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#1 Tawanda70

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 11:55 AM

Hello everyone! Hope this post finds you all symptom-free (or at least feeling well). My fundoplication is scheduled for tomorrow. Although I am so looking forward to no more spontaneous vomiting, heartburn and further esophageal erosion, I am feeling the usual trepidation about it. Luckily, I have some wonderful friends and family who will be making meals for my hubby and children and filling in on my taxi-mom duties, etc. I have heard from some of you that your surgery was a success and would love to hear more from those of you who have had it. My surgeon has a 90% success rate, has done over 1,000 of these and has never punctured an organ... hope I am part of his good statistics! It helps too that he is a cutie-pie :D

Hopefully, I will be home within a couple of days. The concern right now is that my body mass index is 20, and with my limited diet, they may want to keep me in to load me with nutrients to "fatten" me up a bit before going home. When that happens, I will update you on how I am doing (keep in mind that I will be on pain meds, :emoticon-dont-know: ).

Love to all my sisters and brothers of this disease, Caroline

#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 12:03 PM

Hi Caroline,

I'm one of the 100% successful people. It's been so great since the fundoplication that it's hard to imagine what it was like before it. I'll cross my fingers and toes that it all goes as well for you as it did for me!

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 12:10 PM

Hi Caroline,

Thankfully I have not had to undergo the operation that you will be having, but would like to wish you the very best of luck with your fundoplication tomorrow and also hope that you have a complete and speedy recovery from the surgery.

Here's a little :fairy: to help you on your way!

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 12:32 PM

Hello Caroline

I hope the operation goes well and look forward to celebrating its success with you! :woohoo:

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 02:24 PM

The best of success for your surgery. I hope you will keep us updated about the results.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 02:29 PM

Hi Caroline, good luck for the surgery tomorrow. I will be interested in hearing about your experience (my gastro is pushing me to have the operation).
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Posted 20 February 2011 - 03:15 PM

Hi - I had my fundoplication 2 years ago, am completely heartburn free, immensely more comfortable now!!

Try to relax and let others take care of you, best of wishes for a speedy recovery! :balloons:

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 06:46 PM

Great endorsements for fundoplications, with all of the good results posted here.

I wish you the best with your surgery tomorrow, Caroline. Having awesome family and friends covering with your children, meals, taxi, etc sets your mind at ease, for sure!

When you are up to it, please let us know how you are doing.
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Posted 20 February 2011 - 06:53 PM

Hi Caroline,


hope all goes well with your surgery. sounds like you've got a great support network so try not to worry too much about hubby and kids I'm sure they'll be fine.

take care and wishing you a speedy recovery :flowers:

love and hugs
queenie x

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:43 PM

Hello Caroline,
I am also in the success category. Had mine a little more than a year ago and resolve the horrible symptoms I was having. I was so happy to get it done. Good luck and let us know how it turns out for you.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 11:57 PM

Sending good vibes for an easy procedure and a swift recovery!

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 07:54 AM

Hi Caroline,

Will be thinking of you tomorrow.

Speedy recovery :emoticons-group-hug:

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:25 PM

Hi Caroline,

How did your surgery go? We are eager to hear!

My husband is another one of the 100% successful ones, and he had his, oh, I think over 7 years ago now.

I am hoping that everything went pretty well for you, meaning that no major organs were punctured and your leg was not accidentally amputated. Anything short of that is a raging success, right?

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I'm hoping you feel a bit better, soon.
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Posted 01 March 2011 - 09:47 AM

So far, I have had no reflux! Still healing from the surgery, but happy to report that my surgeon said it was "text book". Incisions look great, still walking around with soreness, but of course that is to be expected. I think the gas that settled in my shoulders has aggravated the inflammation in my joints and that hurts almost as bad as my belly! My 15 year old stayed the night in the hospital with me and was such a blessing. All the alarms going off for more oxygen, low saline bag, low pain meds in my pump, were taken care of by her. I didn't know I was in the world, but she really came through for me... I am so thankful for her.

Friends have brought meals for my family and that has been a great comfort. Sure do wish I could eat that good food! Staying on a soft diet for now.

