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All went well. Dr. Aceves and Dr. Compas are both great. They pay a lot of attention and I never saw a doctor so often when I was in a hospital before.

The surgery went smoothly. I was up and about a few hours later and felt pretty good. A little wobbly, but good.

During the night my i.v. ifiltrated and started pouring out all over the bed and into my arm instead of the vein. They fussed with it all night but it did not improve, just deprived me of sleep. In the morning they tried to start another one in the other arm. They were not being successful so I made them stop and said I would speak to the doctor.

When Dr. Campos came in he said I was drinking well enough and did not need it. Woohoo.

Day two was the worst. The gas would just not dissipate no matter now much I walked. I was also under longer than expected because they found a hernia and repaired it too.

That night I took my first pain med and some sleeping meds because I really needed the rest after the prior night, but that is all the pain meds I've needed.

Yesterday I passed the last of the leak tests (the stuff didn't taste as bad as I was warned.) Then they brought me the Soup. I liked it so much better after all of the sweet stuff, plus the warmth felt better than the cold going down.

Today I'm able to drink as much as I want. So I don't think I will have much trouble getting my fluids in.

The only down side is the nurses. I kept hearing about how wonderful they were, but when I was there most didn't speak a word of English. Not that they weren't nice, but communication was a problem. They did what you asked for but not much more.

Today the trip home was a nightmare. I got to the airport in San Diego and paid extra to move my flight to an earlier time. San Diego being San Diego it was socked in with fog. My flight circled the airport for an hour and then ran out of fuel so they sent it to another airport to be refueled. Before it came back I watched my original flight leave (I didn't have enough time to get it switched again before it left.) The terminal was freezing cold, so by the time I got to my house I was exhausted.

Thanks for all of your support. It really saw me through this. There were no surprises.

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Wow, it sounds like you had a bit of a rough time! Congrats on being home and hopefully through the worst of it! I am a bit worried about the gas as I am a huge baby when it comes to pain, so long as there is pain meds though I think I will be okay. That sucks the nurses don't speak English so well, that makes me a bit nervous, I thought everyone spoke and understood well. Oh well. I hope everything from here out goes wonderful for you!!!

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No, no, don't get me wrong. It wasn't that bad. I didn't even take any pain meds except for the one night. It just was that the trip was very exhausting coming home. We forget that it was major surgery and we will tire out for a while.

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Well that makes me feel better! I was getting a little worried, especially since they just sent me the papers today and I was reading the things to say in Spanish...I really don't think I will be feeling like trying to translate back and forth. lol Is there anything you recommend I take or get to make it easier for me, I go for mine on the 10th of June.

Thanks!

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Congrats on your new sleeve! I found the forum (saw the post on OH). Sorry about the infiltrated IV and flight woes! My scheduled flight out after surgery is a red eye (would otherwise have had to do two legs and I'd rather fly non-stop as the up and downs do me in!) Hope I don't have any of that circle and refuel stuff!

Sounds like you are off to a good relationship with your new sleeve. And thanks for sharing the details of the MD's and nursing staff. I am so ready for my surgery!

Get some rest and keep us posted on how the next days go!

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Rosebud -

So glad you made it home safely, albeit not quite what you were hoping for ... it's infuriating when you could have driven home faster than you were able to fly ... it's bad when a 1 hour flight takes longer than the 5 hour drive between Las Vegas & San Diego would have. I'm glad we'll be driving ... well actually my DF will be driving, I'll be the co-pilot. Give me a call when you feel up to it. Thanks for posting.:juggle:

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Welcome home! I'm glad to hear that all went well. Traveling is exhausting and you will be tired for a good week. Make sure you get lots of rest and keep us posted on your recovery.

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I'm feeling so much better today. I was so overtired that I had a little trouble falling asleep, then all that built up Fluid decided to leave me every hour on the hour. I did get three straight hours of sleep from 5:30 - 8:30 and now I feel fine. I'm sipping some apple spice tea and sitting here like a log and that is my plan for the day. I'm sure I'll be caught up on my rest by the end of the day.

Take as little as possible. I liked having my own p.j.'s so had a couple of pairs. I brought my own toiletries for the shower and hair. The day after the surgery I was up and put on some make-up. It makes me feel better to look like a human being. Don't forget slippers or flip flops. Other than that a few trash magazines my daughter bought was about all I got through. I wasn't interested in reading my book all that much.

P.S.

Some time during your walkie walkies go to the pharmacy next door and buy the nexium. I thought we were going to stop on the way home and we didn't so now I don't have them. I'm not sure what I'm going to do now.

P.P.S.

Is green tea a no-no at this stage?

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P.S. Some time during your walkie walkies go to the pharmacy next door and buy the nexium. I thought we were going to stop on the way home and we didn't so now I don't have them. I'm not sure what I'm going to do now.

I've got some nexxium -- not sure how much, I can check, which I can "loan" you and then take your script and get it filled along with mine when I am down there for my surgery on the 12th. Then you can just "repay" me from your supply. Email me or give me a call later if you want to go that route and we'll figure out a place to meet and make the exchange.

(Reading my post, I sound like a drug dealer -- LOL)

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That is so sweet. It has to be the dissolvable Nexium. I have a two-week supply. If you could pick up the extras I need when you are down there, I'd be ever grateful. They don't actually give you a prescription. In Mexico you basically walk into a pharmacy and ask for what you want. At least they didn't give me a script. If one is needed tell my buddy Dr. Aceves (he liked me lol) that you need one for me too.

I'll give you a call later. I'll get some cash over to you before you leave.

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That is so sweet. It has to be the dissolvable Nexium. I have a two-week supply. If you could pick up the extras I need when you are down there, I'd be ever grateful. They don't actually give you a prescription. In Mexico you basically walk into a pharmacy and ask for what you want. At least they didn't give me a script. If one is needed tell my buddy Dr. Aceves (he liked me lol) that you need one for me too.

I'll give you a call later. I'll get some cash over to you before you leave.

Sure not a problem -- we can drop it off on our way back into town since you live that direction anyway ... you can pay me then - no worries. Most important thing is that you have your medicine.

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Well i am more worried about my flight than the actualy surgery at this point. It was the worst part of my trip to get my band on 04 and it always is horrible!

So glad you did well and are home, and doing well!

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I forgot to add that while I was in surgery he discovered a hiatal hernia and repaired it. I can't imagine a US doc doing that without adding another $10,000.

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Congrats on your sleeve. I am scheduled with Dr Aceves on July 10th and cant wait! Luckily for me, I'll be driving...well, my son will be dropping me off and then picking me up four days later!

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