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Virgo10
11-22-2006, 07:53 AM
There seems to be a bunch of us who are anticipating surgery or who have just had surgery on our GB's. How about sharing experiences and ideas? I certainly would appreciate it!

While I've had several surgeries in my life, it's still nothing you ever look forward to or can really just shrug off and say oh well about.

So come on in and chat. Looking forward to hearing from pre and post op DISers. :)

escape
11-22-2006, 02:43 PM
I had mine out a few years ago. Luckily, I was able to have the laparoscopic version of the surgery. I didn't experience any gas pain in the shoulders like some people do. I guess the worst of it for me was the soreness afterwards. It felt like someone had used me as a punching bag. :eek:

It took me two weeks to start feeling normal. However, every day after the surgery was a little better than the day before. Heck, I was out shopping at Sam's Club the day after - moving a little slowly, but moving. I used the shopping cart as my walker. :teeth: Note: I wouldn't advise following my actions here. :crazy:

luvsmickeymouse
11-23-2006, 09:27 AM
I just had my gallbladder out yesterday. Its not too bad. I also had an umbilical hernia repaired, now that is what is very sore today. I can't do any lifting for 2 weeks. The pain I feel today is much less than a gallbladder attacks I had. I don't have any of the shoulder pain that some people have when they have the laproscopic type of surgery.

Mackey Mouse
11-23-2006, 11:48 AM
Hugs to you anticipating surgery and to luvmickeymouse....big gentle hugs....no squeezing involved..

I have been there and I am so glad that whole gallbladder thing is behind me..now I just deal with controlling the reflux, which causes pain, but no heartburn....weird..

Take it easy on Thanksgiving....so you get through without any attacks, I will do the same...

luvsmickeymouse
11-23-2006, 01:49 PM
Am I going to get gallbladder attacks even though I don't have a gallbladder anymore? I have to be careful what I eat because I don't want that anymore.
We just had Thanksgiving and now I am taking it easy and everyone is cleaning up. I didn't eat much. I hope everything is ok with me.

Virgo10
11-23-2006, 02:41 PM
I just had my gallbladder out yesterday. Its not too bad. I also had an umbilical hernia repaired, now that is what is very sore today. I can't do any lifting for 2 weeks. The pain I feel today is much less than a gallbladder attacks I had. I don't have any of the shoulder pain that some people have when they have the laproscopic type of surgery.

Wow, more gentle hugs to you! Did you have it done as day surgery or spend a night?

Needless to say with only the husband and me, I've skipped the whole TG dinner thing altogether. :( I'm still waiting for approval from insurance so I can go see a surgeon. It will be two weeks tomorrow since my regular doctor submitted a request. It can take up to 3 weeks.

For the most part, I'm feeling OK. I am on a next to no fat diet. It's also severely lacking in calories and vitamins. I'm tired a lot!

I can't wait for this to be over so I can start living life again in a some what more normal fashion.

Virgo10
11-23-2006, 02:47 PM
Am I going to get gallbladder attacks even though I don't have a gallbladder anymore? I have to be careful what I eat because I don't want that anymore.
We just had Thanksgiving and now I am taking it easy and everyone is cleaning up. I didn't eat much. I hope everything is ok with me.

That's a good question. I had two friends who had their GB's out years ago. They both said they could eat almost anything but there were some things that still bothered them and they avoided making them part of their menus. It was quite a while ago but I think at least one of them said food that was deep fried. I also think they said that the pain was no where near a GB attack level, just a gassy feeling.

Someone on the Community Board I think told me that you should wait about 6 weeks before resuming your normal diet. Not sure. I'd call the doctor who did the surgery and ask him. If he doesn't know ask to be put in touch with a dietitian. This is something I want answered as well. The two attacks I had were so bad!!! I don't ever want to go through that again.

Goofyluver
11-23-2006, 04:06 PM
I had mine out 10 years ago...I can't believe it has been that long. You absolutely will have continuing symptoms after you've had it removed. It just varies by the person. High fat, high spice foods, or difficult to digest foods are my triggers. I just know that if I eat those things, I have to deal with the consequences.

luvsmickeymouse
11-23-2006, 05:34 PM
Wow, more gentle hugs to you! Did you have it done as day surgery or spend a night?

