For my week 1 update I will tell you how things progressed each day.
Surgery Day – Day 1
I got up and took a shower, weighed myself, took my measurements, got dressed and headed to the hospital.
Once at the hospital I was admitted and after a bit of a waiting period was given a temporary room. My nurse tried to start an IV unsuccessfully and had to get another nurse to put the IV in. I am not an easy person to get an IV into, my skin is tough and my veins are deep so the IV is always a dreaded part of any surgery I have had.
It is finally time to get wheeled to the operating room so with a much needed kiss from my husband and with my nerves mostly under control the porter wheeled me away.
Once in the operating room I see my surgeon, he asks me some basic questions and next thing I known the anaesthesiologist says I am going to put some medicine in your IV to put you to sleep and what seemed like seconds later I was waking up in the recovery room.
Upon awakening the first thing I felt was nausea and just a little soreness, the nurse gave me some medication to help with the nausea and once I was feeling better took me to my room. I was in a lot of pain the remainder of the day but not from my incisions or even my stomach that had been cut but in my back from gas pain.
I tried to hold out on pain meds but eventually told the nurse I needed something and I was given morphine and I was able to have that every 4 hours, it lasted about 2.5 hours!!!
I did get up and went to the bathroom and tried to get in some short walks since I was told that was the best way to get rid of the gas pain.
Still lots of back pain and my mouth is very dry. I have not been allowed to have even a sip of water since the night before surgery and I am not allowed to have anything until I have a fluoroscopy and the surgeon gets the results and clears me.
The fluoroscopy was scheduled for 9:00 AM so I was put in a wheelchair and a porter took me down to where the test would be. I was nervous for this test because I know I have to swallow a contrast that is going to taste awful and I have not swallowed anything since surgery and I thought maybe it would hurt.
It did not hurt but it was awful. During the test you have to stand against a table which has a small platform to stand on and a small handle to hang onto, as you are standing you take a mouth full of contrast and wait to be told to swallow, as the dye works its way into your stomach they take pictures. Now you take mouth full #2 and again wait until you are told to swallow it and they take more pictures, now for the awful part they turn the table so you are laying down and take a few more pictures. As soon as I was half way to being laying down I could feel that contrast working its way back up. Thankfully I got turned to standing right away again and I was done.
The test showed my stomach did not have any leaks and the surgeon came in to tell me everything looked really good and I should lose lots of weight and could start on my full fluid diet. Finally just a sip of water!!!
Same back pain, I am frustrated at this point because I knew I was to expect gas pain but I didn’t think it would be in my back and it is hard to sleep.
My surgeon comes to see me again and asks if I am ready to go home, I am kind of thinking about it when my hubby looks at him and says no I don’t want her to push herself. That was the end of my input into the decision right away the surgeon says okay stay one more night and I will see you in the morning.
My back is still hurting but I have taken myself off the morphine and I am now just taking liquid children’s tylenol. I am feeling slightly better and when the surgeon comes back to see me at 1:00 PM he gives me the okay to go home. I finally get my IV out and sign my dishcharge papers around 4:00 PM.
Day 5 – 7
It is all downhill after I get home, I get to shower again which makes me feel so much better and I change my clothes and rest on the couch. Everyday is a little better than the last.
I am on my full fluid diet and currently I am getting about 1/4 cup of food (soup, applesauce, yougurt) at a time. I am eating every couple of hours but I don’t feel hungry, I also can’t really tell yet when I am full. I do however know when I have taken I bite too many because I get a small pain in my chest, but this doesn’t last long.
So Far I have lost 10 lbs since surgery and I can’t believe it, I thought I would lose that maybe for the month but not in one week. I am so ready to see how my life will change and despite the days of pain the surgery was so worth it!