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Jun 19, 2011 - 65 comments

so on tuesday i will be going in for gallbladder surgery. i wasnt really nervous when i found out because im ready to feel better. but all the stories online about this surgery are HORROR stories. FREAKS ME OUT!

making me so depressed.....im so young why is all this crap happening to me??....hopefully this gallbladder is connected to the dizziness i been feeling, that would be nice

i been praying, but think i could use just a few more if at all possible. im sure i will be a wreck tomorrow......

thank you all.......please god let everything go well with this surgery. keep me strong lord

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by margypops, Jun 19, 2011
I will be thinking about you Turkee and praying all will be well, ...you are young and strong you will pull through and be pain free that gall bladder pain is really horrible ,you will finally feel better ..do you know what time yet .?

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by livingblessed, Jun 19, 2011
Wishing you the best of luck.  I had mine removed 5 years ago.  I was out only one week and very minimal pain.  You will do well I am sure :) You will be in my prayers.  Good Luck!

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by bbxx, Jun 19, 2011
Of course we will pray!

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by turkee23, Jun 19, 2011
thank you guys....surgery tuesday at 10...be there at 830

actually having a gallbladder "attack" right now.....feel like my chest is caving in or something......



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by margypops, Jun 19, 2011
oh its so painful....it comes on after eating, don't eat late that can trigger it, low or no fat food .Sip on a glass of lemon juice helps relieve it so I hear ..lots of stuff online about diets for gall bladder attacks , what to eat and what to avoid

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by turkee23, Jun 19, 2011
yea im STARVING!......omg.....i literally had a bite from a piece of chicken off the grill and all of a sudden this happened....

i guess im happy to get this out....i only started having pain on monday or so.....so luckly i havent had to deal with this for years like other i have read online

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by bsmsl, Jun 19, 2011
Hey, I will be praying for you as well.  I know MANY people who have had their gal bladders removed and not had any problems, including my mother.  Not one that I know personally regrets the surgery.  Everyone of them felt so much better after the surgery and were very glad they had it done.  I hope that helps you some.  

Take care.

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by sweetpea03, Jun 20, 2011
Surgery is always a little nerve wracking. I've had several surgeries and still get nervous about them, even though they have all gone well with no bad complications. The surgery that is done to remove the gall bladder is actually very simple and I have rarely ever heard of complications from it. I've actually watched the procedure be done a couple times and it's a quick surgery. You'll only have a couple small scars, too, which is nothing. You'll be sore after the procedure, so take it easy and just relax. You can get people to pamper you as you recover. ;) lol. Though typically recovery time is short and you can be back to yourself in a few days. Just think, that after this is over, you'll never have to deal with a painful gall bladder attack again! :) I'm sure it will all go great. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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by turkee23, Jun 20, 2011
Ok it's 7 am and I'm stressing already!! Uggggggggggggggggg

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 20, 2011
I had mine done as an outpatient, and while there was definitely some pain, it wasn't too bad.  It's one of THE most commonly performed surgeries in our country, which hopefully makes you feel better.  You'll be relieved to be rid of that gallbladder pain!

My thoughts and prayers are with you...I"m sure it will be fine.  Take all the "joy juice" you can get.  Doctors are much less scary when they look like Cheech or Chong thanks to the glorious meds...lol.

Hugs!

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by turkee23, Jun 20, 2011
Lol yea those cocktails are ethe best aren't they?..........I'm stomach is doing flips right now......

Gunn a be a rough day.......do they us catheter (sp??)

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 20, 2011
No, not for that kind of surgery they won't.  I'm assuming they are doing it via the scope with the 3 or 4 small incisions?  That really cuts down on recovery time and pain.  When I first became a nurse, that kind of approach wasn't nearly as commonplace and they frequently still did the open surgery with a standard incison,  They have come a long way with this surgery.  It also wasn't outpatient but now it is in most cases.  They will expect you to keep something little down (juice/ginger ale), urinate, and have decent pain control before letting you go home.  I was sent home about 2 hours after leaving recovery.  The surgery itself takes about an hour, sometimes less.

