Good news and bad news

Steve.Adam
Steve.Adam Member Posts: 463

I finally had my surgery. But bleeding caused follow up emergency surgery.  So laparospic became open. I am in ICU for another few hours and feeling very bloated.

Steve.

 

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  • Bay Area Guy
    Bay Area Guy Member Posts: 546 Member
    Sorry to hear it got switched

    Sorry to hear it got switched on you, but glad it's behind you.  You'll feel bloated for a while as the gas they use to inflate your insides needs to work it's way out.  When you're up to it, walking will help work it out.  Best wishes for an uneventful recovery.

  • Jan4you
    Jan4you Member Posts: 1,330 Member
    Oh NO!! So sorry to hear that

    Oh NO!! So sorry to hear that.. well.. let's hope you are facing a smooth recovery now! Yes, watch for that gas pain. It does go away~

    Gentle healing hugs,

    Jan

  • lobbyist0724
    lobbyist0724 Member Posts: 484 Member
    Sorry for the switch, but I

    Sorry for the switch, but I am glad that you had it removed! The bloating might also caused by the bowel movement. For me, once the "gas" came out, I feel way better :)

  • icemantoo
    icemantoo Member Posts: 3,359 Member
    Lets hope

    Steve,

     

    Now that we had a little bleep, lets hope for only good news going forward.

     

    Icemantoo

  • DAC677
    DAC677 Member Posts: 59
    edited February 2017 #6
    similar surgery on 10/5/16

    i knew the moment they founf my tumor that almost 12 CM enveloping my right kidney would have to be open. My urologist almost laughed when I asked about LAP. when i woke i had 46 staples and tried to stand 2 hours after waking up because they told me thats how to heal fastest and get the gas moving. upon making to my feet i promptly puked on my best friend who was helping me stand and decided to lay back down. It was several hours later before the gas started moving. 

    The gas wasnt the bad thing for me, its the constipation created by all the strong pain drugs that I was on for a while. That created a lot of discomfort that could have been handled better had i known what was causing it and how much better I would feel when we got that dealt with. I thought the pressure and pain was something on the inside related to surgery....I felt stupid later and its not the type of thing we like to talk about or complain about.

  • Skagway Jack
    Skagway Jack Member Posts: 224

    That was pretty much my experience.  The funny part for me was when I came out of surgery the nurse expained that the morphine drip was available every 20 minutes to keep pain under control. Well i took that literally and every 20 minutes I was sure to give myself a couple of quick pumps.  it was about 4 hours later that I was feeling no pain and I wondered if perhaps I should only use the morphine drip as necessary.  I asked the nurse if if was ok just to take it as needed and of course she looked at me like I spoke another language since that was what she meant from the begining.  The good part is I felt no pain the first few hours but the bad part was that the after affects of the morphine left me with terrible case of constipation and gas.   A common story to be sure, but far more relavant when it is your story. 

     

  • Jojo61
    Jojo61 Member Posts: 1,309 Member
    edited February 2017 #8
    So sorry to hear that your

    So sorry to hear that your surgery got changed to open. I am blown away that you are actually messaging us while in ICU!! You are going to be just fine! You are rocking this!

    Hoping the rest of the journey is smooth sailing!

    Hugs

    Jojo

  • foxhd
    foxhd Member Posts: 3,181
    the only

    important thing is that the tumor is removed, pain will go away, and life goes on. this is only a temporary glitch.

  • Footstomper
    Footstomper Member Posts: 1,237
    Great to hear from you but...

    I'm amazed youre posting this soon after surgery! I had a similar experience. I didnt stop bleeding and the surgery lasted 10 hours or so. I loved that little morphine drip tho'. I always wanted more morphine 10 minutes before I was allowed it. Take it easy. The difficult bit is over. Dont feel you have to run a marathon before the sun goes down.

  • Steve.Adam
    Steve.Adam Member Posts: 463
    getting better

    My blood pressure was down to 40 and I had 9 units of blood in emergency surgery and another 3 units since.   They tolerate phones if you don' t overdo it. It is 1:55am now and I will be out of ICU some time in the morning.  I'm told I am doing amazingly well considering the emergency.  No food since Sunday but not at all hungry. Just the drip.  It only really hurts when I cough.  My pain button gives me 20 somethings of something every 5 minutes at most. 

    Steve.

  • Footstomper
    Footstomper Member Posts: 1,237
    I remember being confused

    Waking up in the ICU, then waking up in some kind of 1/2 way house, then waking up on a standard ward. It was during this time I was visited by a bevy of beautiful hollywood actresses: tho' everyone else denies that that happened.

    Oh dont laugh: that probably hurts as well.

    Its your button. Dont let them take it away from you.

  • lobbyist0724
    lobbyist0724 Member Posts: 484 Member
    edited February 2017 #13

    getting better

    My blood pressure was down to 40 and I had 9 units of blood in emergency surgery and another 3 units since.   They tolerate phones if you don' t overdo it. It is 1:55am now and I will be out of ICU some time in the morning.  I'm told I am doing amazingly well considering the emergency.  No food since Sunday but not at all hungry. Just the drip.  It only really hurts when I cough.  My pain button gives me 20 somethings of something every 5 minutes at most. 

    Steve.

    Wow, that's quite a bit of

    Wow, that's quite a bit of bleeding.

