When you woke up after surgery...
Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:52 AM
Lap Dr. Callery
July 7, 2004
Savanna Annmarie was born on 10/14/2008 Morgan Jeanie was born 4/4/12
Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:54 AM
Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:22 AM
It did get better after that when I got on a regular pain med schedule and started walking. They took the catheter out the next morning and my IV out the 3rd day before I went home.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:07 AM
I thought I felt ok, a little off, but ok. I even walked a few laps before needing to lay down. I sipped on Isopure for a few hours, and eventually threw up. My nurse brought over IV meds and a sublingual of something, and after that I felt AMAZING. I felt like myself, and realized that the "off feeling" I had, wasn't normal. And I should have asked for anti-nausea medicine earlier.
Listen to your body, you'll be in pain, but if something doesn't feel "right" tell your doctor or your nurse as soon as you're able to. They're there to help you best of luck!!!!
"Start by doing what is necessary. Then do what is possible... and suddenly you are doing the impossible." – St. Francis of Assisi
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 12:56 PM
Posted 01 August 2012 - 01:03 PM
No pain pump,no catheter, no drain, nothing like that. Pretty painless all things considered. I never needed any pain meds.
Lap RNY May 2012
Beg weight. 2/1/2012 324
Surgery 5/23/12 301
Current 1/10/13 198
Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:32 PM
Edited by glocks90, 01 August 2012 - 03:33 PM.
Met Goal 1 weighing less than my husband who is 6'2" !
Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:31 PM
"Sequential compression stockings will be put on your legs to reduce the chance of getting blood clots. The pneumatic compression stockings will stay on during your entire hospital stay."
"Occasionally, as you wake up and become aware that you are OK, you will notice that you still have the endotracheal tube in your mouth and cannot talk. This tube is a breathing tube that facilitates your breathing and allows us to assist your breathing if needed. Sometimes, obese patients have trouble breathing deeply enough to get adequate oxygen. Using this tube we can be sure you are getting adequate oxygen. Typically, as you wake up and get stronger, we will take out the tube." Apparently, most people do not recall this as it generally gets taken out before the patient is fully aware, but they tell you so you don't freak out if it is there when you wake up.
Another section I found interesting was:
"Since the most common complication we see post operatvely is atelectasis, the nursing staff will litterly "drive you nuts" insisting that you cough, breathe deeply, get out of bed, at least walk around the room, and maybe even walk in the hallway. Atelectasis is a condition where the little air sacs in the lungs do not expand all of the way, thus causing mucus to collect in them. Because of this mucus collection, a fever often results. And if the lungs remain incompletely inflated, pneumonia is likely to result. Therefore, "suck away with great vigor" on the incentive spirometer. This is the funny looking plastic thing with the mouth piece attached to it and the floating piston inside that moves with your breathing. This little gizmo, stupid as it may look, is incredibly helpful in expanding those recalcitrant air sacs and eliminating atelectasis. By the way, all of this movement is also very helpful in keeping blood clots from forming. Since these blood clots can go to the lungs and plug the heart, keeping these blot clots from forming is of paramount importance. In addition to getting you out of bed, we will insist you keep the sequential compression stockings on your legs for the entire hospital stay."
There are also some very helpful threads about what to bring with you to the hospital. Good luck on your journey!
Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:17 PM
I woke up in recovery with a really bad case of the itching from the pain meds. But they gave me something for that.
My weight loss surgery got me to my goal weight and I'm proud to share my story.
It's the only way I know of eliminating the prejudice that surrounds bariatric surgery.
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:44 PM
Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:40 PM
I too woke up w an IV and catheter. I knew already that I was allergic to morphine so they gave me dilauded. Second day every narc they tried made me vomit and have dry heaves. Couldnt keep water down.
So we decided to switch to reg Tylenol and this is working much better for me. Still have the pain but better than getting sick and not keeping anything down. Bc they will let I go until u can at least that's my docs response.
Just listen to your body and remember just bc they order drugs for u u have the right to refuse them. And totally agreement w the walking and just get those fluids down sip by sip. If u have a bad day just focus on a better tomorrow. Best wishes!! ; )
Posted 10 August 2012 - 02:53 PM
"Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a row boat....and bringing the tartar sauce." Unknown
PCP Referral Date: 1/3/12 10:15amPsych Eval: 1/3/12 4pm Sx Consult: 1/24/12 1015amNutritionist: NUT Eval: 1/30/12 8am NUT 2:
Diagnostics: RMR: 1/26/12 11am h-pylori test: 1/26/12 1130amSteps to Success class: 1/26/12 115pmTRICARE APPROVED ME! (2/7/2012)
Surgery Date: 3/19/2012
Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:17 PM
The absolute worst part of all of it was not having anything, not even getting to brush my teeth, for a full 24 hours. I was begging my husband to just wet a paper towel to wipe my mouth with, but of course he wouldn't do it.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 03:55 PM
Posted 11 August 2012 - 07:57 PM
I recall grogginess and my left side hurt for sometime. It was the diaphram area.
The catheter was not a big deal to remove. I have had several NG tubes and those are not fun coming out.
The JP drain stayed in during my 6 day hospital stay and the week after at home. Most I have heard said it was not too bad being removed. I didn't like it one bit, and I personally think it was because it was in for so long.
If you go home with the JP drain, I liked to hang it from a lanyard around my neck for shower time. I also found that easier than pinning to my undergarments.
Posted 13 August 2012 - 08:38 PM
Highest weight: 269 lbs
First post-op appt (11 days) with surgeon: 249 lbs
First appt (13 days) with bariatrician: 245.5 lbs
August 15, 2012- 2 months post-op -33 lbs
September 15, 2012- 3 months post-op -44 lbs
October 15, 2012- 4 months post-op -47 lbs
November 15, 2012- 5 months post-op -51 lbs
December 15, 2012- 6 months post-op -58 lbs
March 3, 2013- 9 months post-op -65 lbs