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by turkee23, Jun 20, 2011
Yes through my belly button .........I have heard that this surgery is very easy and they do it all the time ,but it is surgery

I can't get my mind off of it

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by turkee23, Jun 20, 2011
gotta go for pre op testing in a few hours..........i just wanna sleep for the next week so this can all be over

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by ANewLife4Me, Jun 20, 2011
You've got my prayers!  You'll be in my thoughts.  Everything will be fine :)  

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by turkee23, Jun 20, 2011
thank you.....im just so nervous

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by turkee23, Jun 20, 2011
and why is it so hard to calm down?.....jeez seems like there is NOTHING that will take my mind off of this.....

i just went and did my pre op stuff and everyone keeps saying "oh it will be ok", cause im so nervous, and then someone chimmed in and said "even that doesnt help"....meaning everyong daying how he does this everyday, its very common, i will be home later that day and so forth......i totally agree with her.

even my dad is trying to make jokes but i just cant seem to crack a smile.... =(

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by turkee23, Jun 20, 2011
blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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by bbxx, Jun 20, 2011
turkee...... turkeee... turkee......
You have to calm down girlie. You had that other surgery before (the one with the SHOCKING photo) lol.
I am praying for you. Hugs. :)

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by turkee23, Jun 20, 2011
yea and i think the other surgery was probably worse havingthat hold there for a few weeks.....but im just a nervous wreck today....i dont know how to calm down

my stomach feels like its doing flips and eating is impossible right now........im just a mess

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by bbxx, Jun 20, 2011
You need a puppy to play with. Puppies are great!

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by sweetpea03, Jun 20, 2011
Calm down girlie. Try to keep yourself busy until its time for the operation and focus on exactly what you are doing (If you are playing, really focus on the game). When you go for the operation tomorrow, they'll give you medication to help calm you down, but in the mean time just stay busy. Focus on everything else.    

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by sweetpea03, Jun 20, 2011
And I like bbxx's idea.... puppies are great! lol. Go have some fun.

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by turkee23, Jun 20, 2011
Lol.....I'm a cat person and my new kitten is too busy sleeping.......

I'm just trying to relax and I would like to eat something but infuses that don't matter.......I don't see sleep in my future lol a xanax would be great!!!!!!!

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 20, 2011
Hey there!  I got your note. Before I share my experience, I'm going to yell at you....QUIT searching online!!!  Of course you'll find horror stories!!  Do you know how many patients over the years I've cared for as a nurse who had this surgery???  Even many of them with the nore invasive open incision!!  And, honest to God, I have NEVER witnessed a bad outcome out of all of those patients!  The only thing I've noted is that the pain level varies.

As for my experience...yes, I was home that same day.  The majority of my time that day was waiting pre-op.  After the surgery, I was home pretty quick.  I felt pretty darn good.  I was able to eat/drink, no problems.  The pain was moderate the first and second day (like a 6/10) and got better with each day.  Obviously, activities such as bending, coughing, anything you are using your belly muscles for is a little painful for a few days.  After a week, most pain was completely gone and I felt pretty much 100% after maybe a total of 3 weeks.

I have never had any long term problems since the surgery.  The most common lasting effect that some people report is a little harder time handling fatty foods.  All that equates to is a quicker trip to the potty after you eat your french fries.  ;0)

Honestly, no lie....it really isn't bad at all.  I'd take that pain over a toothache any day.  Like I said, everyone has different pain experiences...you may be a little more uncomfortable than I was and you may be better.  Take the pain meds as Rx'd...and get up and move around (light activity) that same day.  Don't overdo it, but don't lie around and do nothing.  Your medical team will tell you ALL of this and then some...so don't worry about remembering all of this.

You can expect to wake up with a sore belly.  From there...recovery goes pretty swiftly.  Follow all the instructions as given and you'll be back to yourself in no time.  Trust me..it may not be the most wonderful thing you've ever experienced, but I'd bet money you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much better it will be versus what you're anticipating.

NO more web searches, and that's an order!  Got it???

You know you have lots of people thinking of you and praying for you.  It will be over before you know it...and no more pesky GB to give tou grief anymore!  Hang in there!

HUGS!


(And yes, I'm a nurse...lol)

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by Jaybay, Jun 20, 2011
Listen to the nurse!  :-)  Also try to remember that personal stories that end up on the internet are the people who had problems.  The people who have GB surgery and do just fine are the ones you don't ever hear from.  They're out and about living life and not reading and writing horror stories on the internet.

I've had so many laparascopic surgeries in my life that I've lost count, including gallbladder removal.  If that thing needs to come out, it needs to come out and that's the end of it.  Yes, I had problems later but they weren't directly related to the surgery - more from the whole reason it went south it the first place.

All I can add to nursegirl's excellent advice is this: Try to stay horizontal as much as possible for the first couple of days post-op.  Your abdomen will be filled with carbon dioxide during the surgery to give the surgeon room to do his work.  Sometimes a few bubbles get left behind.  If that happens, those bubbles will rise upward when you stand and press on your diaphragm.  Because there are a lot of nerves in that area, you'll have some intense upper body/ shoulder pain the longer you stay vertical.  Lay down with a pillow under your bum for a short while and it magically goes away.

