Posted 12/9/2007 12:50 AM (GMT -6)
I posted a couple of weeks ago about throwing up after eating, even to the point of vomiting a small amount of blood. I had a hiatal hernia repair on 10/17, not a nissen fundo, but from what I'm learning she might as well have done the wrap due to the tightness.
I saw the surgeon (and her retinue of interns and residents) on Monday. Through e-mails and phone calls with the nurse/clinic coordinator, we had arranged for a CT scan and barium swallow next week, but the surgeon felt they weren't necessary after talking to me.
She feels that the whole problem is how tightly she repaired my diaphragm, and that will improve over time. She feels that it is "sticky foods" that are getting stuck and causing my vomiting, so she wants me to make a point of taking sips of water with foods that give me problems. It does seem to be getting better, I'm still occasionally throwing up, but it has gone from every meal to every third meal, and usually I can blame it on eating too fast (either due to hunger or the food being a yummy "first" of something I haven't been allowed since October).
I guess the other reason she wants to wait and see is that the solution to a too-tight esophagus is a dilation, and she will not do that until she is sure she won't pop any stitches.
So I guess I've gotta slow myself down at the table a whole lot... probably not a bad idea in the end anyway. :) Otherwise my recovery is going OK... they took the g-tube (just for keeping my stomach from coming back through my diaphragm, not for feeding) out on Monday as well, so that thorn in my side is GONE! :) My only other restriction is activity (lifting) and that is almost sorta fun, since it means I have to pawn off a lot of my chores around the house to dear Hubby. :) Poor thing had to mop the kitchen floor today because I can't lift/move the bucket..... :)
Thanks for caring, folks!