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Monday 24 November 2008

THE POST MORTEM

Day 1 - Arrived at the hospital - St Vincent's Private at 6.30am and taken to the Day Surgery Unit where they get you ready for theatre. Hubby was able to come here and wait with me until I was summoned. As I was leaving they put this big blue nylon sheet on the end of the trolley,I asked if it was a body bag (yes, I still had my sense of humour!!) I was to find out later it was a Hover Mat used to lift me off the bed. They inflate it and two people can easily move a hefierlump like me.ha!

I was put in the Anaesthetic Room,so have no memory of anything after that. all I remember is being told I was being given a relaxant and my surgeon would come in and talk to me prior to surgery and I probably wouldn't remember anything, they were right I didn't.

Next it's 10.30am and I'm in recovery and told all went well. Taken back to my room (not ICU)where hubby is waiting and given some much needed drugs, the pain was quite bad, all on my left side. After a couple of hours I was taken down to XRay where they did a Barium Swallow to make sure the band was in it's correct position and not leaking, thankfully all was ok.

I am given some apple juice to have which was divine,but I'm unable to drink it all.At dinner I'm given a small bowl of clear broth and some jelly. I ask the nurses three times if I'm supposed to have the jelly but they say it's all right,so I have it and try to liquefy it as much as possible in my mouth before swallowing. At about 8.00 pm I'm told I'm in a cardiac ward and need to be moved down the the Bariatric Ward (thankfully to a private room).

I had a dreadful night with pain all down my left side, had about three hours of sleep, even the morphine did not give me much relief.

Day 2 - My surgeon came in and gave me a printout of my diet for the next few weeks, clearly written in big print is a unsuitable foods lists which jelly is on the top of the list. When I tell him I got given jelly not once but twice, he hit the roof (not at me).This happened because I was sent ot another ward because there was not a bed available for me probably because I was originally booked into ICU post op.

My meals are now consisting of 2 bowls of broth (tastes like and looks like washing water) and some diet cordial. I am only allowed to drink 50mls every 20 minutes. I must say I was struggling to do that and still am.

Day 3 - Discharged late morning with half the Pharmacy to take home with me. Feeling very bloated and sore.Everythime I drink my 50mls it feels like it's sitting in my throat as well as a big lump in my sternum which radiates to my back.

Day 4 - Today, Had a reasonable sleep, still feeling sore and still have the uncomfortable feeling when I drink. I had a shake for breakfast which takes me over 1 hour to drink,some Bonox for lunch a well as sipping water throughout the day.

I must admit I have absolutely no interest in food at the moment, actually it's a turn off for me to see any. I'm feeling a little better since I was able to do No 2's(sorry for the details) as I was feeling very bloated.

So that's it for the moment, I have to stick to 50mls of allowable liquids, I'm disappointed I'm not allowed any soups, only clear broths for 2 whole weeks, which is not worrying me at the moment, but may do as I start to fell better. Anyways it's a small price to pay. One of the nurses told me in the hospital they know of patients who have pureed McDonalds - OMG! I can't understand why anyone would want to do that to themselves after going through it all - such a waste.

So now it's just a waiting game, taking it easy and allowing myself to heal, I've resisted the urge to jump on the scales - I'm going to leave it till Friday once the week is up.

So until next time bye for now!

10 comments:

Tania said...

CONGRATULATIONS :-) I'm so pleased that the surgery is over, all went well and your back home again! One step at a time, can't wait to hear your weigh in result on Friday - remember to take care of yourself and rest up as much as you can - stuff work!

Carlton said...

Congratulations and I am so happy that everything went well. I'm sure you will soon get bored of the both diet and want some real food but you have to be patient.

Please look after yourself and I can't wait to follow this journey with you.

Nola said...

I can't wait to see how you go either!! I had two weeks of fluids also.....but was allowed a bit more variety than you by the sounds of it. I couldn't see the harm in tomato soup or cream of pumpkin? If down the track you crave a sweet hit try sucking on a chupa chup...fantastic to have something in your mouth with a bit of flavour!! lol

Chris H said...

Sounds like everything is going well... even if the diet it shit! Hang in there, it will get better.

Margaret said...

I am so happy that everything went well. Please look after yourself and I can't wait to follow this journey with you.

Anne said...

So pleased it went well. Willb e following your journey. I heard of someone who melted chocolate, like you, I thought what's the point!

Chrissie said...

Glad the surgery is over. I look forward to hear all about your new journey.

CactusFreek said...

That's a great post! Sounds quite yucky :o/ I thought they'll wait for you to do a poo before they let you out.
Thats what they do when you have a cesarean.
Thats unbelievable about the pureed McDonalds. Some people are idiots lol

Mick said...

Pureed Big Mac- Yuk

At least it should all get better from here, hopfully the worst part is over.

Moby Dick said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

YOU ARE AWESOME!! In just a couple of months you will be 40-50 pounds lighter and your life will be so much better that all these sacrifices will be worth it!!