"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Thursday, July 7, 2016

danger Will Robinson, danger...

...these were  the words running through my head as I was wheeled into the surgery suite to a specialized table with a surgical robot attached . As I got my first dose of sleepy juice the doctor began explaining what would be taking place. He explained that I would be on my side during the surgery that I would have several incisions and some unusual bruising perhaps even on my head . As I got my last dose of sleepy dmes the words began running through my head again danger...(extra points if you can name that television show.)

the next two days are completely missing from memory, which is probably a good thing.  When I finally could open my eyes and make some sense of where I was I was surprised to find two days lost, and incredible amount of pain, seven two-inch incisions on my abdomen, several claw like looking bruises (yes, even on the top of my head), several drains, stitches, a picc line and assorted iv[s and catheter.   I was not expecting the level of pain that even morphine could not lessen.  By the third day I was up and eating, doing a small amount of walking...more like sleep walking.  I stayed five days for a surgery that my insurance authorized on night for.

I came home on the fifth day after having my picc line removed along with the cath.  Still had the drains which seemed to be causing me the most pain.  Had a very restful night and then several rough days/nights.  My daughter stayed until Tuesday so hubby could return to work.  He is out of FMLA so any time he takes off is on our dime.

I just reached the two week mark and the pain has lessened drastically.  I am still eating toast and broth, other soft foods.  The hardest part has been giving up caffeine...I love coffee and in the past it was the one treat I allowed myself.  All the tubes and stitches are out and my remaining half of kidney is functioning well.  Waiting on the biopsy results.

To be truthful I was not expecting such a serious surgery.  I don't know why I thought having half a kidney removed would be so involved and will really have to consider if I want to go through all of this again in a few weeks on the other kidney.  I am so very grateful for the wonderful care I revieved, the surgeons involved and especially  my PCP who always takes extra time to explain things, answer questions and make me feel like a rock star patient.

I'm beginning to get the hang of windows 10 so more updates may be in my future!  Be well friends and thank you for all your well wishes and prayers.....they worked...;j

Thursday, June 30, 2016

I do have an update but this Computer situation is getting out of hand . I am on the ceiling side of surgery and doing fairly well . I will post more when I can , take care . 
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