Enrage - so glad you decided to have the surgery. You won’t regret it. Your big next step is the expel the gas in your abdomen, which takes several days for your intestines to wake up. When it happens, you will know. I felt like I had a rocket going around in my stomach. At this point, call a nurse because she can give you something to make it easier for you to pass the gas. Make sure you are in the restroom. No stool softeners are needed. The good thing is that you are finally out of intensive care and can walk around without the nurse. Your shoulder pains will subside, by this point. I was unaware that the diaphragm and stomach share the same nerves. I thought they were gas pains up in my shoulder. But anyway, you are on the road to recovery.
Now you can start eating, and you can start on wonderful water. I never though that I would love water so much. They start you on liquids, then move you on to Farina, and then soft foods. At last, you will be cleared to go home. It was only four days for me, but it seemed like forever. Look out the window at about
9pm. You will be able to see the Disney fireworks which go off in every park. You will find the nursing staff very attentive. Dr. Gee wants the best for his patients. - including that private duty nurse you had while in intensive care. This may sound odd, but isn’t the Disney hospital (in your private room) a wonderful place to have surgery?
When you go home, you will be a hurting buckaroo for about
a week. Then it will be easier to start moving around. You will heal pretty quick. The nurse practictioners tell you exactly what to eat - what you can and cannot do. Make sure YOU DONT LIFT anything, or exercise for 3 MONTHS. I started out with jello the first day, then graduated to soft foods when I was sure that I could keep it down. A soft diet is anything that you can chew. I ate everything but steak. I believe I was on the soft food diet until I went for my postop visit when they removed the outside staples. I still chew my food very well and take my time eating. I will never forget how sick I was before surgery. I had a very large hernia with my stomach through the hernia and upsidedown in my chest. Dr. Gee wants to get patients earlier so they don’t have to go through what I did.
Keep in touch.
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