Although I hard people say to me "oh Ive heard horror stories about gastric bypass" I never thought I would be the one with complications.
I went in Tuesday, March 30 for my RNY. Surgery was typical. But by Tuesday night I was running a fever. Wednesday my fever kept rising, By Thursday morning they suspected a leak, as my blood pressure, hear rate, and oxygen levels dropped severly, and my fever spiked to 105.5. I was transferred to the ICU in critical condition. I don't remember much but being confused and feeling my brain was overheating. They took me back into surgery and found no leak at all. So I have to start recovering from surgery again -- the second time in two days.
The day after my second surgery I tried to walk, and my left lung collapsed. It was terrifying not being able to breath. A good nurse kept me from paniking. The rest of the week I had diminished capacity in my lung, but I kept up with the spirometer, walking, eating and drinking.
I was finally able to leave the hospital April 9, Friday. I weigh 26 pounds more at discharge than I did at admission - they pumped me full of saline to over-hydrate me. I was lucky enough to have a great sister come stay with me the first night I was home. She wrote out my schedule, what I had to drink, eat, my vitaminsa and meds. How confusing, especially when you're on pain meds! But my husband took over and I am getting great care from him.
I was logging on here to read every one's experiences, - good or bad. And I was so hoping I would be a text book case. But when you're doctor loks at you and says "You look awful." you know you are bad off. My girlfriend was with me at my worst, and she told me later she saw me become white - with white lips - as my fever worsened. She thought she was watching me die.
Maybe six months from now I'll say it was worth it. Right now, I can't, and I'm sure you understand why. I have a feeling when I see my weight come off - my outlook will change! :)