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Ongoing Problems after my Hospital Treatment

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#1 judyt


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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:18 PM

Hi Miocean,
I am doing what you suggested and I've put a link to your question here on the thread "It's been two years today" (scroll down to the 7th reply) For a few moments there I couldn't even remember how to start a new thread - Duh!

All the things you suggested have been going through my head so today I have done something about those I can.

The wound nurse came and she is very happpy, she measured the 'hole' and it is smaller than it was last week. My squeamish husband is going to grit his teeth and do the dressings for the next two days so we can stay at the beach house.

I saw the other Doctor, he is a nice man, but he doesn't know me and there is too much to take in really. However, I did know what I wanted to ask him for so that was successful.

(Pause while I watch a little wee dog chasing seagulls - that cheers one up no end)

He has given me some liquid Gaviscon to try to ease the Gastritis pain and suggested I increase the domperidone for a day or two.

I asked for a blood test form to check up on everything including Kidney Function and Liver Function. I do think about my kidneys and your experience is a good lesson to us all to be vigilant.

I made an appointment with my usual general practitioner for 2 weeks away and with the Gastroenterologist for next week.

The thing that concerns me most is that I am still not hungry and every meal is an effort even when I choose things I love to eat. It is only 6 weeks tomorrow since my first General Anaesthetic and 4 weeks on Thursday since the second much longer one and I know a GA affects your appetite, taste and all sorts of other things, but I have got to start putting on some beef or I will blow away in a breeze.

The new Gastro man I have chosen is absolutely lovely, he was on duty at the Hospital while I was there and so he knows all the current stuff. What I really need to know now is the state of my motility, particularly the Oesophagus and stomach.

So now you know where I am at, and it is actually quite good to have to think rationally about it all and realise that it is not too hard to try to do something about fixing things.

Thanks for your support, it is so great to be able to let go and know somebody will listen,

Love to you all


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:29 AM

Hi Judy,

I'm so sorry to hear about your ongoing problems. :emoticons-i-care: I've only ever had a general anaesthetic once and I remember feeling very sick for a couple of days afterwards but I'm very concerned to hear that you haven't been able to eat much for the last 4-6 weeks. Perhaps you could try very small but frequent amounts of something tasty to stimulate your appetite again? I must admit I've never had a problem with a lack of appetite so can't really advise you, but we all want you fit and well ;) so I do hope you can find something to stimulate your taste buds!! :lol:

At least it sounds like your new Gastro doctor is on the ball and familiar with the gut problems you're experiencing, so maybe when you see him next week, he'll be able to advise you and also let you know about the state of the motility in your oesophagus and stomach.

I really hope your appetite improves very soon and that you soon feel much better.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:37 AM

Hi Judy,
I am glad you are taking the steps you need to. Sometimes everything gets so overwhelming we get paralyzed.

I hope you find a food you like and can tolerate. Cookies, candy, ice cream?

I'm glad you posted. I was thinking about you.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:35 AM

Hi Judy,

Though I am glad you got sprung from the hospital, I too, am sorry your appetite hasn't come back around. However, I am hopeful tht the gastro you chose will be able to help you get back to a more normal state.

I was so pleased to read that you and your hubby decided to go to your beach house; a great time to get away and enjoy all that nature has to offer, as well as give each of you a much needed time of relaxation. I'm sure your husband is VERy glad to have you with him to have that alone time, albeit a healing time for you, wound and all.

I'm also glad you have lined up appointments with doctors and hope that your healing time until then, brings you to feeling heaps better, each and every day.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:08 PM

Yes Andy Ko, I do have a supply of prescription supplements. I chose the ready made one, because I am allergic to cows milkl and I like the idea of just being able to get one out of the frig. Right now I am sipping on a vanilla one. The ready mades are lactose and gluten free and yes they are yummy.

The biggest shock was when Ian went to the chemist to fill the prescription, it was for 2 per day for 3 months!!! 180 of them in 3 boxes!!! The pantry is full.

I am feeeling better today, after taking the liquid gaviscon my tummy was pain free and I slept all night, Just have to make up for the food I didn't eat yesterday!!!

Warm Hugs to every one of you.


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:20 PM

Hello Judyt

Hmm, I have no appetite and haven't since July of last year. I recommend the supplement drinks but I also eat frequently a high in calorie cheese flavoured maize snack. My husband thinks it's hilarious as I have to have a bag at hand to munch when I am actually hungry whether that's 5 a.m. or 5 p.m. Okay so that may be it some days but I figure it's better than nothing and I do have days where I eat some cereal or a bit of dinner but I do mean a bit. Today I ate a hot cross bun with lots of butter, some maize snacks and an individual cake, for me that's a feast.

Now of course I have not really done a lot about this and hope to be able to talk about it when next at the Royal Free provided heart issues don't take over again.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:42 PM

Judy, I'm sending out good vibes and big ole hugs to you!!!
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:36 PM

I'm so sorry Judy. I can sympathize. I have pretty bad gastroparesis and have been managing with soft foods and smoothies but finally bit the bullet a few weeks ago and tried the Regan(metaclopramide) my GI doctor has been beggging me to try for months. I was afraid because of the side effects. I also upped my PPI because of gastritis and reflux. So far not helping much. I have managed to gain back a few pounds by forcing down the smoothies -- I put coconut milk in them to add to the calories that's the only way I can tolerate fats.

I sure hope your appetite improves! I heard you mention you slept all night -- wonderful! That is when my stomach bothers me the most and I rarely sleep all night from either the stomach or the joint pain. I hope you have a pain free day and that a wonderful hot fudge sundae or mashed potatoes and gravy or whatever soft food is your very favorite is in your future.

Feel better soon!!! -- Climber