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Nissen Fundoplication for me tomorrow

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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

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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!

 

Warm hugs,


Jeannie McClelland

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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!


Jo Frowde

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Hello Caroline

 

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

 

Take care.


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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).

Lizzie

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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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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.

Sending Soft Hugs your way!


Special Hugs,

 

Susie Kraft

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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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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.

 

Jill

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Hi Caroline,

 

Will be thinking of you tomorrow.

 

Speedy recovery :emoticons-group-hug:

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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?

 

:sickly:

I'm hoping you feel a bit better, soon.


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

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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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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:

 

Warm hugs,


Jeannie McClelland

(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services

(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Manager

(Retired) ISN Blog Manager

(Retired) ISN Assistant News Guide

(Retired) ISN Artist

International Scleroderma Network

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