Travel after gallbladder surgery
I've had lap Apedectomy and the lap RNY and both times it was about a week before I felt like I could go anywhere even in a car. You will also be in lots of pain after words and be on heavy medication.
So good question, do you have to do this trip? ( most airlines, and this is from experience be cause apendix had the idea of acting up hours before I was to fly, will work with you on changing plans, though if it's emergency surgery then they may wave the cost to change.)
My sister is set to pass away any day now. My dr wants my gallbladder out as soon as we can, which is Friday. I need to get down to see my sister or at least go to her service. So, yeah, I HAVE to go!! I wish I could wait a couple of weeks, but I just can't. I would have left yesterday if I could have. Thanks for your advice. If the pain is too much, I of course will wait to go, but I'm hoping I will be ok.
That having been said -- I had my gallbladder out 18+ years ago, also done lap, and here's how my hospital stay went: gallbladder out day #1, discharged from hospital day #2, drove from FL to NC day #3 -- NO complications at all (and even went on a job interview in NC on day #4).
And 20 months ago, I had my lap RNY and then went back to work as an RN 1 week postop.
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I had my gallbladder removed 20 days before I had my RNY only because I had stones. I had my surgery on a Thursday and was back at work on Monday. I was just a little sore but up and running around doing errands on Sunday. The worst part of it for me was the allergic reaction I had to the glue on the tape they used on my incisions!! EEEOOUCH
Anyway, I wouldn't worry about it, but make sure you talk to your doctor first.
Sweetie, I know "you gotsta do what you gotsta do". But do try to contact your surgeon again. And puhlease....remember to take care of yourself along the way, too. 'Cause I for one...love you, my friend!
I still have my gall bladder, so I can't offer any advice on that. But I went to a banquet a week after surgery and made it okay.
Have you moved yet? I have totally forgotten to ask you that!
My brother is mad at me for not going sooner, my brother in law is mad at my dad becuase he isn't going to go, my dad is mad at my mom for going, my mom is mad at my dad for being an ass, my mom is mad at Brenda's oncologist for "not trying hard enough" and I hate them all right now! Well except my brother in law, of course. The poor guy is outta his head right now. He wants to have a memorial for her on the 29th of Nov which would have been their 10th anniversary. She wants to be cremated and have her ashes spread in OR at some waterfalls. It should be beautiful. He says he will "carry some of her with him forever". This is so much more difficult than i thought it would be. I can't even imagine what John is going through (her husband). I mean, its hard enough for me and she's just my sister. My husband??!! That is unthinkable. I don't know how I will ever look at the holidays the same again.
I was going to fly for 2 days before my surgery, then fly back here, have surgery and do Bob's birthday party and then fly back afterwards, but I can't afford it!! They are going to do a bereavment rate (thank God!!) so it wont be too awful. Dan (my husband) is going to stay here unless I get down there and need him. I hate that money is tight when it shouldn't be. Why is it that when you have a little extra money, there is nothing pressing going on, but when you are tapped out, someone dies or gets married. Have you ever noticed that?? LOL Oh well. Like my mom says, you can always find the money to do what you want, it just depends on how bad you want it. It's so true. You can scrape up money for stuff even when you don't think it's possible if you want it bad enough!!!
Thanks for your ear, Carmel. Sorry I'm so damn depressing lately. I hope to be my jovial self some day soon!!
Tears are rolling down my cheeks as I read this... I wish I could be there to help you in some way! Like I told you in my e-mail the other night, if I can do ANY THING, let me know. Okay???
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