On Thursday, April 4, 2013, my life changed forever. The nurse said that I need to remember that day as my new birth date. It was absolutely a day I will never forget.
We arrived at the hospital at 5:30 a.m., and after a short wait, I was taken back to be prepped for surgery. It took the nurse three times to get my IV started. She ended up blowing two veins in my arms, which resulted in huge, nasty looking bruises. It all became so real at that point and I started to get really scared. The nurse was amazing. She prayed with me (and I cried all over her) and she got me to a point where I was feeling better about it all. My mom tried no less than 5 times to talk me out of the surgery that morning (mostly joking, but still). Right before surgery, the surgeon came back and told me that he would also be removing my gallbladder. He said that the pre-op ultrasound of my abdomen showed multiple stones in it.
This was taken right before they took me back
I don't remember much about the actual surgery. They took me to the operating room and had me move to the table. The anesthesiologist told me to take five deep breaths and I think I got to three before I was out.
When I woke up I had pretty severe pain and nausea. The nausea was the worst. Nothing that they gave me touched it. Before I knew it, I was in recovery with my mom and sister. Everyone was very relieved that it was over and I was surprised at the amount of pain I had. Once I was in my room, they put me on a morphine drip, which did little for the pain and increased the nausea by about 40 percent.
It didn't take me long to be up and about. I was back and forth to the bathroom, dragging my IV stand with me almost immediately and the second day, after they removed the IV, I walked the halls on the floor. They even let me go to a different floor to see a friend who had a double knee replacement the same day as me. The surgeon was shocked at how much I was able to do, especially considering how bad I felt right after surgery.
I have been home for two and a half days now and I feel better and better everyday. I've now made it more than halfway down the street on my walks, which is a huge accomplishment, considering the first day I made it two houses away.
I'm so excited to be on this journey, and this is just the beginning!!!
Congrats.. I had mine on the 2nd and it seems like the weight is just falling off...
I had bad nausea as well, and I am still in pain. They found a hernia and repaired that too... I have the worst pain still on the left side where my biggest bruise is...Feels like a golfball but hoping its from my surgery...
I see you have an april vgs? I didnt see one on fb for it?