My frustration is that no one in my house did laundry, vacuumed, etc. and it is killing me to see the mess. We have a golden retriever who sheds constantly and I hate seeing those clumps of hair rolling across my kitchen floor. So, did a stupid thing and swept. Also did the laundry. No one offered to help haul those heavy clothes upstairs for me, so I did it myself. Prior to surgery, I paid a friend to clean house, but that money went to waste, as she did practically nothing but mop the kitchen floor and broke the power nozzle on my vacuum without saying a word to me (found this out last night when I tried vacuuming the carpets). Also, hubby did not go pick up HIS clothes from the dry cleaner this weekend and take the heavy comforter in to be cleaned, as he said he would do (oh, and there is another comforter there ready to be picked up also). Today I will be doing all that, hauling the vacuum in to be fixed, etc. This is not a pity party on my part... but pure anger :angry: It's amazing what anger and frustration can fuel in someone. I just hope I don't pop a stitch in my belly. Another thing I learned... people love to google surgeries and then tell you what you should do. I didn't know so many people were MDs in my circle of friends. And these very well-intended people have offered nothing else. I don't expect a lot out of people (this I have learned over the years), but from now on I will NOT discuss my medical condition with family or friends. They just don't get it, or do not want to. Good thing I have all of you who truly understand. My youngest daughter has her first out-of-town dance competition this weekend, so I will be hauling her 8 costumes and her large bag of dance shoes, make-up, etc. and also getting all her things in order prior to the trip.

Sorry for the rant. There is just NO ONE else to express my feelings to. OK, now I am in tears so I'd better get going on my duties as laundress, maid, taxi (yes I am driving my children around since no one else will, despite my post-op orders). Hopefully next time I post I won't be so heart broken. Clearly, everyone else's needs come before mine, despite my surgery. The "sperm donor" of my eldest told her my surgery was no big deal... so glad she listened to her own heart!. Wow, the ugly truth hurts worse than I ever imagined.

Hope all of you are doing well and love you! Caroline

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 10:30 AM

Oh Caroline, as much as we love them (and mostly we do, deep down) friends and families can be so rotten sometimes. (I was having trouble coming up with a sufficiently strong word that wouldn't get me banned!)

I've got pulmonary hypertension and metabolic bone disorder with compression fractures in my back (amongst all the other problems). After extensive pelvic reconstruction surgery, I was slapped with a lifetime 20lb. (about 9kg) lift/push/pull weight limit. So who gets stuck with the lawn mowing and the bulk of the gardening (me, with the O2 in a backpack) and who has to get the 3x40lb. sacks of dog food every 4-6 weeks (me)? How about getting the vacuum sweeper up and down stairs? Uh huh, that's me too. Mind you, my hubby will run the vac if pushed to it, but it gets left wherever he stops, usually in the dining room. Can't be bothered putting it back in the coat cupboard about 20 feet away. I could go on and on, but I'm getting mad too! :angry:

I guess the answer for both of us is just not to do the things we shouldn't. The daughter in the dance competition? Well, it might take her a lot of trips, but I bet she could haul her own clobber to and from the car. I could let the grass grow long enough to cut with a scythe and wait for a citation from the code enforcement officer~ We are our own worst enemies because we've trained our families to expect us to do absolutely everything, no matter what. Hmmm, I wonder if there is such a thing as a Family Whisperer?

We know we are Super Women, no need to keep proving it!

And hey, I'm really glad your surgery went so well! Just wait till it's completely healed up and you are back on a regular diet. I will never, ever forget the taste of the first curry I had after not being able to eat anything spicy for so long! Boy, was it good.

So what's your new motto? "Just say 'No!'"

And a PS: My hubby who is far from house-proud never nags about the state the place gets into and doesn't mind that the living room is full of big looms is also the guy who wakes me up with a cup of tea and a kiss. Guess I'll keep him! :wub:

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 11:26 AM

Hi Caroline,

I'm really pleased to hear that your operation went well and hopefully you'll continue to improve at the same rate.

I agree with you that perhaps friends and family could be a little more thoughtful considering you've just undergone major surgery. My husband is quite good actually; he will vacuum and lift heavy things for me if pressganged into it and is pretty useful with things like getting the tops off jars and unscrewing tight things which all seem to be thermostatically sealed these days!! I'm the one who tends not to notice mess around the place; :blush: I know what you mean by clumps of dog hair about the floor but the awful thing is that after a while we just accept it....it's a bit embarrassing when anyone comes round though! ;) :blush:

I know it's really difficult after years of being the one who looks after everyone else but now it's your turn to take it a bit easy, at the very least until your stomach stitches have healed! Perhaps the budding doctors amongst your friends could offer you some practical help as they're so concerned for your welfare; I know what you mean; everyone's an expert these days! :rolleyes:

The good news is that you're on the road to recovery; here's a :emoticons-group-hug: to keep you going!

