The past few days have been challenging.
On Saturday, April 17th, I was put on a clear liquid diet to start things off. I think I started off too fast on this, though, for I experienced a lot of gas, bloating, and associated discomfort.
By the morning of Sunday, April 18th, it was clear that I was in trouble. My abdomen was distended and I was experiencing nausea. I began running a fever, and regurgitated three times through the day and following early morning. I mostly slept.
This morning, Monday April 19th, my surgeon asked about placing a naso-gastric tube to suction out the stomach contents, reduce the distension due to my stomach activity, and reduce the risk to my incision posed by regurgitation. I agreed. Getting the NG tube installed was unpleasant, but perhaps not quite as bad as I had feared. And the relief to my system was almost immediate. Much better than having to regurgitate stuff. I’m no longer running a fever.
So I’m back to just ice chips going in. We’ll see how I’m progressing, and hopefully match things up correctly this next time around.