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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:43 AM

Home, finally, after a ten day roller coaster ride...

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Since I am not a prolific nor memorable poster, I suspect I wasn't missed, but still I feel must convey the events of the last 10 days of my life.

It all starts on Wed. Jan 16, when at 8:30 am I am checked in to a local hospital for a routine hernia repair. My surgeon has decided to do this surgery laparoscopicly. He advices me that there is always a chance they will have to do open surgery (because of me being over weight) but he thought he could do it. So papers where signed, tests done, surgery preformed, back in room, all is right with the world. Except it wasn't.

I felt well enough, considering I had just had surgery and was not in any real pain, any more than can be expected. I was up and walking and eating solid food and talking about going home. In every conversation with every professional on this team the same question kept popping up...have you passed gas yet? Well no, but I feel the rumbling and I am burping a lot. "It'll come, just keep walking and moving about" they all responded.

Thursday evening supper came and I nibbled at it, had no real appetite, bleh hospital food I said. I'll eat later. Friday morning, scrabbled eggs, smelled made my stomach flip, never been a real fan of plain scrabbled eggs, must be "decorated" with cheese, salsa etc. So no big deal. The rest of the meals I don't remember because, I guess, they were that boring, but I do know I had no appetite and meals went back virtually untouched. Friday afternoon the hospital dietitian paid me a visit and ask why I wasn't eating. I forget the excuse I gave, but she said ok, but I am watching, supplements may be getting added.

Doc came in again late Friday afternoon (he ALWAYS came in to see me at least twice a day) and asked if I wanted to go home. You bet, so again papers were signed, hubby was there so it was done and away I was zipped...home.

The rest of Friday was uneventful, pretty tiring so mostly slept and watched TV. Saturday, hubby wanted to get some groceries that would be easy on my tummy, he noticed I still didn't have much of an appetite and wanted to get me stuff I liked. So he got me the natural home cure for everything, chicken soup and jello. Still nothing.

Sunday came, "OH BOY SUPER BOWL PLAY OFF GAMES!!" as my hubby exclaims or me "oh boy..super bowl playoff games” Well, I decided to be my good little self and got all squared away with my laptop and a book and plenty of water so as not to be an annoyance, so hubby could enjoy the games. Well, at least I tried....

Toward the end of the first game, hubby started the prep work for his dinner as well as trying to get me to eat some soup. Still not having an appetite, I decide I was going to force my self to eat, as it had been too long and I wasn't going to mend without proper nutrition. So, end of first game, soup heating up, I'm feeling quite... unwell. I call for my hubby to bring a bucket I feel I'm going to throw up... well he did, but not in time. Wow, felt better now... oops maybe not.

After throwing up about 2-3 times in less than 1/2 hour, hubby decides, with absolutely NO argument from me, we are going to local ER (this is not the same hospital in which I had the surgery done, but a much closer one). We get to the hospital and tell all the details of surgery and days following. ER doc figured I was just dehydrated and told me to drink more fluids, but wanted to take an xray to "make sure". Ok everything is done, "you are dehydrated and constipated" go home and keep putting down the fluids." Not feeling any better at all, I'm resigned to just feeling like crap until I have a good bowel movement. For those of you who have gone through surgery, you know this is not always an easy task! As I sat up to put my coat and shoes on, getting ready to leave I started getting really light headed and feeling faint, so I laid back down. The nurse caught on to that and told the doctor who told me to lay there and brought me some 7up, "Take your time, just relax"

After this, I learned that the ER doc had the where-with-all to call my surgeon and consult with him. Surgeon told him..."transport her here...now!" So within 1/2 hour or so I was being transported to the next town over about a 1 hour drive, by medivan. Oh, have forgot to mention they gave me anti nausea medication at the ER. I had stopped vomiting, had a few heaves, until almost to the 2nd hospital. Just as they were backing in I started again. They were wondering if it were because I was riding backward in the medivan, I don't think so.

I was taken straight to a patients room upstairs at the 2nd hospital, given more anti nausea medication, a stronger one this time, didn't work. By this time I have vomited several liters, keep in mind I am already dehydrated. So doctor orders an NG tube, for those who don't know, that's the tube that goes into your nose and down to your stomach to help pump the contents out. After 2 different nurses and 2 failed attempts the doctor finally gets the tube in. Oh and I find out I may have had a broken nose in the past without knowing it... So after all this activity and an IV for fluids and medication I am finally getting settled down a bit where I can relax and try to rest. Not so much... I am shuffled around for a CAT scan.