I went home the same day. It really was an easy surgery. The only thing that I can really say, is that every move I make pulls on my stomach which hurts. I think the hernia area hurts more than the gallbladder.

Yes, I have heard both, some people still have attacks and some can eat anything.

I am sticking to the low fat diet that I have been on because I have lost weight and need to lose more. I will have to be careful what I eat.

I am glad that I had it done. I wish I was all healed. I can't do much for the next 2 weeks. I can work though.


Virgo10 I hope you can get back to normal life soon.

Yes the gall bladder attacks were the the worst pain. Worse than surgery.

mom+3girls
11-25-2006, 06:17 PM
Wow, more gentle hugs to you! Did you have it done as day surgery or spend a night?

Needless to say with only the husband and me, I've skipped the whole TG dinner thing altogether. :( I'm still waiting for approval from insurance so I can go see a surgeon. It will be two weeks tomorrow since my regular doctor submitted a request. It can take up to 3 weeks.

For the most part, I'm feeling OK. I am on a next to no fat diet. It's also severely lacking in calories and vitamins. I'm tired a lot!

I can't wait for this to be over so I can start living life again in a some what more normal fashion.

I am too waiting, mine is scheduled Dec 6, I am feeling tired to, have cut back on the intake of food and very little fat. I went shopping yesterday with my best friend and about half way through the day I said we are going to have to cut this short because I am getting tired she said what in the world is wrong with you, I said well I am not able to eat much and I think it is causing me to be run down. She actually acted mad because I was tired.
I came home and was in the bed by 8 slept for 10 hours.

Virgo10
11-26-2006, 06:03 AM
I am too waiting, mine is scheduled Dec 6, I am feeling tired to, have cut back on the intake of food and very little fat. I went shopping yesterday with my best friend and about half way through the day I said we are going to have to cut this short because I am getting tired she said what in the world is wrong with you, I said well I am not able to eat much and I think it is causing me to be run down. She actually acted mad because I was tired.
I came home and was in the bed by 8 slept for 10 hours.

Thanks for telling me that! I've been wondering if the increase in fatigue I've been feeling was all in my head. But it does figure considering my caloric intake each day is probably less than 1500 calories.

I want off this diet so bad! I literally have been eating the same 10 things for the past 7 weeks. :mad: I'm still cooking human food for the husband though and some times it's just hard.

I guess once it's over, adding new foods will be a trial and error experiment. I expect some things to cause discomfort but I'm hoping that it doesn't reach the level of a full blown attack. That's something I want to find out... can you get that type of pain again once the GB is taken out? The fear factor with eating is going to take some getting use to. :(

As for your "friend"... :furious: A little empathy would be nice. ::yes::

I'm really hoping to hear that I've got an appointment with the surgeon this week.

Mackey Mouse
11-26-2006, 06:34 AM
Morning all..

"Am I going to get gallbladder attacks even though I don't have a gallbladder anymore? I have to be careful what I eat because I don't want that anymore."

I wanted to answer this question......my attacks were really reflux attacks, but was diagnosed with gallbladder, I did have stones though in the bile duct.

I probably had a dual thing going on as a week after surgery I was back in the hospital for the same pain. Do not let them tell you it is phantom pain as it was real for me and something I live with. So, in saying that, I know what foods will trigger this kind of GERD reaction, which is pain in the middle of my chest...I try to stay away from them and also stress brings it on for me as well. Amazing that right now I am not having many attacks, but am watching what I eat too. So, you will figure out what irritates your digestive process and stay away from those kinds of foods, with me, it is fried, spicey, too much tomato sauce, and I just avoid them.... I also take 40 mgs of Nexium a day, which my insurance company is no longer going to cover, and now I have to find a new medication for my condition.

Also, this may not happen to you, I did have reflux as well as gallstones....so you may be in the clear and not have any further attacks. You may need to monitor your food for a while, but I would discuss this with my doctor too.

Hugs and take care, get your strength back after the surgery...

mom+3girls
11-26-2006, 09:30 PM
Thanks for telling me that! I've been wondering if the increase in fatigue I've been feeling was all in my head. But it does figure considering my caloric intake each day is probably less than 1500 calories.