I debated whether to tell you about that - don't intend to add to your anxiety at all. With all the surgeries I've had, it's only happened a couple of times.  Your body will absorb any leftover CO2 in a couple days and all will be well.  Matter of fact, EVERYTHING will look a whole lot better very soon!

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by turkee23, Jun 20, 2011
Lol thank you everyone

Even the doctor yells at me for being online lol

Yea the air worries me a tad but it goes away.........I think I'm jus real worried about pain after

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by sweetpea03, Jun 20, 2011
You'll have pain medication, so don't worry about that part. Can always drug yourself up. lol.

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by turkee23, Jun 20, 2011
ok i think i calmed down a bit....talked to god....read some GOOD stories online ( i know i know sorry)

i still havent ate a thing ALL day.......but im not hungry either.....do you think that will effect the surgery?....probably not since they dont really want you to eat anyway?

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by specialmom, Jun 20, 2011
Hey, tried to send a note but like many folks------- was unsuccessful.  I will wish you good luck tomorrow and will say a prayer that all goes well.  Peace!

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by turkee23, Jun 20, 2011
thank you doll

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 20, 2011
You read more stories????  >:0(   Grrrrr!

That's it....I'm coming over there and taking your GB out through your eyeball!  ;0)

Sending you lots of positive, healthy bile duct vibes.

Be sure once you drug yourself up that you post an update!  Loads of luck!!!

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by turkee23, Jun 20, 2011
Lol thanks jus ate some chicken soup pretty much jus the broth jus 2 get something in my stomach for the night.....who knows if I will be able to eat tomorrow....

Gunn a try and get some sleep....tomorrow is the big day........

Ugggg stomach hurts....maybe he will get these damn butterflies while he is at it lol

Thanks all will be on tomorrow

God is great

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by sweetpea03, Jun 20, 2011
Doesn't matter if you eat or not, since you can't eat so many hours(can't remember the exact number off the top of my head. You would think I'd know this since I've had several. lol) before the operation anyways. Just get some rest and it'll all be over before you know and you'll be back home.  

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by turkee23, Jun 21, 2011
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh shower then hospital.......nervous again!

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 21, 2011
You'll be fine!  It's normal to be  nervous for something like this!  Fingers crossed that you'll be home quick with minimal pain!

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by bbxx, Jun 21, 2011
Just think, soon you can post pictures that make some  of your friends like me (faint). lol

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by margypops, Jun 21, 2011
As they say in Hollywood 'Break a Leg'      see you later aligator ..hugs mrg

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by ANewLife4Me, Jun 21, 2011
Thinking about you and saying a prayer for you today :)

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by ChitChatNine, Jun 21, 2011
Wishing you {{{{{{{{{ GET WELL VIBES }}}}}}}}}} for a very speedy recovery!

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by turkee23, Jun 21, 2011
hey all thank you so much for everything.....at home....feel like i have been kicked my a horse right in my belly button

he only cut me once in my belly button and did everything through that hole.....feel like throwing up but i think its the meds.....gunna try and eat some bread....drink a little and take a nap for a while

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by turkee23, Jun 21, 2011
im a stomach sleeper....its impossible to sleep on my back! lol

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by bbxx, Jun 21, 2011
oooooh no--- a stomach sleeper. You are in trouble. lol
Get better quick! :)

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by turkee23, Jun 21, 2011
lol

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 22, 2011
Hey!  You made it!  Only ONE incision?  I'm jealous!  That's awesome though, that will help a lot with improving the healing process!  Did your surgeon remember to reattach your bellybutton?  ;0)  LOL

The pain will start getting slowly better the next few days. Take your pain meds and get yourself up and about around the house (nothing strenous) and then take frequent rest periods.  That will help with any gas that is trying to dissipate also.

I'm so glad you're done with the surgery and came through unscathed.  You'll see, you;ll start feeling better pretty quick.  

Hang in there and keep us updated.  We especially want to hear ALL about your first bowel movement!  LOL  As a nurse, those things tickle my fancy you know!  (Yes, we're an odd breed).

Gentle {{{{{Hugs}}}}}

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by turkee23, Jun 22, 2011
Haven't really been taking the mess only if I need to cause I haven't ate much either

I feel like I gotta go but it ain't happening

Gets real sore when I stand up

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 22, 2011
Some nursely advice and tips...

