My surgery date was December 27, 2016. It was two days after Christmas….two weeks since I’d eaten anything “bad” for me….even longer than that since I had a soda. I was mentally ready for this and was beyond ready for my physical body to match my mental state. We had to be at Wake Med (in Cary) at 8:30 am. Once I got all checked in, things moved pretty fast. I have ALWAYS had a hard time with getting an IV started (it took SIX sticks, a fancy machine to show them my veins and four nurses to do the one for my hernia surgery!) but this time it was like magic! Off to a good start! 🙂
I was so afraid I would be super anxious but I was pretty calm. I know there were many praying for me and I am confident that it made the difference. In the presence of Jesus, there is PEACE and it was mine that day – believe it! I remember them wheeling me back and talking to the anesthesiologist and saying, “I’m not asleep yet!!!” as if he did not know! 🙂 The surgery was pretty routine, according to my Dr and the surgical notes with their $900 words and phrases!
In the recovery room, I was very groggy and just wanted something to drink. They brought me water and meds and I was taken pretty quickly to my room. (It’s usual for a gastric bypass patient to stay one night in the hospital…I was SUPER worried about how I would feel so I had even inquired about staying up to three nights!!)
Once I got into my room, I felt very at ease knowing the surgical part was over. The nurses were GREAT…my sweet hubby and my parents were right by my side. (My in-laws were on MJ duty.) I sipped on liquids and honestly did NOT feel a ton of pain. That night, I even got up to walk the hall a bit. I made sure to do it right after a dose of pain meds so that in case I started hurting, I would not be chasing the pain. Walking was fine. The only nuisance was that I still had a catheter so dragging that around was just annoying.
I slept as much as possible that night (as much as one can in the hospital) and Mike stayed with me. At 6 am, they removed my catheter (JOY!) and I was determined I was going to go home that day – I was feeling great! I walked SEVERAL times and felt really good each time. I didn’t have to take any more pain meds at that point and I sat up a good part of the morning.
The Dr came by after lunch and I let him know that I was SO ready to go home and he agreed! Yeah!!! I left the hospital around 3 pm. I was ready to get home and get on with the recovery and figure out all the planning and sipping that was ahead of me!
Personal tips –
What to pack? My surgeon and hospital team advised me to bring my own liquid protein, so I did. (Isopure) Phone chargers, iPad/tablet, books/journal, picture of family, chap stick, Gas-X strips (they pump your abdomen full of air – it will get trapped – it HURTS), brush/makeup/lotion, your own socks/slippers if you don’t like the BEAUTIFUL ones they have at the hospital…the slippers help when you are walking the halls!, mouthwash/toothbrush/toothpaste, pillow, robe.