Tests and scan results have come back. Doc says I need a second surgery. The first hernia repair didn't take and the small bowel had slipped into the hernia whole causing a constriction in the bowel. Well now everything is starting to add up. Surgery is scheduled for first thing in the morning.

With all the surgical team introducing themselves and giving me a synopsis of what their role will be, my poor hubby is standing in the background stressed to the hilt. One older nurse noticed his despair and went and asked if he needed a hug, she replied that the waiting family often get ignored and need reassurances just as much as the patient. She was very much indeed right! I don't remember too much after that, maybe it helped me relax a bit too and just go with the flow.

In the recovery room I hear voices but can't yet open my eyes, still very groggy. The thing I do remember is the sweet smell of peppermint on one of the nurses breath. She was in and out around me and I always knew when she was close, never saw her face, only a vague silhouette and that peppermint breath.

Later, back in my room, I was told this operation was a complete success. Hubby was there looking very much relieved and extremely tired. I told him to go home and rest, as I would probably sleep off and on the rest of the day. He was more than happy to comply. I was constantly poked and prodded and questioned for the rest of the day, I only thought I would sleep it off, lol.

The following day, after I was fully recovered from the anesthesia, Doctor came in and explained exactly what had happened. He was able to fix the hernia (with open surgery this time) as well as put the mesh over the tear, for double protection, as well as get the bowel back where it belonged. Now it was just a waiting game to see if everything wanted to function as intended. I was put on a liquid diet, as in strictly IV and nothing but ice chips. The NG tube was still in place along with a morphine drip for pain. I felt like a science experiment with all the tubes and lines running everywhere. I think I only used the pain medication on two occasions on the first day following the procedure. The second and last time I used it I remember having hallucinations. It didn't frighten me at all, because in the back of my mind I knew they were hallucinations and just laid back and let them go. The next day the doc and I agreed, I didn't need the medication anymore, if I had pain I could ask for a pill. I didn't need that either.

All in all, I was on the IV, ice chip diet for four days, after having nothing of any substance for four days prior to that. On the fifth day, I received a clear liquid diet and it was like heaven. Who would've thunk, chicken broth was that good? Friday was a glorious day all around. I was able to get up and walk the halls the day before and the same old question, “are you passing gas?” was on going. But hallelujah, on Friday it happened. Not only that, but a bowel movement as well! That meant everything was working as it was supposed to. I was allowed to take a shower and feel almost human again, could it get any better?

Friday's dinner was still the liquid diet, but I was just glad it was something besides ice chips. Shortly after my dinner tray was removed, another aide brought in a tray and said “here's your dinner”.I was a bit perplexed and told her I just had dinner and she asked are you …. ….? I said yes and she said this is yours then. I told her I was really already full from the other “dinner” so she took it away. I decided I'd better figure out what was up so walked out to the nurses station and told her what had happened. She said to sit tight, she'd see what was going on. A few minutes later she brought the dinner back and said the doc wanted me to try some solid food, to make sure it stayed down, before I go home tomorrow. Meatloaf mashed potatoes and fruit salad. Sounded grand, but..well it's hospital food.

Morning came along with another lab employee wanting more blood. To make sure there were no infections, if everything comes back normal, I'm being sprung!

8:00am wake up call to hubby...come get me....I'm fixed!

I've been home a couple days now, real food, my own bed. We all take for granted simple pleasures. I am so grateful for a husband who was observant and caring enough to get me to the ER and for the doctor and his team who helped pull me through this. They were all extremely wonderful people and a credit to their profession.

So, how has your new year been going?

