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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Post Implant Surgery & Updates

I had back surgery a week ago on Tuesday and had my staples pulled out on Tuesday of this week. I thought the staples weren't going to hurt as they were being pulled out buy I was so wrong. The doctor started removing the staples and I started crying. She asked me if she needed to stop for a minute to get myself together but I declined and told her to keep removing the staples. She said that I was a trooper and kept pulling them out. I guess my back healed over or around the staples to cause that much pain. Now, my back looks like something in The Nightmare Before Christmas.

I have to stand or sit up straight so that the implant works but it has helped control the knee pain. When I recover and my back heals completely, I am going to work myself back up to hiking because I miss it so much. That should help with the gastroparesis. I've also been chewing gum. Even though the smell and the taste of it makes me ill, I'm chewing it anyway for my digestive system.

The vomiting has cut down from 8 times a day to about 4 to 6 times. I am hoping it will continue to fall because my pain response in my knee has been corrected. My stomach still has a lot of cramping - even with the Bentyl and Levsin. I need to make an appointment with my GI doctor for more anti-nausea medicine. I wish he would just give me a year's full of refills on phenergan and zofran. I'm going to need them for a while. Does anyone else have this issue? I'm actually curious. i have to use a four columned pill box because I have so many to take. My pills could be a meal in themselves.

I need to find a primary care doctor where I live. I need to keep all of my records in one place and a PCP would be easier to get into. If you have anyone you think is amazing, just message me or write me an email.

My back is really sore since they pulled out the staples and my stomach is cramping so badly that I double over in pain. I have to ride in a car with a bucket but it's just dry heaves at this point because there is nothing in my stomach to vomit up. The acid has burned my esophagus so my voice fades in and out. It almost feels like strep. I'm on medication for acid reflux but it doesn't seem to help the vomiting. It's hard to swallow my pills.

I've also been very lethargic with almost no energy. It takes everything I have to get out of bed. It's not that I'm sleepy, I just have no energy. I know that I'm dehydrated but I've been trying to drink as much as I can.

I just don't know what to do about my stomach. I don't know how to live with this. It's hard to adjust to and my friends don't understand. Most of them don't come over anymore to hang out with me, even though they know it's hard for me to leave my house. Four or five of my friends have come over to spend a few hours with me but that's about it. I don't even get calls to makes sure I'm OK. It depresses me, especially since I am part of a fraternity. I know people are busy and I'm just wallowing in self pity. But sometimes, you just need that extra boost of confidence from your friends, you know? I wish I could make them understand what I am going through. I mean, I know that I'm sick but they scheduled events and then don't invite me to them or tell me about them. It hurts. I just feel so isolated. My house used to be the hot spot but not anymore.

So, I'm up at 4am, vomiting on and off, and trying not to re-injure my knee. I managed to feel well enough to leave the house this past weekend for my husband's 42nd anniversary of the founding of his chapter of his fraternity at the TELLUS. I also attended the wedding of my friends J.D. & Lisa. They had a beautiful wedding and I was so excited to leave the house.

I just feel really alone, which is stupid because my husband has been amazing. My sister is here to help me, also. She just went through a bad breakup so I'm worried about her.

Well, enough about me for now.

TDRL; The Implant is helping, I feel alone with my friends, and I'm vomiting.

Picture of my back after the stapes were pulled out.

Getting ready for the wedding and classing it up!

Getting ready for my husband's fraternity chapter's 42nd anniversary.

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