I am having a panic
on 9/12/21 5:20 pm
I had surgery on Tuesday morning- I just had some cream of mushroom soup that was blended but not strained. I am freaking out because my post op booklet says it should be strained - I didn't even think about it until I was done - my husband blended it with an immersion blender - there were very small bits of mushroom. I have called my surgeon's office but have not received a call back - I am going to completely obsess about this and worry. I am trying to calm down but I can't - how do I know if I have a leak?
I don't believe little bits of mushroom will cause a leak. Some surgeons allow solid food right after surgery. Here are symptoms of both surgeries. I am sure you have nothing to worry about. Leaks are very rare.
Symptoms of a sleeve leak include
- pain in the abdomen that gets worse rather than better
- swelling in the stomach
- pain in the left shoulder or chest
- the appearance of sickness.
A leak after gastric bypass:
Fast heart rate
Shortness of breath (rapid breathing or difficulty breathing)
Fluid leaking from an incision site
Nausea and vomiting
Pain in the left shoulder area
Low blood pressure
General feeling of discomfort (malaise)
Real life begins where your comfort zone ends
on 9/12/21 8:39 pm
Thank you so much - I just needed some reassurance and things to lookout for. For some reason I can google all of this but "hearing" it from someone else calms my worries. I really appreciate the response- being only 5 days post-op I still have so many fears and struggles. It is a physical and emotional roller coaster right now.
I am glad white dove answered your question. I had a bit of a scare early on but was ok. This place is great about answering questions and you have so many long term patients it is reassuring you can get a valid answer to any question. If I can offer any advice don't over stress about things you are right it is an emotional roller coaster but you will be ok it is one day at a time.
I think leaks usually show up right away - like within the first day or two after surgery. And as White Dove said, they're very rare.
I was allowed to eat purees as soon as I got home from the hospital - so mushroom soup that had been pureed with an immersion blender would have been fine. So I'm sure you're fine, too.
on 9/13/21 2:54 pm
Thank you for the response - I am sure that my mind is going places it should not! I know it will get better but right now I am worrying about everything!
on 9/27/21 11:42 am
Please be more concerned about getting in your fluids and your proteins as you are prescribed.... i had a different surgery a long time ago.. generally f you have something that will hurt you, you will KNOW it sooner rather than later.