|Weight loss surgery is like a butterfly coming out of a cocoon.|
This whole experience was like living my life in a body that wasn't really mine, waiting to go into a cocoon and be reborn into a butterfly.
I got to the hospital at 6:30 in the morning Monday. My surgery wasn't scheduled until 8:30 am. By 7:15, I was prepped and ready to go when my surgeon walked into the room and announced he was ready - an hour early! I think this was actually a blessing, it left me little time to panic. I said goodbye to Mike and they whipped me into a holding area. There, they put me in some compression socks, loaded me up with good drugs and away I went. I barely remember being wheeled into the OR, in fact, I can't be sure that's what happened because it felt like a dream. The next thing I remember, I'm being wheeled into PACU, stating very loudly (which is highly unusual for me, I'm soft spoken) "Oooooooh! I'm going to throw up!!!" I said this over and over. They kept reassuring me that I wouldn't and brought me a wet cloth to place on my forehead. I don't remember anything else about the recovery room. I do remember being wheeled to my regular room was painful, every bump we hit, I said, "ooow!" When we got in there I looked up and said, "Julie!" then looked over and saw another friend, Sandra. That's all I remember, I don't remember anything about their visit. Julie told me they tried to get my dark secrets out of me and I told them I didn't have any. LOL
It took forever for my husband to get in to see me. I don't know what was going on there, I guess there was a mix up in communication, but I was glad when I finally saw him. I don't remember much about the rest of the day. Tuesday morning, I was in a lot of pain. I thought, "OMG, what have I done to myself?" I was having some very serious regrets, thinking that I would be in so much pain for the rest of my life. I really wasn't thinking clearly, and I got over those thoughts soon. It was probably buyer's remorse, this was a major life change.
They took me for my upper GI with gastrograffin at about 8am. My nurse told me she should have the results by the time I got back. I stood in front of a machine while I drank a chalky mixture. I was afraid I was going to throw up before I even tasted it, but it was fine. I got to watch it go down my esophagus and into my stomach, it was pretty neat to watch. They wheeled me upstairs and an hour passed before any results came. I was getting really nervous that they found a leak, but they didn't. They just looked at it closer because I had some swelling in my esophagus that caused the drink to go down slowly.
When my surgeon was operating, he also did a hiatal hernia repair and fixed some scarring on my pancreas (which I only assume was there because I had a life threatening case of pancreatitis about five years ago.) I think the pain from that is worse than the gastrectomy.
|I know this is an awful picture, but look, I'm smiling!|
Wednesday morning, the sequential compression device came off, though I kept the compression socks on. I continued to do well with the incentive spirometer. I only used the CPAP for about an hour the whole time I was there because they decided that it wasn't necessary (not to mention the pressure is way too high.)
My surgeon came in that morning, saw that I was doing great and released me! I went home at about 1 pm that afternoon and I was so happy about that. I stopped at Walgreens on the way home to pick up some nausea patches, which I haven't needed at all. I haven't had any nausea since I woke up from surgery screaming that I was going to throw up. The nurses on the station were also very impressed with my progress. They called me their star patient and said I even passed up Melissa (who was previously the gold standard.)
Yesterday, I was able to get in about 50 oz. of fluid on my own. I say that's not bad for the first day! I'll easily make 64 oz. today. I'm alternating water, peppermint tea, sugar free cherry limeade drink mix and diluted grape juice. I'm drinking 1 oz every 15 minutes. When I saw the nutritionist yesterday, she said I could progress to 2 oz every 15 minutes when I'm ready. But, I'd like to take it slow since I'm getting my fluids in just fine right now.
My husband made chicken alfredo for dinner tonight and it smelled *so* good! It didn't make me hungry, though, I just wanted to smell it. It was satisfying. I haven't tried any jello yet, but I may tomorrow. I've been able to keep down pill form medications just fine (I'm taking Axid and Propranolol.) Last night, I skipped a dose of Roxicet and just took liquid tylenol instead and realized that was a mistake. I really needed the extra pain meds. Today has been a good day pain wise, but I haven't pushed myself either. I did manage to make it 7 hours between pain meds so that's a huge plus.
I guess that's it for now. I'm really doing great and hope I feel much better tomorrow!