March 30th, 2008
I did it!! I made to Cottage Hospital just in time Thursday morning. They had me put on a gown, take some prilosec and get a shot of blood thinner in my belly. I got some stockings and leg pumps put on (they are sooo uncomfortable). They wheeled me into pre-op where I just chilled for a bit talking to some older folks on gurneys surrounding me. I met my anesthesiologist then my suregeon came in looking dragging ass tired. They took me into my operating room and all I remember was climbing onto the operating table, next thing I knew I was back in pre-op for recovery. I had a very difficult time remembering to breath deep enough to get enough oxygen. I had a stupid oxygen monitor hooked up to me that went off beeping like every 4 minutes. I had to stay on oxygen my whole hospital stay. So anyway the anesthesiologist ordered a CPAP machine for sleep apnea and the hospital staff could not find one that worked so I was in recovery for like 4 1/2 hours. Poor Jessica and Eric had to wait all stressed out that whole time.
Finally they decided to keep me on the oxygen thing ang took me up to my room (what a bumpy ride). After taking my vitals I was up and walking around the hall with Jess on one side and Eric on the other. I went back to my bed got some pain killers and hung out with Jess and Eric until my mom got there. Then Jess and I went for another 4 laps around the hall where I was pretending we were race horses...oh and just for the record I gained the lead a few times on her. Hey I got to be silly no matter what. On a side note I have to say the entire hospital staff is awesome. The nurses that were assigned to me were great. The only thing that sucked was dry mouth. I could not have any liquid including ice chips until the next day. My lips and mouth were soo dry! When my mom got there I had alot of cramping so the nurse came in and gave me morphine. As I glazed over my mom and Jess kept talking crazy talk. Well being dirty birdies anyway. You know it’s okay when I talk like that with her mom but my mom is a little wild and Oh wow! lmao.
So anyway just before dark Jess and my mom left and I rested a bit. For some reason I couldn’t sleep so I learned to disconnect all my wires go to the bathroom on my own and then walk few laps every couple hours. I did this all night. By morning I was able to drink clear fluid.
I noiced my whold body was swollen. I had a nurse weigh me and he said I gained 10lbs. STUPID IV!!! I was allowed to take a shower and put on my own clothes. The surgeon came in a released me and the lady next to me to go home. The best thing was I got to take the stupid stockings off! btw Jess is retarded cuz she actually asked the nurse for a pair of stocking like I had. What a wierdo! lmao.
So I called Eric and he and the boys came to get me. On the way home I noticed lumps in my leg and pankicked. We stopped halfway home so I could walk a little and stretch my legs. I then went straight to my primary physician and had him check my legs. He sent me to Marian Medical Center to get an ultrasound in my right leg. They called with the results as soon as I got home and I was okay no blood clotting. I panicked again later that night and called the surgeon who was a little exasperated and anoyed (I could tell in his voice) He said to quit freaking out and go to bed! I was scared. So many things can go wrong with this in the first 30 days. So I went to bed and after a restless night sleep woke up still alive.
I walked some more, watched a movie. Made spaghetti for my family. I like to cook even if I can’t eat. I started on protien broth, protein cocoa, and protien mango drink from smartform. It took all day to get thease three down along with water and vitamins. I didn’t quite make my goal. I need 70 grams of protien per day along with 4 vitamins 2 calcium citrate chews and 8 glasses of water. This seems impossible! I am trying though! Oh and I finally passed gas today. 3 times. Jess is in Arizona with her mom and keeps calling to remind me to walk. I think she’s still scared too. ;0) It’s mentally and emotionally distressing. I wished several times I never had the surgery. It’s so permanent and restrictive. I watch tv and everyone is eating. Hotdogs, hamburgers, macaroni and cheese. Wow! I crave thease things as if they were gormet! I want spaghetti too. I am not hungry I just miss the taste or is it the option to eat thease foods. I cried alot today once I realised what I had done. My mom says it will get better but I can’t possibly see how it’s worth it. I wish I had just went to weight watchers. What the hell did I do!
I finally got rest. I slept from 11:30 until noon minus several trips to the bathroom. I finally got up and took a shower. I had my first bowel movement today too. I had a high protien cappachino for breakfast. I am not so depressed today even though I know my family went to in and out for lunch. I feel a lil better emotionally. Mabey this won’t be so bad. There are so many changes in my body and in my mind. I still wish I would have just done weight watchers. I can’t believe I gave up smoking and drinking and all those yummy foods forver! I walked a little today. I haven’t cried yet. lol Well I met my protien and vitamin goals today. New goal for tomorrow will be to walk 15 minutes straight. I am gonna try to be walking 3 sets of 15 minutes by the end of the week. I am still a little slow because of the pain but I am detirmined. If I keep up my protein my healing process should move rapidly. If anyone has some spare time drop by and we’ll go for a quick walk ;0)