On the Other Side

My gastric bypass surgery on Tuesday went well and I’m back home.   I miss the reassurance of having a nurse a few feet away if something comes up, but being back on home turf is wonderful!

Overall, my surgery and post-op days were blessed.   I’ve experienced very little pain, just the kinds of aches and soreness that I guess you’d expect with abdominal surgery, some unusual sensations, and a general sense of fragility, which I’m sure is more perception & paranoia than anything else.

The opening from my new stomach pouch into the newly attached small intestine had some swelling that prevented the x-ray contrast from passing through for the better part of a day, which certainly gave us all a bit of a scare.   There was a chance that Dr. Davenport would have to go back in and make an adjustment, but patience triumphed and we all breathed a big sigh of relief when we repeated the test this morning and the contrast just slipped right through like water.

A tremendous "thanks" goes out to everyone who sent such nice notes of encouragement and especially the visitors who came by to offer morale support and comfort.   And I can’t say enough about how great Dr. D was about making sure that I was well-informed all along the way.   I really appreciated his visits — which never felt rushed — and felt like he’d gone out of his way to make quality time for Dede & me.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t also praise the MCH 6C nursing staff, especially Mona, Brad, Hope, & Shawna.   They were patient and supportive and, well, just everything I needed and more!

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