This is the second part of my experience with laparoscopy.
You can read the first part right here. And the third part is here. And the fourth part is here.
The day of the surgery was finally here. Mine was scheduled Monday, September 24th 2018 at 16.00. I have been on a plain porridge diet since Saturday. My last breakfast was at 7 am that morning. An hour later I took a bottle of laxative to evacuate my bowel. I drank a glass or two of water. I stopped consuming meal and beverage by 9 am. Then I rested some more to prepare myself for the surgery ahead. It was approximately 13.30 when i went to the hospital. My husband, parents and little sister in law came with me. The whole family was there for full support. *grin*
Upon arrival a coordinating nurse assisted me with hospital administrations. A few moments later an orderly wheeled me into the prep room where I changed to a hospital gown. Then I was taken to the operating theatre.
I was calm. I wasn’t anxious anymore. I knew I had prepared myself well. My doctor is super qualified and I trusted that he had the best team working with him. Another a nurse helped me get onto the operating table and made small talks with me while a team of medical personnels was preparing for the surgery. Then someone put a facemask anesthesia on me and I went to a deep sleep.
It felt like minutes later that I heard the nurse calling me, trying to wake me. It was too cold and I was shivering but other than that I was comfortable.
Later they wheeled me to my room where I was to stay for a few days to recover. I remember my family greeted but I was very drowsy out of anaesthesia so I went back to sleep.
It was natural to experience some discomfort after surgery. My main discomfort was the soreness in my larynx. During surgery my abdomen was inflated with carbon dioxide gas. The gas allows the doctor to see internal organs clearly. Since I would have trouble breathing naturally I was connected to a ventilator by a breathing tube inserted to the laryngeal airway. This caused some discomfort afterwards. I can’t swallow very well so I need to consume soft food which I’m not a fan of. Drinking was also a problem, swallowing hurts.
I also hated having catheter attached. I always toss and turn whenever I am laying down. I had to be careful not to tug on my catheter because it being tugged would’ve been unpleasant.
I stayed two nights at the hospital. My first night went okay. I had not completely recovered from anesthesia so I was very sleepy but I did woken up in the middle of the night feeling a bit disoriented. New beds do that to me. But then I fell back to sleep.
Day two was boring for me. My catheter restricted my movement and I hated that. By noon I asked to be taken off from it. I was put on adult diapers for a few hours. One small tip; you need to able to pee after your catheter is removed. It’s a sign that your body is responding well after surgery. My bladder was full, I need to go, but it wouldn’t let go. It seems to have temporarily forgotten how to do it. I held on to a piece of wet tissue to help my brain send the signal to my bladder to help it let go. I was also eating a lot more, albeit still tender food.
I also started to sit up and tried to walk around a bit. There was no dizziness but I did felt exhausted afterwards. Apparently I was still weaken from the surgery. Gradually I taught my body to be up and running again.
By the third day I asked my surgeon if I could be discharged from the hospital. I was feeling fine. My whole body was responding well post surgery and was rapidly healing. I saw no need to stay in the hospital any longer. Later in the day I was discharged. I was back home that night.
My advice to those who will undergo laparoscopy surgery: prepare yourself well. If you’re anxious, drill your doctors. Asked around. The internet is your friend. Educate yourself and you will be fine.
Thanks for reading, guys!