The other side…

I am happy to report that I am home and on the mend.  Surgery went well, no weird things from that.  Pretty straight forward procedure for my doc.  The best part of the day really was just before I went in.  Dr. Long reminded us he was a Christian doctor and preferred to pray with and on behalf of his patients before they went into surgery.  And so he did.  And every part of me relaxed.  I was no longer anxious or questioning or reevaluating.  I was ready and felt protected by God.

They wheeled me in and of course the next thing I remember was trying to wake up in my room.  I was pretty out of it most of the day.  But I was able to get my fluids in (4 oz over an hour), and walk.  The worst part was trying to get my bladder to wake back up.  Seriously.  I think it thought I was still sleeping from the anesthesia.  I could not go.  At 7:15pm they threatened to cath me.  That wasn’t going to happen so I got up, walked more, drank more and finally — peed.  Thank goodness.  And then I couldn’t stop.  Every 30 minutes I had to go.  And let me tell you the pain it is when you’re all wired up to an IV, and leg massagers how difficult a task that is.  Things have settled down for me since then.

Dr. Long came in yesterday and told me I had surpassed my goals and could go home.  I was so happy to head that way.  The nurses were great, don’t get me wrong, I just didn’t want another minute at the hospital!

Discharge finally came around 5:30p and home we went.  I never did get my CPAP before surgery, so they’ve given me oxygen for night while I sleep.  And that is a compromise I really can do.  A canula vs. a mask.  I’ll take it.

This morning I woke, had some liquids, took a shower (heaven) and just now went on a 20 minute walk with Frank.  That felt good.  Being in the sunshine!  For sure.

Today’s focus — fluids.  I’ll update more later.


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