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Gastric Bypass Surgery Complication Pt. 7: The Road To Recovery

It’s now been just over 3 weeks since the intense abdominal pain sent me to the ER in the middle of the night and my gastric bypass surgery complication saga began.

Since then, a case of badly twisted bowels turned into a nasty infection in my incision site. At first I had daily visits from a home health care agency to change what was a “wet to dry” dressing. That basically consisted of gauze stuffed into my open wound with bandages taped over my stomach to hold it all in.

The trauma of seeing my stomach laid open gave me panic attacks every time my dressing was changed. One week ago I was put on a wound vac, which keeps my wound taped up much more securely, drains the fluids that collect in it, and only needs to be changed three times a week. It hurts worse to change this, but it is making my wound heal much faster. Plus I feel much more secure between changes.

All in all, things are getting better. Continue reading

Gastric Bypass Surgery Complication Pt. 6: Wound Management

Wanna see my wound?

I went a few days ago and got hooked up to something called a wound vac. Basically, they stuck a sponge that looks a lot like the carbon filter from my son’s fish tank into my wound, attached a drainage tube and hooked the whole thing up to this little machine that gurgles all the time, sucking the draining fluid out of my stomach.

The positives of this machine are that, A, they taped up my wound so it’s no longer just open. That has helped a lot with my anxiety (of course, the Xanax hasn’t exactly hurt matters, either). And B, it is supposed to make said wound heal much faster.

When I went to get this thing installed, after having been told by both the manufacturer AND my Doc’s office where and when my appointment was, I arrived to discover that the hospital had absolutely no record I was coming. No appointment. Couldn’t do anything because there were no doctor’s orders.

I can no longer be surprised by any of this.  (WARNING: If you click the “read more” button, you will see an actual photo of my open wound. If you have a very weak stomach, you may want not to do that. You’ve been warned.) Continue reading

Misery Part 3: Complications On My Gastric Bypass Surgery Complication

If that title doesn’t make sense yet, it will. Because yep, you guessed it – the surgery to fix the complication that arose from my gastric bypass surgery (the internal hernia and twisted bowels) developed a complication of it’s own.

So I have a complication on my gastric bypass surgery complication.

Right now we’re up to Friday, October 24 in my saga. Initial pain began on Monday, October 13. Surgery to correct the problem happened on Wednesday, October 15th. I came home from the hospital on Saturday, October 18th. Wednesday the 22nd I visited the DR and had 26 of 46 staples removed, and on Thursday the 23rd I had the Upper GI trying to figure out why I still couldn’t eat anything thicker than chicken broth.

I have an incision from my belly button to my sternum. In the hospital, there was a bulge at the top of it, the nurse (and later my surgeon as well) said it was likely “old blood” and recommended a damp towel and heating pad be kept on it.

So Friday morning that’s what I was doing. I was laying in bed with the heating pad on. My kids had stayed home from school, mostly due to exhaustion on everyone’s part and the burden of trying to find people to take them back and forth. I’d called into my surgeon’s office to see what the next step in figuring out why I couldn’t eat would be, but hadn’t heard back yet.

My incision felt numb, and like there was a knot underneath it. It was red, but I thought it might be from the heating pad, which I turned down.

Early afternoon, I got a call from my Dad, checking on me. As I hung up the phone I felt a bit of an itch coming from my incision. I gingerly touched it, and it felt wet.

What happened next was the most disgusting, traumatic thing I may have ever experienced. Continue reading

My Gastric Bypass Surgery Complication: The Misery Continues

Well, despite being quite the workout for my surgeon, my internal hernia repair went well and I was back in my room within a few hours. I was in a good bit of pain, but had the “magic button” dispensing morphine when I wanted it. So far it seemed my gastric bypass surgery complication was under control.

The hospital, however, despite being a “center of excellence” for gastric bypass surgeries and doing boatloads of them every year, had no idea how to handle a patient who was a prior bypass patient in for something else. It was the third meal they brought me before my ‘clear liquids’ were all sugar free. And when I was bumped up to “gastric bypass stage 2″ (which should have been mushy stuff heavy on the protein) I got things like pancakes and grits.

Overall, it was pretty uneventful and by Saturday morning (October 18th) they let me go home. Unfortunately, my troubles were not yet over. Continue reading

Gastric Bypass Surgery Complications: My Week Of Horror

When I started this blog, I promised to tell the good, the bad and the ugly: everything from gastric bypass surgery complications and misery to “wow” moments. What has happened to me over the last two weeks has been both bad and ugly.

It began on Tuesday, October 14th. I had some abdominal cramping, like perhaps I had a bad case of diarrhea. It came and went through the day. But around 11:00 PM, it intensified and stopped going away.

It felt similar to labor – and hurt about as bad. The pain came in waves, crested and receded just like contractions. At around 11:30 I called in to the surgeon’s office and paged the doctor on call. I was told to go to clear liquids and get an appointment to come in first thing in the morning.

But the pain got worse, and around 4:00 AM I started throwing up, too. I called the doctor again and was told to go immediately to the ER. Continue reading