Friday, March 29, 2013
On Valentine's Day, I nearly died of complications after surgery. With the best of hospital care, family support, and a strong will to survive, I am here today to embrace my gift of a longer life.
Once my systems began working again after shutting down, I experienced 6 days of detox from the drugs that had not been eliminated from my body from surgery. It was 6 days and nights of hallucinations, not knowing where I was, fear of closing my eyes or having the lights turned off in my hospital room and very dark dreams that woke me in a state of terror.
I had my face in books throughout the 60s so never experienced the drug haze back then and was not too happy to go through it now!
I had had major surgery and could not take anything stronger than Tylenol Extra Strength for pain because I was overdosed. I survived because of very caring doctors and nurses who were there day and night to help me get through the detox.
It was one of the worst and best experiences in my life. Worst because I thought I was lost forever in a very dark place and best because I experienced such love and support from family and health care professionals in a rural hospital in Alberta. I hope I never forget any of the details because I do not want to return to the place I was before surgery.
My job was my main focus before, and I lived a hectic life, eating fast foods, coming home exhausted to flop either in front of the TV or the computer.
My gift of a longer life is precious and not to be taken for granted. I have people to love and things to do and inside my overweight body is a healthy person saying, "Enough already!"