After Nissen What happens if I get a stomach Virus?

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   Posted 5/7/2014 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
It seems that everyone has had a stomach virus around me and I find that am deathly afraid. What should I do if it happens or what can I do?
I am really nervous.

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   Posted 5/7/2014 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I would have some anti-sickness tablets or suppositories on hand, strong ones not OTC ones.

I remember people on here that had the OP saying they had had stomach viruses before, and even thrown up, but been fine.

I'd do your best to avoid it though :)
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   Posted 5/7/2014 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Andy has it right.

I would recommend asking your doctor for a prescription for Zofran to have on hand. It seems to work pretty well for most people. You have to take it at the first sign of nausea.

There are a couple of other things that work if you can get them: Donnatal - the new prescription, not the old one or a generic. Better yet, Paregoric liquid. It was off the market for a while, but I heard it may be available again. It tastes absolutely awful, but if you're throwing up, pills won't stay down, that's if you actually can throw up, and you may not be able to swallow them anyway. If you can get even a half teaspoonful down it will instantly stop the heaving.

My wrap is at the level of or maybe even above the diaphragm from a heaving episode only a few months after my surgery. I couldn't stop heaving and a little blood came up. Fortunately my DH got me the paregoric I have, (it keeps 10 years or more) and I got just a little down and the heaving stopped immediately.

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   Posted 5/7/2014 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Tarachriso,

Get Zofran for milder forms of nausea, and a script for Compazine (Prochlorperazine) suppositories for an all-out stomach bug. I've had 3 since I've been wrapped. Each time it was sudden, and I vomited once before taking the Compazine suppository. And each time the med kept me from vomiting again.

I didn't know if I could vomit post op. It feels a little different. You can feel the resistance as the wrap holds, but then the force overcomes the wrap and I vomited without any problem. The suppositories worked well to protect my wrap from the trauma of repeated retching/vomiting.

Some people can't vomit, and the anti nausea meds kick in...they just have to wait until the sickness exits via the back door. When I was first posting here I was told to go to the ER to get your stomach pumped if you have food poisoning, although I've never heard of anyone who has actually done that.

Get the meds and don't worry. You will handle it if it should happen.
Believe me, those of us who are wrapped are alway fearful of getting a stomach virus. I carry anti nausea meds wherever I go, just in case. Just be prepared and relax. Keep your hands washed with plenty of soap and water. Hand sanitizer doesn't work on stomach viruses.
Best wishes,

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