I want off this diet so bad! I literally have been eating the same 10 things for the past 7 weeks. :mad: I'm still cooking human food for the husband though and some times it's just hard.

I guess once it's over, adding new foods will be a trial and error experiment. I expect some things to cause discomfort but I'm hoping that it doesn't reach the level of a full blown attack. That's something I want to find out... can you get that type of pain again once the GB is taken out? The fear factor with eating is going to take some getting use to. :(

As for your "friend"... :furious: A little empathy would be nice. ::yes::

I'm really hoping to hear that I've got an appointment with the surgeon this week.

Oh it is always about my best friend. If you have been sick she has been sicker, if you have had pain she has been in more pain. She is not the most understanding person. I think she lacks the ability to have empathy for anyone and I kinda feel sorry for her. It is kinda sad.

cherylp3
12-04-2006, 04:16 PM
Hi , reporting in. Surgery was last Tues. , got my sutures removed today. Feel a lot better now. Still some pain in the belly button area but not as much as it was.

phorsenuf
12-04-2006, 04:26 PM
How nice to find this!

Ive been battling this for a couple years now. They just can't seem to find anything so they call it a spastic duct.
I had another attack the other night after eating tacos. My Dh was travelling so I didn't feel like doing the whole ER thing.
They told me when it happens go to the ER because there is a better chance of seeing the problem.

What confuses me on the whole thing though is sometimes I can eat a big greasy burger and be fine, but I coud have a slad and it will hurt. I won't have a full blown attack but I get the pain in my side.

It's all so aggravating!

Out of curiosity is it possible to get a tummy tuck at the same time as having your gallbladder removed?

mom+3girls
12-04-2006, 10:24 PM
I will be having my surgery on Wed Dec 6, not looking forward to it. But I hope the pain in my stomach ends with this surgery.

My attacks are weird to, I love spicy food that doesn't seem to bother me, but give me any type of beef and I am dying, I have also decided that my gallbladder does not like Italian food, one piece of pizza the other night I was on the couch in horrible pain for several hours. Sometimes mine likes salad and sometimes it doesn't. I would love to have a nice big salad and a nice big juicy steak cooked medium rare. :)

Virgo10
12-05-2006, 06:03 AM
I'll be thinking of you tomorrow! I'm going to see a surgeon, also tomorrow.

You're a lot braver than I am. I have been eating the same 9 things for the past 9 weeks. I'm on as close to a no fat diet as you can get. I added carrots last night so now I'm up to 10 things. Whoopee. :rolleyes:

The surgeon's office told me they were booking operations into the beginning of the new year so it looks like I'll be holding on to my GB for at least a few more weeks.

You know, I went on a diet back in April. In 6 months I lost 14 pounds. Then in October I had my first attack and went on this stupid diet. In the past 9 weeks I've lost 17 pounds. :scared1: I should publish this diet for those who want a quick weight loss. :teeth:

Once again... GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!!! Let us know how you are as soon as you feel up to it.

phorsenuf
12-05-2006, 06:18 AM
I will be having my surgery on Wed Dec 6, not looking forward to it. But I hope the pain in my stomach ends with this surgery.

My attacks are weird to, I love spicy food that doesn't seem to bother me, but give me any type of beef and I am dying, I have also decided that my gallbladder does not like Italian food, one piece of pizza the other night I was on the couch in horrible pain for several hours. Sometimes mine likes salad and sometimes it doesn't. I would love to have a nice big salad and a nice big juicy steak cooked medium rare. :)


Weird isn't it? Whenever people talk gallbladder you hear stay away from fats and fried foods. Yet I can eat those one day with no problem but the next time forget it.
Sometimes I can eat something completely bland and wham!
Makes no sense which I suppose is one reason they are having a hard time with me.

