Status Updates posted by Lucedawg
17th day post op. Feeling pretty good. Nearly 30lbs weight loss (since two weeks before surgery). The first few days were a challenge, questioned my decision a few times. However from about day 2-3 on, I improved exponentially each day. Pain management wasn't terrible; I could feel discomfort internally from the start. I didn't feel any incision pain until day 4, (he used a local anesthesia called Exparel). Initially it hurt to drink anything and the volume of water/protein supplement they suggest seemed unreasonable. However by day 3/4 I was able to get down the full amount. I was nervous about the pain that vomiting would induce but I never did vomit. Energy level was very low. Everyone had told me, "Walk, walk, walk." I couldn't even imagine taking any type of lengthy walk. Only made it around the house; as a mom of two I couldn't get away with just staying in bed. So now... fast forward 2 weeks and I am feeling pretty good. I got through those initial days of recovery. Now I am beyond the clears, the full liquids and now on the purees. I have survived on sugar free popsicles and Pure Protien shakes. Now I am just trying to figure out what I can cook that will be within the parameters of what is suggested. Soup. Energy level and stamina are still not what they were preop. I am getting more and more active each day but everything seems more difficult than it should be. It is a bummer because I am a busy person and I have lots to do. II have been pain free since about post op day 9; until yesterday. I began having some lower left quadrant pain. Any discomfort I have had thus far weather it be fleeting (after meals/drinks) or even right after surgery has been high in my abdomen, almost to the sternum. Now it is low, quite low and on the left side. Has me a bit concerned... will keep y'all posted. I will try to write more. I like the idea of journaling throughout this transition.
How do I update surgery info?