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post #31 of 53
You might want to rethink that diet right after your surgery. When I had my gallbladder removed, I couldn't that type of food for at least a few weeks. And a word of warning, if you eat a lot of fatty food, make sure you are near a toilet, because you will get what I call "the dreaded flushes" I still get them occasionally, even after almost 5 years. It is basically a form of diarrhea, and it is not any fun!
post #32 of 53
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Aww you guys are making me sad knowing I can't have my favourites for a while
post #33 of 53
Don't be too sad, at least you aren't stuck with just liquids!
post #34 of 53
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That's true. Thank god for that
post #35 of 53
If you like tomato soup it's a great stand by, as I call it. No fat, tastes good, and cans of it are cheap so I always keep half a dozen in the cabinet. When I can't handle anything else, that usually works.

It would also help you to eat a lot of fruit and veggies right now to help keep your potassium levels up.
post #36 of 53
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Originally Posted by CatSlave101 View Post
Aww you guys are making me sad knowing I can't have my favourites for a while
I would have thought the hospital (doctors) would have told you that you cannot have those foods. I don't know what hospital you are at but I would be concerned about their care if they allow all that regardless of whether you are in Canada or not.

At 62 I've had my fair share of operations and believe me there is no way any hospital I've been at would allow that kind of diet before or after surgery, especially gall bladder surgery.
post #37 of 53
It's generally accepted now that one doesn't have to follow such a strict diet afterwards since some people will be fine. People that have went through it, and experienced what fat will do to you, tend to know better and almost always suggest one be careful.

I watched what I ate for a month, and still do, but it doesn't do me any good. But for most people it prevents the worst of it and they're fine slowly introducing fats back into their diet after a month.
post #38 of 53
wow like others I am surpised that they are letting you eat that close to surgery! Every operation I had they made me stop eating and drinking water the night before. (the worst for me was the NO COFFEE arugh the last time my morning surgery got pushed iinto the early evening and I was MISERABLE super hungry with a nasty headache from not getting my coffee fix)

Most of the time I was happy they didn't let me eat since I found anesthesia makes me voilently ill (all types doesn't matter but the worst I find are spinals)
but don't worry you will get to eat your favorite foods sooner then you think!!

And i have to say...I'm so jealious that the hospital is letting your kitty visit! I would LOVE that!!! Especially since being cooped up in the hospital is dreadfullly boring.

But feel better soon and here are some more vibes for a speedy recovery!
post #39 of 53
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And i have to say...I'm so jealious that the hospital is letting your kitty visit! I would LOVE that!!! Especially since being cooped up in the hospital is dreadfullly boring.
What!!!!!!! No way!!!!!! Unless you are in an animal hospital.

I really cannot believe they would allow this - you surely have misunderstood. If they do allow it, I need the name of the hospital since I'm near Hamilton because that's where I want to go for my next hospital stay so Bijou can come visit.
post #40 of 53
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Well i didnt get breakfast like I thought I would but I did get my dinner. yummy. It was good. I am real sore right now. Like unbelievably sore and tender. The surgery went well. Though afterwards did not right away. I threw up when I woke from the anaesthetic. Always happens though. But I was fine like right after. And SP came to visit. They came to the visitors lounge where is I saw her. Couldnt have her come up to my room though. Understandable. And for the person who asked which hospital I am in. I am at Mac right now. Though being transfered to General tomorrow
post #41 of 53
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Originally Posted by AddieBee View Post
Wow, I am surprised they would let you eat like that before AND after surgery. When I had my hysterectomy, I didn't eat anything for at least 12 hours after. The anesthesia can make you quite nauseous. And then it was only clear liquids and some toast.
Things have changed a great deal.

Four years ago when I went off work sick, people were not to eat or drink after midnight if their surgery was early in the morning. If it was later in the day then they could have a light breakfast and then nothing.

After their surgery they would be "NPO" (not able to eat or drink anything) until they had bowel sounds. Then they were put on a clear fluid diet (anything that is 100% clear at room temperature), then a full fluid diet (any liquids at all including milk), then diet as they tolerate it.

However, when I returned to work back in September for my back-to-work program, I found that right after surgery people can have whatever they want, no restrictions: it's basically whatever they can tolerate having. So when they come back they get a jug of water, and a snack if they want it, and then a full meal tray with the next meal.
post #42 of 53
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
What!!!!!!! No way!!!!!! Unless you are in an animal hospital.

I really cannot believe they would allow this - you surely have misunderstood. If they do allow it, I need the name of the hospital since I'm near Hamilton because that's where I want to go for my next hospital stay so Bijou can come visit.
We allow pet visits in the hospital I work in too. Not in the ICU areas of course, but on the general wards. We even have "volunteer pet" visitors. There are some dogs that are brought around to various wards that have their own hospital ID tag with their picture and name on it. And some wards have bunnies or baby chicks brought in for the patients.
post #43 of 53
I'm glad to hear the surgery went well. Now, hopefully you will be out of there soon!