Does coffee bother anybody? I drink about 1-2 cups everyday and most of the time I'll develop a pain in the side. Anyone else??

phorsenuf
12-05-2006, 06:19 AM
[QUOTE=Virgo10]
You know, I went on a diet back in April. In 6 months I lost 14 pounds. Then in October I had my first attack and went on this stupid diet. In the past 9 weeks I've lost 17 pounds. :scared1: I should publish this diet for those who want a quick weight loss. :teeth:

QUOTE]

Please do! LOL

DISNEYLOVER70
12-05-2006, 06:36 AM
I had my gallbladder out 5 years ago when I was 31. I had a gallbladder FULL of stones. Several trips to the ER over the course of 3 years before I finally got told it was my gallbladder. But here is the good news: I had it out and *Poof* no more symptoms. It has been 5 years and I don't have any gallbladder symptoms at all. I have acid reflux but no more gallbladder pain. Thank Goodness. That was worse than labor pain. My surgery went well and I spent one night in the hospital for observation, but I felt good enough that I could have gone shopping ! Sore if I moved certain ways obviously, but nothing more than how a bruise would feel.

Good luck, I will pray for you tomorrow! I hope your surgery goes as well as mine!!!

Virgo10
12-05-2006, 08:26 AM
[QUOTE=Virgo10]
You know, I went on a diet back in April. In 6 months I lost 14 pounds. Then in October I had my first attack and went on this stupid diet. In the past 9 weeks I've lost 17 pounds. :scared1: I should publish this diet for those who want a quick weight loss. :teeth:

QUOTE]

Please do! LOL

You asked for it :teeth:

Coffee with 1/2 and 1/2 and sugar. I go easy on the 1/2 and 1/2.

Breakfast:
1 or 2 slices white bread toasted. NO margarine or butter but jelly is OK
8 ounces of Gatorade.

Lunch:
Par boiled rice made with chicken broth. Actually I use water and add either the bullion cubes or granules. Serving size is about a cup of cooked rice.
1 large nuked potato. Do NOT eat the skin. I add NO Fat margarine to the potato. The Promise no fat spread is good.
Animal Crackers. As many as I want.

Mid Afternoon: More Gatorade.

Supper:
A cup or so of the cooked rice.
1/3 boiled boneless, skinless chicken breast.
Green beans or carrots.
2 slices of Bread with Promise no fat spread.

Dessert:
Bowl of frozen yogurt. My personal favorite is Blue Bunny Brownie Fudge Fantasy. It has NO Fat in it.

Nighttime snack:
Jello with No fat cool whip.
Animal Crackers.

Honestly, this is what I have been eating for the past 9 weeks! The weight is just peeling off me. I've been losing between 1 and 4 pounds a week. Although I'm tired a lot, my energy level is still pretty good and I feel so much better now that I've lost 31 pounds. :thumbsup2

I drink water all day long and occasionally add another glass of Gatorade as well. For someone who didn't have gallbladder concerns, you could certainly add fruits and veggies galore to this and still probably lose weight consistently.

luvsmickeymouse
12-05-2006, 08:44 PM
I will be having my surgery on Wed Dec 6, not looking forward to it. But I hope the pain in my stomach ends with this surgery.

My attacks are weird to, I love spicy food that doesn't seem to bother me, but give me any type of beef and I am dying, I have also decided that my gallbladder does not like Italian food, one piece of pizza the other night I was on the couch in horrible pain for several hours. Sometimes mine likes salad and sometimes it doesn't. I would love to have a nice big salad and a nice big juicy steak cooked medium rare. :)


Gook luck tomorrow. You will be glad that you had it done. I am feeling great.

luvsmickeymouse
12-05-2006, 08:47 PM
I'll be thinking of you tomorrow! I'm going to see a surgeon, also tomorrow.

You're a lot braver than I am. I have been eating the same 9 things for the past 9 weeks. I'm on as close to a no fat diet as you can get. I added carrots last night so now I'm up to 10 things. Whoopee. :rolleyes:

The surgeon's office told me they were booking operations into the beginning of the new year so it looks like I'll be holding on to my GB for at least a few more weeks.

You know, I went on a diet back in April. In 6 months I lost 14 pounds. Then in October I had my first attack and went on this stupid diet. In the past 9 weeks I've lost 17 pounds. :scared1: I should publish this diet for those who want a quick weight loss. :teeth:

Once again... GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!!! Let us know how you are as soon as you feel up to it.

