Post Op Day 3
Sunday, July 21, 2019
I ate exceptionally well today until I got warm (it was hot and humid until about 4pm today.). When I got warm, my fingers, hand, wrist and arm swelled. This pressed on all of those nerves that were disturbed during surgery (and there were about 5 of them). My hand felt like I was sticking my fingers in an electrical socket. Then the throbbing started. I reverted to past pain coping behavior and ate half a bag of M&Ms. Did the candy help? At the time I felt like it actually did because it was like blowing the lid off a pressure cooker. I wanted to crawl out of my skin! I had heard that there might be a few days when the pain would be intense. I was doing so well that I think I failed to use good pain monitoring skills. I do have medication for the pain but I’m trying to be very conservative about it’s use. I am rethinking my pain management plan. I don’t want to run out of pain medication but on the other hand it was prescribed for a reason. Letting pain get out of control is very hard on the body. Tomorrow, I will do a better job of pain control.