Robert and Elizabeth Posted May 25, 2007 Share Posted May 25, 2007 Hello all! I wanted to give all of you an update on my progress after my gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y procedure) last month (April 18). Well, I am down almost 50 pounds!! :D I am feeling great and am looking forward to the next 50. It did not come easy though. I had to have an IVC (inferior vena cava) filter placed 2 days before the surgery. That was the easy part. Now the hard part. During the surgery, the stapler broke, so my surgeon had to sew me by hand. This is ok, but I ended up with seven incisions and 2 JP (Jackson Pratt) drains instead of no JP drains. This is because hand sewing causes more manipulation, bleeding and swelling. Second, I had a bad allergic reaction to the Dilaudid in my PCA (patient controlled analgesia). Third, my protein levels were too low the first week, so I felt weak, shaky, and disconnected. After I told my surgeon how I was feeling, he increased my protein intake from 20grams a day to 60 grams a day. It cured me in 2 days. Lastly, my lightning fast weight loss must have been a shock to my spine because it compressed a nerve in my sacral area which caused excruciating pain in my right groin. It felt like someone was burning me with a match. It was worse than childbirth. But, after I started swimming, the pain started letting up and is now gone. That was the hardest/worst part. Now for the good part. The good part is I was forced to buy new pants because my old pants were falling off me. Even those pants with an elastic waist were falling off me. I figure I will have to buy new pants again in about 2-3 more weeks (get ready for shopping Mom!!). I start my new job in the Cath Lab at Banner Good Samaritan on Tuesday (7am-7pm) of next week. So, for those of you working at Good Sam, look for me!! Elizabeth Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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