Just a quick update. I’m told the surgery went quite smoothly. I’ll give details later, but I came home yesterday a little later than anticipated due to a mix up with the lab work being entered into the computer with my calcium numbers. I finally got a good night’s sleep last night. I took a walk around the block today. I’m able to eat solid food. Had oat groats for breakfast. Still crushing up the pain pills because it does hurt to swallow.
The site on either side of the three inch incision is what hurts, where the drain tubes were.
I get my stitches out tomorrow, but don’t worry, I took pictures. It’s very Frankenstein-ish. It looks like I’m wearing a shiny red and black necklace. When you get up close, it looks like there are lips sewn shut on my neck. The surgeon told me not to freak out when I saw it because he does this kind of sewing technique that not many people know how to do and his minimal scars are one of his bragging points. It doesn’t quite seem real to me yet, so it’s more fascinating than anything.
Forgive my scattered post. I wish I could write with coherent, complete thoughts, but unfortunately, that’s not how my brain is working due to the pain medication (let’s assume). I seem to be moving right along as far as feeling better, though when I sit up straight or stand, it feels as though there’s a five pound weight hanging from my incision. As if my neck is sewn too tight. I can’t tilt my head back, but I assume that will improve when I get my sutures out and as time passes. It is hard for me to imagine that some people return to work after just one week…
That’s all for now. I can’t do anything for too long without a break, but I imagine that will improve quickly as well. In good spirits over all, so that’s good. I had the best mashed sweet potato of my life last night. I think that’s why. Don’t even get me started on what they tried to feed me in the hospital. I read the labels. It’s a damn shame. Plenty to post about later. Glad I’m over the first hurdle.
Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement through this important first step.