Surgery went very fast and very well! I am so thankful and grateful to my family and to the wonderful doctors and staff at Sacred Heart/Rockwood. I highly recommend all of them to anyone considering this surgery (that said, Rockwood is moving to Deaconess Hospital due to a change in ownership, but Deaconess gets high marks too so don’t let that dissuade you).
I checked in at 10am on Wednesday, the 7th of April. I was sent to the surgery center where I was ushered into my pre-op prep room. Surgery was scheduled for noon, but it only took them about 45 minutes to get me ready, so Dr. Spitz popped in at 10:50am with the anesthesiologist (sorry, his name is a blur). They did their thing and wheeled me off to surgery at about 11:15 –early is good!
I recall scooting across from the gurney to the operating table, then them fluttering about and around me. Soon came the mask and instructions to breath in….I remember two breaths…. ZZzzZZZzzzZZZzzzzZzzz…off to lala-land!
Woke up in recovery and chatting with some nice recovery nurse and somehow got on the subject of bluegrass music and discovered we had common friends (I am a musician – as is he). Wheeled up to my room where another very nice gentleman took over my care, I recall his name is Steve. He helped me call my husband’s cell phone as no one had notified my husband and daughter where I was! They spent the rest of the afternoon with me and I was released at 6pm! Wahoo….home I went!
I felt great! Went home and watched TV and hung out. Still feeling great, but a bit tired, I took one pre-emptive dose of my liquid hydrocodone and went to bed. Next day I wasn’t feeling as good as the night before, but still pretty darn good overall. Took two doses of pain meds that day, and sips of liquids for day two of the two day clear liquid diet.
Got funny hiccups that reverberated to my shoulders that felt weird but didn’t bother me at all…they actually made me laugh. I can’t recall any actual pain…just some soreness on my left side where the port site is. That faded over the next couple of days and is almost gone now (day 10).
Friday, day three, I felt much better but just took it easy watching TV with my daughter. Took a shower – which was wonderful – and gingerly bent over to blow dry my hair but was able to without any trouble. Started full liquids which was great….back to jello, popsicles, protein shakes etc.
Saturday I was ready to get out of the house. Showered again with full hair and makeup - nice to feel human again. Mallory and I ventured into town but not until I had to try on THREE pair of pants to find some that weren’t hanging on me and looking very dopey! That was awesome! We each got our hair cut and met a friend for dinner at Red Robin. First challenge to be faced - how could I eat? Decided on chicken tortilla soup. Asked the nice server to leave off the tortilla strips and ate around the beans and chunks of chicken. Did great! Tasted great and I just took my time and ate it slowly. It was really nice to not feel deprived and still got to participate in a meal out with fun family and friends. It was delightful!
Each day just got better and better. Wednesday, the 14th, brought my one week check up and nutritional meeting. All went great. Overall I’d lost 11 lbs since pre-op visit, two week prior to surgery and start of pre-op liquids! I haven’t weighed since the 14th, but will on the two week day, this next Wednesday. Might just do that as my weigh in routine. Don’t want to get disappointed or frustrated if things don’t move fast enough if I weigh more often.
Drove to client meetings on Friday, day 9, and did really well. Took along two protein shakes as I was traveling slightly out of the area about 50 miles away. Got home a bit tired but took it easy and slept very well last night.
Diet is interesting. I’m on pureed food now, which is nice. I did eat some cottage cheese and it goes down just fine. I take small bites and chew it until it just goes down by itself. Put a left over piece of chicken breast in the Cuisinart with some barbecue sauce to make it more like a paste. Added some sweet relish (it’s a Southern thing) and that was like heaven! Will do the same with tuna while in this phase. I felt satisfied but never full.
Cream soups are working well. The chunks are soft enough that I just chew them well and they go down just fine. Today I made a creamy black bean soup that I found in some recipes on lapbandtalk.com. It was really good and it felt really nice to eat something spicy. I put in a spicy salsa to add some flavor. I love hot food so that was really good to taste. I’ve already tried some refried beans with some sour crème on top and that worked well too. I thinned them a bit with chicken stock, but still felt satiated with about a half cup of those. I think I’m craving more flavorful things since I’ve had nothing but rather bland liquids for the last month! Bring on the spicy stuff! J
That brings me to prepping for soft foods, which starts this Wednesday. Don’t know what I will start with, but cheese enchiladas sound really good.
I do my Wii fit every night…about 20 – 30 minutes of free step at a pretty good pace. Dr. said no crunches, weights or stretches for 6 weeks for all of the stitches to heal, so I skip the strength training and yoga that is in my regular routine. Don’t do the in place running on the Wii yet either. Still get tired and want to pace myself. It’s been a really interesting 10 days and I’m so grateful and thankful for this opportunity. I can’t believe it’s behind me now after all of those months of waiting! My heart goes out to those who have to really wait a long time, or save for self pay and such. I had it pretty easy overall and I don’t take that for granted.
One of the biggest wins so far is that I don't have to take my diabetes meds so far (or anymore I am hoping!). Dr. said that as long as my blood sugars don't sustain lower than 70 or higher than 150, I shouldn't take the Glumetza!! So far, my highest reading was 142 and my lowest 92, and that was only once each. Average of fasting/morning is 125 and afer meals is 100!!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed so far, but am getting really excited that I can sustain this win! Now, next is the blood pressure meds as they are the ones that are really f'ing with my memory! Wahoo!! I'm so excited to see such quick, good results on the diabetes front!
More later when more time goes by. Thanks so much to everyone who has been following along and sending well wishes…they mean to world to me!