Sorry, I haven't been on the computer for a couple of days. Today is my three week anniversary of my operation and I have to say that I still haven't bounced back. HappilyWrapped I am so glad you have made a significant recovery, you sound like you've got much more pep than me. You are so lucky not to have anymore chest discomfort because I am still having to deal with this. I am relieved to read that the brainfog is normal because I am still experiencing this phenomena. I think I also feel this way because of the lack of nourishment and was 4 weeks post op from the gallbladder surgery. I know I have lost more weight, when I had my follow up visit with the surgeon my weight was at 116 and I am 5'4". I just feel sort of weak/lethargic and yes, I am still drinking ensure. I think what is affecting me too is that I am not drinking as much water as I should. I don't even drink 2 glasses of water a day, who wants to drink lots of water mixed with nausea (yuck)? I really need to make an effort to stay hydrated though. Thank God my bowels are still ok and gas is no problem but nausea still is bothering me. Someone wanted to know what I was taking and the Dr. prescribed (promethazine 12.5 mg tablet every 6 hours). I still have lots of pain on my left shoulder radiating to my arm but what you said makes sense and I never thought of it. Yes, my i.v. was placed on the left arm opposite of where my elbow bends so this must be the cause of my pain because it still hasn't subsided and even have a problem just hooking my bra.
HappilyWrapped you were lucky you didn't have that gastric tube from your nose to your stomach. I was never asked whether I wanted it or not, I just woke up with it in recovery. I had it for two days and what the GI tube does it decompresses the stomach and keeps you from getting bloated. Truthfully, it was gross because I could see green stuff mixed with some brown stuff (I know this was bile) draining from the tube into this receptacle and after a while the receptacle mixed with bile and stomach acid would turn the contents in the jar purple. It was horrible when they pulled out the tube (I get goosebumps thinking about it). I did bleed some afterwards in my nose and had like a phlemy (sp?) like stuff that would drain from my nose down my throat (just awful), the first time it happened I sort of paniked because I didn't know what to do (scary) and it just came on about 5 minutes after they removed the tube and there is nothing you can do but swallow it (gross) the phlemy like substance. So, yes you were lucky you didn't have this. Also, I did have a catheter but it was removed the next day. I know that I am being graphic about my experiences but I know that people anticipating this surgery really want to know what to expect and I definately won't sugar coat it.
Booklady: I also had a hysterectomy about 10 years ago but I think this surgery is a little tougher. I don't know if perhaps because I was 10 years younger, at this present time I am 44 years old (not a spring chicken anymore). Also, what makes this one tough is the part of being on the liquid diet and not getting enough sufficient nourishment. Also, the dull chest pain still persists even after 3 weeks, at least in my case. You will definately need help if you have a family i.e. cooking, cleaning. Just make sure you are taking care of yourself and don't under any circumstance do any heavy lifting.
Lakeman: I am glad to hear you are coming along with a speedy recovery. I agree that we are all different (which makes us all unique) and we all heal in our own ways. I too am just taking one day at a time. Sorry to hear about your cancer, sounds as if you've really been through alot. I guess I will close for now and off hand can't remember if I had covered any questions that were asked on the previous posts........Barbara.....