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Re: Day 3

Postby Heather » Mon Jan 01, 2007 6:22 pm

Rondamp wrote:Today is day 3 after surgery. I am sure hating this right now. The doctor gave me liquid Roxicet and I think I have discovered it's making me worse. It causes my toungue to swell. Last night I crushed up a couple of hydorocodone's and mixed them with yogurt. It worked. So I was able to actually get some sleep. I haven't tried the childrens tylenol yet but I will. Were any of you perscribed an antibiotic? I wasn't so just wondering if it's the norm. It's so hard to referee my boys. I can't talk! Don't know how it's going to go when my husband goes back to work tomorrow. I'm a little worried. It seems like whenever I look something up on here it gives me a different worst day. Now I'm reading that day 4-11 is the worst. Is that so?

Ronda

ronda i am 6 days in to after surgery and i am hurting and my voice when ever i yell hurts even more i am yelling at two girls so i know how you are feeling and we are moving right now too
try childrens motrin liquid 4 tsp every 4-6 hrs and helps bring down swelling they are making a liquid audult tylenol
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Postby gblee » Mon Jan 01, 2007 6:23 pm

i'm on day 5 still not eating any solid foods. creme of wheat is about only thing I've mastered. as for pain it comes and goes. sneezing and belching are the worse that hurts. eating plenty of chicken beef broth without hydrocodone it is painful. I have managed to sleep very well. sherbert ice cream is great for me ii'm losing weight pretty fast also. worried what might happen when meds wearoff. water is a killer to drink ouch that hurts.
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Postby tacarp » Mon Jan 01, 2007 6:37 pm

Rondamp, I was given amoxicillan from day one to take twice a day for an antibiotic. I ended up crushing up meds into applesauce, which tasted bad, but worked. For me, days 7-8 were when I started to feel much better, but of course everyone is different. I am now at day 16 after surgery and now it only feels like a case of strep throat. I had a follow up with my Dr. on the 29th and he said it's healing nicely. Of course I won't know how effective it was until I get another sleep study done around 3 months from now. Days 3-5 were probably the worst for me. It does seem odd to me that you got no antibiotics, it would seem like that would be standard for such a vulnerable wound site, but I'm no Doc. Best of luck to you.
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Postby Heather » Mon Jan 01, 2007 8:46 pm

tacarp wrote:Rondamp, I was given amoxicillan from day one to take twice a day for an antibiotic. I ended up crushing up meds into applesauce, which tasted bad, but worked. For me, days 7-8 were when I started to feel much better, but of course everyone is different. I am now at day 16 after surgery and now it only feels like a case of strep throat. I had a follow up with my Dr. on the 29th and he said it's healing nicely. Of course I won't know how effective it was until I get another sleep study done around 3 months from now. Days 3-5 were probably the worst for me. It does seem odd to me that you got no antibiotics, it would seem like that would be standard for such a vulnerable wound site, but I'm no Doc. Best of luck to you.

I had no antibiotic either hmm i dont know he did not even mention it at all
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A slurpee sounds wonderful right now.

Postby Rondamp » Mon Jan 01, 2007 11:27 pm

Thanks for the Motrin suggestions but I can't take it. I am also on Coumadin as I had pulmonary embolism in October. So I can't take any sort of asprin. Especially since I had that BIG bleed on Saturday. The vicadon seems to be working pretty good for now. Just can't seem to make it for 4 hours without another dose. So I just really don't want to OD on it and start throwing up. So I'm trying to be careful. I might ask my husband to go get me a slurpee. Sounds reallly good right now!

Ronda
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Postby Guest » Tue Jan 02, 2007 5:35 am

tacarp wrote:Rondamp, I was given amoxicillan from day one to take twice a day for an antibiotic. I ended up crushing up meds into applesauce, which tasted bad, but worked. For me, days 7-8 were when I started to feel much better, but of course everyone is different. I am now at day 16 after surgery and now it only feels like a case of strep throat. I had a follow up with my Dr. on the 29th and he said it's healing nicely. Of course I won't know how effective it was until I get another sleep study done around 3 months from now. Days 3-5 were probably the worst for me. It does seem odd to me that you got no antibiotics, it would seem like that would be standard for such a vulnerable wound site, but I'm no Doc. Best of luck to you.
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I wish I could just sleep until day 16.

Postby Rondamp » Tue Jan 02, 2007 5:39 am

Does it really feel better then? I so cannot wait. This hurts so bad. I am wondering if maybe I have an infection? Does anyone know the symptoms after this surgery? My tongue is still really swollen on day 3 post op. How long until the swelling went down for you all? My neck is super swollen too. Do these symptoms go away soon?
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day6

Postby gblee » Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:59 am

TODAY IS DAY 6: LAST NITE WAS'NT THE BEST I AWOKE SEVERAL TIMES. I HAD TO TAKE PAIN MEDICINE IN MIDDLE OF NITE. I GOT UP THIS MORNING WITH THROAT HURTING SO BAD I HAD HEADACHE. SEEM TO BE BRINGING UP ALOT OF DRY BLOOD IN CONGESTION . WONDERS IF i'LL EVER FEEL RIGHT!!!




