Not the "normal" bypass patient......

on 1/31/12 2:19 am - Graham, NC
This is a follow up to a previous post on the main board...see below if you want to read it.
Today I had the follow up with my Gastrointerologist for my bleeding ulcer and burst artery. He tells me that I am no longer just a normal bypass patient after what I went through. I have to be super cautious of medicines, OTC and Rx and even those that I may get when I go to the Dentist.
Talk about re-living a bad experience all over again. I know he was just trying to be thorough in his explanation and all but man! So no more NSAIDs at all , ever, no aspirin etc. He said that no matter what I have done, my PCP, the Bariatric doc, etc, even the Urgent Care if I have to go; I have to drive home the point that I had a bleeding ulcer and that it was severe.
My life has def changed for the better and if this is the bad point I have from the whole surgery ordeal I will accept that!

heres the prev post if you want to read it....

A while back I had posted about having issues throwing up and was waiting on the Endoscope to be scheduled. Well before it could be done Mother Nature decided she was going to have a say.
I woke up Christmas Eve morning throwing up blood, so much that I passed out 2 times before getting to the hospital!
The great doc found a "huge ulcer" that was bleeding and did the cauterization on it and kept me for 4 days to be sure I was good. Well less than 12 hours after being discharged I was back in the ER throwing up more blood. This time they sent me to another hospital, for all you NC peeps, it was Rex Hospital in Raleigh where my Bariatric Doc was. They couldn't figure out why I was throwing up the blood as the ulcer was fine looking after the procedure.
 I was losing so much blood they had to do transfusions of blood, a total of 15 units over 2 weeks. On New Years Day I was throwing it up again, they did yet another Endo and saw a stomach full of blood. Then I started to throw it up all over everyone while I was under sedation. This prompted them to get me over to Angio to find out where the blood was coming from. They found an Artery that was just flowing blood into my stomach.
Luckily the Docs there are awesome and they got me fixed up just fine. But talk about scary as hell! I almost died because of a little artery that had decided it was weak or something.
Now to make matters worse, a little over a week after being discharged on 01/06 my Dad passed away from a stroke.
Can 2012 please stop being a pain in the rear now?????
Keep a smile on your makes people wonder what you are up to!
on 2/1/12 1:33 am
Well Marc, the good news is- you are not toally alone. Ulcers are somewhat common among WLS patients. Esp. if they are taking NSAIDS which we none of us are supposed to ever take.

I just hope that this never happens again for you, as it sounds awful!

Hang in there,

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