3 days post op - Lap Nissen Fundoplication

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5grn9
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   Posted 8/29/2014 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I'm new on these boards. I browsed before my surgery and these boards definitely helped prepare me for what was to come. Any one out there that just had the surgery? I am currently on a clear liquid diet, tomorrow I can advance to a full liquid diet if tolerated, then 3 days after the full liquid diet I can advance to the Nissen soft diet. So far the clear liquid diet isn't to bad because I really don't feel that hungry. Heres my story:

I have a long history of LPR to the point where it was affecting my vocal cords and voice, I constantly had to clear my throat, coughed all the time and had a hoarse/weak voice. I had PH probe studies done on and off my nexium, I had barium swallow studies done and most recently an upper endoscopy which showed that my LES wasn't functioning. I also was found to have a small hiatal hernia. For the past two months I was developing more symptoms of reflux (pain in my chest, lump in my throat, the feeling that food/pills would be stuck in my throat). My GI doc referred me to a thoracic surgeon. I am lucky to have found her because she is well known for being the best at what she does. She does the Nissen surgery, gastric bypass and lung cancer surgeries. Because of my test results she said I was a good candidate for the surgery. I figured at this point I had nothing to lose.

My surgery was this past Tues 8/26. When I woke up in recovery I had an NG tube in which I wasn't expecting (and I'm glad I didn't know about it ahead of time to be honest). I had to stay overnight in the iCU - not because anything went wrong but my surgeon has her pt's stay on that unit. I still couldn't have anything by mouth!!! I could only use those swabs - my mouth and throat were so dry and that tube so annoying. My stomach was bloated, I took the pain meds and they really helped me to get some rest. The following am I went for the Barium Swallow and everything looked good so I was clear for discharge. I had blood work which showed my potassium level was pretty low along with my magnesium levels so I had to get Potassium through my IV - I couldn't tolerate it - it burned pretty bad and to top it off iI started getting the gas pains in my shoulder and neck - that brought me to tears, I thought I was having a heart attack! Luckily the pain meds helped. Because I couldn't tolerate the IV potassium they gave me a pill which I swallowed without any problems. Went home that afternoon and continued with those horrible gas pains so went right to bed after taking more pain meds. My incision sites (5 of them) were tender as well, especially on the left side. I then tried walking around as much as I could to help with the gas pain, My surgeon also said I could take gas pills once a day which also has helped. I started with the clear liquid diet - apple juice, decaf tea, soup broth and jello. I actually haven't felt that hungry. Yesterday I felt a little better, I was still getting the gas pains but not as severe, I was still taking my pain meds and ambulated more, took a shower. All was well until last night when I started passing what I though was a lot of gas but it was diarrhea (sorry!). I got up to go the bathroom and it was explosive watery stool, my stomach was making lots of gurgling sounds. I did have a cherry itailian ice last night so I'm not sure if that was the culprit or if this is part of the healing process! I woke up one other time with the same thing. This am my pain is less, my stomach is gurgling a lot and I have had one episode of the diarrhea. What I may have done wrong is I though I would be constipated so I took two doses of miralax and a stool softener - I'm now thinking that wasn't a good idea! I would like to try and get outside today and maybe go to the grocery store, we will see though because of this bowel problem! Anyways thats my story in a nutshell! I welcome any comments and/or advice!

Dubaideb
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   Posted 8/29/2014 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello 5gr9
Thank you for sharing your journey! I also read everything I could find about the Nissen procedure and recovery on this site and every other post positive or negative on the internet. I think if I haven't read the stories posted here on healingwell I would have never been prepared for what I am about to experience, so a BIG shout out to ALL who had shared your stories over the years..Thank you from the bottom of my stomach!

My surgery is Monday Sept 1st. I am a 51 year old female who has Fibromyalgia I had my Appendix rupture in May 2014, Kidney Stone surgical intervention Feb 2014 & Gallbladder removal Mar 2014, so one more surgery in 15 months and hoping it can be my last.

I feel I have a good surgeon as he has completed over a 1000 of these procedures and the "expert" per say in my area. I am currently living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates where my Husband has been working the past 4 years.

