Hey everybody! I AM OFFICIALLY BANDED!! Just wanted to update yall on how my surgery went. I got to the hospital yesterday around 7 am and went back to the operating room around 10 am. The procedure only took about 45 minutes. I was in recovery for about an hour and a half and got back to my room around noon. In the holding room, before I went back to the operating room, they gave me my IV and the medicine to make you calm. After this I dont remember much. I remember getting really drowsy and then they wheeled me back to the operating room. There were lights and cords everywhere and I remember it being freezing. After this, I dont remember a thing! I was out cold and I woke up about 2 hours later in recovery. I was extremely nauseated and sore. The nurse gave me as much nausea medicine as was allowed so I had to tough it out for a little bit. I finally went back to my room around 12:30 to find all my family and my boyfriend waiting on me. I wasn't in the best shape. The doctor told my parents that surgery went fine...I didnt have a hernia or any other complications and that I should recover just fine. I was able to get down about 8 oz. of liquids. Then they made me get up and walk...I was half way down the hall and I felt this terrible nauseated feeling. I knew my liquids weren't going to stay down and yep, it happened! I threw up everywhere! Everything I had just drank came up all at once! But no surprise, after that I felt a little better! I would say my incisions pain...on a scale from 1-10...was about an 8. I know some people say the incision pain is nothing and then some people say the opposite. But for me, they were pretty bad. The doctor made 5 incisions and the port incision hurts the most.
Lets see...what else has been going on. When I got home yesterday at like 4 pm, I slept most of the night. I tried to watch The Biggest Loser from last week that was still on my tivo but I kept falling asleep. I was still extremely groggy from the medicines and I didnt feel like eating. I was able to get down 8 oz of water while still at the hospital (after my throwing up accident), then when I got home yesterday I had about 8 oz of flavored water and one piece of hard candy to give me some flavor in my mouth. By the way, does anyone know if I am allowed to have a piece of hard candy? Either a breath mint or a lemon drop or any hard candy like that from time to time? I wasn't sure but I figured it was only like 5 calories and if I chewed it up well it would be ok. I haven't been very groggy today...just still really sore were my incisions are. I have been feeling very bloated and gasey but everytime I try to go to the restroom, nothing happens. I have also been taking Gas-X strips but I can't tell a huge difference with those.
Anyways, I just wanted to update everyone! I didn't feel like moving from my bed yesterday so this is my first time to get on the computer. Just out of curiousity, how long will I have incision pain? Like 3 or so days or more like weeks? I think thats the only thing really bothering me right now. I have been having headaches but didn't know if that was because of the lack of caffeine or somehow related to surgery. Am I allowed to take headache medicine or not? I wasn't sure!
I will be done for now but thank you all so much for your prayers and support! It means the world to me and I can't believe I actually have the BAND!! I need to give her a name :) I will also post pictures and measurements later! Talk to you all soon!!