Surgery tomorrow gulp!!

By Latest Reply 2008-11-04 23:16:14 -0600
Started 2008-10-29 12:49:20 -0500

Hi everyone. Tomorrow morning is my surgery and I'm a little nervous. Wish me luck!! I'll hopefully be out of the hospital by Saturday so I'll send a message when I'm home. :)
Update 11/04/2008 I was in the hospital for a total hysterectomy and bladder repair not lapband surgery. Not sure where that misunderstanding came from.
I was supposed to be in the hospital over night however due to complications I had to stay 4 days. Through all of it, kidneys shut down and they had to flush my system with fluids and then give me iv's full of Lasix to get rid of it. manually working the kidneys and bladder so to speak. Didn't work the first time so they did it over and over again but now I'm working ok in that department. My stomach shut down and wouldn't hold food down, couldn't go home until I could keep my lunch down, that finally happened on Sunday night after much manipulation of the timing of nausea medications… AND on top of all that I developed on infection in one of the incisions on Friday night and the nurse didn't do anything about it so there were 12 hours for infection to develop (she got fired!! thank you doctors!!) I hate to see anyone get fired but she was incompetent and the only nurse on that night too. I told her something 'popped' in my belly and she said oh well and put a gauze pad on it… never even gave me a fresh gown so when the doctor came in Saturday am I was laying in a blood soaked gown and looked like someone shot me. Needless to say, he was livid and fixed me up as best he could, drained it, started antibiotics, and added a dressing, it was not a pretty site. I came home Sunday night and saw the doctor again yesterday (Monday) and he did some further repair there and now it's healing better. My reason for explaining all of this is first to stop the rumor that I had lapband surgery and second that after all that, with major surgery and all those complications the doctor told me yesterday that through it all my blood sugar never was over 130 at any time… WOW!! I was shocked. He said they checked it 5-6 times a day every day and he said he was shocked too. He gave me a pat on the back for taking such good care of myself so that the complications while some were life threatening were not as bad as they could have been because my body is in good shape from my exercise(swimming and walking) and self care for diabetes. Made me smile huge!!! So even though some days it doesn't seem like it's worth it, it is worth the effort to stay on top of this and keep it under control..!!!

So bear with me as I recover from this 'lovely' ordeal and add my 2 cents here and there where I can.

Love you all,

26 replies

sparkysmom 2008-11-03 07:34:22 -0600 Report

So Glad you are home. Now REST and recoup. Prayers

2008-11-04 10:37:09 -0600 Report

I added a reply so that you can call see that I added an update. I should have probably opened a new discussion. hmmmm maybe I will.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-11-04 23:16:14 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing. In this day of HIPPA and confidentiality we who work in the medical field know not to ask, but are curious what our (cyber) friends are going through. What an ordeal you had. And what a good doctor to appreciate the daily care you give yourself, too. He's certainly a keeper.

I hope your recovery continues on its smooth path.

teddybearcub1960 2008-11-02 21:21:50 -0600 Report

Glad that your surgery went well. I will pray for your fast recovery.


taz2020 2008-11-03 04:26:49 -0600 Report

So happy to hear things went smoothly for you and that your back at home. I will be very interestred in your treatment plan and how easy/hard some of your recovery will be. I've been thinking about the lap band surgery but am afraid of the new lifestlye afterwards and what and how much you can eat without getting sick. Please keep posting your progress. I'm sure you will do well and had alot of info before making your decision. Stay in touch. We'll be free here for you.

2008-11-02 21:05:35 -0600 Report

Hello All and thank you for your wishes. I didn't get released until tonight as I has some complications but I'm home now. Having trouble typing but I wanted to let you all know I'm home and on the road to recovery although it will be a long road this time.. I'll have plenty of time to put in my 2 cents for a few months…

Again thanks for your good wishes. Off to bed for me!!!

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-02 21:08:59 -0600 Report

So glad to see the surgery went well and your at home. Get a good night rest and if your feeling good maybe we will hear more from you tommorow. Good Night.
Prayers with you always,

Indiapeach 2008-11-02 11:00:53 -0600 Report

I pray that your surgery goes great. I will be thinking about you. Good luck. If you need to talk. I'm here for you. Get well soon. Take great care of yourself. Heal fast.

Goddess 2008-11-01 06:15:03 -0500 Report

I want to very happy to have you back. I wanted to say I hope your surgery went well and hope to hear from you today.

DRB 2008-10-31 20:17:29 -0500 Report


I pray your surgery went well and that your recovery will be a speedy one.
God Bless,

Avera 2008-10-29 21:38:40 -0500 Report

Good Luck Tomorrow, JP,

I think everyone on here that reads your post will have good thoughts for you all day tomorrow. I know I will. Keep us posted. We will be looking forward to hearing from you as soon as you are able.

GabbyPA 2008-10-29 20:29:18 -0500 Report

Show them what you are made of JP...they are looking anyway. LOL
My thoughts are with you. You will do fine. Keep us posted.
I look forward to your qick recovery, not as much as you do, but I hate it when you are gone frome here.

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-10-29 13:01:36 -0500 Report

Hi JP,
I wish for you only the best. I pray that your surgery is a success, that your healing is rapid, and your fear be comforted…
Your Friend, Leigh

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-29 12:54:52 -0500 Report

My thoughts and prayers are with you all the time. Keep your chin up. I will add a special prayer for tommorow.**HUGS** Debe