Hope your healing journey is as painless as possible,
Debbie
Debbie

5grn9
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   Posted 8/29/2014 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Debbie,

This site has been a wealth of information! I will continue to post my day to day experience or give weekly updates. Good luck with your surgery! I'm a 40 yr old female and live in the US. I accidentally found the best surgeon in my area so I knew I was in good hands, she has personally called me from her home 2 times! The first the night before my surgery and then she called me yesterday to see how I was doing and it was perfect because I had some questions I forgot to ask her in the hospital. She is wonderful! It does sound like you have a good surgeon as well! Good luck and I'm here if you have any questions!
Leah

Linda Sue
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   Posted 8/30/2014 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi 5grn9,
How did you 'accidentally' find the best surgeon for your Nissen? I am seriously considering this surgery and will be consulting with two new Gastroenterologists in the near future.

I just don't know how to go about finding a surgeon that is highly qualified and specializes in this particular surgery. Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated. By the way if you live in the U.S., did you have your surgery locally in your area, and what city?

Thanks!

Dubaideb
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   Posted 8/30/2014 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Leah,
I'm going for my PreOp Sunday morning, that's less than 12 hours from now for me.....I'm getting a little nervous or anxious, just ready to get it behind me so I can rejoin my life again!
I hope all is going well with your recovery, are you able to sleep flat in your own bed now?
Debbie

5grn9
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   Posted 8/30/2014 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Linda Sue,

My GI doctor referred me to her, I knew nothing about her but when I met her I liked her right away. She listened to my history and said what she does is the easy part but wanted to be sure I would benefit from the surgery before she would agree to do it. So I had to do another Barium Swallow ( the one I had done previously was to old for her- 5yrs. And she wanted to do her own upper endoscopy as well ( my gi did one almost 3 yrs ago). So I agreed and did both and the Bariun swallow showed moderate to severe reflux and the upper endoscopy showed a small hiatal hernia and a non functioning LES. So she said I was a candidate and agreed to do the surgery. After deciding to go forward. I work in the medical field and when I would tell people who was doing my surgery they all had the same response- she's a godsend, she's terrific, great choice, she knows what she's doing...and when I went for my pre op the nurses all spoke highly of her and up to the am of my surgery same response! She's soft spoken, caring, answers your questions and even called me twice from her home to talk to me! Not to many doctors like that anymore! I live just north
of Boston MA and had it done at my local hospital.

ldragon57
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   Posted 8/30/2014 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I also just had my fundo on Tues, August 26! I did extremely well in the hospital and was doing pretty well at home. My food was going well and I have held my diabetic meds because my blood sugars are all in the normal ranges due to the very little I have been eating. I have NO appetite and have to remind myself to drink water. My incision on the left side is most sore but not too bad. I typically have a very spastic bowel so diarrhea was always a huge problem for me, so I really expected the explosive diarrhea I have read about on several peoples' accounts of their early day, and have been pleasantly surprised to have normal bowel movements the last few days! I would love to hope that this would solve my bowel issues too, but I really think that would be fantasizing too many good outcomes. I too have had both GERD. And LPR for several years and I used to sing many solos until my voice was affected too much. I am praying that I will get my singing voice back! I was feeling good about how I was doing until about 3:00am last night when I woke in a cold wet sweat with pain in my my left rib cage that was different from the gas pains I have been handling. This was a 12 out of a 10 point scale in level of pain and almost went back to the hospital. I ended up sleeping in my chair where I was able to get better breath and the pain lessened. I knew I was having trouble getting good breath in my left side, but I assumed it spawns because the wrap is so close to the diaphragm. My sister, who is a R.N., came over and listened to my lungs and told me that I do have diminished lung sounds in the lower left lobe of my lungs and we should watch it carefully. I started using the spirometer? Every hour (the thing that you suck into to expand your lungs that I was smart enough to take home with me from the hospital. Sis told me that I really need to focus on drinking more water as that will help with getting more air to flow through that side of my lungs. But, boy, does it hurt to try to get a deep breath! Anyway, hopefully I can get this under control soon but will contact my doctor if it gets any worse. My sister feels it is okay right now and she has been a nurse for twenty years so I am comfortable with that assessment at this moment. I have decided to sleep in my chair versus laying down tonight just because it is easier to get more breath and I am more comdortable. Has anyone else had this problem? I guess the moral of the story is to make sure I get in enough fluids....

5grn9
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   Posted 8/30/2014 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Debbie,
Good luck tomorrow! Right now I'm still sleeping on my back wedged between two pillows with my head on two pillows. Still hurts to lay on my side or stomach. Keep me posted!

