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Whipple was posted 07/01/2009 07:58 am by DD
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I think the ICU stay is fairly common after a surgery of this extent!

My FIL was in the ICU for 2 days post-op and they considered that a very short time. However we were allowed to see him a lot - not sure he appreciated it at the time - but maybe we helped distract him from the pain he was in at the time. His total hospital stay was 10-11 days post-op (again a very short stay).

Diabetes - time will tell. FIL isn't diabetic...yet...he had half of his pancreas removed. I've heard sometimes it shows up immediately or sometimes after recovery and after you're home. Or I read a story of someone who went diabetec in the hospital and then returned to normal and was able to go off of insulin at home! They'll test the blood sugar levels (they will be high with IV fluids/sugar liquids) so you won't have an accurate result until he can start eating normal food.

I think age and general healthy condition can help - really the most influential factor that I noticed is a positive attitude and willingness to start sitting up and standing and walking post-op. So be encouraging and ask the nurses when he's moved where he can walk. FIL was allowed to walk outside (yes like on the street) with his IV pole! He would also walk around the hotel lobby downstairs. Just ask and see, be gently encouraging. Some people need physical therapy afterwards so a PT might stop by, but my FIL was able to walk on his own without a walker immediately (also shocked the hospital staff).

Anyway I hope this helps, my thoughts and prayers and best wishes! Keep us posted!!

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