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Thanks guys! This is Smurf's wife. They wheeled him back at 10 after 7 and he was discharged to come home before 11:45am! The doc said he did great!

He's got some upper back pain (he said it feels like he needs to crack his back, but can't), incisions are tender, and he can't stop belching, but otherwise he's good. I stuck some pictures out on his instagram (chunky2hunkysmurf 😂🤣)

For him to get discharged he had to walk twice down the long hallway, drink 8 - 2oz things of Water, be able to pee, and have a pain level of less than 5 (out of 10). Be sure you bring a thin pillow to put between you and the seatbelt on the way home!

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6 hours ago, mattiselvis said:

Hope your surgery goes well Smurf. Mine is at 10am this morning. Three weeks pre op diet of only shakes. I’m ready for this to be done and now onto the next phase. Already lost 35lbs since I started this whole process. Can’t wait for some Soup and something not sweet.

Hope it went well for you this morning! 35lbs is awesome! Smurf did 2 weeks of 1200 calories, the last day liquids only, and lost 25lbs. It's SO tough! I admire you guys taking steps to take your lives back. It's such a good thing! Praying for a speedy recovery for you.

<3 Mrs. Smurf

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I was sleeved one week ago on Monday. The recliner has been my best friend & so easy!

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I get sleeved on Monday. Start me pre-op diet tomorrow. Co-workers took me out for the Last Supper yesterday. I have a surgery twin with the same doctor and same hospital so I’ll have good company. They may even put us in the same room, which would be great. Best speedy recovery wishes to all you November hero’s who have gone before me.

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On ‎11‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 6:49 PM, mom2ag said:

My sleeve was on 11/7. Went into it with complete peace. Woke up in recovery in excruciating pain. Unfortunately the pain medication that my surgeon likes to use is Toradol and I'm allergic. It seemed to take them all day Wednesday to try and get my pain under control. The gas pain was very real and painful. I had breakthrough bleeding multiple times in my belly button and they couldn't get my oxygen levels stable. Day 1 post-op they finally re-cauterized my belly button and sent me home with liquid Tylenol. Day 2 (Friday) at home was okay. I walked throughout the house and sat up and took multiple naps in bed. I focused on Clear Liquids. By Friday night I started running a fever of 101.8 that lasted for the next 16 hours. I loss ALL control of my bowels with no warning at all!!! I was not expecting that. My stomach has been in severe pain and each time I took Tylenol it seemed to get worse. The on-call dr didn't seem to be too concerned with any of it. My hubby went and got g2 Gatorade and diluted an ounce for me and that did wonders....and then I took one tiny sip of the liquid Tylenol and the bowels are out of control again and the stomach is cramping. I've officially taken myself off of pain meds, as they seemed to have been doing more harm than good for me. Praying I can sleep through the night without having to jump and run to the bathroom (this type of movement doesn't help my pain level). Anyone else experiencing anything like this?

With all the diarrhea, I am pretty sure that I became dehydrated also. So I'm focusing solely on liquids. Today is Day 3 and I've drank a total of 21 - ounces of liquid so far.

Update:

My family took to me to the ER on Saturday and after running X-Rays, CT-Scans and lots of blood work and cultures, they found that there was extreme inflammation of my colon and determined that I had contracted C. Diff (Clostridium difficile). They believe the antibiotic that was given to me during pre-op altered the balance of the good bacterial in my gut, thus allowing C. Diff to multiply and make me ill. This is not common. Took awhile to find the right balance and dose of pain medicine to manage my pain, they put me on a lot of fluids (and potassium) as well as started treatment for the C. Diff. The first round of treatment is 10-days of antibiotics and being quarantined. They kept me in the hospital for five days and began my treatment on the 2nd day once the cultures came back positive. I was kept on Clear Liquids only for the three days in the hospital and then they allowed me to progress to the Bariatric High Protein Liquid. My dietician was awesome and brought me all the protein supplements and such to keep me going while in the hospital. I am home now, yet still quarantined. A lot involved with that (including a lot of bleach). I'm staying on track with my post-op diet and today will be the first day that I'll actually reach my liquid and protein goals (which is exciting). I'm not allowed in the kitchen so I am relying on others to make my food. So far so good - but like someone else posted, I am getting tired of all the sweets. :(

Please pray that this initial round of treatment will work and that there will be no need for a round two. The doctor told me that it's a much more intense treatment and lasts for 30-days. Yikes.

I weighed myself today and the scale shows that I'm down 7-lbs from surgery date of 11/7/18. I'm happy with that loss considering everything. I can't help but wonder if next week will be a bigger loss once I get all these fluids from the hospital out of me. Seven days admitted in the hospital total - that's a lot of fluids!

Unjury chicken Soup Protein Powder - I lived off that while in the hospital. I really enjoyed it and had no issues with it. They key is to make sure the temperature of your liquid is no hotter than 140-degrees. I use a thermometer and then found that from boiling to sitting, that's about 5 minutes for 1 cup of Water. As long as your not gulping and sipping slowly you should be fine. I actually use baby spoons to help me take small bites. I hope that helps, because that is my favorite protein supplement that is on the savory side.

That's all for now. Going to take a nap and try and recover from this infection!

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Ooh I am so sorry this had to happen to a nice person. C Diff is something you wish on your enemies not your friends.

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So I’m officially one week sleeved. I’m going to the dr. tomorrow for my follow up. I was wondering how many of you guys have moved into phase 2 of the post op diet and how you guys are doing with it. It seems weird to be getting ready for something other than liquid. Lol

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18 minutes ago, rch1286 said:

So I’m officially one week sleeved. I’m going to the dr. tomorrow for my follow up. I was wondering how many of you guys have moved into phase 2 of the post op diet and how you guys are doing with it. It seems weird to be getting ready for something other than liquid. Lol

I'm on full liquids for two weeks, but my plan allows yogurt and cottage cheese halfway through the full liquids stage, and that has helped a lot. I'm one week out. One more week on these modified full liquids, then thin purees, then thick purees, then soft foods.

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I was sleeved on the 13th without complications.. but being home has brought more challenges. Drinking/sipping anything is quite painful. I sure hope this is somewhat normal.

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54 minutes ago, Sealeafi said:

I was sleeved on the 13th without complications.. but being home has brought more challenges. Drinking/sipping anything is quite painful. I sure hope this is somewhat normal.

I was sleeved yesterday morning (14th). Anything more than teeny tiny sips and I get a sharp chest pain. Hopefully it will get better as time passes and the swelling goes down?

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Thank you both. I sure hope so.. this stinks, as I’m so worried about dehydration.

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