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My surgery, part 4 - final



After 11 days at hospital I finally went home, a true home: we decided to leave hotel and stay at my uncle’s apartment. It’s awfully big, and it’d be a better place to recover than a hotel room. My parents went to my cousin Felipe’s bedroom (he was travelling) and I was my cousin Flávia roomate for 12 days. It was a nice time, but food there is delicious and it was killing me: while everybody could eat I had to drink vegetables water – do you know that water that vegetables produce while being cooked? Yeah, that water was my lunch and dinner. Just a little salt and it was ready to be drunk. You got the figure, right? Poor me. I started drinking it at hospital, I think it lasted for 10 days, then I was allowed to have soup as meal (but it had to be processed by at liquidizer) – tomorrow it’ll be the last day when I’ll have to drink it, next Tuesday I’ll start to eat real food again, yay!
There’s nothing really interesting to be told about this time, just the fabulous gastrostomy tube which used to move by itself and provoked a pain like a strong pinch. Doc told me I had to keep it for few days, but it started to move, I think when my body decided my stomach was healing. Then I noticed it was slowly coming out. The problem was that it had some stitches, and every time a stitch was coming out I felt that strange and painful pinch. There was one night in which I felt too much pain, and Mom decided it was enough, on following day Doc would have to remove it. And he did that: there were only about 3 cm left inside my body, probably if I’d kept it for another day it’d have fallen at home. Not a good thing at all.
So all problems were over, and Doc said I could come back home, not before giving me a lot of recommendations: I can’t carry heavy things or exercise hardly for the next six months; I have to avoid stairs; I have to rest a lot for a long time; I have to stop drinking Coke or similar drinks (too much gas, it may cause problems); I should avoid fruit juice (it won’t feed me, it’ll be better eating real fruits); I should avoid fat and sweet foods; I have to eat protein every day for the rest of my life - it’s not a problem because I love meat, but now it’s really necessary, because people who have a smaller stomach tend to avoid eating it, it’s not easy to be digested. And protein is needed by body, it prevents many problems. Anyway I’ll have to wait until Tuesday to know how things will work from now on.
How am I now? I’ve a new 15-cm scar and two holes that are still closing – I’m sure I’ll find some men who appreciate scarred women, LOL. There’s no pain, and I’m just tired of only drinking. I’m happy because I’d already lost almost 15 kg and many of my clothes are fitting better now than one month ago. What can I say? The experience was hard, but I’d do it again. And bring on the new clothes, I want them all!!!! ;o)

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msdaccxx
Feb. 7th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
Phew, that was a long story.

But you tell it really, really well - so much humour in what must have been a pretty scary situation. Honey, you're marvellously brave and I'm very proud of you. I'm glad it went well, despite all the complications, as I wish you a speedy recovery and much, much fun shopping for clothes.

And I love your new LJ layout!
adrianabr
Feb. 7th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
Sweetie, I'm glad you'd taken your time to read all my silly thoughts about the surgery - yes, it was a hard time, but at least it's over - and I'd wonderful parents to hold my hand and calm me down!!! I'm also glad you'd liked my new layout, isn't it perfect??? ;o)
rustler
Feb. 7th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, Adriana! What an ordeal! I'm just glad you're safe and sound and back with us now. {{hugs}}
adrianabr
Feb. 7th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
Girl, I'm sooo glad to be back with you, you can't even imagine!!! ;o)
debaser28
Feb. 8th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
The whole surgery thing was no picnic at all, was it? But the good part is on its way.:) And you're very lucky to have such a supportive family by your side.
adrianabr
Feb. 15th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Yes, I am - by the way I loved your icon!!
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