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Energy or lack of was posted 12/31/2006 08:29 am by Shelly
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Kim- My 62 year old father had the Whipple on July 21st. He had many complications including not being able to come off the ventilator until 8-10 days following surgery. We also experienced hallucinations and disorientation for 2 days because the Drs. were continuing to give him long acting and short acting insulin after they stopped feeding him with the J tube. Because he was eating so little by mouth, the insulin dipped his blood sugar level to 28 which caused the agitation and hallucinations. My father also developed pneumonia from having the breathing tube in for so long. A staph infection also developed in the incision. In case you haven't guessed this major surgery was performed at a hospital that does not perform many Whipples (his choice and request to stay here).Anyways, having said all that,this surgery literally took the stuffing right out of him. He had no energy, zero. He would go from bed to bathroom which is approx 15 feet. That would wipe him out. One day, his legs literally gave out. He was forced to kneel down and wait until I could get there to help my mother lift him to his feet and walk him to the bed. I had to laugh, when we went to the follow up Dr's appointment I had to pull the car right up to the door of their house. When we got to the Dr's office, I needed to put the wheelchair right up to the car door. When the surgeon saw him, he told my father that he should begin to walk around the mall. What a joke. My father couldn't even walk from the wheelchair to the exam table. It is now December 31, my dad is able to walk around the house. Your father will not become an invalid. As soon as his body recovers from the shock of this major surgery, he will get up and walk. Give him time and encouragement for the small steps that he takes. Good luck. My prayers are with you. Shelly

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