Ok I havent posted much in this section, I have mostly been a "taker" and found tons of great info here.
I just had my Lap RNY surgery on august 31st. There were complications and I ended up with a leak in my small bowel and they couldnt find this until they opened me up.....so yep, I ended up with an open RNY on Sept 1st.
As things went south for me the day after surgery, all tests and vitals were showing that I was doing just fine. Even the x-ray where they follow the liquid looked ok. My pain increased and I ended up going very white, pouring sweat and trying to heave up contents that werent there. When they took me back into surgery they did try to find the problem via the LAP method but all looked well there too, so they had no choice but to open me up and find out what the hell was wrong. They found it and fixed it. I spent a full week in the hospital.
Now I have been home a week. My stitches and staples have been removed but I do have some slight irritations in some incisions. I also feel my lungs arent doing as well as I would like. It does hurt still when I breath in deeply. I go back to the doctor tommarrow to look at my incisions and also to look at my lungs. I have no fever and overall, I am getting better.
I still have pain and discomfort, but this is to be expected.
So far I havent even thought much about weight loss. I am still bigger than the day I went in for surgery. I seem to be retaining too much fluid and my stomache is still all weird and huge. My face does look smaller though. Currently, I am so focused on just feeling better and normal again that I havent focused much on "weight loss". It will come, I know this.
My vitamins are far too easy so I must be doing something wrong or I am missing something. I am not getting in enough protein so I need to work at this. I am getting my water in but its a real struggle right now.
I dont have buyers remorse but maybe it will come. SO far, even with the hell I have been through and am still going through....I have no regrets at all. If I had to do this knowing the hell I would go through, I would still do it!
I have felt hungry a few times but I was able to deal with it and a bit of soup did help.
I treat my new pouch like a fragile gem and so far no real problems there.
So I would like to say to the pre-ops, even IF you have complications and end up with a bigger struggle than you anticipated....it gets better each day and is totally do-able. I am a world class baby and whiner who hates any discomfort at all and yet I found I CAN DO THIS.
I do feel gross though. The bandages, bloating etc do make me feel icky. I will be happy when that part passes.
'would rather get gunned down than dumbed down...K'naan