This was the morning of surgery on July 13, 2015. I was really excited that I didn’t get much sleep the night before.
I needed to be at the hospital at 7AM, well we go there sooner, but not much of a wait to go back to pre-op.
Got everything on and waiting to go back to the holding area. Getting a little nervous, but more excited.
I made it to the losers bench!! I still can’t believe that I had the surgery and everything was going great. Once I was awake, I didn’t have much pain. Only had pain meds twice after surgery. I was able to get up and walk around 6pm that night and once I got the OK to walk on my own. I was up an moving all the time. Every time I woke up, I got up and walked the halls. Everyone was so impressed.
On July 14, 2015 the first day post-op, Dr. Houston came in and informed me that he just about didn’t do the surgery. I was shocked to say the least. He informed me that my hiatal hernia was bigger than what the Upper GI said and that I should of had the Gastric Bypass. But he went ahead and dissected the hernia and it slipped right back down. He was able to complete the Gastric Sleeve. I was so thankful as my wonderful Dad flew up from Florida to be with me and I had taken all of my PTO time to have the surgery.
I started drinking my fluids and I must be one lucky person as I have not had any issues with nausea or vomiting. I am only taking Tylenol for pain and of course my right side hurts the most as he said it would. This is the side where they take the dissected stomach out.
I am having a lot of itching to my belly and redness round the puncture sites, but I think the redness is from the instruments used and no infection.
I am getting my water and protein in each day and that is about it. I have gone through a case a bottled water since being home. Good thing I have a $25.00 gift card from Target. Dad was able to get 6 cases of water for me. We don’t have a Target that is close, so I waited to use it when we got down to Nashville.
Dr. Houston had stated that he may keep me for a total of 3 days due to the distance. We drove 4 hours one way to get there, but I only needed 2 days.
My pre surgical weight in was 296.4 lbs. I gained about 4 lbs. due to IV fluids, so my weight coming home was around 300. As of today I was 289.4lbs.
HW 321.6 SW 296.4 CW 289.4 Total to date: 32.2lbs from June 1, 2015.
I go back to work on Monday and then back down to Nashville for my post op appointment on Thursday.
If you are near the Nashville, TN area I would highly recommend checking out:
The Center for the Treatment of Obesity at Centennial Medical Center