Waiting in my room now to get discharged right after lunch! I'll give all of you the play by play since I'm bored outta my mind and really can't wait to get home and get a shower.
I got here to the hospital at 6:30 on Tuesday morning and was taken right back to same day surgery. I got ready and waited in same day for about a half hour. From there, I went to holding where they got an IV started and got me ready for surgery. I really wasn't very anxious or nervous or anything so they didn't start me on any of the good medicines. I saw a friend's dad in holding and spoke to him for awhile. At about 8, they wheeled me into the operating room where they got me all set up and then gave me the anesthesia. I remember waking up briefly at the very end of surgery in the operating room and remember being pushed to recovery. I kept asking for ice chips in recovery because I had a naso-gastric tube in which made my throat extremely, extremely sore. (The NG tube was by far the worst part about surgery... hands down.)
I got back to my room at about 11 where the family was waiting for me. I took as many hits of morphine as I could and drifted off to sleep. I slept until about 6 PM and then woke up for awhile. They got me out of bed to walk the halls once which felt amazing. I came back here and slept on and off the rest of the night. I had some visitors but kept falling asleep talking to them which I felt really badly about.
Yesterday when I woke up I had a lot of burning in my IV tube. I asked for it to be changed which was a big, giant mess. I'm terrible at getting IVs because of my tiny, invisible veins. I had a lot of pain yesterday and the day before getting into and out of bed since any time you contract your abs it really gives you a good squeeze on the incision sites. I was absolutely miserable until they took out the NG tube and the catheter yesterday. I felt a lot better after, though and feel like I've gradually been getting better since they removed those two things.
I walked as much as I could yesterday which got the gas moving... into my NECK AND BACK. I had a lot of discomfort sleeping but pushed morphine until I fell asleep. I slept like an angel last night and work up a new woman this morning. I got up and got cleaned up and put clothes on which made me feel 100 times better! They pulled my IV and JP drain this morning which was such a strange sensation to say the least. It felt like a caterpillar was in my stomach trying to crawl out. Glad that all the tubes are out, though!
I ate some cream of wheat for breakfast this morning which I kept down amazingly well. I have to wait now to see the dietitian whenever she gets here and then I have to eat some lunch before I leave. I took LorTab Elixer this morning which really decreased any pain complaints I have. The incisional pain is really minimal and now most of the gas pains are in my stomach... hopefully to soon be passed!
Overall, I'd say I was pleasantly surprised by surgery. I'm shocked how little pain I actually had. I tried to sleep on my side last night which caused some nausea and pain but it was quickly relieved with the morphine drip. One other thing that kind of sucked was the fact that I had my period. It caused a lot of unnecessary frustration and discomfort not to mention it was just plain embarrassing. Lovonox shots are no bid deal and I'm a huge baby around needles. Worst part, by far, was the NG tube since it rubs every time you swallow or talk or anything. Other than those things, I feel like a million bucks! Can't wait to get home and take a shower since my hair looks like a huge grease ball. One other thing that was great was that I only had a roommate for about 3 hours. It was glorious having my own room with no one to wake me up all night! TT definitely got me prepared for this surgery better than anything and it definitely helped to relieve a lot of my worries following surgery. Hopefully the next two weeks go as smoothly as today has been so far.