4 weeks out and counting..

Jan 21, 2010

I was at 4 weeks out this past Tuesday and I've got to say it's been a bumpy ride.  I do want to sing the praises of my surgeon, Dr Srikanth, and the entire team at St Francis Hospital in Federal Way.  Dr Srikanth was, and is, amazing and the health care professionals were attentive, compassionate, and knowledgeable.  Even on my multiple ER visits they've been awesome and have made every effort to stay in constant communication with Dr Srikanth and to make me comfortable.

The bad stuff:
*I stay dehydrated because I just can't make my head wrap around the fact that I need to be sipping something constantly.  I've always been dehydrated, but I have to remind myself that I can no longer gulp down 40 ounces of water or juice at one time to help alleviate it. 

*I've also had major issues with nausea from day one, but again, it's something from my past health concerns that's interjecting itself here as well.  I was diagnosed with hyperacidity and 3 ulcers at age 10, so while the ulcers have long ago healed, the high acid issues have always remained.  All I can say is thank God for Zofran.  Without it, I wouldn't be able to function at all. 

*Now if this darned inflammation along my suture line (my body doesn't like the strip used to bind the outer edges of my stomach) would go away, I think I'll finally be ok.  This causes me to be in pain and keeps me from being able to get fluids in because I can't drink as much as I could that first week after the surgery.  So, back on pain meds I go for a week or two to let things settle down. 

The Good Stuff:

*Pre-surgery, I lost 50 pounds in 5 months.  Since surgery, I've lost 30.  I'm enjoying looking at my body and seeing the changes in it.  I can find bones that I haven't seen or felt in years.  I even saw my collarbones the other day and couldn't believe it!!  I turned over in bed and while moving the covers back over me, I felt something odd along my side and realized that it was my ribs under my fingertips.  It was an amusing moment, to say the least :)

*I no longer have an issue with my blood pressure staying at the high end of normal.  I am now always in the normal or lower end of normal range.  This is good because it has a direct bearing on my migraines.  Lower blood pressure = fewer migraines.

*My sciatica is also showing improvement and I'm no longer in total agonizing pain each morning. 

*My fatty liver is also better and I'm not having nearly as many issues with it, either.

So while I've had a lot of downs since my surgery, I'm also experiencing a lot of ups.  I truly believe that this is going to get better because the other folks on the DS forum keep saying that it will.  I'm holding onto that hope and some days that's all that keeps me from going insane when the nausea just refuses to go away and the pain along my suture keeps me from being able to stand upright.

Please keep me in your thoughts and say a prayer when you think about it.  I'm normally pretty tough and independent, but this constantly going from one thing to another has taken a heavy toll on me.

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