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Reply Home, finally, after a ten day roller coaster ride... (Original post)
madmom Jan 2013 OP
russspeakeasy Jan 2013 #1
LisaLynne Jan 2013 #2
immoderate Jan 2013 #3
clarice Jan 2013 #26
malaise Jan 2013 #4
myrna minx Jan 2013 #5
OneGrassRoot Jan 2013 #6
tavalon Jan 2013 #7
freshwest Jan 2013 #42
HappyMe Jan 2013 #8
arthritisR_US Jan 2013 #9
Aerows Jan 2013 #12
arthritisR_US Jan 2013 #21
Aerows Jan 2013 #27
Gothmog Jan 2013 #10
woodsprite Jan 2013 #11
Maeve Jan 2013 #13
Little Star Jan 2013 #14
Tikki Jan 2013 #15
ellie Jan 2013 #16
Habibi Jan 2013 #17
ljm2002 Jan 2013 #18
LiberalAndProud Jan 2013 #19
madmom Jan 2013 #25
Hekate Jan 2013 #20
Sheepshank Jan 2013 #22
madmom Jan 2013 #23
WilliamPitt Jan 2013 #24
JNelson6563 Jan 2013 #28
Babel_17 Jan 2013 #29
cate94 Jan 2013 #30
csziggy Jan 2013 #31
silvershadow Jan 2013 #32
ReRe Jan 2013 #33
lillypaddle Jan 2013 #34
siligut Jan 2013 #35
lunatica Jan 2013 #36
emmadoggy Jan 2013 #37
easttexaslefty Jan 2013 #38
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #39
Bluzmann57 Jan 2013 #40
babylonsister Jan 2013 #41
CTyankee Jan 2013 #43

Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:59 AM

1. Welcome back and thanks for reminding me how good I've

got it. Keep healing.

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:03 AM

2. OMG!

I'm glad your hubby rushed you to the ER when he knew things weren't right. He followed his instincts and that was a GOOD THING. Sounds like a keeper.

So glad they got things fixed and you're getting back to normal!!! Sorry it was such an ordeal!

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:04 AM

3. Well I, for one, am glad you're still alive.

Welcome back, for a long time, I hope.

--imm

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Response to immoderate (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:18 PM

26. +1

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:07 AM

4. I'm so glad you are recovering

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:11 AM

5. What a frightening ordeal. I'm glad you're on the mend.

Welcome back!

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:12 AM

6. Glad you're well!!!

Sorry you went through that but I'm so glad you had attentive people all around and the end result was that you're WELL.

Yay!

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:17 AM

7. Really sucky

but yours has been worse. Glad to see you back.

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Response to tavalon (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:11 PM

42. +1

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:20 AM

8. Oh no! That's a scary experience.

I'm glad you are getting better. Take care.

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:28 AM

9. You have been through quite the ordeal, glad

you are on the road to recovery.

Wish I could say my year is going great. I used to relish the simple things and now don't want to carry on. Oh well.

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Response to arthritisR_US (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:36 AM

12. You've been through a lot too

losing your mom. I hope things start looking better for you

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Response to Aerows (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:58 AM

21. Thank you Aerows, you are such a kind soul. I can hardly wait for this mood of mine to change

because I am really getting irritated with m'self! My car goes into the auto body shop on Friday to be fixed from the accident so hopefully things will normalize after.

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Response to arthritisR_US (Reply #21)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:20 PM

27. Well I hope things get better for you

There are plenty of people on DU that care, myself included.

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:32 AM

10. I am glad that you are back home and recovering

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:32 AM

11. Glad you're home healing now and that everything is right!

It's scary when things don't go as planned or complications arise, but it sounds like you had good people and a great hubby taking care of you. Take it easy and don't overdo as you get back in the swing of things.

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:38 AM

13. Glad to hear you're better, sorry to hear of the trouble

Take care, now!

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:39 AM

14. That is no way to go on a diet! Just kidding. I'm glad your on the mend.

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:45 AM

15. I am so glad it finally got taken care of for you...Glad you're back home...

Take it easy, though. I bet many surgeries need a second round...my son's gallbladder
surgery did, too.


Tikki

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:46 AM

16. Thank god you're ok!

I have been in the hospital and have had close relatives in the hospital and I thought the doctors, nurses, and support staff in each of the facilities have been top notch. I hope you feel better soon.

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:46 AM

17. My goodness!

Roller coaster indeed--so glad to hear you've come through it all fine. Bless you and your attentive hubby!

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:47 AM

18. What an ordeal...

...although I must say, it sounds like they never should have released you the first time. They were asking you about passing gas and having a bowel movement but they still sent you home even though neither event occurred. Well -- you're okay now so it's a moot point, but still, mistakes have more consequences in the medical arena and yours is certainly a cautionary tale.

Glad to hear you are okay now!

