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15 hours ago, chunkarella said:

Out patient would be amaaaaaaazing. i'm not looking forward to the nights in the hospital. no sleep and all the beeping and lights.. not conducive to recovery.

I wasn't looking forward to the hospital stay either, but I actually loved it. Everything is taken care of for you - your pain meds given to you via IV is so much better than crushing it and taking it orally. (My doc gave me liquid T3 and it was disgusting.. I couldn't hold it down.. had to get it in pill form).

I brought my laptop to the hospital and played games on it. My hospital was super quiet and serene.

I had the most troubles day 3 and 4, because there was no more morphine... only Tylenol 3. Which did the job okay but nothing like morphine did.

Don't be scared of the hospital! Use it as a time to let others take care of you. My nurses were so kind and attentive.. it was a lovely experience.

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There is nothing easy about this journey. We have all been faced with a great desire to eat and now that is going away.

Personally I feel like the rewards will be greater for my overall health experience, with the ability to look in the mirror and see a new beginning.

Im not a young person, so this is very important to me as a set upon a drastic change in my life.

No Turning Back.

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Hi gang. Making an attempt to check in again. First let me say I know that I’ve had a rougher time than most so if you’re reading mine and it concerns you don’t think that my experience is the normal. I still find getting on electronics makes me queasy and I’m thinking that’s because of all the meds I received in the hospital. So I’m dictating this on my phone please forgive the grammatical errors and wrong words.

I had bypass on June 9th. I’ll summarize my experience for those who are waiting for surgery and appreciate the details. I found them beneficial when I was waiting.

Check in was quick it was pretty empty in the area. I kissed my husband goodbye, a friendly nurse weighed me and put me in an empty “stall”where I took off all my clothes and put on a hospital gown. I forgot to takeoff my wedding ring so she put it in a little capsule and put it in the bag with my clothes and said I’m taking this to your husband in the waiting room right now. Then she started my IV and then sat there with me and chatted. She went through a little bit of paperwork that I had to sign. And then stayed and talked with me more. It was very kind of her. They were running just a little bit behind so I sat there for about 40 minutes and we talked the whole time. Then everything else happened quickly two other nurses came in and the three ladies rolled me into the coke bright large operating room they were chatting joyfully asking me questions. Before I knew it all the sudden the room started spinning and I asked “did you already give me some thing because the room is spinning” and one of the nurses said “oh I’m so sorry yes we just started the fentinal it must work fast on you cuz it usually takes people a minute to feel it. it will help control your pain after the... ” and that’s all I remember until I was being wheeled into my hospital room where my husband was waiting for me.

He told me The surgery took about 45 minutes and I’d been in recovery for a couple hours. Because apparently I was a light-weight and the meds were still heavily affecting me. I was happy to see him and to know the surgery went well. But pretty quickly I started feeling really nauseous.

I’m gonna go ahead and skip ahead because the next 36 hours were pretty miserable I received a great deal of attentive care and an enormous amount of meds trying to curb the nausea nothing really helpEd except those that knocked me out. I was also running a low fever. Never got above 101 but it added to the misery. and their concern. I recall the surgeon visiting about 24 hours in. He said mild short term nausea was fairly common but they rarely had people suffering for this long. But every once in a while. He did mention a woman who was in the hospital for four days with nausea. But said that she left feeling great. He promised me it would go away. He said that and the fever were most likely just signs that my body was angry about the surgery. All of my blood work and my heart rate and blood pressure were excellent so there was no sign of any other kind of trauma... just an angry system. And he was right. After a painful shot of a drug called Phenergan which was probably the eighth thing I had been given. I slept for four hours straight and when I woke up all the sudden on day two I felt much better. Like everyone else does I started walking and sipping. The pain in the hospital was very mild here on day three at hone it’s a little more significant. But Tylenol is helping and I’m not needing any thing heavier.

