posted on 8/21/07 7:40 pm
I made it! Dr Tom said I did great! I'm really excited, even though I am still in quite a bit of pain.
I have a lot of gas pains. I took some gas x, so hopefully that will help me soon.
I only had about 8 oz of "food" at the hospital, not including ice chips and water. I had 2 oz of broth in about 25 mins, and I felt like I had eaten thanksgiving dinner! I was soooo full. Lots of pressure. I thought I was gonna get sick, but I did some deep breathing (always helped with morning sickness) and made it through.
So, I will write about my experience.
The surgery was great. I didn't have any weird dreams or bad feelings like I did with my c-section. I did really good about not freaking out before the surgery. I'm pretty proud of myself.
The pain came and went in waves. It was pretty bad for a few minutes when I first cam out of surgery, but they gave me meds, and it was almost instantly gone.
The rest is pretty uneventful. I felt awsome after my first pain shot, and I got out of bed right away, and went to the bathroom and sat in a chair for a while. The I got back in bed, and my pain came back with a fierceness! It was pretty bad. I didn't like the fact that you don't get pain meds administered at regular intervals. You have to ask for them, and if you wait until the pain comes back, it can get pretty bad before they actually get the meds to you.
This morning after the shift change, I had quite a problem with my nurse. Her name was LeAnn, and she was very nasty. A few silly things, like I asked her at 9:40 to bring my meds in at 10:00 and help me to the bathroom and to change and brush my teeth, and she never came. I finally called her at 10:30. Also, I asked her to heat up my soup 4 times, and she never did, so I asked a nurse I saw in the hallway.
The thing that really made me mad was when I was getting ready to leave. I asked to change my pain med perscription, so that was taking a while. She had already taken out my IV, but didn't actually discharge me. While I was waiting to get the new script, I started having a LOT of pain (around noon) I buzzed for a nurse, and they said she would be right in. Well, she didn't come in (if she doesnt come, the buzzer stays on, and re-notifies them about every 5 mins.) After 25 mintues, she still didn't come into my room, and this time I was in severe pain. My friend sherry was picking me up, so she went out in the hall and just got a nurse who was walking by. She was so sweet, and she went to ask LeAnn if she would help with her paitent (me) and LeAnn said "No." So my friend sherry finally said something to her, and she finally came in the room and told me that I was discharged and I could leave. (i still hadn't received my scrip, or any discharge instructions.) I told her I was in severe pain (I was crying by now) and LeAnn told me that I had two choices- I could either go home now (still without a scrip or any instructions,) or I could wait to get some meds from the pharmacy. I asked her how long it would take, and she said (i'm not joking here) "I can't see the future."
I was so pissed at this point, that I started raising my voice (NOT YELLING, just being more firm) I told her I was in SEVERE pain, and I would NOT even be able to make it to the car in this condition. She told me that I was just upset, and I needed to calm down and take some deep breaths. I told her I was doing that already, and I was NOT upset, I was just in a LOT of pain.
Finally the charge nurse came in, and gave me my meds- cut them up for me and got me water to take the pills and everything. I told her how rude LeAnn had been. I told her how she'd been basically ignoring me, and that she might be having a bad day, and I understand that, but I shouldn't be suffering because she was having a bad day. She was very understanding, and told me that LeAnn WAS having a bad day, but that was NOT an excuse to make me suffer, and that she would say something to her later.
If it weren't for that situation, I would have said that this was a GREAT experience. She ruined a lot of it for me, and when I think back about this surgery, I will remember THIS as a very important part of this experience, and even though it had nothing to do with the band, or Dr Tom, it really made this experience difficult for me.
BUT, that's all over now. I'm home, and resting, and I have betadine and brusies all over my body! LOL.
I'll post some pics as soon as I feel up to it.
Coughing and hiccupping hurts pretty bad, and so does the gas pain. Hopefully tommorow will be a better day.
I've eaten chicken broth, veggie broth, and beef broth, along with some jello, and lots of water. I'm about to make a protein shake, even though it's pretty late, I only had about 20 of the recommended 55 grams of protein for today.
I'm a loser now! Well on my way!
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