I moved on to full liquids today and so far so good! I even had a few bites of mashed potatoes! Fingers crossed I tolerate them okay!

Leah

Linda Sue
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   Posted 8/31/2014 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
5gn9Leah, thanks so much for your reply. Being in the medical field definitely is a PLUS for validation of the right surgeon.

I have consults scheduled with two NEW gastroenterologists and had to 'fire' my current one as he just wants to pump me full of PPI's and never offered a fix of the root problem. I have exhausted all options and now believe I NEED THIS SURGERY to get my life back after 6 years of worsening misery.

I will be following your progress, wish you a speedy recovery and THANKS!

Linda Sue

5grn9
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   Posted 8/31/2014 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
ldragon57,

How are you doing? My pain is also worse on the left side, I guess that's where they do the most work but I hope your breathing is better. I was having a hard time taking deep breaths while I was in the hospital and my first day or two home but feel fine now. I didn't bring home my spirometer but wish I did. I'm sure its reassuring that your sister is a nurse and can help you out! I felt pretty good today! I've been passing a lot of gas the last couple of days which is a good thing I guess because I'm still pretty bloated. How about you? I'm wondering when it will improve, honestly I feel like I'm 4-5 months pregnant! I can't wear my shorts with buttons for two reasons - I'm sore and bloated!
Thanks for sharing your story, I'll say a little prayer that you get your singing voice back! I totally get what you mean with the voice, I'm praying mine returns to normal but I know there's years of damage from the acid and will take time for the swelling of my vocal cords to improve.
I've been really thirsty so drinking a ton of water, hungry at times but not always. I just want to be able to eat what I want again but know its going to take time.
Looking forward to hearing from you, its nice to have found someone that had the surgery on the same day! Keep in touch!
Leah

5grn9
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   Posted 8/31/2014 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Linda Sue,

We have to do what we have to do right!? Good luck with the new GI doctor's. You don't want to be on medications for the rest of your life if there are other options, especially if they are not 100% effective! I'll post my update here:

Today is day 5 post op and I'm feeling pretty good! I almost feel like I shouldn't be feeling this good! I'm on the clear/full liquid diet however I did have some mashed potatoes last night and a small piece of american cheese today. Did fine with both. I'm really eager to start the Nissen Soft Diet, according to my d/c instructions I can start that Tuesday. I'm still pretty bloated but it is a little better than it was. Anyone out there know when you get back to normal? Also I'm not sure when to take the steri strips off, they are really itchy. I guess I'll just keep them on until my f/u appt with my surgeon Wed. I'm passing a lot of gas but thankfully the explosive diarrhea has subsided! When I eat I still get the discomfort in my left shoulder/chest area, I guess this is normal?? I think that's about it for now! I'll continue to post updates.

ldragon57
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   Posted 9/1/2014 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Leah,
My pain seems to be subsiding on the left side, although my sister told me that I need to keep using the spirometer for a few days because she says she can hear more air movement in that lobe there is now some crackles as it is loosening up, but sounding better than before. I was interested in hearing from you as well as we had the surgery on the same day and it is nice to hear if we are recovering similarly. I am a little older than you (57) and my name is Laurie.
I still need to crush my meds to get them down and have not tried anything more than pudding, yogurt, cottage cheese, and chicken noodle soup besides clear liquids. But, unlike you, I am not thirsty or hungry. Which is very unlike me. I normally have something to drink in front of me almost all the time so having to force myself to drink water is really unusual. A 20oz water will take me several hours to drink because I simply forget to drink.....same thing with food. no appetite at all and am forcing myself to eat a little every few hours during the day. Even when my hubby bakes something that smells really good does not result in me feeling hungry. Weird, huh?
I have a f/u with my surgeon on Weds as well so it will be interesting to see what he has to say about my progress. Overall, I feel like I am doing really well also now that my pain has subsided in my left lung. Yesterday, I felt really good in the morning and went on a walk. I did a few things around the house and was up and about quite a bit. I paid for it a little later in the day but feel pretty good this morning again.
I keep reading on these forums that the wrap begins increasing its swelling in the 2nd week and takes people backward in their ability to eat for awhile...has your doc said anything about that to you?

