Tag: <span>Prescription</span>

I’m having my weight loss surgery tomorrow, and I’m both nervous and excited about it!

In fact, I’m finding it hard to concentrate on anything else. My mind keeps spinning with thoughts about what it might be like after the surgery. I’ve read all about it, but it still feels like a bit of a leap into the unknown. So to help settle my mind, I’m trying to focus on the practicalities of what I need to do.

I’ve managed to stick to my pre-surgery diet by tracking everything I’ve eaten religiously in the MyFitnessPal app. Looking back I see that most days have been within the 800 calorie limit, and only a few days have gone as high as 1,000 calories, but I hope that doesn’t matter.

My COVID-19 test came back negative, so that’s good news. If I had been found to be positive then my surgery would have been delayed, possibly by a number of months. The hospital themselves didn’t notify me of the result, but I got a text message on my phone from the HSE the day after the test with the result.

We’ve bought in some supplies for my post-surgery diet, which should see me over the first few days when I get home – although I haven’t fully wrapped my head around that diet just yet.

So for now, all I need to worry about is packing my bag for the hospital, collecting my prescription of supplements and medication, having my last meal this evening, trying to get a good night’s sleep, and then getting myself to the hospital tomorrow.

I’m being admitted at 10.30am, so I’m guessing my surgery will be some time in the afternoon.

At the hospital I will need to go to Admissions and get registered, and then fill in all the health insurance documentation. I’ll also need to pay the excess on my policy, which I think is €75.00. I’ll then go to the Surgery Admissions Lounge where a nurse will carry out an admissions assessment, which will probably include blood tests, and I’ll get changed into a surgical gown and put on my dressing gown and slippers. I’ll then wait in the lounge until they bring me for surgery. I’ll only be admitted to the ward once the surgery is complete.

Surgery

The bariatric team sent me a prescription for all the medications I’ll need after surgery, so that I can have everything ready for when I come home.

I thought I’d share with you what’s on the prescription. But of course your medication needs may be very different:

Drug NameDoseFrequency
Clexane 40 mgTwice daily for 21 days
Lansoprazole30 mgOnce daily for 3 months
Ursofalk500 mgOnce daily
Solpadeine Max soluable2 tabsAs required over 2 weeks (one box)
Senna Liquid15 mlAs required over 2 weeks (one bottle)
Multivitamin1 tabTwice daily
Calcichew D3 Forte1 tabOnce daily
Ferrograd C1 tabOnce daily
Neo-Cytamen1000 mcgInject once every 3 months

I didn’t know what some of these medications were, so I looked them up:

  • Clexane is a drug to stop blood clots, and is provided in pre-filled syringes to self inject. I’ve used this before after surgery.
  • Lansoprazole helps reduce the amount of acid my stomach produces, and to guard against acid reflux. I’m already on Esomeprazole (Nexium) for acid reflux.
  • Ursofalk helps guard against cirrhosis of the liver and also helps dissolve gallstones.
  • Solpadeine Max is a brand name for a combination pain killer of paracetamol and codeine.
  • Senna Liquid helps with bowel movements.
  • Multivitamins are just a standard over-the-counter supplement.
  • Calcichew D3 Forte is a combination high-strength calcium and vitamin D3 supplement.
  • Ferrograd C is an iron supplement.
  • Neo-Cytamen is a vitamin B12 supplement.

I suppose the standard over-the-counter multivitamin combined with the additional iron and B12 supplements mean that I don’t need to take special bariatric multivitamins.

Medication Surgery