Monday, May 3, 2010

I Did a Bad, Bad Thing...

I don't exactly know what it was, but it was one of three things.

Let me, first, say that things have been going relatively well since my surgery... The gas pain has been the worst of it. I'm getting hunger pangs that clears are just not satisfying me beyond a couple hours, & I'm beyond bored with my choices.

So, yesterday, I went grocery shopping with my Mom, & was excited by a few things I found.
Splenda puddings (I don't do aspartame... dubbed "as-par-ta-mé" by me), & those Yeah wafer bars Camille mentioned. Not for right now, of course. But along with all that, I'd decided today was the day I advance to full liquids. So, here are my 3 bad bad things:

1. I had caffeinated coffee with 2 half-&-halfs at church. (First time having caffeine or milk in a while.)
2. I took a Gas-X strip because I was feeling a lot of shoulder pain (ie: gas pressure on my diaphragm represented as phrenic nerve pain). While these strips seemed to work for Camille, I think they stop me from being able to (I'm sorry) pass gas... not good!
3. I got ahead of myself when I returned from grocery shopping, & in my excitement, I ate (chewing heartily the whole way through) one of my new found tapioca pudding cups! So NOT a full liquid...

So, I was, in essence asking for it! And, boy did I get it!!!

I felt sorta stuck, but not stuck. Just couldn't expell any of the pressure in my body. I was in AGONY!!! I walked. I rocked. I got nauseated to beat the band! Thank GOD for transdermal Phenergan, specially written by my surgeon, & compounded by my local pharmacist!!! Worked like a charm... But the misery continued well into the night!

Finally, I awoke this morning... lo & behold, my ability to "relieve pressure" had returned, & I was a new woman. So, I've been out all day running errands. Came home exhausted & ate something mushy.

Will I ever learn???
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  1. Ouch OUCH!! I hated that shoulder pain but I was lucky - I only had it a few days. Hope the pain shifted quickly. What was wrong with your caffeine shot? lol. I lived on the stuff even in the early days. Don't berate yourself. It's all good :)

  2. I think we always push it, its human nature.

  3. Don't feel bad, I was on full liquids from Day One and was eating oatmeal by day 2. Sorry about the gas pain. Maybe try the Gas-X tablets instead, they worked for me.

  4. I sooo haven't had that problem yet - but am dreading it. My sister does the "bird flap" to get rid of it.

  5. I don't know why the ban on coffee. I drank it before and after surgery so wonder why the restriction. I found some of the pain was gas pain and as you said so eloquently-relieved pressure-did the job. GasX didn't work for me. Just let it out when you can.

  6. So sorry about the discomfort. I hope you feel bettter soon. I also drank coffee from 2 days post-op on. I don't use half and half though, I use REAL HEAVY CREAM and I don't feel guilty about it.

  7.'re an absolute rebel. I'm 9 days post-op and am still on full liquids for another 5 days.
    Hope you continue to feel better...we made it toots!

  8. Hope you are doing well. Haven't heard from you in a while.

  9. Yeah. What Bonnie said. Where r u?