5grn9
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   Posted 9/2/2014 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laurie,

Glad to hear your pain is better. It's been one week since our surgery! According to my d/c instructions I can start the Nissen Soft Diet today which allows a lot more food. Last night I made mashed potatoes and bought a cooked chicken. I had almost a palm size of the chicken one small bite at a time and it filled me up quickly but I did fine with it. I did have more gas in the middle of the night, not sure if it was from the chicken/mashed potato or just the normal gas working its way through. I'm definitely thirsty and drinking more than you, just keep drinking! My incision site just above my belly button became more sore yesterday. I almost think I have been doing a little to much. Trying to get my kids all ready for back to school (today was their first day back) and my husband works crazy hours so its not easy to rest! My appt tomorrow is at 11, let me know how your appt goes and I'll do the same. Are you able to burp at all? I seem to be able to let out very small burps at times. I just pray this surgery was a success! I'm trying to figure out when to go back to work as well. I'll see what the surgeon says tomorrow. I do have this whole week off if needed. Hope your feeling even better today!
Leah

ldragon57
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   Posted 9/2/2014 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
First day back to school here as well, but seems weird because I am a school social worker at a local high school. I am at home. My job seems like it would be primarily a desk job, but I run all over the building and up and down stairs all day long. So, I am taking a full three weeks off and am not planning to return until Sept 16 at this point. My energy is fairly low so I am grateful that is what my surgeon had requested of my school. I too am anxious to hear what our docs say tomorrow and it will be interesting to compare....
I tried some French onion soup without the croutons and cheese and felt like some of the onions were getting stuck. I am going to try to eat scrambled eggs tonight, but that is as adventurous as I have dared to be...I certainly have not had the guts to try chicken yet! I am impressed that you did so well with it! Maybe part of the reason I have been in no hurry to try new things is that I am not at all hungry and have to force myself to eat....which is VERY different from my pre-wrap self. I keep waiting for my appetite to return but so far it has not....otherwise I think I am doing well. I hope I don't experience that swelling of the wrap that seems to be a common theme by many of the bloggers here!
Oh, and yes....I seem to have small burps at times too....

5grn9
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   Posted 9/3/2014 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laurie,

I'm sure it was difficult for you not to go back to school yesterday! I can only imagine how busy you are being a social worker at a high school! My daughter is a Sophomore. My appointment is soon (11:00) EST. Eager to go and ask my questions. I'm also curious as to what kind of wrap she did, I didn't realize there were different variations!
So you tried onion soup! I love onion soup, did the onions give you any extra gas? Did you try the scrambled eggs? Something is giving me loose stools I think but I don't know. I didn't have a BM in a few days, then yesterday I had a normal one but soon after developed a loud stomach/cramps and had diarrhea - ugh. And a few time since then. I'm wondering if its dairy. I used almond milk yesterday and the butter and skim milk in the mashed potatoes. I'm really hoping I don't experience the swelling either, I'm going to ask her about that. I read somewhere on here that they had a "floppy" wrap done that helps to prevent that from happening. Well I will update you after my appt later this afternoon! I wont be home for a bit, going to visit my mom. Chat with you later and good luck today!
Leah

ldragon57
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   Posted 9/3/2014 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Leah,
How did your doctor's appt go? Mine was reassuring in that everything I had been experiencing was well within the norm of recovery! He told me some other foods to try and told me to listen to my body because I was afraid to try anything else as I was completely in pain last night after eating some scrambled eggs. It went down fine but then I was so full I was uncomfortable it was painful. He told me even if I only get a few bites down, I would get used to the swallowing of new foods. The onion soup, by the way, actually tasted good until the onions got stuck in my wrap and I spent about half an hour trying to move it one way or the other! I was not feeling very good today, just bloated and yucky, but that is bound to happen with the ups and downs......I have also been struggling with some diarrhea today as well.
He told me to try some cooked veggies and tonight I had a few bites of a mixed veggie with carrots, zucchini, beans, and peas. It tasted awesome and went down quite well but I started feeling full after about 3 bites so I stopped and took about two hours to eat a few more bites, but it made me feel like it will come about sometime in the future! I am going to try some other stuff as well but I am only going to do what I think I can handle even if it takes weeks to add several things. I want to start eating some meats but that is going to wait until next week because I just need to get through some easier things first!
One thing, I was on a liquid diet for two weeks before the surgery to help shrink my liver (I have a liver disorder as well) and since I started that three weeks ago, I have lost 25 pounds! Now if I could lose 25 more, I will be at my desired weight!!!
To end, even though I have not felt all that good today, I am very encouraged after talking to my doctor. I hope yours went as well and you got all your questions answered. I hope you had a good visit with your mom and you had a good day. I am usually a very positive person and this past week has been so up and down, but I have to remind myself that we had major surgery just a week ago and have to expect the ups and downs!
If this seems rambling, it is because I felt bad enough to take some pain meds and am feeling a little loopy...Can't wait to hear from you!
Laurie

