Can I just drive myself home?

Kath L
on 9/21/17 1:01 pm

I'm wondering if I can just drive myself home.

I'm a single mom and my two oldest are away at university. My youngest is only 11. My parents are getting a bit older and my sister works. I have a boyfriend but just together six months and not wanting him to take me home from the hospital. Basically, I am fiercely independent and hate to impose on people. It would be about an hour and a half drive.

I've had three kids and honestly, stayed in the hospital 24 hours for the last one and could have driven myself home.

How will I feel the day I go home? If it's just a bit of pain, I can make the drive. If I'm going to be on pain killers making me "impaired", I would never take the chance and just suck it up and ask my sister.

What are your thoughts?

Referral: Feb 14/17; Processed: Apr 28/17; Hamilton Orientation: July 24/17; Pre-Nutrition: Oct 27/17; Re-Do Hamilton Orientation: Apr 29/19; Pre-Nutrition: May 17/19; Nurse: May 29/19; Blood work: Aug 2/19; EKG: Aug 1/19; Allergist: Aug 15/19; Abdominal Ultrasound: Sep 4/19; Dietician: Sept 9/19; Internist Dr. Taboni: Oct 10/19; Social Work: Nov 06/19; Endoscopy Consult: Nov 08/19; Gastroscopy: Nov 21/19; Meet Dr. Gmora: Dec 4/19 Pre-Op and Surgery Class: Jan 09/20 Surgery: Jan 13/20 OMG they moved it up to Jan 06/20

on 9/21/17 1:07 pm
RNY on 01/16/18

Ask for help and get someone to drive you. You've just been through a major surgery. Anesthetic is still in your body, you may be on pain meds and I don't think you will feel well enough for a 1 1/2 hour drive.

Referral - May 31/17; Orientation - June 15/17; First Appt Nurse - June 26/17; Bloodwork and ECG - June 27/17; Sleep Study - July 5/17; Dietician Appt - July 10/17; Counsellor Appt - July 10/17; Abdominal Ultrasound - July 10/17: Endoscopy/Colonoscopy - July 25/17; Second Dietician Appt - September 14/17; Internist Appt - October 2/17; Meet the Surgeon - November 21/17; Pre Surgery Nutrition Class - January 12/18; Surgery - January 16/18

on 9/21/17 1:08 pm
RNY on 08/15/17

In Ottawa they're very clear that you can't drive yourself home. In fact, they won't release you unless you have a responsible adult to accompany you home, even if you're taking a cab.

It's also worth nothing that there's a rule/law about waiting 48 hours (maybe 24) before driving if you've been taking narcotics or other strong pain killers...which is what you'll probably be given in the hospital.

I was very happy to have someone drive me home. Between the pain and the exhaustion, it was nice not to have to pay attention.

Referred: Sept 2016 Orientation: Jan 23/17 Nurse: Feb 1/17 PreOp Class 1: Feb 14th/2017 Nut/Beh: Apr 10/17 Nut follow up: May 10/17 PreOp Class 2: June 13/17 Meet the Surgeon: June 15/17 Start Opti: July 25/2017 (-18lbs) Surgery Day: Aug 15/2017 (Dr, Neville) M1: -18lbs M2: -11.5lbs M3: -4lbs (stalled!) M4: -12.5lbs M5: - 1lb (stalled!) M6: -12lbs

on 9/21/17 1:56 pm
Revision on 10/04/16

agree with the others. Ask your sister. you need a ride.

Band-RNY revision age 50 5'4" HW 260 SW: 244 (bf healthy range 23-35%) bf 23.7% (at 137lbs) cw range 135-138.lbl with butt lift and mastoplexy March 23, 2018...2.5lbs removed.

Pre-op-16lbs (size 18/20...244) M1-16lbs (size 18...228) M2-15.6lbs (size 16/18...212.4) M3-10lbs (size 16..202.4) M4-11.4lbs (size 14...191) M5-10.8lbs (size 12...180.2) M6-8.4 (size 8/10...171.8) M7-6.4 (size 8...165.4 lbs) M8-11.6 (size 6...153.8) M9-5.6 (size 4/6...148.2) M10-5.8 (size 4....142.4) M11-4 (size 2/4...138.4) Surgiversary -1 (size 2/4...137.4) M13-2.6 (size 2/4...134.8) M14 (size 2/4...134.8) M15 (size 2...135) M16 (size 2...131.4) M17 (size 2...135) M18 (size 2...135) M19 (size 2...138) M20 (size 2...135) M21 (size 2...138)

(deactivated member)
on 9/21/17 3:20 pm

TWH policy says no.... I would prefer to just take a cab myself ... but I couldn't even get released from a hospital in North York either.

on 9/21/17 3:32 pm

Youre still under the influence of narcotics and thats illegal to drive in that state.

Bumps and stuff arent easy to deal with on the way home - probably cant console yourself driving. You need to seek help from those around you.

I dont think the hospital will discharge you without that person taking you home being physically present

TWH: Referral May 2015 --> Orientation November 2015 --> Surgeon at TWH Nov 2016 --> Transferred to Guelph --> Surgeon Appt Dec 1 2016 --> Opti Start Dec 8 2016 --> Surgery Dec 22 2016 HW: 331 SW:302 GW: 170

on 9/21/17 3:48 pm - Canada

I was told pre-op absolutely no driving for 2-3 weeks after surgery. In any case had some metal staples closing trochar holes, and just sitting in a car with bumps and twists in road made them pinch. Such a relief when they were removed at 2 weeks.

Don't drive, you will be DUI with narcotics still in your system like others above say. Independent and self-sufficient you may be, but this time you must rely on help.

on 9/21/17 5:24 pm

My ride home was 2 hours and it was horrible. I had so much gas pain that day. I do not think we can drive for several days after. I waited one week.

referral: early June 2016; surgery Feb 21, 2017

on 9/22/17 5:54 am - Ontario, Canada
RNY on 01/20/12

This is major surgery. You can not drive home. I would suggest a pillow for your stomach for any bumbs you go over





(deactivated member)
on 9/22/17 7:50 am

My ride home was an hour drive and it was horrible! 20 mins in I ended up chewing, yes chewing 2 tylonols as the pain was bad! We also hit hwy traffic! You really do need a driver!

I am also Ms. Independant, that goes out the window in a hurry! You need help!!