Surgery update

By Latest Reply 2008-11-05 08:34:37 -0600
Started 2008-11-04 10:38:29 -0600

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,

13 replies

2catty 2008-11-04 14:57:05 -0600 Report

So glad you're doing better. I hate to hear when someone working in a medical profession is so incompetant. Makes me angry. I hope you keep getter better.

GabbyPA 2008-11-04 13:40:45 -0600 Report

Whoa girl. wow, what an ordeal. It just proves that no surgery is a small one. It just sucks that the nurse was so neglegent, specially with you being diabetic. How catastrophic that could have been! I'm glad you are on your way to recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you still, as the road is still bumppy ahead. Hope you have good suspension and a helmet! LOL.
Glad you're back.

2008-11-04 20:44:38 -0600 Report

Gabby.. LOL I just had my suspension checked and got a new helmet… I think to treat myself I might get a new driver too.. Working on that one.. heehee

GabbyPA 2008-11-04 21:00:26 -0600 Report

Maybe not a new driver, but some driver ed classes. Glad to see that you are able to laugh at it a little...hope you are feeling better each day.

2008-11-05 07:54:51 -0600 Report

No the new 'driver' is a 'new male' in my life… hence the heehee… I'll keep you posted on that saga. Life is full of strange paths and I just happened down one a few months ago and it's turning out to be a rather peaceful walk despite all the health issues.

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2008-11-04 13:35:06 -0600 Report

Judy, I had the same surgery back in 2000. I did okay with the hysto, but he baldder tuck was another story, it took me weeks to recover from that…But I am glad that you are home and your blood sugars were good through out this whole ordeal…Sorry about your nurse, she should have known better,she is there to help not hinder your recovery…I am really glad all is better now…I will keep you in my prayers…

sexyswamprat 2008-11-04 12:45:26 -0600 Report


So glad you are home and making a great recovery. We sure have missed ya. Gret job on your bs contol. You rock! Lots of love and well wishes.

Love and Hugs,

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-11-04 12:20:28 -0600 Report

So glad you're home and doing better. That's fantastic news about your blood sugars through the whole ordeal. Keeping your blood sugars in normal range should help you heal much faster.

All the best,

teddybearcub1960 2008-11-04 11:57:46 -0600 Report


I am so glad that you are doing better. We usually know our bodies and no when something isn't right. So why don't people listen to us when we say something is wrong, be they nurses, friends, who ever. I am glad that you told the nurse something wasn't right, I just wish that she had listened to you when you told her.

You will be in my prayers that everything is going good and that you have as speedy recovery as you can with the infection after surgery.

God Bless,


PAT L 2008-11-04 11:46:36 -0600 Report


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