Sunday, March 04, 2012
I just finished my Saturday blog a short while ago, but I seem to be wide awake (for a while anyway, since I just took my meds...) I have been thinking about how miserable I have been for so long--I saw the first doctor about this on January 4 and after almost 3 months, 6 doctors and more than a dozen appointments that included a variety of tests, injections, 2 epidurals while I was busy being mom and teacher and trying to exercise and take care of the parts of my body I could help, I finally got some help with this that worked. I turned in over $450 in prescriptions to the flex plan at work over this period of time. I guess if I wanted a true accounting, all I need to do is go back and read the blogs I wrote here because none of them were very positive. I spent hours crying and being awake trying to cope with endless spasms. I had 4 total spasms today and with each one, I cringed at first--they weren't as long or painful as the ones I had through Wednesday, but I am now conditioned to be nervous when they rear their ugly head.
The point of this is that I just went in the bathroom and I snapped a photo of my neck so you could see what "being better" looks like. When you see this, you will have a more complete picture of how "awful" my before was--even though it didn't look so bad!
I hope to enjoy church and some walking at the pool today. I hope that you get to enjoy some good things today as well!
This is how my neck and throat area look 3 days post-op. The bandage is small and it is hard to see the opening from the drain. It sealed up pretty quickly. I have a collar to wear over this for about a week and then, the doc wants it off. My body does have some work to do and I will help it by eating healthy and following directions. I can certainly do this!!
I'll take another photo in a few days and I'll show you!!
Sunday, March 04, 2012
I'm not feeling quite as good today. My throat is sore--diet hot chocolate seems to soothe it some. My neck hurts and my collar annoys it. I am a bit cold or a lot warm. I did some walking today and some homework/ paperwork between napping. I am definitely tired. I have kept things quiet.
It was Marissa's solo and ensemble contest today. Mitchell went and listened to the music and volunteered in my place. I sure do have good kids. Marshall took Micah to his bowling league and took care of lunch for the kids while my husband was working.
I confirmed my guest readers for school today. I hope that I will feel up to going to church tomorrow. I have a take home exam due on Monday--but I may not be up to doing all of that writing. I have a presentation due in class Monday night as well. I have had that ready for a few weeks, so if I can talk, I can do it. My voice is sore and scratchy.
Micah has finished his Confirmation essay and our pastor did some editing. Micah will need to read it to the congregation the week before Palm Sunday. That's a big day for those eighth graders. On Palm Sunday, the kids have their turn foir the "laying of the hands" as they make their commitments to God and the church. After that, there is a big party for them from the congregation. They get lots of gifts and money and that is when we take our kids down to start their first savings account. After that, we buy them a stack of "thank you cards" and I teach them how to write a nice note to the people who went out of their way to give them a gift. It is kind of neat how their life in the church comes together with their life as a responsible person.
I think I am going to get ready to sleep after I take some meds. I have cut the amount of percoset in half that I was taking because it was too much and it makes me go sound asleep whether I need to or not. I hope that a good night of sleep will calm down the way I am feeling today so that I can go to church for communion.
Take care, my friends!
Thursday, March 01, 2012
I am certainly in the hospital. The kind third shift nurse had to take my vitals at 3:30 and apologized for waking me up. They have to do such things and it is just a part of being int he hospital.
My surgery took 4 1/2 hours. My pain doctor got to be my anesthesiologist like we both requested. Before I went into the OR, he came and told me that when he had the same procedure, he woke up in terrible pain and burning in his neck and throat. He said that the anesthesiologist had caused his problem because when the doctor needed to open up the throat, they blow a tube full of air to give the surgeon a good view and access to the area. He said that his anesthesiologist did not inflate the bubble when it needed to be moved and that caused the inside of his neck and throat to be scraped all of the way across. He then explained that he had a procedure where he used two bubbles to do that and how he would inflate and deflate and not move any air bubble that was inflated. I was told to expect a really sore throat and it never hurt at all yesterday. Now that I am awake, I am noticing it is a bit sore, I have a bedside container of cepastat and I probably should get some pain medication. There is no good reason to let things hurt.
