Well, I suppose it is time to update because it has been a couple of weeks and this is going to be a long post because I have a lot to write!
So the night before surgery I did not think that I was going to be able to sleep at all. But I actually was pretty calm and slept well! The next morning we left my house at about eight. My dad, mom and brother all came with me. I was actually fairly calm on the way up, (my doctor's office is two hours away from where we live) but of course I was still very nervous! We finally get to the hospital at about 11:15 and we walk in to register and sit down. A few minutes later, Lance comes in (my nurse who took my blood the week before) and says that they are about an hour behind in surgery. I was like oh my gosh that really sucks because now I have a whole other hour to sit and dwell about it! So we left and went a drove around for about an hour. And I was sooo thirsty but I wasnt allowed to have anything to drink so I was dying. Anyways we went back to the hospital at about..12:15 and sit down and wait for probably about ten minutes. Then one of the nurses came and got me and I had to go pee in a cup (I think it was to make sure I was not pregnant). Then I went into one of the rooms and put on my robe and it was very large lol. I thought it was going to fall off me. So anyway then I sat down and she asked me some questions, (that I had been asked like twenty times before) and then she told me to lay down and she got me a blanket, and then a warm one. She put the warm one over my arm..I dont know why but maybe to warm my arm up for the IV because she said I was cold. So then we wait about another 15 minutes and she comes back in to give my IV. I was nervous and asked her if they were going to numb it before and she said yes. So first she gave me the heprin shot in my stomach and my stomach is VERY sensitive so that more or less tickled then it hurt, it was just a little pinch. It itched but she said make sure not to itch it because it can get infected. So then she gave me a shot in my hand to numb me for the IV. Then she gave me the IV and it was really not bad at all. She was professional at it! I always thought that the anesthesiologist gave u the IV but it was just the nurse, not that im complaining because she was great. So anyways then I layed there for probably about an hour, watching TV because they were very behind. Then another nurse came in and talked to me about breathing in that little breathing thing they give you for after surgery. Then also these two nursing students came in and asked me if they could watch my surgery today. HOW EMBARASSING! LOL. They were both young and VERY good looking, one a girl and one a boy. So I was pretty embarassed but I was like yeah whatever, I couldn't say no! lol. And Dr. Richards came in and talked to me and said they just had to clean up the room from the last surgery and we would be ready. So I figured it would be like another hour. But about twenty minutes later they came to got me. I was so nervous. I said bye to my parents and they rolled me back through the doors. As soon as my parents walked off I felt the tears coming on, but I did not want to cry. They parked me in the hall for about fifteen minutes and the two nursing students sat and talked to me. Then the anesth. came through and gave me some calming down medicine, im not sure what it was but he said i would feel better, lol. Then I started feeling a little calmer and then a few minutes later they wheeled me into the operating room. I climbed onto the operating table and was embarassed cause I thought my butt was showing, but whatever haha. So then I layed down and they put the gas mask thing over me and said okay jessica im going to give you the anesthetic, you're going to feel a bit of a cold tingly feeling. so he puts it in, i felt cold and tingly then i was OUT COLD. haha. next think i remember was waking up in recovery and asked them how it went. They put on that brace thing that goes around your stomach and they were like, "it doesnt fit". I was like why am I too big? They were like, "NO! you're too little!" haha that made me VERY happy, cause not often is it that I am called little. The nurse that was with me was very nice. He was always right there making sure I was okay and getting me ice chips. I asked him the same question about how my surgery went about four times. And I also kept asking him about my parents and if they had talked to him yet. He gave me to shots of morphine cause I was hurtin bad, He was like k jessica i cant give you anymore. im like ahhhh but i think it was just gas pain. Finally he wheeled me into the other room where I could see my parents and they came back. I was so happy that I started BALLING (and I also think it was part of the anesthesia). The nurse was like most of my female patients cry after the anesthetic. haha. So then I layed there for who knows ..I think it was like one hour to an hour until i started feeling better. I was still hurtin so she gave me a perkiset (sp?) and that didnt help so then gave me a loratab and i was still hurtin but come to find out it was just the DAMN gas pain. So I was pretty drugged up by then! Finally I peed and they let me go home. The ride home was off and on to me. I would fall asleep, think i was out for hours then wake up and it would only be like ten minutes. And I was pretty uncomfortable.
The first few days really sucked, I didnt get much sleep at all and if I did sleep it was for a few hours during the day. I got up and walked as much as I could because the gas pain was horrible but even that definitely was not a quick fix. About the third day my shoulders and back really started to hurt so I had to use a heating pad. My port site would hurt once in a while, especially at night. Finally I was getting better and I would feel good during the day and be sick again at night. All of my friends came over to see me and brought me flowers and stuff which was really nice. My best friend was over pretty much everday and we watched movies and stuff. About the fourth or fifth day I went out for a drive because I was sick of being inside and it felt great but I got nauseated pretty fast. Anyways I went to my post op appointment this Friday the 10th. I was feeling much better and I actually got ready so I felt good. I got on the scale and guess how much I weighed...197!!! I about pissed my pants. When I started this WL journey on about June 13, I started out at 232. I have lost 35 pounds. I was SO excited and so was Dr. Richards. She was like wow that is amazing! And all of the receptionicts were telling me how good I look already, which made me feel really good too cause they were very cute! She looked at my scars and said they are healing good and I just asked her a few questions. I get to start pureed/mushies on tuesday and i cant tell you how excited I am. I am not gonna lie i had some cottage cheese today and the other day had a little piece of very moist chicken dipped in ranch. It went down fine though, I have not had any problems with throwing up. So I am recovering very well! I am not going back to work though, I was planning on it but my job is pretty physically demanding and I still get out of breath and hot really quick.
Anyways all I can say is I had some really depressed days where I was so pissed because all I wanted to do was eat. I would be so mad seeing all of the commericals on tv. Thinking if i hadnt of had this surgery, I could be eating that right now. But now I'm like you know im so happy that I got it. Yes it does suck, it isnt easy, HELL NO it isnt easy, and its not a quick fix. But I'm only a week out and I already love my band. One other really exciting this is lastnight I hung out with my ex boyfriend (we broke up about two years ago) and he just recently broke up with his girlfriend a couplue months ago. Well things of been weird because his ex hates me because we still talked and stuff but she moved a couple hours away thank god. But we did make out lastnight and it was FABULOUS!! haha so that was great for me and i felt HOT!! 35 POUNDS LIGHTER. lol
i love MY BAND!!!