Momma’s surgery is tomorrow morning. The arrival time for her is 5:30 a.m. It has been a very long wait and I wish we had a feeling of peace about us regarding it. It seems we’ve had mixed messages from Doctors and that just leaves us unsettled.
Momma’s regular Doctor who has treated her for twenty years made us feel that this is very serious. She told us that in all her years she’s only treated five patients with this and that Momma’s hernia is larger than all those. It’s the largest she has seen that has not strangulated and become an emergency surgery.
Doctor Edwards made us feel as if, oh this is just a walk in the part, very common and that he does it all the time. I don’t have warm fuzzy feelings there. I’m concerned. Does he really think he can do this and do it laparoscopically? Or is he going to get in there and be like, oh crap! Do you know what I mean?
What we do know is that this has to be done and so forward we go, with hopes and prayers for major success. We leave our uneasiness in the hands of the almighty and we walk on in faith.
The below information I share for all the family/friends asking questions.
Things that we do know:
- Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. This is to prevent the potential for aspiration. So tonight we eat at the Texas Roadhouse in celebration of Halen’s 7th birthday (which is Saturday) and so that Momma may have a nice meal before her entire diet is turned upside down.
- No chewing gum, candy or mints.
- No smoking, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, nicotine patches, nicotine gum.
- Brush your teeth, but DO NOT swallow any water.
- Follow instructions for showering prior to procedure.
- Where clean clothes that button up or zip up, easy to put on/take off.
- Stop all herbal supplements.
- Do not wear any jewelry, hearing aides, dentures, partial plates or contacts.
- No lotions, conditioner, deodorants, or perfumes.
- Keep her stomach from stretching, eat small frequent meals, when able to return to a soft diet.
- Drink small amounts at a time, so not to stretch the stomach. 1/2 cup.
- Sit upright while eating and stay upright for 30 minutes after each meal. Do not lie down for 2 hours after eating your last meal.
- Eat very slowly. Take small bites.
- Avoid crusty breads and sticky, gummy foods, such as bananas, fresh doughy breads, rolls and doughnuts.
- If you eat sweets, consume them at the end of your meal to avoid a group of symptoms referred to as “dumping syndrome”. This describes the rapid emptying of foods from the stomach to the small intestine. This can cause symptoms of nausea, weakness, cold sweats, cramps, diarrhea and dizzy spells.
- Avoid drinking through a straw. Do not chew gum. These actions cause you to swallow air which produces gas in your stomach. Chew with mouth closed.
- Avoid any foods that cause stomach gas and distention. These foods include: corn, dried beans, peas, lentils, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, and any food from the cabbage family.
- Avoid carbonated drinks, alcohol, citrus and tomato products.
- Clear liquid diet for the first few meals. Then advance to full liquid diet.
Clear Liquid Diet:
- Apple Juice, Cranberry juice, Grape juice, Chicken broth, Beef broth, Flavored gelatin, Decaf tea and coffee, Caffeinated beverages are permitted based on tolerance, popsicles, and Italian ice.
Full Liquid Diet:
- Milk, soy, rice and almond, cream of wheat, cream of rice, grits, strained creamed soups (no tomato or broccoli), Vanilla or strawberry flavored ice cream, Herbert, blended, custard styled or whipped yogurt (plain or vanilla only), vanilla or butterscotch pudding, Nutritional drinks including Ensure Boost, Carnation Instant Breakfast.
We then have a strict list of foods she can eat once permitted to the soft diet. Choking is a real concern. We will be keeping a super close eye on Momma and praying for the success of this and her recovery. We know how tired she is of being sick and tired and how desperately she wants to simply get back to living.
Also, if you could pray that Halen understands why her birthday celebration may not be top notch this year, as Momma will be in the hospital on Halen’s 7th birthday, which is Saturday. We are hoping Momma will be able to be home by Sunday and perhaps we can open gifts then.
I will post regular updates via Facebook tomorrow and write as soon as I can. Please keep my Momma, my family, and the doctors/nurses covered in prayer as we go forward.