It’s been a while since I’ve updated anything so here goes:
Surgery went well. I only stayed in the hospital overnight and then went home. At my one week follow up, I had lost 14 pounds! I then started my guided diet that slowly got my stomach used to liquids then soft foods then more solid foods and now I can eat whatever my stomach can tolerate.
Right after my 6 week mark (which meant less risk of leaking and I was able to have certain meds again) I developed a raging pain in my lower right side. The pain was so bad I thought my appendix had ruptured, so off to the ER we went. Turns out, I had a kidney stone. A lovely 4mm little booger that was the worst pain I’d ever felt. The ER sent me home with pain meds so that I could pass the stone on my own, and a referral for a urologist. When Monday rolled around, Garrett called them for me and they got me an appointment for Friday of that week.
So I tried to manage the pain and pass the kidney stone, but that was not in the cards for me. I spent 2 days with nausea and dry heaving and had so much trouble keeping anything in my system. By Wednesday, I was worried that hardly being able to eat or drink was going to mess up my newly altered stomach, so I put a call into my Sleeve Doctor. She told me that if I couldn’t keep things in my system, I needed to go back to the ER.
It’s now Wednesday afternoon and off to the ER we go. After 3 liters of fluids and another pregnancy test, they did a CT scan and confirmed that the kidney stone was still there. But with the pain I was in, and the struggle with eating and drinking, the hospital in London called the hospital in Somerset, as they had a Urologist on call. Somerset said send her over, so I was discharged from London, and Garrett took me to the hospital in Somerset.
Once there, the hospitalist did a quick eval and got me hooked up with pain meds (thank goodness) and told me the Urologist would be in to see me soon. It was after midnight by this point and they were all pretty sure I’d have surgery later that day, so I was hooked up to fluids but wasn’t allowed anything to eat or drink.
In addition, each time I was at the ER, they discovered that I had a potassium deficiency so the Somerset hospital also added potassium to my IV (holy cow does that burn!) and they gave me antibiotics as well.
Around 7 Thursday morning, the Urologist came in and told me he’d do surgery that afternoon to take the stone out and put a stent in. Pain meds and fluids were keeping me sane so I just waited patiently for them to take me off to surgery. The surgery went well, even if the stent felt weird and I stayed in the hospital Thursday night for observation and fluids. Friday morning I was discharged and sent home with appointments with both my PCP and the Urologist for follow ups.
I spent the weekend getting used to the stent and sleeping. A LOT. And dealing with numbness that occasionally popped up and had started the first time I was in the ER.
Monday I got to see my PCP and he was mostly concerned with the potassium deficiency as the kidney stone had been taken care of. Plus the new list of symptoms that included tiredness, lack of focus, lack of energy and the numbness were all thought to be caused by the potassium deficiency. So he ordered a supplement for me to help get my levels back into the normal range.
1 week after that initial appointment I still felt tired all the time, can’t focus, have little energy and just feel ugh. So now my PCP is testing my thyroid and we’re working to get better nutrition into my system to see if that helps.
The stent came out and I’m so glad I don’t have to deal with that feeling anymore. But then it started to hurt when I ate solid foods. So I called my sleeve doctor to see if they had any recommendations. They said come see us in the office, and we’re going to schedule you for a scope.
Wednesday this week I saw my sleeve doctor and based on what I told her, she thinks I may have an ulcer, but the scope is scheduled for next week to find out for sure what’s going on. She may take biopsies of my stomach while they’re in there, which is fine with me, because at this point, I just want to feel better. So I’m being super careful with what I’m eating so I don’t have more pain, and I get to pick up some meds today that should help if I actually have an ulcer.
Despite the not great eating habits the last few weeks, I am down 43 pounds since surgery, so I’m grateful for that. I am so ready to be able to eat normally and work out again so that I can really concentrate on losing this weight in a healthy way. I’m not 100% sure of what my goal weight is, as I think it will depend on how I feel and what works for my body, but I will be very happy when I can say that I’m under 200 pounds.
So that’s been my life the last few weeks and most of the reason I haven’t done much online or talked to many people. Hopefully the scope on Thursday will show something that’s fixable, otherwise I’ll probably be off to a GI doctor to see what they can do.
Happy belated Valentine’s day, and hope you all have a great weekend!