I'm back. After they visited me, I had about ten more minutes to wait and that is when those doggoned spasms got started. I had three of them in a row. It was time to go to the OR. They wheeled my in my bed, and had me slide onto the table which is when I had a problem. I sleep in a recliner because all of the damage in my lower back and the fusion I had in it just doesn't let me lie down flat. My anesthesiologist was right there and had them elevate my head. I started having spasms again and he gave me some medicine. I counted five spasms and the next thing I knew was that I was in recovery. It took 4 and 1/2 hours. The surgeon reported to my husband that there were several bone spurs clamping down on the nerves to my arm and that he was surprised at the extent of what was going on in there--the NRI didn't show all of that. My anesthesiologist and I had talked at my last appointment and he told me what I had already guessed, that when I fell on November 30, it knocked some things around and loose which is why I had the "sudden" issue after they relieved the pain in my extremities with enough injections to settle anything down. I have thought that all along, good to have a doctor who is listening and who respects my opinion.
When I was in recovery, it was my lower back that was seriously in pain. I was again flat on my back and had most likely been that way in surgery. They had to do a few things--I needed some ice chips too. Again, my anesthesiologist came to the rescue. He told them to get me turned off of my back and he put some medicine into my IV. Talk about your "johnny on the spot!" He is just so good and so experienced that I am guessing he knows when he is needed and what he is needed for. He is still riding on that scooter to take care of his foot after his multiple surgeries and bone breaks. Sometimes, his joking and mannerisms remind me of a good natured little boy.
I have been receiving top notch care, which is good because what has going on at school has been just awful. The principal decided to try to get a sub for me, even though they never do that Monday evening. I don't even have a sub plan and my work is so specific that I don't know how to have someone else do it. (It would be like getting a PE teacher to do physical therapy.) I spent over 5 hours on Tuesday writing lists and notes. Add to that the changes in schedule for 7 of the 8 days I am not at work which means a lot of other issues. When I opened my email after I had surgery, I had one from the principal needing a pile of paperwork that I am the only one who can get it for her. I have to collect data on a student that covers 3 years of service, and have it organized for a conference by Wednesday. I still haven't finished my report cards because I had to do all of the planning for the sub. She is just mean. I am going to have to go there and do it, otherwise she will start going through all of my things and I don't even feel like dealing with that.
I have a bit of shopping to do--I found a beautiful prom dress for Marissa and have been given the "go-ahead" by my daughter and husband to buy it. It is burgandy with a semi halter top and beautiful beadwork with a bell shaped flowing skirt at the bottom. I will have one important thing done ahead of time with plenty of time for shipping.
Thank you all for your kind words and support. I feel like you are all here with me cheering me on. I will be chatting with you off and on during the next several days, along with doing report cards and catching up on my homework. I have good things to do and a computer--that works well for me. My day time nurse just came in to introduce herself and ask if I could use anything--she is getting me some better tasting cough drops, planning to cut my pain pills in half so I can swallow them better, fresh water and she let me take the collar off for a rest. Life could be worse--and I have no spasms!!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
This is a quick note to let you know that I am now sporting 5 snazzy hospital bracelets, an IV, ted hose, and the leggings for the blood clotting machine and I am waiting to go to surgery.
I'll talk to you soon and will be happy to announce that my neck and shoulder pain and these horrid spasms in my shoulder and right arm will be a thing of the past.
Have an awesome leap day!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I am kind of off right now. This antibiotic is making me feel a bit nauseated and I had another big injection in my neck when I saw my pain doctor today. I found out that he hadn't been given my message when I asked for someone to let him know about my surgery because I wanted him to be my anesthesiologist. He called and took care of that right in front of me. I realized that we have been together for 14 years--he was the anesthesiologist when my youngest son was born and talked my husband through his role of Daddy during the c-section. They were funny chatting away about all kinds of army stuff. Anyway, that nurse purposely didn't let him know, she is up to no good all of the time.
So is a certain staff in a certain school. Things are so petty and mean-spirited that I cannot even talk about them. I am tired of being treated like someone who is under their feet or like someone who is there to be taken advantage of. The principal sends me an email about our need to have a meeting to discuss my evaluation, but after the ornery things in this weeks email, she leaves the room when I come in. I now have 12 out of 20 readers for our reading day and finally, the others are finding a few people. I don't think this is a difficult job, just one that needs to be done. Everyone should know a person who can read!
Anyway, I took the afternoon off and I am sure glad that I did. I didn't know I could have another if these injections. The nurse who cared for me today was very kind. She told me that you can have up to three of them every 6 months. She also apologized that I wasn't told that when I had to make the appointment. I wish she was the gal in charge.
I am going to go find a popsicle. I need to get my tummy to calm down a bit. Only 3 more doses of the antibiotic and on Friday, I have to go to do another test to see if the bacteria is gone. That one, I am praying for.
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