WLS Patients – When You Should Get IV Fluids
As a weight loss surgery patient, you’ve heard since day one the importance of meeting your water goals.
Maybe this was easy for you pre-op.
Or maybe this sounded like torture.
After surgery it may have started out fine…
Or it may have started out terribly.
Nauseated with cold liquids. Disgusted with sweet drinks. So over drinking broth.
As hard as you tried, you just couldn’t force any more fluids than you were doing. Everything sounds awful…or you feel too full…or it hurts. Or all of it. Yes to ALL OF IT.
But, if you’re like me…you also don’t want to go in for fluids.
The picture at the top of the post was me at 32 weeks pregnant after a terrible stomach flu just wouldn’t go away. Nothing stayed down. Not broth. Not popsicles. Not PowerAde Zero. Definitely not water.
The only time I ever felt better was when I had tried to NOT drink anything for a while. Which of course I knew, was not a good idea.
After I “lost” a half a popsicle and it had been 3 days of not keeping down food or liquid, I knew it was time to go in.
I didn’t want to mostly because I knew…there would be a bill.
It wasn’t about pride for the most part. And it wasn’t about being scared of the IV. It was a little about the inconvenience of getting my toddler taken care of and figuring out if I needed a ride or if I could just drive myself.
But in the end…I really needed to be there.
If you’ve been feeling more and more nauseated with fluids and it isn’t getting better. If you aren’t keeping fluids down. If you know in your heart that you aren’t hydrated the way you should be – it’s time to go. Stop hesitating.
As a recap, these are the classic symptoms of dehydration:
Because when you are truly dehydrated, getting IV fluids will make you feel SO. MUCH. BETTER.
I was amazed. I was at the hospital for about 2 hours and was able to even close my eyes and rest a bit. Something a mother of a 2 year old could use any day much less after a stomach flu :) The nurse dimmed the lights and made me feel comfortable and at total ease. She didn’t give me a hard time that I really should have come in sooner.
I wasn’t nauseated by the end of the day. When my body was hydrated again, I had taken some time to rest and started again with my oral fluids, I was totally back on track. It really will give you the reset you need!
The bill did come. And you know what? I didn’t care like I thought I would. I needed that trip to the hospital and I just couldn’t look back on the option of not going in.
Whether it’s early out of surgery and you got behind or you are further along and you got a stomach bug or it’s the heat of summer and you didn’t plan accordingly…who cares. If you’re body is in need of something as fundamental as water to operate, you need to do it. Every cell in the body needs water which is why everything feels tired and sick and painful when it’s not up to par.
Remember this! You are not alone. The number one reason a post-op patient needs to walk back into the hospital door is for IV Fluids. MANY patients need help establishing hydration as they adapt to the high water needs and the small stomach.
Wishing you all my best and feel better FAST!
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