Saturday, May 23, 2009

I'm Banded

I'm back from hospital and everything went well with the lapband surgery.

I went into hospital Thursday afternoon and got settled in my room. It felt really weird to be in hospital when I didn't feel sick. It was lovely to have a large private room and some movies to watch on TV, it was more like a hotel than a hospital really...

The nurse came and woke me up at 6.00am on Friday to shower with special anti-bacterial wash and get in my gown. I waited around my room for about an hour before I started getting visits from nurses and doctors asking me questions and getting me prepared for surgery. Then I was wheeled into surgery and I don't remember anything else until I was in the recovery room with a nurse holding my hand. They took me back to my room and I slept on and off for pretty much the whole day.

Apparently there were no complications with putting the lapband in and they also fixed a hiatus hernia while they were there. I am so pleased to have that fixed because it was causing quite a bit of discomfort lately.

I have 6 small incisions on my stomach where they put the lapband in and it really doesn't hurt that much. Most of my pain is in my shoulder from the gas and my chest from where they fixed my hiatus hernia. It hurts to breath and so I have had to be on oxygen for my whole stay at hospital to keep the oxygen in my lungs.

Around 6.00pm AJ and my dad came and visited me and it was good to have people to talk with so I could get out of my pain killer-induced haze. We just chatted while we watched the footy on TV and it was really nice to have some visitors. Dad drove all the way up from the country just to see me for a couple of hours and then he had to drive all the way home again that night.

I got to come home about 11.00am today (Saturday) and I have set up camp in my room and have mainly been sleeping and hugging my heat pack. OK, that is all I have in me for now. Thanks for all the well wishes, they truly mean a lot to me.

26 comments:

  1. My best friends mum had it done a few years ago and she said the worst part of the pain was when the gas was leaving ya body and her shoulders hurt too!!!

    I have my info night on Thursday im kinda excited but sooo scared!!!

    Best wishes

    steph xxx

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  2. Hi mate, I'm so glad everything went well! When I had my op I also had a hiatus hernia fixed...

    How lovely of your dad to visit :)

    Make sure you get lots of rest and keep up the pain medication the hospital would have given you! Hope the shoulder pain isn't too bad and you've got some nice fluids to sip on :)

    Take care,
    Chantel

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  3. Glad to hear that everything went well and that you're home now recovering. Hopefully the gas pain will go in the next few days, I didn't have much of that, but had sore abs like I'd done a massive workout!

    Take it easy and make the most of the rest time :)

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  4. So glad things went well. Hope the healing process continues quickley!! Go Cats!!

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  5. So good to hear surgery went so well.

    Enjoy your break from work, and rest up.

    PS. hernia's seem fairly common with WLS dont they?

    Kristy

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  6. I'm glad the operation went well! You must be so excited for what's next!

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  7. Oh, thank goodness! I've been checking in all day to see if you have updated. Glad to hear it all went well - am very happy to hear you're back safe at home. Only three more weeks for me - can't wait to get there. Jane (from Banding Together).

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  8. peppermint tea helps with post op gas xx

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  9. Glad everything went well- Jay and I were wondering last night when we'd here how it went :) So glad everything went according to plan (and that they fixed up the hernia at the same time!).

    Looking forward to reading how it's going xoxo

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  10. Good to hear everything went well.
    Claire

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  11. hi hon, so pleased it went ok, was just thinking of you today. Take care!!!!!! xx

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  12. Thanks for letting us know that everything went well. I'm so pleased for you :)

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  13. Oh I am so glad everything went well in there gorgeous. Good luck for your recovery xoxox

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  14. Good to hear it all went well. Katy (from the wine tour) also has a hiatus hernia - I don't think her doc has ever mentioned she could have it operated on. Talk more soon, rest up x

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  15. Glad it all went well, I hope the healing process continues to be smooth. Result on the "2 for 1" op ;-)

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  16. Happy to hear it went well and you're home! Here's hoping for a v. speedy recovery. :)

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  17. Yay -- it's the first day of the rest of your life! :-)

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  18. Fantastic news!! I am so glad it all went smoothly. Hope you feel better soon.

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  19. Glad its done for you and hopefully you have a speedy recovery.

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  20. Glad to hear it all went well. And sweet deal on them fixing the hiatus hernia as well!

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  21. Wow Tully! I really hope you are feeling better soon. Don't worry about what other people think. The most important thing is that you did what you felt was best for your body and your health. Good for you for being brave! Surgery is NEVER an easy way out. Please keep us informed about your progress! :)

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  22. Great to hear that all went well. Hope you are on your feet soon and continue on your journey.. I saw my Doc yesterday and I am going in August...am both excited and scared!

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  23. I am so pleased the op...or ops! have gone well.


    Look forward to reading your updates :o)

    Onwards & downwards!!

    Cheers
    Shona xox

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  24. So glad everything went okay - I was thinking of you!

    Looking forward to hearing how you're going :)

    xxx

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