Dubaideb
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   Posted 9/4/2014 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my Nissen 360 floppy wrap on Monday 1, Sept.
Arrived at Hospital at 6am, I was scheduled for 8am but was bumped till 10am and told not to sneak any water.
At 9:45 I was rolled into the Operating Room and had the IV put in right arm and oxygen mask on....nighty night for me. I woke up in recovery 1 hour later in extreme pain! My left shoulder was filled with gas. The Nurses pumped me full of morphine and it took about 30 min to relax and then was able to go to my room to rest. I could swallow water right away with no problem and even felt very small burps coming up.
I felt pretty good the rest of the day Monday & Tuesday morning even getting up to the bathroom on my own and taking a shower by myself. I was still on mild pain killers in the hospital.
I was home by 1pm Tuesday feeling a little weak and tired but not to bad. By 4pm the pain had increased and migraine headache set in. I was only given Tylenol for pain at home!
I rested in bed only getting up to go to the bathroom from Tuesday evening until early Thursday morning. I have been up today and walked on my Treadmill at a slow speed for 10 minutes and just walked around the Villa as much as I could tolerate. I still have gas pain and pain from the incisions but it's not to bad.
I'm sipping on organic chicken stock and water for now.
Debbie

ldragon57
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   Posted 9/4/2014 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Deb!
Don't be afraid to take it easy and eat liquids and puddings and such for the next week or so. My biggest mistake was doing too much and then paying for it. Leah and I both had ours done on the same day so it has been interesting to keep up with each other's progress. You are only a few days behind us, so we are no experts but maybe we can support and help each other out as we all recover. I have to keep reminding myself that I had major surgery altering my digestive system and so I have to be patient with my progress. If you need more than Tylenol, I would not hesitate to call and ask for something different. I am still using my pain meds occasionally. Anyways, let's keep in touch!

5grn9
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   Posted 9/4/2014 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laurie,
Glad to hear your appointment went well! Mine did as well, she said she was happy with my recovery thus far and that I was doing really well. She took off my Steri strips and said the incisions look good (however I'm not happy with the one above my belly button! I pray it doesn't stay like it is!) I'll ask her at my next f/u in 2 weeks if it hasn't changed at all. She said the goal for me is that in another few weeks I can go back to my normal diet and when I see her in two weeks. That was music to my ears!! She also said I was one of the easiest wraps she has ever done ( I am on the petite side) She said the wrap came up beautifully (lol). The small hiatal hernia I had she said she didn't have to fix because once she brought the wrap up it resolved on its own. I'm still not feeling any increased swelling, at least I don't think I am! Of course I forgot to ask her about that! No diarrhea for me so far today! Fingers crossed! I took advil this am for a headache, tylenol never does anything for me. I also took a walk (typically I'm a jogger) but I took it easy and walked, it felt good to exercise - typically I workout almost every day. Its amazing how quickly your body gets out of shape when your not active! I'm going to plan on walking every day now until I can jog again. She said walking, the treadmill and biking are fine to do. Nothing that will work my abdominal muscles yet. That's great on the weight loss! I've lost 6 pounds ( I could probably afford to lose 10 but no more than that). Hope your having a good day today!

Hi Deb!
Yay you had the surgery, so now its behind you and the recovery process begins! Sounds like everything went well but I can't believe they only gave you Tylenol for home! I definitely needed my pain meds, it helped with those dreaded gas pains!! I also took Gas-X once a day as well, my surgeon said it would be okay to take it once a day and that helped! I agree with Laurie - if you are in a lot of pain call your doctor and ask for some stronger meds! Keep hydrated with the soup broth and water. I drank Gatoraid for the first few days after my surgery which I feel helped me stay hydrated. Laurie and I are here for you with any questions or concerns you have! We are a little ahead of you so I'm sure we can be helpful!! Take it easy, and walking does help with those pains.
Leah

