Tonight is Wednesday, July 28, 2004. I'm exactly 7 days out. What an interesting 7 days. My surgery went very well. My complications came from some misunderstanding over my blood pressure medications. Because my surgeon said that I could not have one of my two blood pressure pills - without having me get anything new from my medical doctor - I ended up in big trouble. It's a long story and since I don't want anyone scared by the tale, please read the following carefully.
Surgeon: Philip Chin, M.D.
If your surgeon ever says anything to you along the lines of "...down the road you won't be able to take that medicine due to your new stomach" - stop him and ask what down the line means. I thought (very, very, very incorrectly) that "down the road" meant - well - down the road. I had told my medical doctor what the surgeon had said, but he told me that we'd deal with that at the time necessary. If you hear these words or any like them, please have the 2 doctors pow-wow before surgery.
You know when the time necessary was??? The morning of my surgery! I went 6 days without a very important medication - the one that balances my other meds out! My 3rd day after surgery my blood pressure was sitting on 235/140! Scared the pants off me, off my nurses, off my family. It was almost unforgiveable what this did to my family.
To my blood pressure down to 195/97 and allowed me to go home - to be "very quiet and calm" and to get to my medical doctor asap! Ask me how comfortable I was with those instructions! When I got to my primary care doctor on Monday (got out of the hospital Saturday) afternoon, he could not believe my pressure, or that my meds had been changed without a consultation. I'm back on my old meds - my primary doctor has 7 other patients that have had the surgery by the same surgical group and 3 of the patients are on these same meds with my problems with their new stomach.
The praise God in all of this, is this. Started back on my total med package Monday around 4:00 p.m. and as of 4:00 p.m. today am almost back to my normal pressure. Now I can actually enjoy this process!
Okay - know that sounds pretty bad and it was, but here's the really good stuff. My surgery went extremely well. I'm healing nicely. I can already feel the difference in my mental attitude towards food. I'm excited and encouraged that life is looking prettier already! I'll write again soon.
7/13/2004 It's almost 11 p.m. - very close to midnight. Wow - in just over an hour my surgery will be less than 7 days away. I'm so excited. I have such calm about the procedure and yet when I read some of the messages it seems that there is much to be concerned with. Am I crazy to trust that God loves me so much that He'll watch over me and care for me through this whole process? Then I'll just be crazy! Over and over in my life I can see the evidence of a life cared for by an amazing God. I'm blessed with a terrific husband who loves me no matter what my size, a mother who thinks I'm pretty special, 2 sisters and 2 of my 4 brothers who not only love me, but like me.
How does someone that is so cared for end up my size?....ah but that's a long story and not one to be shared tonight. Tonight I just want to be thankful for all who've posted before. Thank you for allowing me to go silently through this site for months before ever saying a word. No matter what you've shared - you've helped me with this process. I am so grateful that you all were here. I don't know the proper place to write this stuff yet, so please forgive me if this is not correct. Bare with me and I'll try to get this correct over the next couple of weeks. Good night