It Got Harder
Sunday, July 15, 2012
My surgery was last Monday. The past couple of days has been extremely hard. Someone told me that 2-3 days after the surgery went well then they started feeling awful for a few days/week. I don't have a lot of pain, but since I am extremely limited in how much and how I'm able to move I'm feeling tightened muscles and can already feel some muscles atrophying. I'm sitting on an ice pack right now which seems to help some. I've been taking Advil instead of the prescription pain pill since it seems to work better.
I'm not feeling any type of cabin fever which is sort of surprising given that I haven't left my house since I came home from the hospital. I probably won't leave again until Thursday when I go get my staples taken out. I'm not supposed to be driving so I have to completely rely on other people. I think that's the hardest part of all this for me. I'm not used to asking people to help me with things like pouring a glass of juice or getting dressed. I can't even take a shower independently right now and that bothers me way more than just about anything else. I hope that it'll get better as the days go by, but since I can't bend, lift or twist for a while yet, I think my personal frustration is just going to get worse before it gets better.
Something I'm having a problem with is how my surgeon's office is blowing me off. I called Thursday morning and left a message about some concerns I was having. A secretary called me back withing 30 minutes and told me she'd forwarded my medical concerns to the nurse. She didn't call me back until 4:45. Somehow I was away from my phone and missed the call. I called back Friday morning, leaving a message directly for the nurse this time. She didn't call me about this time again until almost 5pm. She told me that I should be asking my primary care doctor. Except, now I have to wait the entire weekend with symptoms that she could have given medication for because I have to wait and get ahold of my PCP. My ankles are so swollen I can barely walk at some points. And the entire front of the top of my thigh is completely numb. The numbness is not in the place where I was having nerve issues before the surgery.
I'm not sorry I had the surgery, but given that they know I have a close relationship with their Chief Medical Officer you'd think that they'd be working a little harder to make sure that they take good care of me. Their CMO will be hearing about my concerns. Someone was supposed to come in to talk with me after the surgery and the floor nurses didn't even know who was supposed to do my discharge so I ended up staying longer than necessary. It's all so ridiculous that I can totally understand the frustration of people who don't know the CMO.