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    She says "I'll know what kind of cast when I have wake up!" LOL!
    Umm..Not to be harsh but an adult needs to know more about what is going to go on then that! It is so important to be your own advocate especially in the health care system!! If someone said to me-I'll know when I wake up-I'd say you better ask, so you can plan. One surgery they decided not to make a final decision as to if they were going to also lengthen my abductors until I was under and could really see what was going on. So that was the laugh I'll know when I'm out of surgery. BUT I knew before hand and I knew why they wanted to wait until I was in surgery

    I would tell anyone you have to really know what's going on, really ask questions, research..

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    Well today is the day. My friend is driving to surgery now. Please pray that it goes well and that she will walk again soon!!

    Umm..Not to be harsh but an adult needs to know more about what is going to go on then that! It is so important to be your own advocate especially in the health care system!!
    Thank you Jul but she was just making a little joke to lighten things up. If I remember correctly she said the cast will go around only one leg.

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    I've been praying for your friend today. Hope you hear from her soon with good news.

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    I recently heard from her. She is out of surgery now and sounds great!(great for someone who is loopy from pain killers) I'm so relieved! Hopefully her recovery will be relatively fast.

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    My friend is having problems going number 2. She doesn't feel like eating because she is so tired from the pain meds and if she doesn't go the meds kind of sit there in her body. Any suggestions on getting her bowels moving? I told her to drink more liquids because I thought she wasn't drinking enough.

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    Hi, That is a common problem after surgery! Ask your friend to try Senokot, it's a natural herb based pill that is very effective and quick acting also not too irritating on the gut. Act now before the situation gets worse, that's my advice. Good luck and you are right about the fluids!
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    Thanks Donna. My friend said she has been throwing up a lot too. Could it be she doesn't have enough food inside her to be able to produce number 2? Or is it the other way around? Like because she can't number 2 she has to throw up? I remember the first few days after my tendon stretching surgery I keep throwing up and once I stopped throwing up I was able to "go"

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    The pain killers slow the digestion of food going through your intestines and colon - the painkillers make the muscle action of pushing the food along the tract very weak and slow. So you get constipated. But you keep eating which makes you throw up. Your friend needs to use all measures necessary to help her bowels because if she is not able to eat or drink, that can lead to a medical emergency. Senokot plus prune juice plus glycerin suppository. If that does not work, FLEET enema and quick. Good luck!
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    General anaesthesia and pain meds can contribute to constipation, as well as cause vomiting. Was your friend constipated prior to surgery? If not, I would suspect that the meds are the cause. I would think that if her bowels hadn't moved for many days (like 8 to 10 days), that could be a potential cause for her vomiting. But, if she was regular prior to the surgery, it's likely the meds.

    Increased water intake is very important to prevent dehydration from vomiting, although if she has an IV, that base is covered. Sufficient water intake is also a factor in regularity, so you were wise to advise her to drink more water.

    Senakot is a good option, as Donna mentioned. She could also take some Milk of Magnesia. Or she could try a glass of warm prune juice. But if she's having problems with vomiting, she may not be able to tolerate these options (as in keep them down).

    Hoping that her system gets sorted out soon.

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    My friend finally went number 2 the other day! She said oatmeal and prune juice did the trick! YAY!

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