13 Days After Surgery: An Update on August 27, 2008 11:25 am
The morning of surgery we had to be up very early. I don't remember a lot about it, other than waking up, and driving to the hospital. On the way there, I took everything in. Made sure to look at all the homes, and roads, and buildings. I wanted to see everything.
Part of me was nervous that I wouldn't make it through. This is normal. You can't have someone tell you the worst possibility and not have it run through your head.
Shawn and I pulled up to the hospital, and walked into the surgery area. Then he left to get breakfast and cash for the day while I sat and watched staff come in. It was 5am.
A nice lady admitted me, and asked my details, and then I was taken in for prep. I stripped down, put all of my belongings into a big old clear plastic bag, and put on the giant gown provided.
I got into bed, and had all my vitals checked out. They had a tv, so I watched Home and Garden shows while going through this. Shawn arrived, and then Dr. L came by too. Then Dr. Wong (I think) who was the guy who'd be knocking me out, and his assistant came in.
The assistant gave me something to take the edge off, and boy did it work like a charm.
I don't remember saying goodbye to Shawn, and I only remember bits of going into the OR, listening to them get everything set up. I was too tall for the table though, I remember that.
Next thing I remember is waking up and being so happy that I was alive. I had tubes, and wires, and drains, and pee tubes all over the place, and seeing Shawn's face was the best thing ever.
The nurses in ICU are amazing! I've never been treated so nice. My cathater stopped working, so when that came out all crystalized, well that tingled, and I managed to pee, which meant it wouldn't have to go back in.
I pushed my pain button on a regular basis, not because I was in pain, but I was nervous I'd feel pain. My blood pressure was high, but they had it under control.
Considering that I was over 510lbs, I was getting around pretty good once out of ICU.
I had my own room, mainly because the hospital bed they gave me blocked access to the rest of the room, so that was cool. I had free tv somehow, so that was on all the time... you guessed it HGTV.
Only negative experience was when Shawn forgot his cell phone in the public washroom, and someone took it. Even though we called it several times, they would send it to ignore. Pretty low down to take someone's phone in a hospital of all places.
Once I was able to be released and go back to the hotel, I was so happy. Shawn picked me up, I wore real clothes, and did the same drive back to the hotel. I looked at everything along the way with a new sense of life.
Back at the hotel, we had new friends we'd made there, Natasha and David. Tash had her surgery the day before. I have to say that I have never been so appreciative of the support and unconditional love as those two. The four of us had a blast, and helped each other out. We miss them horribly now, but we know we've made life long friends.
We met so many new faces at the hotel while there, and I have to say, this board has made that possible. Each person we met was truly amazing, and sweet, and such a value to each other. We are richer having met them, and look forward to sharing their journies as well.
The Drive Home
The long drive back home was good but long. I ended up with some leg pain as a result of sitting in the car, even though I got up and moved around several times.
Our kitties missed us big time, and it's been crazy getting ready for the move, and everything. I'm frustrated most of the time because I can't do anything to help. But it's all going good. We're out of here Thursday, and into the new house next Friday.
I'm eating bits and pieces. Alot of applesauce, and I found strawberry sauce too (looks like applesauce). I've tried some canned turkey, and tonight I'm going to try tuna.
I'm pretty much off the pain meds at this point, and all of my staples are out as of yesterday.
I went to Montana's last night to celebrate Shawn's birthday, and had the chicken noodle soup. I just ate the broth, chicken, and some carrot from it, and it worked out nice.
That's about it for now. Thanks to Cindyloubear for being my angel during this ride. She's been awesome.
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Day Before Surgery on August 13, 2008 1:37 pm
Today I woke up at 6am, and decided to do the bowel prep before I woke up too much to realize how evil it is.
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I took it all at once and then chugged a huge amount of water. The stuff tasted gross, but my morning breathe was gross to begin with so it took the edge off it.
Thirty minutes later it began. Every 10 minutes, then every 15, then every 20, etc until it seemed to be all out.
Then I met with Dr. L at the hospital, and got the run down of all the risks etc. I was at ease and scared all at the same time but I feel confident about it.
I've been on liquids all day, and it's not as bad as I thought it would be. I'm just low energy.
We went to Target and I bought a Magic Bullet. It should work out nice for protien and stuff.
I bumped into nbonany's hubby Dave at the hospital today. She's doing well. Was really cool to see him there, waiting patiently to see her. I can't wait to meet her!
Two Days Before - A Long Overdue Update on August 12, 2008 5:59 pm
I wish I have had more of an opportunity to update here. In the past month I have been in a bit of a blur getting ready for surgery, but also preparing for a move. Shawn and I bought our dream home, and move into it about a week after we get home.
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I got all the needed bloodwork, EKG, Ultrasound, and bone density test as required, and all of the results got back to my doctor.
At the last minute, I got a call from Julie in Dr. L's office saying she hadn't received the results, so I requested my doctor's office to fax them. What they sent was garbage, and long story short we ended up having to come a day early to hand deliver the results.
If I had it to do over again, I would suggest requesting a copy from the doctor, and sending them by courier myself.
Crossing the border was a bit of a hassle in the morning traffic with the worry about being late. But I made it on time.
Julie, Shawn and I sat down and reviewed all of the information and vitamin info. I'm lost when it comes to vitamins. But we went to this place near the Great Lakes Crossing Outlet Mall, and I got what I'll need for the month.
I also got a pair of walking shoes from the Nike outlet, and a couple of sets of pj shorts to wander around in.
The room is great! It's cozy, and the washroom is well laid out. No complaints there. They have snacks and drinks, a pool, and hot tub. Who could ask for more?
Tomorrow I meet with Dr. L at the hospital. I'm a bit nervous about it because I only lost 7 lbs of the 20 he asked for, but I think I had lost more and then had a bad few days of quick eating and panic last times eatings.
So pooped, but looking forward to doing this.
Tomorrow is bowel prep, seeing the doc, and all liquids, all day. Shoot me now :)