A couple of things I forgot to mention in yesterday's post about medication:
After the surgery, I was also prescribed daily injections of enoxaparin. These injections given into my abdomen on either side of my incision were to reduce the chances of blood clots forming. Because I refused to poke myself with a needle, I made my husband do it for me. He would wake me at 7am before he went to work, give me the shot, and then I would go back to sleep. The last dose was yesterday. It was nice not having to be awakened for a shot today.
I have suffered with acid reflux for almost 30 years. Since I now have no stomach to form the acid, we were hopeful this problem would go away after surgery. It partially has, not necessarily entirely. I do still have some problems with belching, but don't have the acid as part of it. One way I know I have eaten enough (or too much) is I start belching. Since surgery, I am no longer on the pantoprazole that I had taken for years. I was also told not to take Pepcid Complete that I would sometimes take in addition. I was told I can take Tums or an equivalent. There have been just a few times that I have used Tums post surgery if I am belching a lot or if I need help just settling things down a little. I used to have lots of problems at night when I first laid down, that seems to be much better. Nice to know there's some fringe benefit to having your stomach removed!