Virgo10-good luck to you also. Hopefully you can have your surgery done soon. I am so glad that I had mine done. I was so worried about it and it was easy. The hernia repair is what bothered me the most.

cherylp3
12-06-2006, 11:02 AM
one thing I want to suggest is earth balance soy butter it does not have much fat.

JodyTG
12-06-2006, 12:14 PM
That was worse than labor pain.
Exactly my thought and they way that I described my first symtoms to the ER doctor two weeks ago. I had these horrible contraction-like cramps for two days until I just couldn't take it anymore. Lamaze breathing helped though. Plus, after the first day, I couldn't keep anything in my stomach...not even water. So, 7AM on a Monday morning I went to the ER and was dehydrated (nah, ya think?) They gave me a CT scan and all they found was was a few stones in my gallbladder. But, they didn't do the surgery right then (they wanted to be cautious and make sure that was my problem). I've had two attacks since, but different than the first. These are not like contraction, but constant pain like someone is grabbing me and won't let go. One was when I ate tamales (stupid huh?) and the second was after a salad. Talk about two extremes!!!

I've since switched to a very non-fat diet and seem to be okay. I'm just getting tired of low-fat turkey and non-fat cheese sandwiches on wheat bread. The bad thing is (or maybe it's the selfish thing), we're going to WDW for 3 days and then a 4 day DCL cruise over Christmas and I don't want to do anything about it until January. I just hope there's things that I can eat on the cruise that won't have me writhing in agony for an hour or so...

Virgo10
12-06-2006, 03:12 PM
I saw the surgeon this morning. She was very pleasant and informative. I took a shot and told her how apprehensive I was about leaving my husband alone. He has moderate to severe Parkinsons Disease and some days he really should not be alone. His son is coming down for a visit next week and after telling her this she said she thought there might be an opening on Friday the 15th. And there was!!

This has taken a huge weight off of my shoulders. Now the husband will have someone with him and I'll have people here for a few days that can run errands. What a relief!

The only negative side of today was the mix up in the surgeon getting my records from the primary care doctor. I had requested records from when I had my thyroid removed back in 2000. There were problems with that operation and for a while they thought I might have had a heart attack. It turned out that wasn't what happened but I never did find out what it was. Getting the records from that surgery was always something I meant to do but just never got around to doing. What ever the problem was, it's something I want the surgeon doing this operation to know about.

I had requested the records before I even knew who the surgeon was so I had them sent to the Primary care doctor. I figured he could send them to the surgeon. Wrong! With all the privacy laws in effect now, they can't send records from another doctor. Good grief. However I can go pick them up myself and get them to the surgeon. What a runaround! :mad: I'll be doing that tomorrow morning.

So a week from Friday is my date. That's really good because I'm a worry wart and this gives me less time to dwell on it.

luvsmickeymouse
12-06-2006, 08:26 PM
So a week from Friday is my date. That's really good because I'm a worry wart and this gives me less time to dwell on it.


You will be so glad to have it done. I worried so much about my surgery, I am afraid of anethesia.

mom+3girls
12-07-2006, 07:40 PM
Well everyone, I am up and around, surgery went great. After the surgery yesterday I felt great, even walked into the grocery to the pharmacy to get my script and back out to the car. This was less than 4 hours after my surgery. Last night was a little rough they prescribed Lortab and I went ahead and took one last night just so I could sleep. I did stay at my mom's house last night only because my family insisted on it, they know me and I would have probably been up doing stuff.
Today I am sore and my belly is a little swollen but I was able to go out tonight and go to my youngest daughter band concert. My oldest drove me right up to the door and went and got the car and picked me up at the door. The teacher was very surprised that I was there.
The surgeon told my mother that my gallbladder was inflamed and loaded down with stones and that he is sending it to pathology. He also said that it looked like it has been inflamed for awhile. Well I could've told him that, I have been having lots of gastro problems since 1999.
But all in all I am doing good.
thanks for all the prayer and good wishes.
And for those of you that are still waiting I will pray for you and send good wishes to you all. And hope that yours goes as well as mine.

