On Thursday, January 26th, 2012 Scott and I got to Rose Medical Center at 7:30am on the nose. We went to accounts payable to settle my copay. Then we went to the elective surgical suite and checked in. We waited a bit and then I was called back to surgical prep. I practically ran thought the doors, I was SO READY! They did the run down of the paperwork and got me all settled and then called Scott back. Then I met Kim, Dr. Snyder’s head nurse at the surgical center – she is awesome! – and Tony, his surgical assistant – also awesome, and a couple of medical students that were there that day. Everyone was incredibly kind and professional.
Then Dr. Snyder came in and we reviewed exactly what he was doing, we both signed the appropriate documents, and I loosely recall kissing my husband and then waving as they wheeled me down the hall. I did not have a care in the world.
I apparently spent time in recovery after surgery, but I have zero recall of that. I do remember being in my room, and I guess I was pretty loopy. I know I walked up and down the halls, I wanted to set new land speed records and I think I did. I woke up during the night to see my wonderful husband asleep on a cot next to my bed. I love my husband. I heard my mom and daughter were there but I don’t really remember that.
The next day was busy. They took me to get x-rays of my surgical site, and I had to drink some nasty stuff to check and see if I had any leaks before they could give me more than ice chips. I was not leaking so I moved to clear liquids including clear protein drinks and jello. A quick side note – everyone told me that no one was hungry after this surgery. I WAS STARVING. For real. All the nurses said I was the first person that had that issue. Of course I was.
More walking, more breathing into this little contraption to make sure you are working your lungs hard enough, lots of sipping and then the Milk Of Magnesia starts showing up. These people are serious about seeing some bowel action before you can go home. I was determined to go home on day 2, so let’s just say that I worked that out. They took out one of my drainage tubes, and I went home with another drain still in and a catheter that was pumping a numbing agent into the surgical area. I removed that myself the next day, and the drain gets pulled tomorrow at my 1 week appointment.
I am on a very bland diet. I can have protein drinks, jello, water, low-calorie drinks (not soda) and that is it. I am not hungry anymore. I am not sleeping well at all with the tube in, but that is a small price to pay. Narcotics make me loopy so I am not taking those so I am in some pain but it is manageable. And I am bored out of my mind. I really want this phase to be done already.
Just a side note. I started this journey at 240 in December, and I weighed 218 on my home scale this morning. Pretty cool.
I am 5 days post-op today! I am still really sore, and have one drainage tube still in, and am having to manage a few other wounds from drains as well, but I would do this again tomorrow to get on the road to health.
The BEST thing that has happened so far besides getting me on the road to a healthy future is that I heard from a friend that I adore yesterday who told me she is seriously looking into this, partly because the universe is smacking her over the head…and my blog was a part of that. I am so happy if any if this can help anyone else. The next best thing is that I am hearing from a lot of you that you had no idea that losing weight as an obese person is fundamentally different that for a sub 35 BMI person. Information is power.
Thank you to all of you that are supporting me on this journey, I am grateful.
Stay tuned! I promise pictures are coming!