Pain meds work best if you take them BEFORE the pain gets severe.  A good general rule is that if your pain is about a 5/10, take your meds as Rx'd.  If you wait until the pain is an 8, 9 or 10, the meds won't be as effective.  Also, this way you keep yourself at a more steady level of comfort.  If you are taking the pain meds properly and don't get a lot of relief, call your doctor.  Sometimes they will advise you to up your dose for the first day or two.  Remember, pain meds often times will REDUCE your pain to a manageable level but it doesn't really take the pain COMPLETELY away.  The goal is to have the pain be tolerable.  Don't try to be a hero and not take them though,  If you need them, take them!  You should only need pain meds for the first week (at most), after that, usually an OTC analgesic will suffice,

Not having much of an appetite is also par for the course.  You may even feel a bit queasy here and there.  Stick with light foods, toast, soup, jello, those kinds of things.  Even if you're not eating much, try to drink a good bit of water. It will help keep you hydrated and will help with that first BM.  That's doubly important because the pain meds can constipate you.   Even if you have to stick with a liquid diet the first few days (jello, soup, ginger ale, tea), that's just fine.  Avoid fatty foods, which I don't think is going to be an issue with the lack of appetite.  Also, avoid milk products if you can (ice cream, milk) as they can upset your stomach a bit more due to a higher fat content.

You're going to notice more pain with anything that causes you to use your belly muscles.  Anything from changing positions, standing up, coughing, you name it.  When you stand up, use your leg muscles instead of your tummy muscles.  Also, take your time when getting up or changing positions.  It also helps to "splint" the area by holding a pillow, or folded blanket against your incision and apply light pressure for support when you are doing things that use your belly (moving, coughing).  Try to avoid holding your breath or taking shallow breaths during these activities.  That's a normal response because even deep breaths can cause pain in the incisional area.  Deep breathing is important too.

While recovery for a lap chole is fairly quick, it DOES take a few days to start getting more comfortable.  You'll be amazed at the things you do that use your belly muscles...lol.  All of a sudden, mundane tasks cause you pain. Heck, I remember being shocked that even farting hurt my belly.  LOL.   Even just walking around is painful for the first few days.  Again, I cannot stress enough that taking the pain meds when you need them is SO important.  There will be times when you don't need the pain meds but will still have discomfort.  I don't know what your doc told you, but typically, for milder pain, you can take Tylenol instead of the narcotic.  If they didn't specify what non-narcotic pain med you can take instead of/in addition to the narcotic, call and ask!  I used tylenol for the times my pain was irritating but not severe.  Just remember, most pain meds (Percocet/Vicodin) HAVE Tylenol (Acetaminophen) in them, and the recommendation is to not exceed 4,000mg of Acetaminophen a day, so you would have to take that into consideration.    You can tell how much Tylenol is in your med by reading the bottle.  For example...if you were given Vicodin, a common strength you could see is 5/500.  The "5" is the dose of hydrocodone (narcotic) in the med, and the "500" is the mg of Tylenol in each pill.  The narcotic dose always come first, then the Tylenol.  If you see "APAP", that is the Tylenol.  Percocet would commonly be Rx'd in a dose of 5/325.  The 5 is the mg of Oxycodoone, and 325 is the Tylenol.  All surgeons are different, some recommend Motrin, some Tylenol.  Call and ask.  That way you have more pain control options.

Just take it easy and follow all the instructions.  I'd gladly make you some chicken noodle soup, but by the time it got there, you'd be all better!  :0)

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by turkee23, Jun 22, 2011
I'm am still in pain and do keep getting nausea , sometimes a little dizzy too, but I haven't taken any pain meds today cause I didn't want to feel worse with being nauseas sp?......

I feel like I have to have a bm but nothing happens.....jus drank a little metamucil hopefully that will help

My belly hurts when I'm standing up or walking around........even sitting is sore.......

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 22, 2011
What did you get for pain?  You could even start by taking a half of a pill.  Of course pain meds can cause some nausea, but if you can take it while eating something small, it really shouldn't make it much worse. The nausea will improve too.  I surely understand you not wanting to make the nausea worse, but the pain meds would really help with the pain.  Have you tried taking plain Tylenol?  You could start there as well.

For the BM, you could always take a stool softener.  The one I would recommend is Colace (Docusate Sodium).  It can be purchased OTC.  You could start by taking one a day and see if it helps.  Sometimes a person will need one capsule twice a day.  What's nice about Colace is that it doesn't have the laxative properties that some of those products have.  It just softens the stool and makes it easier to go without a lot of straining.  The Metamucil is a good choice too.  Remember that you hardly ate the day before your surgery and have had very little, so you may not go right away.  Just keep trying and like I said before, lots of fluids.

