. And. as Wendy said, enjoy letting others take care of you for a bit. You deserve it. Know that you are not alone in this journey. I am thinking of you often throughout the day

Blessings, Barb

Wendy Workout
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   Posted Today 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Sending you extra healing vibes for no progression on the chest crackles and all upwards from here. That PCA pump works miracles if you can tolerate the meds. Definitely use the spirometer regularity and spit out any junk if you cough it up. Hopefully you got rid of your catheter and you were able to ambulated some. That will help the chest too. My first night was horrendous and even though my second night they thought my lung was collapsing, it was still a better night. Hoping tonight you find rest and controlled pain. Tomorrow will be better again.

Debra

MNlady
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   Posted 4/23/2014 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Lots of progress today on day 3, the catheter is gone, on oral meds, passed gas!!!! So I am now on a soft diet. Tried scrambled eggs(yuck) and yogurt, yum. I did six walks yesterday, I will shower soon, and plan to walk,walk, walk! Crackles in lungs are gone and temp is almost gone. Discharge us planned for tomorrow, I am ready to be home.

grandma barb
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   Posted 4/23/2014 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Bev- It is great you are progressing on on all fronts...and backs too. ( LOL A "passing" reference to the gas.) You certainly have a good, positive attitude with all you have been dealing with. The beginnings of a great healing story.

Enjoy your day and all it brings.

Barb

MNlady
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   Posted 4/24/2014 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Day 4. I begged to come home and got released late yesterday afternoon. It has been tough: gas, shoulder pain, incision pain, and I can't get very comfortable. I can get into most furniture, but really struggle to get up again. I need to cough, but when I try (holding the pillow) is still comes out sounding pretty anemic. Food and swallowing is going great. I just have to let time heal, but it is easier said than done.

grandma barb
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   Posted 4/24/2014 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Bev,
Glad you are home now. It is good to be where we feel comfortable. I bet you are glad you stocked up on easy foods! I am glad you are swallowing fine. Just keep those 'anemic' coughs coming and soon they will be nice and strong. I had lung surgery, so I know the feeling. You are a strong individual and I pray you will be patient with yourself. Journaling, as you are doing here each day, can help you see just how far you have already come. I found it was most helpful to take pain meds on schedule. If my pain was controlled, I could smile better, move better, and ultimately heal better. I am still taking several good naps a day. I found some activity, followed by a nap, was a winning combination.
Rest well this night and know that I am thinking of you.
Barb
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