I am a week post takedown. I have been home from the hospital for two days. I am having a rough time. Pooping is not my issue, that is fine. Normal diarrhea and I have been going a lot during the time, 6x already today and it's 5pm.
I am having other issues though. The cramping I get on my left side is awful. They have me gas drops to use but they are a hit or miss. My staples on my right side are still pretty painful. I am avoiding taking too many pain meds because I know that it causes constipation which obviously isn't good either.
I had a 99.5 fever last night. Got really hot and cold. Took tylenol and laid down with a cool face cloth. It broke within an hour. I had another small one today of 99.1. A cool cloth helped that too. I'm drinking water and gatorade.
I am having a horrible time eating. I can't seem to eat anything! The smell of food makes me nauseous and when I start eating, I just can't keep going. I take two small bites and I don't want to do anymore. I get cramping at the same time which doesn't help. And don't get me wrong, I AM hungry. Having an appetite is not the issue, eating is. I barely get down a small container of applesauce or pudding. Has anyone else had similar issues with eating right after takedown? I hope so.
I have no butt burn thank goodness. So that end is working well. I look like a hunchback too. I can't stand up straight. It hurts my chest too much when I do. So walking hasn't been good either which my surgeon told me is very important for me to do when I get home. I've been sleeping more than walking for sure. Walking hurts my stitches and the cramping. I have been doing some stretches and leg exercises to keep blood moving but that's about it. I hope that as the days go by things will get easier.
If anyone dares to read all of this, I would love any advice I can get. Of if anyone has similar struggles, please mention so that I know I'm not alone. Thanks.