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:49 AM

19. Wow. I'm glad you came through it all.

You write so well. Your hubby is a gem, a good fart is to be celebrated and chicken broth is a nectar of the gods. Who knew?

Welcome back.

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Reply #19)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:16 PM

25. "a good fart is to be celebrated and chicken broth is a nectar of the gods"..LMAO, you got

that right!!!

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 11:52 AM

20. Welcome back!

That was a scary ride. Sometimes that "easy" procedure does not go quite as planned. I'm glad to hear you are better now, and back here posting.


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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:06 PM

22. wow..2013 had a difficult start..

..but it's all down hill from here (at least lets hope)

((((Healing vibes))))

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:13 PM

23. Thanks everyone...feeling really good today, I

go tomorrow to have staples removed. Hope I get the thumbs up for everything else.

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:16 PM

24. (((hug)))

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:26 PM

28. Wow, what a post!

And I am so glad about the happy ending! Take good care of yourself! And it sure sounds like you got a great husband there!

Big hug to you both! So glad you had him for support.

Julie

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:39 PM

29. Wow, amazing story!

I'm very glad for how things turned out. You have a lot of talent for writing, btw.

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:41 PM

30. wow!

That was frightening. Glad you are on the mend. Hope everything keeps getting better.

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:49 PM

31. Glad you are back!

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:54 PM

32. Glad they didn't kill you first. :) nt

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:03 PM

33. My son's SO is going thru this right now...

...I think she's finally feeling better today. So glad you're better.

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:17 PM

34. What an ordeal

I'm so glad that in the long run, everything turned out well. Take care of yourself, ya hear?

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:27 PM

35. Glad the ER doc called your surgeon

Hindsight is 20-20, but seriously . . . glad you didn't just go home and tough it out.

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:35 PM

36. Well after all that I sure hope the rest of the year is great for you!

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:40 PM

37. I had a somewhat similar hernia repair experience,

though not nearly as bad as yours. I had an incisional hernia. They did a laparascopic repair. Supposed to be less pain, but I must be a wimp because it was as bad or worse than my c-section (vertical exterior incision). They kept me for one night and released me the following afternoon. Still in pretty strong pain. Started vomiting that evening. Vomited for six hours, many times. Hubby called ER and they said to bring me back. Dehydrated, hard to get IV in. Gave me anti-nausea meds and pain meds - ahhh, relief. Took an X-ray and determined I had an ilias (I have no idea how it is spelled - my understanding was that it is a partial blockage in the intestine). They admitted me again and kept me for another day. Pain was better with the IV meds, but after going home, I was paranoid of taking the pain meds because I feared it may have been partially those that caused me to be sick (even though I had the same med after my c-sect. with no issues). I was just terrified of getting so sick again - I had a lot of pain from that! So I didn't take the prescription pain meds and got by on ibuprofen. It was not enough. I was very uncomfortable for a long time. I believe it slowed my recovery significantly. I didn't feel somewhat normal for a month. Also, I had to resort to a laxative to really get things going again (then they got going a little to much!). All in all, it was not fun and much worse than I had anticipated.

Yours sounds far worse than mine, so I definitely feel for you! I'm glad they were able to discover the problem before things got worse and that you are healing and on the mend now. Take care!


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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:41 PM

38. Wow.

What an adventure!
Glad you're on the road to recovery.

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:46 PM

39. what a story! Glad you are doing better.

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:42 PM

40. Welcome home!

So glad to hear you are doing better now. DU needs you as does the world at large. And thanks to your husband for keeping a watchful eye on you even with football going on. You two sound like a fantastic couple and the world is a better place because of that fact.

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:51 PM

41. Holy moly!! Welcome back and

Happy New Year?! I'm glad you finally figured out what was ailing you and are on the mend!

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Response to madmom (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:02 AM

43. good lord, that sounded familiar.

I am recovering from my 3rd and final hernia repair surgery. It took finding another surgeon, but it got done. I hated to put myself through a third one but it had to be.

My three repair surgeries were as a result of "complications" from an original surgery done to prevent recurring incidences of diverticulitis, which resulted in a blockage due to scar tissue (I too was unable to keep anything down --no place for it to go-- and had the dreaded NG tube) which I learned was something your body either did or didn't do and there's no way to find out until you experience it!

I hope you are getting better. My surgery was on Dec. 13th and after 5 weeks I was feeling really good, less tired and practically no soreness. What a relief!

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