P.S. MOMA NEVER SAID IT WOULD HURT LIKE THIS OUCH!!!!!!!!
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Day 4 post-op

Postby Rondamp » Tue Jan 02, 2007 10:44 am

Well, I slept off and on for 6 hours with no meds. Yep, that's a mistake. Now I'm hurting and having a hard time. I've gone back through some of the previous posts to get advice too. Some of the ideas work some don't. Especially in regards in what to eat. I can't eat anything with any type of bumps at all. It seems to get stuck in the back of my throat or tongue. I tried tapioca pudding and it drove me crazy. So it's only the smooth stuff for me. It also seems that things with lots of flavorings hurt real bad. Like even jello. So unfortunately, I am sticking to yogurt smoothies, and chocolate boost and lots and lots of ice chips. Those are the best. I will try some sherbert today, I think. If I can get to the store. I never thought having this type of surgery would put you out of it so much. I thought the rest of my body would work fine. And it does, but just being in this much pain makes it hard to function. The weight is melting off though! That's one side benefit. Even though I know it will come right back when I can start eating and drinking again. So far I've lost like 10 lbs. :-D
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day 7 post op

Postby Heather » Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:12 pm

i have run out of pain med help me lord i feel like i am going to die. i ran out last night and get this my dr is on vacation ,i hurt like there is no tomorrow i wish i would have never done this it hurts so bad
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Postby tacarp » Tue Jan 02, 2007 5:42 pm

Heather that really sucks, you need something. I stopped meds around day 9, but if your in a lot of pain... A lot of others have said liquid tylenol for kids works. Even if you have some motrin or something in pill form you could crush, then put in some yogurt or applesauce, I'm sure that would help some. My Dr. went on days off also when I needed a new script. My wife finally called his office and got ahold of one of the other docs, who reached my doc to get a refill. It's their job, don't feel bad, you are a patient and you should come first and foremost.
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Postby tacarp » Tue Jan 02, 2007 5:50 pm

Rondamp, my tongue hurt like *ell until day 5 or 6. I had some pretty good lumps on it where they clamped it down to keep it out of the way during the surgery. I too made the mistake only once of not getting up to take my meds. After that one incident, I set my alarm, or my wife woke me to take my meds at the standard 4 hour intervals. That one time I missed a dose, I thought I would die for sure, then when I did take my meds it burned and hurt like nothing I'd ever felt for about 20 minutes. Hard way to learn a lesson, that's for sure. Have you tried a slurpee yet? The ice chips are good, but I really loved the slurpee's. Orange sherbert for me was also very good, as were the popsicles. Your right about the weight also, I had lost around 10-15 lbs, and of course it has jumped right back on! The benefits of this surgery sure are few up front. Hopefully it will be best in the long run, although you do have stay on top things that can negate the benefits like gaining weight, smoking, etc...
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Postby gblee » Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:17 pm

THAT WAS MY PROBLEM TRIED TO GO TO LONG WITHOUT TAKING MEDICINE. i'M ON 5TH DAY AND BOTTLE HALF FULL. MAN HOPE I CAN MAKE IT WITHOUT MEDICINE WHEN I RUN OUT. HEATHER YOUR DOCTOR NEEDS TO GIVE YOU MORE MEDICINE I'M THINKING YOU'LL NEED IT LEAST 2 WEEKS AFTER SURGERY. HE MUST BE NUTS IF HE ONLY GAVE YOU 5 DAYS WORTH
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day 7 post op

Postby Heather » Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:25 pm

i finally got pain meds about an hr ago so i took them i am waiting for the full efect of them to kick in
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Postby Rondamp » Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:27 pm

Thanks Tacarp, Heather and gblee, It's nice to have some contact with others who are in this too. And at least I can type on this keyboard. Too hard to talk still. I can be without pain if I hold everything still, including my tongue and throat. Well, after I take 2 percocet. I went to the doctor today to have my blood levels checked because I'm on Coumadin. I have to give myself Lovenox injections in my stomach twice a day. And the worst part is insurance doesn't cover them for me and they are $100 a shot!!! SUCKS! We went to the surgeons office also today to get more meds. They were going to give me only 20 percocets but my husband insisted on 40. I crush them and they work great. However, today I've been feeling a little nauseus. I think it's taking the meds and not eating enough. It's just too painful to eat. I'm going to try eating now after having meds 20 min ago. We'll see how it goes. I'm hoping and praying tomorrow is better. Heather you can always go back to the hospital ER. It's their job to make sure you aren't in terrible pain. They'll give you something. I cannot even imagine being without any medicine. I could not make it!
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