Kathryn

Hubbard, OR

#41 May 26, 2012
bark50 wrote:
Yay! I was able to have a laproscopic surgery. Will speak with doctor later today. The surgery was yesterday at 1:30. Back to a room around 6. I think. Morphine is great. My daughters had the same for c-sections, as did I. We all think it works really well.
Kathryn. I'm sitting in a chair now...less than 24 hours after. Still waiting for gas to pass. Everyone here says that will be eventful. Hmmm. I just could hardly wait for it to start yesterday. I just wanted to get it going. Had a great anesthiologist. But bruised vocal chords have left me with a very quiet voice.
The worst part is initial blood work shows possible diabetes. My primary said when you get lupus later in life that happens often. Hopefully further tests prove otherwise. And I just lost 50 pounds too! Just in case. Well now I'll lose more but unsure about all of this.
I have oxygen and just have use a thing call aitlife that I have to blow a gasket thing to a certain point several times throughout the day. So no air respitory therapy. Yay!
Now I'm waiting for some Diflucan because I always get candida in "me bum" after antibiotics or bowel prep solutions.
Still have catheter in. But they inserted that when I was out. Yay!
Doctor says I'll probably go home tomorrow. Is that a good idea guys?
I am so glad you are doing okay and the surgery was successful.Been praying for fast recovery.Thats so great you lost 50 lbs.I need to loose weight so this will enlighten me to do so.I am nervous but can feel the prayers.I have a big family that are all praying too.Isnt it sme thing..I worry so much some times and it always works out so i need to mellow out.Am so glad everything went well..By the way.. this flagl is making me sick..cant stand it..any way..take care and God bless..

Since: May 12

Santee, CA

#42 May 26, 2012
If you put it was at the back and use a straw you don't get the taste. It still makes food taste weird and your pee dark. But I consider the alternative to not having our modern drugs more than the taste. When I had peretinitis you could smell the IV drugs on my skin. Yuk.
Ok folks walking all all over. Doing my mini yoga in bed, my ballet legs in the chair. My transverse area hurts badly but guess it goes with the movement. My violated area as I call it is kinda bruised feeling hope that doesn't get any worse.
Got soft diet for breakfast. I want to see how that goes before going home but might switch back to liquid when I go home. They said I could go today but im not.
Oh. Great news. No diabetes. Blood sugars just elevated from surgery. Yee haw.
Loves ya's
Scrappy Mimi
Georgia

United States

#43 May 26, 2012
Hi Kathryn,
I really have to agree with you strongly that things always seem to work out for the best in the end. Sometimes it doesn't feel like it, but down the road and looking back you will see that it does. I wish you the best of luck with your surgery

bark50,
Congratulations, things just keep getting better and better for you. I'm so happy for you!!!!
natalie

Saint-eustache, Canada

#44 May 26, 2012
bark50 wrote:
If you put it was at the back and use a straw you don't get the taste. It still makes food taste weird and your pee dark. But I consider the alternative to not having our modern drugs more than the taste. When I had peretinitis you could smell the IV drugs on my skin. Yuk.
Ok folks walking all all over. Doing my mini yoga in bed, my ballet legs in the chair. My transverse area hurts badly but guess it goes with the movement. My violated area as I call it is kinda bruised feeling hope that doesn't get any worse.
Got soft diet for breakfast. I want to see how that goes before going home but might switch back to liquid when I go home. They said I could go today but im not.
Oh. Great news. No diabetes. Blood sugars just elevated from surgery. Yee haw.
Loves ya's
Scrappy Mimi
wow! small bm, no diabetes, walking, yoga-ing, how excitint! Super super happy for you! Lets hope it continues this way!
Nat

Since: May 12

Ontario, CA

#45 May 26, 2012
So now I'm unhooked and down to oral meds. Not moving as much as I was. They were going to send me home today. I said Nope....not until I'm on oral pain meds for awhile. I'm a not going home too soon again. That was awful.
Made my grocery list for my husband to pick up today since I'll be home tomorrow. Seems weird. Keeping my hopes for no secondary problems and prayers still to those still to have surgeries and secondary problems.

Since: May 12

Ontario, CA

#46 May 26, 2012
Genius to set up this discussion group! It's helped so many people and many more to come.
natalie

Saint-eustache, Canada

#47 May 26, 2012
You'll probably feel the difference now on oral meds...

I had an epidural and when they took that away and put me on oral meds, the pain went up and I was dizzy all the time (I'm very sensitive to strong pain pills). Once I refused them and started on xtra strength tylenol, the pain was high but I could see straight and walk the halls without getting dizzy.