A lot of the nausea and dizzy feeling is most liklely from the anesthesia, which is normal.  That should start geting a little better for you today and tomorrow.  If I were you, I would try to take at least something for the pain to make you more comfortable.  Even tylenol will help a little!



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by bbxx, Jun 22, 2011
oh nursegirl, not all of us want to hear about her bms lol
Awe Turkee, praying you feel better soon. :)

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 22, 2011
LOL bbxx.

Being a TRUE friend means we care about EVERYTHING.  Even the shi**y things.  ;0)

I'm hoping she starts a BM Journal.  

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by margypops, Jun 22, 2011
awww first few days the worst... feel better soon ..do you still feel dizzy?  

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by turkee23, Jun 22, 2011
a little i think....could be all the meds tho....or anesthesia....who knows......

just took a stool softner but so far nothing......my stomach making all kinds of funny noises tho...and i do have some gas....lol

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by bbxx, Jun 22, 2011
Thankfully theres no pictures of all this. lol
nursegirl (I salute you for the work you do. I told my doctor when I had just given birth, that as far as I was concerned he shouldnt be getting much for what he did, but that the nurses deserved his pay)

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by turkee23, Jun 23, 2011
I pooped!!! Lol..,,.started taking the Tylenol yesterday and that seemedvto help a lot

I got to sleep on my side for a whole too

Hopefully it jus keeps getting better

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by margypops, Jun 23, 2011
ohhhh turkee has put up some great pics havent you turkee we have all seen her butt LOL

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by nursegirl6572, Jun 23, 2011
Yay!  Poopy party!  LOL.  Glad you got some relief with the Tylenol! Each day will get a little better!

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by turkee23, Jun 23, 2011
Yea I haven't takin anything for pain today.....been pretty lightheaded and have no appitie at all


I was getting lightheaded before all of this ........hopefully it's jus allergies like the ENT thinks it is,cause I'm pretty tired of it

Got a few hot flashes today as well

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by sweetpea03, Jun 23, 2011
Glad you finally pooped! Being constipated is hell. I hadn't gone #2 in over a week because of high dose pain medication and things after my major surgery in 2008 and that first bathroom trip was horrible. I'm glad you can avoid that! Wouldn't wish it on anyone.

It's probably allergies making you a bit dizzy. Do keep up on your pain meds! Because if you wait until you need them, it's already too late. Trust me on that. This is all from experience... sadly.

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by turkee23, Jun 23, 2011
So ms nurse I have these steri strips in my belly button, don't know what else is in there, but I don't recall them saying anything about them. Unless I was still in la la land and just don't remember

I haven't touched them, I'm scared it's gunn a hurt like a Mofo when I or the dr gotta pull them off....ahhhhhhhh cause it's super sore there

I learned this new way thru belly button is called the spider

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by turkee23, Jun 23, 2011
Yea I took some zyrtec and did feel better

Pooping never really been a problem for me ha ha ha

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by ChitChatNine, Jun 24, 2011
They may fall off partially before your appt.  When my daughter had hers, she had the belly incision, too, along with two other small incisions.  3 yrs later you have to really look hard to see them.

Keep them out of the sun or covered with sunscreen the first year to prevent permanent darkening of the skin where you have the incision(s).  Not sure if they mentioned it.

So glad you are  home!

C~

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by bsmsl, Jun 25, 2011
I am glad surgery went well and you are recovering.  How are things now?  Now that I am working, I don't have as much time to surf the net and peek in on friends here.

Take care and praying for you.

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by turkee23, Jun 25, 2011
thank you guys

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by robinlove, Jun 25, 2011
hi,  somehow I missed the origanal post.  
I am glad it is over!  I had mine done when my son was 4 mos. old.
I had it via laproascope    (still can't sp. lol)   I had the stones moving around
during most of my pregnancy, no matter what I ate or didn't.
I was feeling so sick before the surgery I was almost looking forward to it!
I have had a large handful of surgeries in my life. Gallbladder was far from the worse.
I was in 2 nights (supposed to be outpatient) but the pain after was bad! I noticed a bump
slowly pushing through my skin under the rightside of my diaphram .  Two of my doctors sent me
back to the surgeon(they said it was an incisional hernia. The surgeon said there is no way it was
from his incision lol.  There are no organs pushing out so I still haven't had it repaired. I feel this way,
if it won't kill me it can wait.  So happy your on the mend!!  
I remember also that I had 3 small incisions. bellybutton, and two places on the right side.    
I had stitches, but mine was almost 2 decades ago GULP lol.
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