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 10:40 AM

Caroline,
I'm so glad to hear that your surgery went well and that your symptoms have subsided! We all rejoice in that Darling! Also sounds like you have a great bunch of friends. Sorry that your happiness in feeling better has been dampened by the lack of support from your family. So once all of the food runs out that your friends brought you, I see you fixing food just for you and let the rest of the family fend for themselves. :P We are superwomen, but eventually that heavy foot needs to hit the ground and make people take notice.

I'm glad that you feel comfortable enough to come here and vent. We all have done it a time or two or three because we know we are talking to others who can relate better than anyone else. We're here for you Darlin!
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Posted 03 March 2011 - 03:53 AM

Hello Caroline,
I hope you are actually trying to look after yourself and take care - as Jeannie says your kids could do the hauling for themselves, they would have to if you go down in a heap.

On the other hand, you do sound a wee bit like me too, I do too much for them all too. Years ago I had stomach surgery, very similar to the stomach stapling they do to help people reduce weight, but mine was to remove a part of my stomach which had several tumours. As it turned out my surgery was done on 15 December and I came home after about 3 days with strict instructions on keeping to a semi liquid diet and no exertion etc. On the 25th December, which is a big feast day for most of us, my husband had the temerity to ask me what we were having for the festive lunch!!!! He didn't seem very impressed when I said 'anything you like to make'. From memory he rattled around in the fridge for a while and made himself something but I can't remember what.

It makes us angry, I know, when they act so helpless, but it won't kill them to go without for a few days until they get the message.

You will heal quicker if you take the doctor's advice and rest when you need to.

Good wishes and warm hugs from the Earthquake centre of the world at the moment.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 10:49 AM

Hi Caroline,

So glad your operation was a success, but reading your post made my blood boil. If friends and family know so much about the procedure you underwent then surely they also know you need after care and help until everything has healed. I think sometimes people are blinkered and choose only to hear, see and understand what they want too, as ignorance and lack of knowledge is a huge get out clause for not helping. My heart goes out to you, you must feel hugely let down and disappointed by all concerned and understandably so.

I live on my own, my children have all flown the nest, so I only have myself to care for on a daily basis, (which is great under the circumstances) and I dread that day should it come, when I need daily assistance. I have always been fiercely independent, which can be equally a good and bad thing and don't relish the thought of depending on others, as I am not one of these people who finds it easy to ask for help. I like to think my daughter would be able to step up to mark, but and it's a big BUT, I hope that day never happens, because I do not want to be a burden to her or anyone.

I have a lot of problems going on at the moment which are worsening all the time and I know it may not be too much longer before the balance is tipped and my health really takes a nose dive, but at this moment in time I am just keeping my head above the water line. If I had to be caring for a whole family right now, I know I would be struggling and thoroughly exhausted (without throwing surgery into the mix) so I do not envy what you are going through.

Please try to rest and take care of yourself and put your own blinkers on and ignore the mounting housework!!!

Sending a bunch of spoons your way,

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 07:52 AM

Thank you all so much for your encouragement! Healing has been slow, but steady. Totally amazing (and a relief!) that there is NO reflux. Still occasional nausea, but that's normal right now. Next step is to see my gastroenterologist on what do to about the 67.5 average on my acid pH. Had follow-up with the surgeon and the only small issue is adema in spleen and stomach... and of course he said that is due to me doing more than I need to right now. No biggie and this too shall pass.

One thing I did not expect was to get a text from a "friend" saying that I was "acting weird" and she was no longer willing to provide transportation from school for my youngest. She said also that my youngest was "somewhat rude" to her. I got this about 4 days after the "incident" and was totally floored :emoticon-bang-head: . For starters, anyone who has had surgery has to deal with the aftermath of healing, post-anesthesia tiredness and getting used to pain meds and anti-nausea meds one is not normally used to dealing with. I suppose that can change your affect. Needless to say, my short response was that I was sorry she felt my child was rude, but perhaps my child was just worried about me. However this experience has made me see who really counts in my life. I have been fortunate in so many ways, this forum, my family and doctors. That must be my focus. I have learned to "drop" the toxic friends and try and let it go.

I am taking things day by day and feeling better as the healing process continues. Isn't it hilarious that I cannot WAIT to use the new carpet shampooer that my hubby bought? :yes: Again, thank you all for your support and encouragement. Hope everyone is feeling well!!!