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mvalkosky97
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Randy has his surgery this morning. Total nephrectomy. One step closer to finding out exactly what it is. Wish us luck!!

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Bay Area Guy
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May he have the most boring and uneventful surgery possible.

Best wishes for a good outcome.

DreamOnDeb
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Good luck!  May he have an uneventful, successful surgery!  Keep us posted!

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APny
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Yes, a boring and uneventful surgery and recovery is a wonderful thing. All the best to both of you!

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Jan4you
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Hoping his recovery is going well and you now have those much needed answers.

Let us know how he and YOU are doing!

Sending you both healing hugs,

Jan

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daisybud
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A fast recovery and the best of good luck,

Kim

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Mighty Frog
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No worry! Just relax and lets the professional do the job. All the best to you and speedy recovery. 

mvalkosky97
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Thank you all! He had an uneventful surgery. Was so good he was sent home today. He is having a lot of pain, even more than when he had VATS. He was shaky when we got home and his temp is 100.4. Should we expect a low grade fever or should we call the doc.

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icemantoo
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Touch base with the Doc on the fever. The first week is not fun. Everyday should get better with maybe a bad day in between,

 

Icemantoo

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APny
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Yes, ask the doc. I was running a low grade fever too (around 100 or a little bit higher) but was told if it hits 101 to see the doc. So keep monitoring it. Glad he's home!

mvalkosky97
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He has come down overnight. He's around 99.5-99 with tylenol in effect. Bowels haven't quite started

moving yet. I think they sent him home too soon. 24 hours after surgery. Just praying we get through the next few days and it starts to turn around!

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JerzyGrrl
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We all probably at least partially think we're special and/or needy the first day home. Any nearby family or friends may very well wonder a wee bit, too.

I was so relieved my surgeon wasn't around to hear my language (some of it directed at him) the first morning I woke up at home and attempted to get out of bed to scurry (?!) to the toilet (I'm still regretting the words that came out of my mouth at the hospital when I woke to fake Jell-O etc on my tray... Then there were witnesses).

Anyway, by day number two at home, I recall feeling pretty lousy, but at least I figured I'd survive. Each day gets better. 

Walking is totally the best. Drinking water is good. Then naps. And did I mention walking? Repeat. If he's capable of getting up and walking into the kitchen, he can get his own darn glass of water. This is not being mean, this is just getting him up more. Sitting in front of the TV and being waited upon doesn't help with working the leftover gas out, which is totally the absolute BEST pain relief. 

Oh, and for getting back to "regular," my fallback home remedies generally include recipes with winter squash, green beans, and/or prunes. It's worked for grownups, kidlets, and doggies. (Un)fortunately, I didn't have this concern when I was discharged. Quite the opposite. At least it helped me to get up and move!

Also (un)fortunately, none of this stuff requires skilled nursing care (Of course, call the doctor's office if you have any concerns, unless it's totally an emergency then there's 911 etc). So, it's considered a lower level of care - not substandard, just can be done by someone less skilled. I was home by myself (unless you count the dog) and managed to survive my DIY self-caregiving skills. 

You'll get there.

DreamOnDeb
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I personally think it's crazy that the hospital sends you home so soon.  I guess there's more of a chance of getting an infection there, I don't know.  Did anyone here have a drain put in their abdomen?

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Steve.Adam
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Hi Deb,

Maybe everyone gets a drain... Not sure.. Mine was not a problem except for getting it (and the catheter) tangled aound my feet trying to go to the toilet/shower in the hospital. Mine collected a lot of fluid and I was kept in hospital until that stopped. Removal was not painful.

Steve.

DreamOnDeb
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Hi Steve,

Thanks for answering that for me! 

Deb

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Retcenturion
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Wow..1 day seems extreme. I had 3 full days but Dr said I could go in 2. As others have posted try and move as best as he can. The constipation from Percocet was worse than surgery.it drove me off them. Dr office suggested Coalese over the counter meds..It took a couple of days to get in Harmony with body but helped a lot. Also drink as much water as possible..then some more. Hoping you both get some needed rest and some peace asap

 

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APny
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I had a drain also for almost a week. By the end of the week we were bonded best friends. Well not really but it became part of me. I also took about 4 - 5 days to finally get a visit from the poop fairy. I was taking senecot, which is mild. Drinking lots of water and walking lots do help. Great advice. And like I said, even with an open surgery I was home on the third day. They don't want to keep you and risk infections. The longer you stay in hospital the better the odds that you'll pick up something. So they want you out.

DreamOnDeb
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Hi APny,

Were you sent home with the drain?  Too funny about the poop fairy!

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APny
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Yes, I was sent home with the drain. I was home after just 2 days in hospital. It was annoying but I got used to it. LOL, I read about the poop fairy on this forum so I "borrowed" the clever phrasing :)

Tesla1
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I was sent home on day 2.  I think they didn't want to send me home with a drain so they removed it before I left. It was full when they removed so it drained into my abdomen instead. Would have preferred to stay another night or come home with the drain like APny.

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