:moped: on my way to healing

luvsmickeymouse
12-07-2006, 08:12 PM
Well everyone, I am up and around, surgery went great. After the surgery yesterday I felt great, even walked into the grocery to the pharmacy to get my script and back out to the car. This was less than 4 hours after my surgery. Last night was a little rough they prescribed Lortab and I went ahead and took one last night just so I could sleep. I did stay at my mom's house last night only because my family insisted on it, they know me and I would have probably been up doing stuff.
Today I am sore and my belly is a little swollen but I was able to go out tonight and go to my youngest daughter band concert. My oldest drove me right up to the door and went and got the car and picked me up at the door. The teacher was very surprised that I was there.
The surgeon told my mother that my gallbladder was inflamed and loaded down with stones and that he is sending it to pathology. He also said that it looked like it has been inflamed for awhile. Well I could've told him that, I have been having lots of gastro problems since 1999.
But all in all I am doing good.
thanks for all the prayer and good wishes.
And for those of you that are still waiting I will pray for you and send good wishes to you all. And hope that yours goes as well as mine.

:moped: on my way to healing

Glad to hear you are up and around.

snowwite
12-07-2006, 08:15 PM
I have GB disease and newly diagnosed NASH fatty liver. I am soooo scared to have the surgery. I am a risk manager and see all the worst case outcomes which is only making me more worried. Have a lot of you sucessfully had the surgery? I already found out the ERCP and lithotripsy are not an option due to large stones.

Virgo10
12-08-2006, 05:17 AM
Well everyone, I am up and around, surgery went great.

I was thinking about you last night and wondering how everything went. From your post I'd say it went REALLY well. :thumbsup2

So you were in and out the same day. Lucky you! I've already been told that I'll be there over night. Probably because I'm OLD :mad: :teeth: Eh, that's probably OK though as I usually have a wicked time with anesthesia. If I'm going to be tossing my cookies, I'd rather do it in the hospital. :rotfl:

Well congratulations on having this surgery behind you and looking forward to eating without fear. I will hopefully be joining you in this club next week.

snowwite
12-14-2006, 01:55 PM
I had to be admitted Sunday night with acute choleycystitis. I had the lap choley Tuesday and came home late last night. I am sore in some unexpected places and for some reason all my muscles are sore but I am not having much pain. :cool1:

Virgo10
12-14-2006, 05:10 PM
I had to be admitted Sunday night with acute choleycystitis. I had the lap choley Tuesday and came home late last night. I am sore in some unexpected places and for some reason all my muscles are sore but I am not having much pain. :cool1:

Wow, I'm sorry that happened but at least it was quick. Tomorrow's my surgery and I'm going to worry myself into an ulcer by then. :(

I'm also expecting to be in over night and get home on Saturday. But you know the saying, "The best laid plans..." I was told 3 days with my thyroid surgery and I spent a total of 5 days in the hospital, 3 of which were in ICU.

My hope is that this surgery will in no way be as bad as I'm imagining it's going to be. Doesn't make me any less scared though. :guilty:

Glad you're home and it's over for you. Take it easy, you may be a bit dehydrated with all those achy muscles.

safetymom
12-14-2006, 05:51 PM
Sending positive vibes for your surgery. I am sure you will be glad when this is over with.

mom+3girls
12-16-2006, 07:28 PM
I had to be admitted Sunday night with acute choleycystitis. I had the lap choley Tuesday and came home late last night. I am sore in some unexpected places and for some reason all my muscles are sore but I am not having much pain. :cool1:


I am laughing, not at you but... the day I had my surgery I told my mother that they must have dropped me off of the table because my shoulder and knee hurt like they were broken.
I ended up having to sit in the tub in hot water, I know I wasn't suppose to take a bath but I just ran enough water to cover my knee, it was the only relief I could get.
I had more pain in my shoulder and knee than I did from the actual incisions.

Virgo10
12-17-2006, 11:00 AM
Wow, it's been two days now since my surgery and I can't believe how good I feel. The only things that are really bothering me are my back because I can't stand up straight and one of the incisions which is making me walk around hunched over. I've had NO shoulder pain at all. The other three incisions are just the tiniest bit uncomfortable. This morning I did laundry, washed dishes and swept the floor. The husband is amazed that I've bounced back so fast.

