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Finally on the other side!

delilas

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I finally got sent home last night. 

Unfortunately, anesthesia and I have never gotten along. I always take much longer to 'emerge' afterwards, and even with a lot of warning yesterday, it was the same. I was held in recovery for over 4 hours while they tried to wake me up, and then sent on to my room, where it took me another 3 hours to really open my eyes. I remained pretty out of it and barely able to drink that day, but sometime around 3am I was able to get myself out of bed to the bathroom, which was a helluva accomplishment :D They were super aggressive with my nausea, which makes this the only surgery I've not spent hours vomiting after, so also a huge plus. 

The next day, I just couldnt get liquids down without severe pain. Every sip I took, whether cold or room temp or hot, felt like it would just sit on top my lower esophageal sphincter. It would be followed by a severe blooming pain, and I could feel the liquids start to trickle in. Then Id belch, and Id okayish again. But ain't nobody gonna be sipping their water constantly if it means nasty pain each time. The surgeon said he'd had to "blow open" my lower esophagus when they scoped me directly after the procedure, but that he wasn't concerned. He chalked it up to an esophageal sphincter that was really good at doing its job, and was just too swollen that day to give it up. 

I was also really, really red in the face and chest and they didn't know why. They thought initially it was from a specialized research nasal cannula that I gave them permission to use on me, but even after that was taken off, it took nearly 36 hours for me to stop looking like I had a second degree sunburn. 

That night, determined not to stay the next day, I got a little more serious about water intake, pain or no pain. By morning, it wasn't painful with every sip. I got up and took a long walk every couple of hours to help the worst of the pain, which was just gas pain. They sat me down to ensure I could eat applesauce and thinned purees without vomiting. They were still a little on the fence, but I got 40 ounces of liquids in, plus some applesauce, plus a few hundred feet in walking, and the diagnostics they wanted wouldnt be available till Monday, so we agreed if I was still having issues, they would schedule me outpatient on Monday. They made me wait to get a few doses of IV steroids to hopefully reduce the inflammation, and then I was allowed to leave Friday night!

Thankfully, its been getting better since then too. I have no doubt that getting sleep in 3-5 hour runs instead of 1-2 hour runs in the hospital has helped, too. Its a little harder to sleep propped up, but I'm making it work. Truthfully, the hardest two things about being home is managing my own medication schedule (jesus they send you home on a lot of meds) and keeping Wifi the pup from jumping on me. He's been since locked out of my room via babygate and is not at all amused by it. 

I thankfully haven't seemed to gain any weight while hospitalized, but Ive got some serious upper abdomen swelling. That'll be interestiing as it goes down. 

Ugh. I've got another 20 ounces to go to meet the bare minimum today, so I best get on it ;) Thank you all for the well wishes!

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I'm glad you're home! Sounds like you had a time of it. I always take a little while to come out of anesthesia, too (which scared the crap out of my husband when I had an emergency gall bladder surgery last year), but I don't have all that other stuff going on. Bless your heart! 

That esophagus stuff sounds awful! I'm so sorry you had to deal with so much pain! 

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3 minutes ago, Cardamom77 said:

I'm glad you're home! Sounds like you had a time of it. I always take a little while to come out of anesthesia, too (which scared the crap out of my husband when I had an emergency gall bladder surgery last year), but I don't have all that other stuff going on. Bless your heart! 

That esophagus stuff sounds awful! I'm so sorry you had to deal with so much pain! 

You're so sweet! And same happened to me. I had my gallbladder emergently operated on in 2012, only a couple months after getting married and he was so not ready for that hell. Thankfully my parents showed up and yelled at staff until they took care of me. He got a trial by fire that day!

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Congrats for making it to home sweet home!!!  Hospital stays stink...especially when they keep you longer than intended, like you're a prisoner! haha!

That sounds awful about your esophagus.  I didn't have any pain, it was just annoying to have to drink those 4 tiny med cups of water each hour....I take back ALL my complaints now that you went through that!  Yikes!  