Love your hubby for being great (mine was also, at home with our 4 year old and a 6 month old children).

If you behave and don't run a marathon tomorrow or paint the house, your recovery should continue well. Don't forget to ask all the questions while you have the nurses on hand (what to eat, what not to lift...). Sleep tight
Faith

Dallas, TX

#48 May 26, 2012
natalie wrote:
Love your hubby for being great (mine was also, at home with our 4 year old and a 6 month old children).
Natalie,
while you were in the hospital, did any friend/family members help your hubby with your 2 small kids? Also, when you finally got home, how did you all manage? Any extra help?
natalie

Saint-eustache, Canada

#49 May 26, 2012
Faith wrote:
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Natalie,
while you were in the hospital, did any friend/family members help your hubby with your 2 small kids? Also, when you finally got home, how did you all manage? Any extra help?
Hi Faith, yes we had help. My inlaws kept the children while Vince was visiting me (but the kids were usually with him, he took a few days off!). My mom visited me as did my sisters in law and a cousin.

Once home, my husband (Vince) took a few more days off cuz I couldn't carry my baby, and then my mom would spend a few hours a day with me to help with the children. I still cooked a bit and took care of some things, but I left a lot to my hubby.

It's very hard to accept help when you think you're wonderwoman, but I would get tired quickly and I learned my limits. I am very fortunate to live close by to my family!

Why do you ask?
Faith

Dallas, TX

#50 May 26, 2012
natalie wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Faith, yes we had help. My inlaws kept the children while Vince was visiting me (but the kids were usually with him, he took a few days off!). My mom visited me as did my sisters in law and a cousin.
Once home, my husband (Vince) took a few more days off cuz I couldn't carry my baby, and then my mom would spend a few hours a day with me to help with the children. I still cooked a bit and took care of some things, but I left a lot to my hubby.
It's very hard to accept help when you think you're wonderwoman, but I would get tired quickly and I learned my limits. I am very fortunate to live close by to my family!
Why do you ask?
Thanks Natalie, I am trying to manage my DD with diet, but there is always the fear that it might not get better and might need surgery sooner or later. You and me are probably close in age, just turned 42 and my two kids are age 6 and 8. Unfortunately unlike you, we do not have family close by.

Since: May 12

Ontario, CA

#51 May 27, 2012
Kathryn. I just woke up because I needed to go to the bathroom. It was a half hour-forty minutes past pill time. No way any thing below my waist was moving. Had to wait twenty thirty minutes for it work and walk my gigantor bladder to the hoist. Filled the hat!(If you've never been involved with hospital the receptical where they measure your urine is a hat)
Anyway try to stay on top of the pain meds so you don't have to wait to move. In that situation trying to round ip a pillow to hold on your abs to cough because you were asleep and not sprinkle the bed is a hat trick.
Ok going back to sleep. Hope the makes sense tomorrow. Had to smile. I just saw note from my friend in the CIA (sheI does profiling) while sitting here. She texted what the heck? I fly to my second home in France and find out you're in the Hospital. She's a sweet highschool friend. Wish I had a second house anywhere. Must be so much fun.
Good night everyone. I'll be here all week.

Since: May 12

Corona, CA

#52 May 27, 2012
That was toilet. Not hoist. My phone has really reached its end.

Since: May 12

Redlands, CA

#53 May 27, 2012
Wow! I don't think I should type at night. I can't even make sense of some of what I wrote.
Going home tonight. Everyone says I'm really doing well. Hope that continues. I guess we all never know. It's just a weird set of medical variables we just continue to walk through.
I don't know if I made this clear but my original doctor didn't do the surgery. The new guy did it. He's been doing the surgery for 22 years but just joined this practice. He's a much better surgeon than a personality. I had my list of questions and he wasn't a fount of good answers. And of course he said eat whatever. So glad I already had my Mayo clinic diet and all the other things I had gleaned from my years of computer searches.
ADD moment: if you put a little orange juice in vanilla youghurt it tastes like dreamsicle.
I'm getting sleepy so if you think of any questions while this is new in my head just let me know.
Love all my "tic" friends. Now if we could get rid of the stalker troll how wonderful it would. Geez if I am ever so full of myself tell me to shut the up.
natalie

Saint-eustache, Canada

#54 May 27, 2012
Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks Natalie, I am trying to manage my DD with diet, but there is always the fear that it might not get better and might need surgery sooner or later. You and me are probably close in age, just turned 42 and my two kids are age 6 and 8. Unfortunately unlike you, we do not have family close by.
Hi Faith, so sorry you have to go through this. Once DD has started, I do not think it can "get better". That doesnt mean it has to get worst neither!
I will be 45 in august and my children are now 10 and 5. If you need surgery, recovery should be easier (barring unforseen complications)since no lifting of children is required!!!. Chin up, it is a scary disease to go through! I hope your hubby and kids are as good to you as I think you must be to them!
Nat
Denise