May be TMI for some but this was the first and only time that I've had surgery and did not throw up once. Kudos to the anesthesia department at Lakeland Hospital! :thumbsup2

safetymom
12-17-2006, 12:59 PM
Don't overdo it. :)

mom+3girls
12-17-2006, 09:57 PM
Wow, it's been two days now since my surgery and I can't believe how good I feel. The only things that are really bothering me are my back because I can't stand up straight and one of the incisions which is making me walk around hunched over. I've had NO shoulder pain at all. The other three incisions are just the tiniest bit uncomfortable. This morning I did laundry, washed dishes and swept the floor. The husband is amazed that I've bounced back so fast.

May be TMI for some but this was the first and only time that I've had surgery and did not throw up once. Kudos to the anesthesia department at Lakeland Hospital! :thumbsup2


I am glad you are doing so well.
:banana: :cheer2: :banana: :cheer2:

snowwite
12-17-2006, 10:31 PM
I am laughing, not at you but... the day I had my surgery I told my mother that they must have dropped me off of the table because my shoulder and knee hurt like they were broken.
I ended up having to sit in the tub in hot water, I know I wasn't suppose to take a bath but I just ran enough water to cover my knee, it was the only relief I could get.
I had more pain in my shoulder and knee than I did from the actual incisions.
It is so wierd. I have more pain in my neck and legs than my belly. The doctor said it is from positioning in OR when they put in the catheter etc. I was hoping to feel better by now but I still have cramps and feel so tired plus I am having some complications now. It is making it impossible to get ready for holidays. Did it take you long to recover?

snowwite
12-17-2006, 10:34 PM
Wow, it's been two days now since my surgery and I can't believe how good I feel. The only things that are really bothering me are my back because I can't stand up straight and one of the incisions which is making me walk around hunched over. I've had NO shoulder pain at all. The other three incisions are just the tiniest bit uncomfortable. This morning I did laundry, washed dishes and swept the floor. The husband is amazed that I've bounced back so fast.

May be TMI for some but this was the first and only time that I've had surgery and did not throw up once. Kudos to the anesthesia department at Lakeland Hospital! :thumbsup2
I have been doing very little housework. I did dishes and threw in laundry. I have been having my teens and DH help out. Try not to over do it.Glad to hear it went well for you :thumbsup2

mom+3girls
12-19-2006, 10:31 PM
It is so wierd. I have more pain in my neck and legs than my belly. The doctor said it is from positioning in OR when they put in the catheter etc. I was hoping to feel better by now but I still have cramps and feel so tired plus I am having some complications now. It is making it impossible to get ready for holidays. Did it take you long to recover?

I went back to work 5 days after my surgery. The first week I had days where I could barely put one foot in front of the other by the time I got home. My belly button is still pretty sore.
But all in all I feel great now. Still have some foods that I am still trying and finding some that I still can't eat.
Went for my followup today doctor said everything looked okay and that I can get back to normal activities as my body will let me, he said to really pay attention when my body says hey thats a little too much right now.
I have been playing catch up with my holiday planning. And kinda feel bad that I haven't been able to get all the things done that I need to get done. But people will just have to understand this year.

snowwite
12-20-2006, 06:29 AM
I went back to work 5 days after my surgery. The first week I had days where I could barely put one foot in front of the other by the time I got home. My belly button is still pretty sore.
But all in all I feel great now. Still have some foods that I am still trying and finding some that I still can't eat.
Went for my followup today doctor said everything looked okay and that I can get back to normal activities as my body will let me, he said to really pay attention when my body says hey thats a little too much right now.
I have been playing catch up with my holiday planning. And kinda feel bad that I haven't been able to get all the things done that I need to get done. But people will just have to understand this year.
5 days, wow! I am now 7 days out and I am still too sore and in the bathroom too much to go to work yet. I saw the MD yesterday and he gave me a stronger medicine for thrush and said I can go back next Thursday. Now I need to wrap,bake and start (yes,start) my Christmas cards. I still cant wear normal pants and my belly hurts but per MD this is normal.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

mom+3girls
12-21-2006, 01:18 AM
5 days, wow! I am now 7 days out and I am still too sore and in the bathroom too much to go to work yet. I saw the MD yesterday and he gave me a stronger medicine for thrush and said I can go back next Thursday. Now I need to wrap,bake and start (yes,start) my Christmas cards. I still cant wear normal pants and my belly hurts but per MD this is normal.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