    In term of laughing and coughing, make sure you have a pillow or cushion around you in the next few week. Use it to support the incision when you cough.

    Carmen

  • Steve.Adam
    Steve.Adam Member Posts: 463
    feeling much better

    8 pm Friday night. Everything is out except one saline drip.  I have been luck with pain. My main discomfort has been bloating. Some nice belching and farting has fixed it. Last night was the bad night when I watched the  clock on the wall tick every second, feeling lousy the whole time due to gas.

    But of course I got through that as all of you said I would.

    Thank you to everyone. Your sharing of your experiences has been very valuable to me.

    Steve.

  • Jan4you
    Jan4you Member Posts: 1,330 Member
    Glad for you that it is

    Glad for you that it is moving toward the recovery part. Walking helps too. Still... not fun to have this discomfort.

    And I am amazed at the number of abdominal surgeries I have had, that not one surgeon mentioned the gas and why they pump up your abodomen. Nor do they tell you afterwards how it will be quite bothersome, to put it lightly and what to do about it.

    Feel better soon!

    Hugs, Jan

  • medic1971
    medic1971 Member Posts: 213 Member
    Wow!

    Hey Steve sorry things went bad for you, but I am glad you are doing better.  I agree that gas sucks.  I was so full of it you could feel it under my skin (subcutaneous emphysema).

  • JerzyGrrl
    JerzyGrrl Member Posts: 760

    feeling much better

    8 pm Friday night. Everything is out except one saline drip.  I have been luck with pain. My main discomfort has been bloating. Some nice belching and farting has fixed it. Last night was the bad night when I watched the  clock on the wall tick every second, feeling lousy the whole time due to gas.

    But of course I got through that as all of you said I would.

    Thank you to everyone. Your sharing of your experiences has been very valuable to me.

    Steve.

    Glad to ...

    Glad to hear it's working out. As you're more active, moving and walking around, it will be even better. 

    BTW, so VERY glad to hear that -- if the miserable bleeding had to hit -- you had your complications when you still had a team of folks paying attention to you.  Don't know how smart your horse is, but the wee dog-in-residence at my house hasn't yet learned how to dial 911. So if anything happens to me at home, I'm kinda on my own for a bit (Until someone notices I'm missing from something, which could take a heck of a while).

    And WHY are hospital room clocks always such loud tickers? Do they have to pay extra for that? I'm sure they get a bulk discount, but still...

    Jerzy

  • foxhd
    foxhd Member Posts: 3,181
    Steve

    I remember staring at the clock watching each second pass. Except the second hand would freeze a couple times a minute. Then go real fast to catch up. I thought I was going nuts.

  • Footstomper
    Footstomper Member Posts: 1,237
    JerzyGrrl said:

    Glad to ...

    Glad to hear it's working out. As you're more active, moving and walking around, it will be even better. 

    BTW, so VERY glad to hear that -- if the miserable bleeding had to hit -- you had your complications when you still had a team of folks paying attention to you.  Don't know how smart your horse is, but the wee dog-in-residence at my house hasn't yet learned how to dial 911. So if anything happens to me at home, I'm kinda on my own for a bit (Until someone notices I'm missing from something, which could take a heck of a while).

    And WHY are hospital room clocks always such loud tickers? Do they have to pay extra for that? I'm sure they get a bulk discount, but still...

    Jerzy

    Jerzy:You underestimate the powers of Antipodeans

    If Skippy the Bush Kangaroo could communicate exacty who it was who had fallen down which abandoned mine, I'm sure the horse could be a Great Communicator along the lines of Ronald Reagan.

  • Steve.Adam
    Steve.Adam Member Posts: 463
    JerzyGrrl said:

    Glad to ...

    Glad to hear it's working out. As you're more active, moving and walking around, it will be even better. 

    BTW, so VERY glad to hear that -- if the miserable bleeding had to hit -- you had your complications when you still had a team of folks paying attention to you.  Don't know how smart your horse is, but the wee dog-in-residence at my house hasn't yet learned how to dial 911. So if anything happens to me at home, I'm kinda on my own for a bit (Until someone notices I'm missing from something, which could take a heck of a while).

    And WHY are hospital room clocks always such loud tickers? Do they have to pay extra for that? I'm sure they get a bulk discount, but still...

    Jerzy

    The team

    The nephrectomy started at about 2pm.  Apparently an artery leaked post op.  I met the team during a minute of consciousness.   They were having a very animated discussion... a ring of talking heads above me.  I felt very bad at that point.  Also sick and bloated, probably with  blood.  One of the surgeons said, more or less, 'no more talking.  Theatre NOW!'

    It makes md cry a little to think of it. I'm not sure why.

    Anyway...  I'll tell the rest of the story later. I just had a neck cannula removed so now ig is shower time!!!

  • JerzyGrrl
    JerzyGrrl Member Posts: 760
    edited February 2017 #21

    Jerzy:You underestimate the powers of Antipodeans

    If Skippy the Bush Kangaroo could communicate exacty who it was who had fallen down which abandoned mine, I'm sure the horse could be a Great Communicator along the lines of Ronald Reagan.

    The power of Antipodean communicators

    Tchk tchk tchk! Tchk tchk tchk? Tchk tchk tchk.

    Tchk --

    Skippy, your friend ever true