So glad the steroids helped and that things are getting easier.  It is tough to get so much in daily when you can only have a certain amount per hour plus you want to sleep etc!  It gets easier....i could drink all day (and I do) now but really if I drink too much too fast, my stomach feels weird (a little full, a little nauseated) so it is my reminder not to drink 16 oz quickly before I eat because I know I won't be able to drink for a while afterwards!!!  

Anyway, welcome home.....a better place to recover and continue "diminishing"! ;)

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1 minute ago, CJireh said:

Congrats for making it to home sweet home!!!  Hospital stays stink...especially when they keep you longer than intended, like you're a prisoner! haha!

That sounds awful about your esophagus.  I didn't have any pain, it was just annoying to have to drink those 4 tiny med cups of water each hour....I take back ALL my complaints now that you went through that!  Yikes!  

So glad the steroids helped and that things are getting easier.  It is tough to get so much in daily when you can only have a certain amount per hour plus you want to sleep etc!  It gets easier....i could drink all day (and I do) now but really if I drink too much too fast, my stomach feels weird (a little full, a little nauseated) so it is my reminder not to drink 16 oz quickly before I eat because I know I won't be able to drink for a while afterwards!!!  

Anyway, welcome home.....a better place to recover and continue "diminishing"! ;)

Aww thanks! I think even in the scheme of things, my little complications havent been too bad. It's only been a handful of times today Ive had the bad pain, so here's hoping theyll be gone soon!

Thanks for the welcome home =]

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Sounds like a rough start but glad to hear that you are now doing great and were able to go home. We always heal better at home. Sorry I was not here in your blog to cheer you on. I think that I posted in the calendar thread for you. I am still learning navigation of this site. I was thinking of you though. ;)

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I was away and out of internet area for the weekend, so I missed my chance to welcome you to the bench! Welcome to the bench, @delilas! It sounds like your hospital stay was not very fun, but at least you're home now and recovering in a more comfortable place. I hope you get back up and around and start feeling more like yourself soon :)  You now get to learn what it feels like to have eating and drinking seem like your job ;) 

 

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Yay and welcome to the bench!  Sounds like you are super determined, and that's going to be a big help.  And hey, like you, I came out of the OR with a super red face!  I put mine down to the stuff they had me use before surgery to wash - the skin on my face has always been really sensitive, and I've got some rosacea issues even without help from weird surgery washes.  :) 

Also like you, I came out of surgery with some immediate pain, but mine was all in my throat, and probably from intubation.  I'm sorry your first day was rough, but so glad it's getting better!  Being home is a huge improvement over the hospital, where people are poking you every five minutes. 

The med schedule IS annoying and hard to manage, but it will pass so quickly.  In fact, in my experience the first two weeks go by in a blur.  There's so much to remember and learn about yourself, the days sort of fly by.

Good luck - keep us posted!

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Excited to read you are on the bench and doing well.  It is a blur, really the first month just getting hydrated and a few calories is a good thing.  The odd tastes seemed to fade over some time as well for me.  Your commitment will be an asset to success! 

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1 hour ago, CoTN said:

Excited to read you are on the bench and doing well.  It is a blur, really the first month just getting hydrated and a few calories is a good thing.  The odd tastes seemed to fade over some time as well for me.  Your commitment will be an asset to success! 

 

38 minutes ago, BurgundyBoy said:

Congrats congrats congrats!!

Keep up with the fluids and the protein goal will soon be there too. You can sooooo do this. 

Thanks for the bench welcome :D A little bit of the odd tastes have faded for me, but I've been steering clear of artificial sweeteners as well, so I'm not sure if its that or not :D 

I actually met my protein goal yesterday, as I discovered if I take my protein shake and dump it in my icecream maker (no additional anything), it's somehow much more tolerable. I had forgotten I can use 1/2 cup of diluted apple juice for fluids, and it's made taking crushed pills SO much easier. Every day currently is just an experiment to see what I can do to meet goals. Experiments and naps, not a bad way to spend December :) 

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Congratulations! It truly is all about experiments and discovering what works for you at this point. Throw in some naps, a good book, and maybe a few Christmas movies and I'd say life is good. Good luck getting things figured out.

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Sorry I'm so late to comment on this! Congrats on having the surgery behind you. I hope that you're continuing to feel better every day.

I started back at work this week, and so far, so good. 

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