I am queasy which brings back some waves of fear that I might go back to where I was. So I’m just really focusing on drinking Protein chicken broth and getting my Water in. The only other thing I’m taking is Tylenol 500 mg every three hours. Plus Prilosec. I’m listening to a great book on audible and pushing thru. The scars are small I have six of them they seem to be healing well. My tummy does make a lot of noise. I burp a lot and hiccups hurt. I’ve started passing some gas which is a relief. I’m concerned about constipation but that’s something to worry about later. all in all this feels like the recovery from a major surgery. And it’s going well. Again, from all the reading I did ahead of time most people have an easier time than I’m having. But none of my issues are serious complications.

I’m taking this one step at a time determined to heal well. So that I have the mental strength to tackle the next hurdles of the eating.. I know there are a couple of you who are going soon! Wishing you the best. Please check in and let us know how you’re doing.

Before I go I just wanna share a couple things that have been very helpful. Making the Jell-O shots with geno pro protein have been a lifesaver.. They are 1 ounce each and give you 2 g of protein and they taste really good even though it’s sugar-free. I’m loving my glider that I had from my breast-feeding days. Particularly because I don’t have a recliner. I encourage everyone who doesn’t have a recliner to buy a body pillow. I got a great one on Amazon that is like a horseshoe. You can wrap it around to support both sides and then tuck one end under your back. I also encourage you to invest in a really comfy pair of pajamas that are a little big for you. I splurged on a pair of Bamboo pants and short sleeve shirt it’s so soft. I plan to wear it all week. The binder hasn’t been that helpful so if you don’t have one I wouldn’t recommend spending the money on it. That’s all I have to share for now. I’ll check in again soon. Hope everyone is doing well in their preparation or their postop.

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Hi everyone I just had surgery yesterday. I was a little tired, sore, and full of gas. Today I am feeling better and up walking around. I feel so much better today but still not able to keep down a lot so I’m eating a lot of popsicles. Can anyone tell me you start to feel completely normal?

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Hello beautiful people!
My surgery is booked on 24th June! For a revision to mini bypass and lap band removal! All in one surgery.. im so scared, and looking for some support and success stories! I dont know why im so scared this time, my mind is just going to the weirdest places! How was recovery for anyone who went through the same? i just need some support right now 🙂 This pre-op diet is also so hard when im so anxious like this! 😟
Thank you 🙏

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How is everyone feeling that has had the surgery so far? I finally took a poop today (surgery was on the 8th) and I never thought I'd be so happy to tell others about it! [emoji23][emoji23]
My surgery was 2 days after you. Starting to feel a little more human. Worse part is the incision where he pulled the stomach out

I am a LapBand revision, so eating(drinking) is similar

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I had mine June 5th

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1 hour ago, mattk53 said:

I had mine June 5th

Howd it go?

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It went great. I'm a week out and still a little sore. Doctors said everything went as good as it could have.

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Update: surgery went well according to doctor. Had a hernia that was repaired. To be honest I’m in a lot more pain than I thought I would be, all centered on my stomach. I can feel the gas pain in my shoulders but it’s not bad at all compared to my stomach / diaphragm. So so thirsty. Waiting for ice chips. Happy I did it and I know it’ll get better. Just having a hard time right now. My girlfriend is here with me and is beyond supportive and I feel so lucky to have her in my life. Will update again in a day or so. Thank you all.

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On 04/17/2020 at 10:27, G8trgrl said:



Mine is scheduled. Trump said yesterday elective surgeries would be in Phase I with possible start date May 1st. Although, mine isn’t elective. It’s for my health.


Elective is for your health.
Mine was elective. I didn’t have to do it. It was for my health moving forward

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45 minutes ago, ge0rgette2 said:

Elective is for your health.
Mine was elective. I didn’t have to do it. It was for my health moving forward

True! There seems to be confusion around this issue. There are only emergency and elective surgeries, that is one way to look at it. There is surgery that is immediately life saving vs. all others. And there are very few of the former. States (as well as countries) have opened those up at different rates according to state covid-19 stats.

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