sam cleasby surgery recovery

Hernia Surgery Update

I had my hernia surgery two weeks ago and realised that I hadn’t posted an update here (though I have been on facebook and twitter).  I have had a super busy week working with the amazing arts group Responsible Fishing and so have just not had a minute!

So to the hernia surgery!  Our fab friends Caroline and Jamie had the kids for us the night before as I needed to be at hospital at 7am and so it made life loads easier to not have to get three kids up and out for 6am.  I had to stop eating at midnight the night before and no fluids from 6am.  I arrived at the hospital and was taken up to my room where Mr Brown came to see me along with the anaesthetist and nurses.

I was second on the morning list and so went down to theatre at around 9am, and after just a couple of hours was back up on the ward feeling pretty sore and very sleepy but not bad at all.  I was very relieved to not feel sick as after the last operation I awoke vomiting and felt nauseas for days.  That was when I discovered that I have bad reactions with the anti sickness drug Cyclozine and so I was quite anxious this time.

cyclozine allergic reaction

The first night I had quite a bit of pain but was able to control it with just paracetamol and codeine and I was allowed home the following morning.  The only issue was my sleepy bowel… I just couldn’t go to the toilet.  It was the oddest feeling as since my jpouch surgery last May, I go to the toilet and poo AT LEAST 6 times a day and so to just not go at all for nearly 3 days was bizarre!!!

I was a little worried but was told it was very normal after surgery and just to keep an eye on it and to call them and potentially go back to hospital if it didn’t ‘wake up’ after 3 days.  But sometime on day three, my small intestines awoke with some ridiculously loud grumbles and I eventually went to the loo.

paralysed ileum

The first couple of days I had some soreness, but nothing compared to the last two surgeries!  It was well controlled with codeine and paracetamol and I also wore a corset to feel a little more supported.  By day 4 I was up and pottering around the house and day 9 saw me go away with work for 4 days!

I had been very nervous about the op, but it all seems to be going well.  There is a lot of hard swelling behind my scar and I have a little soreness by the end of the day but I am feeling ok.  I am still very tired, I think perhaps its the general anaesthetic that takes it out of you, but with the odd nap and lots of early nights I am doing very well.

hernia ostomy incisional scar

Thanks for all the lovely messages of support, it means so much!

 

Sam x

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