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Starting 4Th Week In Hospial After A Leak



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Today I am starting week 4 of being in the hospital after a leak. I want to put my story out there because when I was looking for info on leaks and how people recovered I didn't receive alot of information. I had my surgery on Tuesday July10th for first couple of days I was doing great and all the sudden as I was going to bed on day 4 I got an awful pain in my shoulder, like someone was ripping it off my body. My husband and I tried heat nerve units ect cuz I thought I had laid on it wrong or something and had a pinched nerve. By the next day I was having a lot of labored breathing and my shoulder pain had lightened up some. By Sunday overnight I couldn't keep anything down and my breathing was so labored I knew I had to go to the hospital.We called the surgeon office for the doctor on call and he said to get me to the nearest ER. We stopped a mile down the road and picked up my mom. When we arrived at the hospital they immediatly got me back and I had two doctors and three nurses surrounding me. They did a chest x-ray and a CT scan and saw that there was Fluid build up in my abdoman. They then transferred me to the bigger parent hospital to ICU. I was admitted to ICU and the surgeon was there shortly. He put me on every antibiotic he could think of he said and then later that day I went for a CT scan and a drain tube was put in my side. At first they though maybe it was a pool of blood that was left over from surgery of something or even a knicked spleen. Over the next few days I spent pretty drugged up in ICU and honestly don't remember alot of it. A pic line was put in because i needed so many IV lines and a regular IV wouldn't substain. I spent five days in ICU and was not allowed to have a drop of Water during that time. I was allowed to start having some ice chips and water and then my drainage significanly increased. It was then determined that I had a leak and was told NPO(nothing by mouth) for that time period over the next week I had several more CT scans and a berium image done so they could see where the leak was. On week three I was taken down to have the first drain adjusted to get better drainage and put in additional drain to drain a second pool of lighter fluid they now saw. The day beofer I was starting my week 4 I was able to start Clear Liquids, because I handled them ok I was able advance to some yogurt and Protein Shake ect. (stage two) I did everything I could to put as much in my mouth as I could to show him I can give my own nutrition and go home. A perfect senerio I go home tommorow being Week 4 one day but he said it will most likely be Tuesday or Wednesday and that will put me at Week 4 day two or three. I am anxious to get home to my family especially my four kids. I have been extremely fortuante that I have such a wonderful family including in-laws or I never would have gotten through this!

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Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you all the best in healing!

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I am so glad to hear that you are okay! I'm praying that you get to go home tomorrow. Do they know what caused the leak?

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Oh, my...good luck to you as you heal.

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I'm so sorry you have had to go through all you have. It's good that you are nearing discharge. Best of luck to you!

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I hope you will go home soon, but did they figure out why this leak happened?

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Keeping you and you family in prayer! I'm glad you are doing better! I know you're anxious to get home, but, please take it easy!!!

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So sorry you went through all this! May you continue to feel better and soon return home to your family!

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Wow you have had quite a tough journey. i can only hope that you are able to return home soon to your family and will recover fully soon!

*hug*

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So hoping that you are doing much better and able to come home very soon. You have been through so much. God bless you!!

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Oh my! I am so sorry that you have had to go through this. My prayers are with you that you return home soon.

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You and your family are in my prayers that the worse is over! Please rest when you get home so you can heal from all this.

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Wow that must have been just terrible I spent three days in the hospital after surgery and that was just enough for me! I couldn't imagine 4 weeks! Did they say what caused your leak? I very curious since I am just got sleeved on the 3rd. My prayers go out to you and your family and I am so sorry you have had to experience this! :(

Wishing everyone the best :)

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