Friday, August 3

I'm surviving!

So, a quick update. My surgery was at 9:30 am and I was released to go home at 2 pm. Not too shabby! Still haven't had any pain meds, not even immediately after surgery in recovery. I honestly think it's helping me feel better, as pain meds just do a number on how I feel - very groggy, light-headed, tired, nauseated.

Ironically, one of my nurses has been banded for two years. She had a slip fixed about 6 months ago, and really wanted to revise to sleeve, but her insurance wouldn't cover it on a first slip. So now she's hoping for another slip so she can revise! Her daughter had the sleeve done three months ago and lost 80 lbs and is at goal. HOLY MOSES. I hope this will be me!

My band had pulled the fundus of my stomach (left part) through my diaphragm. I also had a fair amount of scar tissue that he removed. We're still looking at close to 4 months for revision, so maybe I can do it on or around what would have been my three-year bandiversary at the end of November.

One last thing - if anyone reading this is looking for a surgeon in the Orlando/Melbourne/Space Coast area, Dr. Domkowski at Riverside Surgical is amazing. The most caring surgeon I've ever met. Hands down. He is just so wonderful.

And the staff at Sebastian Medical Center blew me away. The anesthesiolgist was even nice and caring, which has never been my experience, and I have had five surgeries. Every single person touched my shoulder, assured me I'd be fine, and kept asking what they could get for me. Their care was top notch.

12 comments:

  1. Glad things went well! Take care and rest.

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  2. it's so nice to hear about positive hospital experiences! And your nurse's daughter 80 lbs in three months...I feel like a total slacker!

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  3. Yikes... that sounded scary. I never thought that my hiatal hernia could have been caused BY my band. Hmmm.

    Glad you are feeling better! Hope you recover quickly! :)

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  4. I am so happy you are through that... and on to the next thing. I have a blogger I follow who had gastric bypass and has lost 86 pounds in 9 weeks... I was shocked, that seemed unbelievable. I hope it is a little faster for me next time, although I lost like 100 pounds in the first 6 months with my band, and then hardly anything since... LOL

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  5. Glad that the staff were good to you and that you're through the whole surgery successfully. Take care and enjoy the pain meds :)

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  6. glad to hear that you are OK. :)

    May I ask: did you have a Lap-Band or Realize band?

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  7. Glad to hear you are doing well!

    XO

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  8. Glad your surgery went well. Hope you have a speedy recovery.

    I think your nurse is an IDIOT!! She had a slip and then a revision. If her band is working find...why hope for another slip...that is just stupid. Some people.

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  9. Glad all went well. The recovery was pretty quick for me and I ate a burger two days after surgery. It was amazing. I am 5 weeks post op today and things are crazy. I am really hungry a lot.. but I actually have to gain some weight before I can qualify for my surgery. I should be good to go by the time my 6 month "diet" is done. This whole insurance thing is crazy. I have 6 lbs to go until I am qualify so I am not overly concerned about gaining but it sucks to have to gain weight I worked so hard to lose just so I could have a revision. Anyway, hope all goes well and you will be sleeved before you know it!

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  10. Glad to hear Dr. D took good care of you.

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  11. So glad it went well and you are on the road to recovery! XO!

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