I did it – I had gastric sleeve surgery on Monday, March 12, 2018! It has taken me a while to write about it, and I do apologize, but between being woozy from the pain meds and all the things I had to make myself eat and drink, there was just no time!
I showed up at the hospital at 7:15am, signed lots of forms, got into a gown, and got an IV. They had me take a lot of pain and anti-nausea meds before the surgery, and I’m convinced that that’s why I did so well after surgery. I don’t remember everything they gave me, but I do remember oxycontin, gabapentin, tylenol, and tramadol for pain. Then I took a pill for nausea, and they also put a 3-day anti-nausea patch behind my ear. There’s one pill I’m forgetting – maybe an antibiotic? I just don’t recall.
A little after 9 I walked into the operating room and started to panic a little. I didn’t say anything to anyone, but I was seriously scared about the drastic surgery I was about to have. It took everything I had at that moment to not leap off the gurney and run down the hallway. I’ve had many surgeries, and this is the only time I’ve had a panicked moment beforehand.
The next thing I know, I’m lying on a bed in recovery and the nurse is admonishing me to breathe. Apparently my breath rate was low and alarms kept going off. Those loud alarms would wake me up, my respirations would go up, and then I’d fall asleep again. Repeat.
I was in recovery for about 4 hours, but that was only because there was no room ready for me yet. The room was worth the wait, though, because it was a private one. I have had terrible experiences sharing hospital rooms, and I was really grateful to have one just to myself.
I got hooked up to a dilaudid (hydromorphone) pain pump which I could click every 10 minutes. I made use of it, and as long as I wasn’t moving around, I had no pain. Once I started getting out of bed to pee, that’s when the pain hit. Still, with the pain pump I’d say the pain was only about a 2 out of 10 on day one.
I spent the rest of day one getting my vitals checked, sucking on an incentive spirometer (to help strengthen my lungs), and eating the liquid foods they brought me. This post is getting really long, so I think I’ll write about day two tomorrow. Plus, I need a nap 🙂
Have you had your surgery yet? Did it go like mine? If you are pre-op, did I help you understand how surgery might go for you?
→ Day two.