The First Day of the Rest of my Life - New York, NY
- Quilter Girl
- updated 5 months ago
I've been preparing for my upcoming surgery for...
- 6 Feb 2013
- 3 months pre
I've been preparing for my upcoming surgery for the past 3 months. 3 more before the insurance company will let me have the surgery. I am tentatively scheduled for May 9th. I'm slowly changing my eating habits. Diet soda is my tough one to give up. I like one at lunch every day and finding that the hardest to give up. I think the biggest thing I'm scared about it how the first few months will be after surgery. No matter what, I'm doing this. I need to get healthy and I have two granddaughters that I love to play with so.....I'm doing this for myself and for them.....Does anyone have any words of wisdom?
7 weeks until I go into surgery. April is full of...
- 20 Mar 2013
- 2 months pre
Today was my pre-admission testing so all I have...
- 18 Apr 2013
- 21 days pre
Yesterday was the final surgeon report before the...
- 25 Apr 2013
- 14 days pre
Tomorrow I start a clear liquid diet for the next...
- 5 May 2013
- 4 days pre
Hello, I had my surgery on Thursday and came home...
- 12 May 2013
- 3 days post
Immediately after surgery of course I was tired and uncomfortable. I have 7 one inch incisions in my belly and am very bruised. I had to have hepurion shots every 8 hrs to not get blood clots and now that I'm home I have to give myself 1 shot a day for 10 days. They don't hurt at all but I'll be glad when I don't have to do that. The other thing that I didn't expect was I was diabetic after surgery. temporarily. They tested every shift and every shift I had to have insulin shots. At one point my count was up to 220. All I was ingesting at that point was tiny medicine cups of water. They offered diluted juice but I turned it down at first. I wish I had taken it as once I did, then my insulin went down to normal and no more shots of that. I took pain meds for the first day but found that I was nauseous and had a headache. Stopped the pain meds and all went away. They gave me tylenol but I only took it once. I really didn't need it. My goal was to drink 4 medicine cups of liquid per hour and to do this 3 hours in a row in order to have my IV disconnected. For me this was tough as I'm not a big drinker but I forced it. I felt better once the IV was disconnected and I didn't have to drag it everywhere with me. I was nauseous but I think that was mainly the pain meds and that I had nothing in my stomach. I came home yesterday and started EAS protein shakes, chicken broth, jello etc. It was great to get some taste and the nutrients help alot with energy. I'm sleeping in my own bed. I get up several times a night to go to the bathroom and then back to bed. I have only been staying up a few hours and then back for a nap for an hour or two. My body is sore from laying around so I'm trying to move around as much as possible. One day at a time....so far so good.
almost 2 months since surgery
- 3 Jul 2013
- 2 months post