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Unread 05-02-2006, 03:03 PM
5 things to do

I have heard there are 5 things you need to be able to do before they let you out of the castle.
Does anybody know what they are.
My time is near this Thursday 4th.
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Unread 05-02-2006, 03:07 PM
5 things to do

Hmmmm..I like to know them too! Our surgery is on the same day...
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Unread 05-02-2006, 04:36 PM
5 things to do

hmmm...don't know about 5...but I was told that when I could
past gas, pee, poo, and hold down my food without any vomiting, then I could go home. They just want to make sure all systems are working and back in order! Some hospitals don't require the poo part, only that you pass gas...so everyone is different I suppose.
Good luck to you!!
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Unread 05-02-2006, 05:33 PM
5 things to do

Wow, how princess like :-) I've read a lot about nausea - is that something that people who have TAH experience more than LAVH? It seems like having an abdominal incision might make a person more prone to that and to pain as well.

I'm having a LAVH if all goes well and I"m hoping I won't have a problem with it. I almost dread throwing up more than the surgery.
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Unread 05-02-2006, 05:53 PM
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Every Dr. is different ,but most Dr.`s want you to have peed after the cath is removed,passed gas and hold down solid food okay........they also want to see you up and walking around (that`s a big one!!) without difficulty.....many `s and good wishes being sent your way as you head to the castle !! Blessing`s Renee
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Unread 05-02-2006, 05:55 PM
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Before I could leave the castle I had to be able to pass gas, pee, not be running a fever, and keep some food down. They told me it was likely to take a few days before I had a BM, so that wasn't one of the requirements.

As far as nausea, I got quite nauseated later in the day after my surgery when they would raise my bed. They gave me something through by IV that completely knocked me out, even though they diluted it to try and avoid that from happening. I guess I'd been out about 3 hours and ended up turning off my morphine drip for awhile to try to get me to wake up. I much preferred being knocked out than taking a chance of vomiting right after surgery. I still don't really like to sneeze or cough, so I can't imagine getting sick!
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Unread 05-02-2006, 07:32 PM
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I had to WALK, WALK and WALK.

They also wanted to make sure I was holding food, no problems with that, they did not feed me enough in the hospital. I was so hungry the entire time.

Pee, no problem with that I go at least once an hour, daily.

They did have me cough just to help get all of the anesthetic (what a word to spell) out. This did take several weeks. At about three weeks post op my friend and I went out to the casino and had dinner. I had been coughing hard ever since the surgery, this paticular evening when I got home, I threw up..all of my dinner and have not coughed since then due to the anesthetic.
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Unread 05-02-2006, 11:53 PM
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Hmmmm....I had to pee on my own....pass gas....walk on my own.....keep food down (was eating soft solids before I went home).......and have my pain under control with pills instead of the IV. I think that was it.
Hope that helps....each hospital and doc is different though so you may want to check with yours. They usually tell you all this at your pre-op appt.
Best of luck to you.
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Unread 05-03-2006, 12:02 AM
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I had to be able to pee, pass gas, get my blood pressure up (mine drops real low after a GA), lose the temperature, and be able to walk and manage my pain. Having a BM was not part of the criteria for being discharged.

For those concerned with nausea and being sick, my best advice is let the nurses know the instant you feel any nausea. They can have something into your IV within seconds and eliminate the likelihood of your being sick. Worked for me 3 times
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Unread 05-03-2006, 03:15 AM
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hello all- I had to pee-they kept track of howmuch,color,etc.; pass gas; eat some solids, no temp. and be up and walking. I had an SAH and have never had any nausea from the surgery so you may not either...
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