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Day 4 post surgery

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Today the weather is sucky again. Four days of GRAY and rain. Last night we noticed that the pin in my toes had shifted and at this point the pain is not severe enough to drive me into the ER.

I still don't want to eat even though everything I see on television makes me hungry. Keeping up the fluids so I don't get dehydrated. Making lists also for my husband to go to the grocery store. He has not done a major shopping trip by himself in YEARS. I was told to be as specific as possible as to what I what. Thank goodness for cell phones.

In a little while, I am going upstair to the bedroom where I might feel more comfortable than I am in the family room. All I want is some independence back.

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LESSOFMOORE 10/17/2009 7:50PM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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JTREMBATH 10/17/2009 2:12PM

    Hope you are feeling better soon, it must be very uncomfortable foe you, do you struggle with the stairs?

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JAXMOMMY 10/17/2009 1:35PM

    Sure hope you feel well soon! Get that man to the store and make him shop! Perhaps he will now appreciate all you do now? Hoping the pain eases and you return to your independence soon! I know how that is! Peace, Melissa

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MINDYJ1 10/17/2009 1:08PM

    Praying that you feel start feeling better soon! emoticonMindy

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Since the surgery I have no appetite at all. This morning I forced myself to eat a piece of toast and some bacon since the pain meds are putting me to sleep fairly quickly after taking them.

Today I just plan to kick back and relax again. Hubby is putting up the backsplash for me because several of the tiles need to be cut and there is no way I can stand up long enough to cut them.

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JTREMBATH 10/16/2009 1:56PM

    Hope your pain subsides soon, but I suppose not eating will help with your weight loss, get well soon. emoticon

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AJDOVER1 10/16/2009 12:17PM

    No appetite, relaxing, pampering -- that sounds good to me.

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Day 2 recovery

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Last night was fun. To get to our bedroom I had to go up 20 steps. So I did what my father in law did at their house. Sat on the steps and scooted up. Problem though was that at the top step I had a heard time pulling myself up.. so I scooted into the bedroom, came close to a recliner in there and tried to pull myself up. Did not work well.. So hubby sat on the bed, told me to turn around and then pulled me from under the arms onto this chest. Then he managed to get out from under me so I could roll over on the bed and pull myself up on the bed. What a workout...

All night long I kept feeling my toes with that tinlging feeling and had to hang my foot over the bed several times to get it to stop.

This morning the nerves are starting to come back to life and the meds are working off.

To get down the stairs it was easy, I basically bounced down all the way and hubby met me with the cructches. I am now get up on the sofa and just doing some thing on the computer before I write some cards/thank you notes out

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FRAN0426 10/16/2009 1:41AM

    That's a workout, and after surgery it doesn't take long to get worn out the first few days.

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FRAN0426 10/16/2009 1:41AM

    That's a workout, and after surgery it doesn't take long to get worn out the first few days.

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LESSOFMOORE 10/15/2009 9:00PM

    You are definitely getting your workouts in! Take care of yourself!

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Well I am home.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Surgery went really well. Got there at 645 for a 700 checkin. Was patient as others went ahead of me. Finally I got called back . Nurse was very sweet was running between me and another patient.
At the tender age of 54 and through menopause, I had to take a pregnancy test. Considering these days I am living in virgin territory, I made a joke you have to do something to get preggers.
As I was having vitals done by another nurse, the first one was asking my history and a few other questions as well as verifiying my signature on the surgical consent form. I changed into the gown and then hopped into the bed. It was so cold in there, my recovery room nurse gave me a third blanket.
Then I met my anestiogolost, Dr Murphy.. What a sweet guy. After the preliminaries he explained what he was going to do and how I would be basically feeling no pain while he did it. He wanted to start but the IV still was not hooked up and my pills by mouth still were not given.So my preop nurse appears again and promises to have me hooked up with 10 minutes. Never happened. She asked me some questions , wrote down the answers and left. Then she came back with a new computer and asked all the same questions AGAIN forgetting she put them in my chart.
Dr Murphy comes back in and sees I am still not connected. She promise any minute now. I watch him mix and fix these HUGE syrings with meds and pray he will be gentle with them.

