The alarm went off this morning (Sept 3) at 4:30 am and I took a quick shower--used the scrub given to me. At 5:15 we were on our way to the hospital. During the 40 minute drive, I kept thinking about telling my parents to turn the car around. My brother and his g/f met me and my parents at the hospital as well. After hearing about fitbits at my nutrition class, I ended up buying myself one and then bought 4 more for my parents, my brother and his g/f. Was planning on giving them as Christmas presents but decided that I should give the fitbits to them now. I joked that I wanted to see who paced the most while I was in surgery. As I got closer to the time I was taken back for pre-op, the tears began to flow...we all cried a little. Once I was called back, I started shaking and crying a little. The nurses and Dr. Moazzez helped calm me down. I was out pretty much as soon as we went into the operating room. Everyone was super nice. The first hour was rough but not as bad as other people's experiences. I woke up extremely nauseous and the nurse told me to hold my stomach and cough as much as I could. This helped tremendously. I didn't have that severe pain in the shoulder that others talked about. I did have pain in my stomach/espophagus when the gas would get trapped. Burping was pretty much my only way to relieve it until I could get up and walk. I didn't know that after surgery and until the results came back from the barium test, that I could not have any fluids by mouth at all. All I wanted was to have water, and tried to bribe some of the nurses to sneak me in some water. They were able to get me some ice water and little sponges on sticks so that I could wet my lips.
I really have not had much pain, the worst was trying to get up and walk. But I keep trying yo stretch a little in bed, and that doesn't hurt very much.., just feels like I have done 200 sit-ups.
I was pretty out of it the first 4 hours post surgery, and then I felt like getting out of bed. I walked 3 laps around the recovery room. After walking and laying back down, I felt like 100 lb brick was on my stomach and my whole body started to tingle/numb feeling- that lasted for about 2 hours. I have no idea what caused this...if it was the movement of the iv fluids, morphine, or residual medicines that were now flowing through my body. I only had that experience once. The nurses checked my oxygen, heart rate and other vital signs and I was okay.
About every two to three hours my vitals were checked. All were stable, which was good, but I did not get any sleep that night. It's hard to sleep when people come in every two hours. The next morning I had my barium test. I felt a little light headed going down to the test as I had not had food or water in about 30 hours. The tests made me a little dizzy, but I was okay. I was so happy that all was fine and I was cleared for liquids.
I ended up using more morphine on the second day to help me with the gas pain--all in the stomach, never in the shoulder area. this caused my blood pressure to fall. I was taken off of morphine and put on liquid codene, which is what I will be on when I get home. Over the next several hours my blood pressure increased steadily.
I think around 10 am or so my catheder was taken out, and I had to go to the bathroom on my own. At first I couldn't tell that I needed to go, but I decided to go anyway based on the fluid that was drawn down from the iv bags. I was able to go and was not retaining any fluids. I was able to get the high protein broth and jello down and get my water down. I think I was finally discharged at 7:30 pm, and went home. It was nice to sleep in my own bed, but it was an adjustment to the hospital bed--could raise and lower to help you get up. In my own bed needed tons of pillows to prop me up so I could lean back and sleep sitting up. I was sore the first two days even with full level of codene (3 teaspoons). By the third day I was feeling better. The first day at home I could eat only half of my protein shake (Costco premiere chocolate/vanilla). I try to do one when I first get up (after codene) and found that it's hard to get down with all the gas. I now walk while drinking it and that helps a lot. I found that pho soup broth tastes great and I can handle that earlier in the day (noon). My mom made me chicken/turkey broth, which is still thin, but I can't handle it until later evening. My mom also made a crab and shrimp broth for me, but's very heavy and can sip maybe 6 ounces compared to 8 to 12 ounces of pho soup broth and the turkey/chicken broth.
The bariatric advantage multi-vitamin is my hardest vitamin to take. The first time I took it, I chewed it up and I was so nauseous...but it passed within 10 minutes. The next time I just let it dissolve in my mouth, which took about an hour..not the best, but didnt' get sick. Another time I ate it a little faster and actually got sick...it could have been because of the gas that was trapped (ate soup before I took the vitamin), or maybe the combination of the soup and the vitamin.... anyway, this morning (Sept. 9) I decided to drink half of my shake then take the vitamin quickly and then follow with the rest of my shake. That seemed to work.
I can now drink 90 to 100% of my shakes, sometimes 80% depending on how my system is feeling. It's definitely much better than the 50 to 60% on the first day, and 70 percent on the second and third day.
I removed the pouch of pain meds that are taken by the catheder and taped to your stomach. I didn't see the black dots and realized it started to leak. I had my mom call the hospital to make sure nothing was wrong and I could take it out. The nurse said yes it was time to take it out. I didn't realize how long the catheder was inside the skin. I took it around 6 or so pm and by 10 pm, I could feel the bruises and stitches on my stomach. I had to up my dose back to 3 tsps of codene. (I had tried to conserve my codene supply and was trying to take 1 tsp per 6 hours). Once that other medicine stopped, I felt like I had a metal plate on my stomach, and my muscles had been beaten up with a meat tenderizer. My stitches, would itch, burn, and just ache a little. I could still feel pain after the 3 tsps of codene, when I had gotten used to no pain, just feeling tight. I will update more to discuss how long/quickly this pain subsides.
I don't want to scare anyone with this posting, just to discuss what I went through. I am still very glad I have done this surgery. My parents are noticing the weight loss already, esp, in my face. Make sure you have tons of comfy clothes--nothing that is fitted as your stomach and abdomen will be swollen. I have been living in pjs. I have not tried to put underwear on yet, and may try later this week. I just wear cotton pjs and pj shorts that I use as underwear when I walk outside. I also couldn't take an underwire bra- got a soft, wireless bra to use until the area where the catheder was inserted heals.
I have taken one shower (took after a dose of codene)...I was told not to wash my stomach, so I kept the water to my back and took a quick shower--just washed my hair and that was it...didn't try to do anything else. It did feel nice to be clean. I did this last Friday, which was three days after my surgery. I will try to gear up to take another one this evening.
I will add a photo tomorrow, as it will be one week post surgery. Hope this helps! I wish everyone the best!