Monday, 10 April 2017

My Laparoscopy experience | Featuring belly pics

It's nearly a year since I had my first laparoscopy to check for endometriosis and so as you can imagine, I'm a bit late uploading this video. I remember how I nervous I was the night before and how glad I was when it was over. You can read my night before post here and my 3 weeks post laparoscopy surgery post here. So sit back, relax and have a listen to my story featuring some gross belly pics. If you're squeamish, apologies.

LAPAROSCOPY SURGERY TIPS:

  • You can't eat after midnight the day before your surgery.
  • Pack a bag with all your essentials the night before to save you some time.
  • It's always better to arrive half an hour before your scheduled time.
  • Wear loose clothing to your surgery because I promise you, you'll rip off anything tight afterwards.
  • They access your pain after the surgery on a scale of 1 to 10 during your time in recovery. Be honest.
  • You will be prescribed medication to help with pain; take it as instructed.
  • You can eat normally after surgery.
  • Your belly will be bloated for several days after the surgery. This is normal so don't worry too much.
  • Your throat will be sore for about two days because of the trach tube.
  • You won't be able to move properly the first 48 to 72 hours because of the pain. Standing up and sitting up is a very big challenge.
  • Sexual activity; I could not think of anything worse. My sex drive has dropped due to the pain so I don't see anything like that happening for a good few weeks. Full recovery first.

Nokhuthula xo 
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