Okay...it has been a long time since I last posted. I recuperated at home for 3 weeks after my Gall Bladder surgery and the hospital stay where I had Pancreatitis. I went back to work for about a week and a half and then on Tuesday, October 7th I had RNY at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The surgery went great. I arrived two hours early, as requested, and it turned out that the surgeon that had scheduled the operating room prior to my surgeon was running significantly behind schedule. So, I arrived at 11:00, surgery scheduled at 1:00 and I was actually taken back into the OR at about 3:00. My surgery actually started about 45 minutes later and I was wheeled into recovery at 6:00. I remained there for about 2 hours. I remember feeling very nauseus and they gave me a shot of something that helped. I was in and out of consciousness. At 8:00 I was taken to the Sticht Center where my room was located. I was impressed. The Sticht Center is for Bariatric patients and sports injuries. It was like a hotel. Very quiet and the nursing staff was great.
I was in and out for a while and my husband was there keeping the boredom at bay on his laptop. Thanks to the hospital for having WiFi.
I got up out of bed that night to go to the bathroom and I felt like I had been hit by a truck. It was exactly as I had expected it since I had had abdominal surgery in the past and two c-sections. I was not surprised. I was allowed to suck on ice chips after a few hours and they were the most delicious ice chips I had ever eaten! The next day I was again allowed ice chips and a small sip of water. I was surprised at the lack of hunger. I had not eaten in several days and I did not even care.
I was on pain meds for the first full day and in the evening of my second day. I was feeling pretty good. After I saw my surgeon he said I should plan to go home the next day (Friday).
After I arrived home I tried to nap as much as possible. I have two small children who had missed me so I didn't get as much sleep as I would have liked, but it was enough. After walking around hunched over for a few days I began to feel more and more normal. The abdominal pain was subsiding and the wounds were healing nicely. I remained on liquids until the following Monday when I tried a scrambled egg. It was good but I could only eat a few bites. I would burp and know that that was enough. I drank 2 protein shakes a day and as much water as I could. I still struggle to get in all my liquid each day, but I am trying. I am now at 3 weeks out and feel brand new. I have lost a total off 52 pounds since my pre-op diet (23 before surgery) and am wearing clothing that I have not worn in years. I did experience a stall between week one and three where I did not loose one pound. I hope that that stall is over, it really bums you out when you are eating nothing and still not seeing the scale move. I know it is expected, but a bummer just the same. I see the surgeon on November 6th and the Nutritionist on the 10th.
November 2, 2008