Chapel Hill, NC

#55 May 28, 2012
bark50 wrote:
So now I'm unhooked and down to oral meds. Not moving as much as I was. They were going to send me home today. I said Nope....not until I'm on oral pain meds for awhile. I'm a not going home too soon again. That was awful.
Made my grocery list for my husband to pick up today since I'll be home tomorrow. Seems weird. Keeping my hopes for no secondary problems and prayers still to those still to have surgeries and secondary problems.
Wow! I am so greatful for your post. I'm having surger next week. They said I would probably be in the hospital for at least 5 days. Hopefully I will do as well as you and get to go home sooner. So happy things went well for you. Take it easy when you get home.
Kathryn

Hubbard, OR

#56 May 28, 2012
bark50 wrote:
Kathryn. I just woke up because I needed to go to the bathroom. It was a half hour-forty minutes past pill time. No way any thing below my waist was moving. Had to wait twenty thirty minutes for it work and walk my gigantor bladder to the hoist. Filled the hat!(If you've never been involved with hospital the receptical where they measure your urine is a hat)
Anyway try to stay on top of the pain meds so you don't have to wait to move. In that situation trying to round ip a pillow to hold on your abs to cough because you were asleep and not sprinkle the bed is a hat trick.
Ok going back to sleep. Hope the makes sense tomorrow. Had to smile. I just saw note from my friend in the CIA (sheI does profiling) while sitting here. She texted what the heck? I fly to my second home in France and find out you're in the Hospital. She's a sweet highschool friend. Wish I had a second house anywhere. Must be so much fun.
Good night everyone. I'll be here all week.
hi there..am so happy you are doing well and on your road to recovery..thank you for all the info from all this.Today is my liquid day..tomorrow surgery...eeekk...but if all you can do it ,,i can too.lol...I smell toast in the kitchen..not fair..I sure aprreciate all your advice..prayers are with you and take caare..Kathryn
Rose

Exeter, NH

#57 May 28, 2012
Denise wrote:
<quoted text>
Wow! I am so greatful for your post. I'm having surger next week. They said I would probably be in the hospital for at least 5 days. Hopefully I will do as well as you and get to go home sooner. So happy things went well for you. Take it easy when you get home.
If you are having a laparscopic surgery you might very well go before 5 days, longer if it's open. I went home ON day 5 after laparoscopic resection last month and I stayed a little on the longer side because it just took so long for my bowels to wake up completely. Plus I just plain didn't feel good enough to go home. I needed the rest, quiet, and pain medicine. Thank goodness my surgeon isn't the type that rushes you out the door. He always asked each day how I was feeling. Once at home it was phones ringing, teenagers, cats, the dog, the usual commotion. I wasn't up for it right away. Fortunately we have a big 2-story house so DH kept me downstairs in the den or our bedroom most of the time and delivered my foods/drinks. Just make sure someone else is doing all the dirty work at home because YOU won't be physically able to, and if you're like me, seeing it all laying around just stresses me out.

Since: May 12

Sun City, CA

#58 May 28, 2012
Still praying for you Katelyn and Denise. Feel for you on your day of purge.
Rose is right. Don't go home until you feel like you can do it. We're all stronger then we know. But this is serious business. I came home because we're both retired and it's just us and an adult son living here. All my kids live nearby and can help if necessary. Today all the kids and grand kids are here for swimming and pizza. I'm dozing. They pop in every little bit but I'm taking care of this stuff. Think I have a UTI. He called in antibiotics. They bruised my vocal chords and that should have gone away by now. My kids think I sound like the Beetlejuice shrunken head.
Aren't you glad to have found a place for answers and caring friends?

Since: May 12

Sun City, CA

#59 May 29, 2012
Anybody know why your urine smells after surgery and IV meds? My daughters and I have been wondering about this for years. I always forget to ask medical staff.

Since: May 12

Sun City, CA

#60 May 29, 2012
Kathryn wrote:
<quoted text>hi there..am so happy you are doing well and on your road to recovery..thank you for all the info from all this.Today is my liquid day..tomorrow surgery...eeekk...but if all you can do it ,,i can too.lol...I smell toast in the kitchen..not fair..I sure aprreciate all your advice..prayers are with you and take caare..Kathryn
Thinking of you today. Praying for your peace of mind.

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