I had surgery on Monday, I was suppose to be discharged today but I'm 90% sure that's not going to happen. I keep asking myself why I did this to myself, it's hard to look into the future. I'm in a ton of pain, oxygen keeps dropping, my back hurts, I force myself to walk, I feel like I'm drinking enough but my urine doesn't show it, how can I get out of this funk
Highest weight: 265, surgery weight: 245, surgery date: 9/11/17 RNY m1: - 26 m2: - 14 m3: -15 m4: -10 m5: -8
Oh no! I am so sorry you aren't doing well. I have been waiting for an update from you. I hope the hospital team is taking good care of you. It will be worth it and hopefully soon this well all be a distant memory.
Sorry your having a rough go of it right now, but this part will soon be done.
Hang in there, and use this time to rest and heal.
Feel better soon !
Vertical sleeve, Sept 15
Are you holding your breath or just taking shallow breaths? That can make your oxygen levels drop. Instead, try to take deep breaths as much as possible. Post-op is no fun so for now you'll have to try and tolerate the pain and discomfort. But don't hesitate to ask for pain meds if you need them. Hang in there; we're all rooting for you!
When I had a major surgery prior to this one, my O2 was dropping so low I was setting off alarms every hour or so. It turns out that I was doing just this. To avoid pain I was unconsciously breathing very shallow. To reduce pain they would up my medications which sedated me and caused me to breath very shallow. To fix the issue I was required to walk the floor taking impossibly deep breaths, suck in air through the air gauge every 30 minutes, and move off almost all narcotic pain meds. It worked! The low O2 reading disappeared and I went home the following day.
Just to be clear, I wasn't at all aware I was doing this - and I didn't really think that their solution would resolve the issue. Deep long breaths, hold a sec, release. Walk, sip, BREATHE, walk, sip, BREATHE :)
5'4" 49yrs at surgery date
SW - 206 CW - 136
M1 - 20lb M2 - 9 lb M3 - 7 lb M4 - 7 lb M5 - 7 lb M6 - 6 lb M7 - 4 lb M8 - 1 lb M9 - 2 lb M10 - 4 lb
I'm so sorry you're dealing with this. I had really bad pain too, and I promise it gets better. The back pain could be gas but it could also be from being in bed a lot; I had it too.
I had to be on oxygen while in the hospital because my levels dropped too, but I have asthma and had a bad cough going into surgery, and they warned me that could happen. I had to force myself to walk too, as it hurt so much to move even a bit, but it really does help to get the gas moving.
I distracted myself a lot with Netflix, books, playing games...anything to get my brain busy so it wasn't focusing on the pain.
Try to visualise how great you're going to feel in the future as the weight comes off. Imagine shopping for new clothes, almost every month or so needing a new, smaller size.
Hang in, it does get better. One day soon you'll look back and all of the pain and bad feelings will just be a distant memory.
Pre-Op Visit: Jan. 10, 2017, weight 304, surgeon: Dr. David Lindsay, St. Joe's, Toronto
1st Day of (3 weeks worth of) Optifast: Jan. 11, 2017
Surgery Date: Feb. 1st, 2017