I am home from the University of Washington hospital where I had my gastric bypass. I stayed 2 nights, then stayed with my parents for a night (no stairs), and am finally back in my own bed with my partner and our dog and cat. :-)
I stayed pretty up-beat the whole time (I think) and wanted to get up and walk even before they let me! My wonderful partner and my mom & dad visited a lot, and I had text messages from friends and co-workers, so I barely had time to be lonely.
The staff seemed impressed by how much I did for myself right away. I think I was actually helped by the fact that I've had to accommodate my life for some time to the arthritis in my left hip--I was already used to getting up and down certain ways, and walking even with pain. And since the worst surgery pain is on the left side, I didn't need much PT or OT to get ready to be functional while healing.
I will say the worst pain was actually the incredible gas pains in my lower abdomen. :-( That and having to eat very bitter crushed pills (that I've been swallowing for years...who knew they were so yucky!) in something. I went through yogurt, applesauce, cream of wheat, and finally had a winner with chocolate pudding.
I am not eating much yet, but trying hard on my water, and walking the halls whenever I can.
More later--just wanted everyone to know I am still here! :-)