ldragon57
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   Posted 9/5/2014 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ladies!
How is everyone feeling today? I had a really good day. My husband made my favorite casserole and it was made with all ingrediants I had given the. Green light on so I gave it a try. Went down well, tasted wonderful! Of course, could not eat much but it sure was good!
Deb, how is eating going for you? It is worth it to take your time and not rush things too fast
Leah, have you had any of the swelling everyone seems to discuss on these forums? I have not so far ( fingers crossed). Do you go to work next week? Do you feel ready? I know I do not have the energy or stain a to do that yet and am grateful that I have until the 16th off. My doctor has even told me that if I need more time I only have to ask....
Anyways, I just had my daughter stop by so I will talk to you later
Laurie

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   Posted 9/5/2014 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I just retread the post and I meant to say don't have energy and stamina, not stain. LOL. Stupid autocorrect!

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   Posted 9/5/2014 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Laurie & Leah, Hoping you are both pain free today!
I'm on day 5 post-op and still on clear liquids. I'm afraid to progress to full liquids because I haven't had any nausea since I came home and I don't want it to start again. I was sick and vomiting almost everyday for months prior to surgery.

My incisions are not to uncomfortable at all and I can sleep on my right side just fine(not the left yet). I do feel like a convoy of semi trucks have ran over the rest of my body so it's hard for me to get any quality sleep.

I also have Fibromyalgia so I have a feeling that could be why I'm aching all over my body is angry right now.

My 1 week follow up is on Monday just to see how I'm doing. I don't have steri strips, stitches, glue or staples over my incisions just water proof bandages.

My Surgeon had already released me to returning to full activities and eating whatever I want when I was discharged from the hospital....Thank God I had researched and read every post I could find about this procedure prior to taking on this journey because if had eaten the first meal the Nurse brought me 6 hours post op I would have died right there! I kid you not....2 pieces of white bread, fried chicken, steamed veggies and potatoes with coffee & Orange Juice!
I will be 52 on 19 October and will just be happy if I can eat salmon without choking.

Take care ladies :)
Debbie

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   Posted 9/5/2014 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laurie,

I'm not sure what the increased swelling is supposed to feel like but I have felt a little more "pressure" in my chest when swallowing foods today. I also had a little episode where it almost felt like I had stuff stuck without knowing it - I took a sip of a drink and got this pain with swallowing and felt like a ton of stuff passed, it was weird! And of course I thought to myself "oh no, my wrap probably just came undone!" A little while after that I had some soft cooked carrots and potatoes and ate quite a bit I felt without feeling full, I hope my wrap is okay!!! So yes I go back on Monday, I'm kind of scared because I am very tired as well, not much energy or stamina here either! But if I'm at work and feel like I can't finish the day I'll be able to leave, its a pretty flexible office and they would understand. I almost feel like if I'm at work and back into the swing of things I'll feel better? Wishful thinking maybe!!?? Hope you had a nice visit with your daughter!
Leah

ldragon57
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   Posted 9/7/2014 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Leah and Deb, I had a pretty good couple of days except I have developed a sharp pain in both of my rib cages. Hopefully just another ache and pain to get through. I don't feel like I have experienced the swelling that gets discussed so often. Still tire out easily. Eating a little more solid foods with a lot of chewing, but still being very slow and careful about adding new foods.
Deb, I am so appalled by what you say happened to you in the hospital....how is your eating progressing? I would not be afraid to add puddings, soups, yogurt, if you are still doing the clear liquids to see about your diet further.
Leah, Is the weird feeling you were having around your wrap still there or has it gotten better? I keep thinking about you going back to work tomorrow and can not imagine going back yet. I still have another week. I am glad you work for an understanding office! let me know how you do tomorrow.
Anyway, have a great rest of the weekend and hope you both continue to be healing well :-)
Laurie

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   Posted 9/7/2014 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ladies, i am now 6 days Post-op and having severe chest, shoulder and back pain almost as bad as when I first came out of surgery. I am walking on my treadmill everyday and have been swallowing clear liquids just fine until today, it hurts to drink, like lots of pressure and hiccups each time. I suspect it is the beginning of my swelling, but this pain in my chest/back is almost unbearable and Tylenol isn't helping. I have my 1 week follow up tomorrow but I expect the Surgeon to ask me if I'm eating solid foods ok, ha I'm still on clear liquids!
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