Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Post op

My gastric sleeve surgery was last Tuesday morning and it was a great success! I kept meaning to write an update post, but honestly I didn't feel like doing much.

We got to the surgery center at 4:30am along with 2 other people. One man was getting the gastric balloon and he went before me. It only took about 10 minutes! I don't know anyone that has ever done that procedure. It would be interesting to know what it is like.

They got me through PreOp quickly. I remember mom came back to see me before the surgery. Once they gave me some drugs, I was flying high. Apparently I told the anesthesiologist tech that I loved him. Ha!

Next thing I knew I was coming out of surgery. I don't remember the first phase of recovery hardly at all. They moved me into a secondary recovery roomwhere I spent the next 4 or 5 hours. I would sip water every 15 minutes and breathe and walk every hour. The nurse was super nice and helpful. I needed every bit of that time, I think.

The first two days were tough. I could barely get down water and medicine, but my parents were so patient and helpful. It was hard to move. Getting in and out of chairs or bed was extremely painful. I did notice the very first night, even with all of the abdominal pain, the fluttering in my abdomen (from the hernia) was all gone. YAY!!

I spent most of my time in bed or in my recliner. I would walk and breathe every hour. I started sipping on watered down shakes and Isopure. By the weekend, I was drinking shakes easily and also drinking the broth from strained soups. My dad has made soup everyday and put the leftovers in the freezer. I'm set for a couple of weeks after they leave!!

On Sunday, BFF drove me around a little bit to get me out of the apartment and to give my parents a break. That was nice! Yesterday was my last day off and while I mostly sat around, my dad put together my new Broadway nook. I LOVE IT!!

I framed all of my Broadway and West End Playbill covers. He hung them along with some lights on the stairs. It just looks so fantastic!!

Today I'm back at work. I'm tired and a little hazy, but overall not too bad. I will work 1/2 the day at the office and 1/2 at home, today, tomorrow and Thursday. We have Friday off as a work holiday which is awesome!

My dad is having trouble with his foot (maybe a bad stress fracture) so please send him positive thoughts and patience mojo. My post op appointment will be on Friday so I should have another update next Monday.



Lori said...

So glad you are healing nicely. I was getting concerned. Hopefully, the hardest part is behind you and you can heal quickly and get on with life and Rio!!

BTW, I fell in love in the OR as well, and I'm married! I even told my husband all about him while I was too looped to remember. All I remember about my post op night is being soooooo happy!

Amanda Kiska said...

I'm so glad all went well and you're on the mend.

Lap Band Gal said...

Fantastic news that you're healing and all went well. Keep us updated on how you're doing with the recovery. PS: cool decorating! I love musicals too!

Grandma Bonnie said...

Glad to hear all is going well. I am also a band to sleeve conversion and love my sleeve. Be patient, there will be a three week stall, it will work! Keep us updated. Get rest and water, water, water.

Anna Down Under said...

Hope all is well and you're feeling great soon. So glad it went well!

SuperMegaAnna said...

Good for you! Keep healing!