My belly button area is still sore so I have to wear pants that are loose, thank goodness I have every size you an imagine in my closet, right now I only have 2 pair of pants that I wear that don't poke my belly or rub my belly button area.
I went back to work but was very sore and was exhausted when I got home, doctor did okay it but I should have taken a few more days.
Hope you get to feeling better soon.

nut4disney
12-21-2006, 06:19 AM
Wow, it's been two days now since my surgery and I can't believe how good I feel. The only things that are really bothering me are my back because I can't stand up straight and one of the incisions which is making me walk around hunched over. I've had NO shoulder pain at all. The other three incisions are just the tiniest bit uncomfortable. This morning I did laundry, washed dishes and swept the floor. The husband is amazed that I've bounced back so fast.

May be TMI for some but this was the first and only time that I've had surgery and did not throw up once. Kudos to the anesthesia department at Lakeland Hospital! :thumbsup2


I'm glad you're doing so well. Be careful not to overdo it! When I had surgery I had some of the same sort of back issues. The doctor told me that I might be slightly dehydrated and encouraged me to drink plenty of water. I don't why it helps, but it did!

Virgo10
12-21-2006, 08:15 AM
Argggg! I'm suffering a slight set back today. Yes, I'm an idiot! Yesterday I decided to go out for the first time since I got home. I went to the super Wal Mart in town and, instead of picking up one or two things, stayed on my feet for nearly 45 minutes. When I got back to the car I realized I'd forgotten some other stuff so I staggered back to the store. I knew when I got to the entrance there was no way I would be able to walk around in there so I ended up using a scooter.

Last night was bad! The biggest of my incisions (smack dab in the center of the stomach area) gets a little egg type protrusion when I over do. I'm assuming they must cut through the abdominal muscles when they go in and that are is weak enough so that my stomach is pushing against it causing the bulge. I'll be asking the surgeon when I see her next week.

Well, to be honest, this morning ain't that great either although it's not as bad as last night.

So long trips to the store are off my schedule until further notice. :rolleyes: On a more upbeat note, I seem to be able to eat just about anything I want to. :thumbsup2 Still haven't done any type of meal that would be really harsh but I can do spaghetti, tuna salad and ice cream all of which beats the 10 week diet of rice/chicken/potatoes/etc. by a mile. :teeth:

mom+3girls
12-29-2006, 10:47 PM
Just wanted to check in with you all and see how every one is doing.
I am finding that I can still not eat some foods but I can eat some that I hadn't been ablt to for a long time.
I feel good, my belly button is now not that sore but really sensitive, If my pants touch it it is like sticking a needle in it, doc says that will go away.
Take of yourselves.

snowwite
12-30-2006, 03:01 AM
Just wanted to check in with you all and see how every one is doing.
I am finding that I can still not eat some foods but I can eat some that I hadn't been ablt to for a long time.
I feel good, my belly button is now not that sore but really sensitive, If my pants touch it it is like sticking a needle in it, doc says that will go away.
Take of yourselves.
Glad to hear that you are doing so well. I am still not able to wear jeans yet-too sore. I was exposed to Roto virus(nasty stomach bug) a few days ago before I knew my parents were ill. Fingers crossed hoping I dont catch it because I cannot imagine it would feel to good to be throwing up with stitches in my tummy. Hope you all have a happy and healthy new year:wizard:

Virgo10
12-30-2006, 05:56 AM
I'm doing a bit better each day. Some of you may have seen my post over on the CB about the visit I had to the surgeon. There was concern that I might have developed a hernia at one of the incision sites. She did tell me that it was far more common to have a hematoma there though.

Over the past 3 days the pain has finally started to decrease, something that would happen with a hematoma but not a hernia. I've got my fingers crossed.

I've been eating just about everything. The two stomach aches I've had so far were from eating dark meat turkey and then last night after an extremely greasy meal of Steak Umms and french fries. I know, EWWWWWWW! Well I figure I'll never know if this stuff if going to bother me if I don't try it. :rolleyes:

Other than some persistent fatigue, I'm feeling pretty good and have to keep reminding myself that it's only been 2 weeks since I had the operation.