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We allow pet visits in the hospital I work in too. Not in the ICU areas of course, but on the general wards. We even have "volunteer pet" visitors. There are some dogs that are brought around to various wards that have their own hospital ID tag with their picture and name on it. And some wards have bunnies or baby chicks brought in for the patients.
I think it's a wonderful idea, but do they bring them around the rooms or just to the community room on each floor? I'm wondering about people that are allergic to pet dander. I know the nursing home my mom was in had pets visit, but the staff brought people down to the community room on the first floor if they wanted to see them.

I completely understand if the visit was in a separate lounge, and I'm SO glad you got to see SP!
post #44 of 53
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I think it's a wonderful idea, but do they bring them around the rooms or just to the community room on each floor? I'm wondering about people that are allergic to pet dander. I know the nursing home my mom was in had pets visit, but the staff brought people down to the community room on the first floor if they wanted to see them.

I completely understand if the visit was in a separate lounge, and I'm SO glad you got to see SP!
To each room if the patient in the room wants a visit. I've never seen anyone turn down a visit from one of our Volunteer Pets
post #45 of 53
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To each room if the patient in the room wants a visit. I've never seen anyone turn down a visit from one of our Volunteer Pets
I can understand that! Pets are the best medicine.
post #46 of 53
I'm amazed you could eat that after getting such surgery! I thought they preferred to stay with soft foods until you have a bowel movement (or heard good tummy sounds, and you'd farted :lol3). I know I always get really bad constipation from all the painkillers, and I know for my own comfort to stick with soft, easily digestible foods post surgery until my body gets back to normal. I guess, each to their own?
post #47 of 53
Wow what an ordeal. I hope you recover soon.
post #48 of 53
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Things have changed a great deal.

Four years ago when I went off work sick, people were not to eat or drink after midnight if their surgery was early in the morning. If it was later in the day then they could have a light breakfast and then nothing.

After their surgery they would be "NPO" (not able to eat or drink anything) until they had bowel sounds. Then they were put on a clear fluid diet (anything that is 100% clear at room temperature), then a full fluid diet (any liquids at all including milk), then diet as they tolerate it.

However, when I returned to work back in September for my back-to-work program, I found that right after surgery people can have whatever they want, no restrictions: it's basically whatever they can tolerate having. So when they come back they get a jug of water, and a snack if they want it, and then a full meal tray with the next meal.
My hysterectomy was December 2007. And I had the first thing you described... NPO.. surg was @ 7:30 am. clear liquids - water afterward... then right before I was discharged I had some tea and toast and cream of wheat. I was in the hospital a little over 24 hrs - they did a lap surgery on me. Got a terrible infection a little later tho.
post #49 of 53
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
We allow pet visits in the hospital I work in too. Not in the ICU areas of course, but on the general wards. We even have "volunteer pet" visitors. There are some dogs that are brought around to various wards that have their own hospital ID tag with their picture and name on it. And some wards have bunnies or baby chicks brought in for the patients.
I certainly understand volunteer pet visitors as my SIL takes her dog Doozer to seniors homes and hospitals for visitation but he must be current on vaccinations and have graduated a training program for this.

I would think that anyone just bringing in their personal pet could be a potential risk to other patients, particularly since most people don't have a private room. As much as I love animals, I don't have a great deal of faith in other humans to ensure their animals are vaccinated and get regular health checks so if I were in hospital recovering from major surgery and open to infection, you can believe I would raise a stink if the person in the next bed brought in their pet whatever. That's just asking for a lawsuit somewhere down the road.
post #50 of 53
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Things have changed a great deal.

Four years ago when I went off work sick, people were not to eat or drink after midnight if their surgery was early in the morning. If it was later in the day then they could have a light breakfast and then nothing.

After their surgery they would be "NPO" (not able to eat or drink anything) until they had bowel sounds. Then they were put on a clear fluid diet (anything that is 100% clear at room temperature), then a full fluid diet (any liquids at all including milk), then diet as they tolerate it..
hmm I guess its different everywhere because I have had the same protocal for EVERY surgery i have had and my last one was in June and my upcoming one will be the same.

I really liked the clear fluid diet since they let me have as much jello as I wanted and I happen to love jello. The nurses find this very funny as my sister burst into the room asking if I FINALLY had my jello. I find that Jello and chocolate pudding are usually the only things I can keep down after surgery. SO even when I am on the full whatever i want to eat diet...I will often eat the jello or pudding and leave the rest. until mom comes to my rescue with good food.

But I am glad you got to see SP and are feeling a little better.
post #51 of 53
Just wondering how you were doing Karen? Haven't heard from you in a few days.

Hope you're recovering, and either are home or get to go home soon
post #52 of 53
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
I would think that anyone just bringing in their personal pet could be a potential risk to other patients, particularly since most people don't have a private room.
When people have asked me if it's ok to bring in the patient's dog for a visit, I tell them so long as it's a little dog that they can sneak in and keep on a leash and they go potty before entering the hospital, then my motto is "What dog?!" I've let lots of people bring in small dogs to visit with their "mommy" or "daddy" and have turned a blind eye to it.
post #53 of 53
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Originally Posted by Snake_Lady View Post
Just wondering how you were doing Karen? Haven't heard from you in a few days.

Hope you're recovering, and either are home or get to go home soon
Starting to wonder if you are o'kay. update please
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