IV goes in... electrodes go on including one on my leg to see muscle movements while is in injected. I take my pill by mouth, hooked up to another drug. Two rounds of relaxing meds are injected into the IV as I turn on my side. When I turned I had the IV tube under my chest and the drugs were not getting through. He gives me three shots at once just above the knee to numb me. I felt it but it was not bad and I did not scream. That was when they realized the tube was under me. As soon as it moved, I was talking to them one minute and woke up ten minutes later after the worst shot was done. That is how it should be done.

Hubby finally joined me for another 10 minutes and met my doctor. The doctor even drew on my toes and the cyst and I did not know it. Doctor says see you in 30 minutes. Nurse anthesitogoloist comes in , asked a few questions, and says let's roll. I was in the OR 25 minutes early.

I joked with the staff for a bit and then I was awake still in the OR. He finished the procedure early. My first question was "was the cyst begnin" I got a thumbs up on that. Next I reached down and felt where the splint came up to. The ace bandage is wrapped at mid knee.

Went back to recovery and first thing I asked for was something to drink. I was in no pain. Just this weird feeling of numbness. The top of the splint is open with my big toe showing. My husband looked at it and saw the pins just sitting there.
after the instruction, I was allowed to get dressed and go home.

I am using crutches for the next week until the stitches are removed and a walking cast is put on. It is strange for me giving up control of the house to my husband and son.

I can't obviously walk the dog or walk to the mailbox until next week. So my computer is now in the family room, yarn is surronding me and everytime I need anything else, I have to ask.

Oh well. The princess needs to be pampered and she hates it.

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SOFEDUPP 10/15/2009 7:21AM

    I am glad that everything went well. Enjoy having everyone take care of you. You have been doing it for a long time and deserve it.

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JTREMBATH 10/15/2009 3:23AM

    I bet you are pleased that is all over, as I work in a Hospital my self I know where you are coming from, hope you have a speedy recovery.

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FRAN0426 10/15/2009 12:56AM

    Glad to hear your sugery went well, now relax and be pampered.

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LESSOFMOORE 10/14/2009 9:20PM

    Princess, you have earned the pampering. Enjoy!

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DEEDAYE 10/14/2009 8:17PM

    I'm glad all went well. Now be a good patient and let others do for you. emoticon

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Slightly business day

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Today was to be a day of rest and prep so that things would not be hard when I come home from the hospital tomorrow.

Instead I have been running a mad woman.

Last evening I finally got hold of the service manager at the store who sold me my dishwasher. He felt me did not have to return my call even though I asked him to. Now get this... my appt with the tech is scheduled for Friday. The service manager tells me he does not know why I am complaining since he will be there tomorrow. Tomorrow was never discussed with the servicing company and myself. So I ask nicely, at what point do I have to start getting UGLY and going above his head to get a new dishwasher.. This answer still floors me... "when the service tech says he can't fix it anymore". After them spending close to 2500 in parts and labor and this still keeps breaking down, was it really this simple?
I am sure that will not fly if th tech tells him that today.

I then call Fisher Paykels headquarters and give them my file number and as the agent reads it.. she is like.. oh my, oh my.. Then I update her on the newest downtime and service orders since then. She needs the paper work faxed to her and then another manager will review it. The last manager who reviewed it told me no new machine unless this was still acting up OR my extended warranty was finished. We shall see what happens now.

So I am fired up. I head up to my sons room and start to clean it gathering up all this laundry, throwing away trash. I do two loads of clothes last night.

This morning, I could not sleep thinking of them making my leg numb while I was still away. So I got up and walked early. came back and striped our bed, made a list of everything I wanted to accomplish today..

So far, I have called the service company to fax over the service records to FP, then headed out to walmart to get pants large enough to fit over the cast, grocery store one, ENT's office, then over to the other side of town to the ND's office to get weighed and measured, to pharmacy one, then off to get gas, drove another 15 miles into Greenville to go to first Barnes and Noble, then off to Lowe's, petsmart, another barnes and noble, AC moore, back 18 miles to another grocery store, another pharmacy and then finally home. Did that all in 4 hours , 10 minutes.

Now load 4 is in the washer, browning meat for veggie beef soup for tomorrow night, making my 3 galloon supply of tea, cleaning around things, hopefully will be able to clean out the refrigerator today as well as do 4 more loads of laundry.

After that I plan to soak in the tub as long as I can. This will be my last soak until either Nov 25 or Dec 9th.

Hoping I can get some sleep. Have to be up at 5 am so i can get in a small walk before we leave at 630.

Will update tomorrow after I get home.


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