"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

6 comments:

  1. Lost in Space. You made it easy. ;-)
    *hugs* Joanne. Praying you will heal quickly and be strong soon.

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  2. I have been patiently awaiting an update from you Jojo! I'm glad you are healing well, but it does sound like you had a horrible ordeal. And you have to have the same thing on the other kidney? I pray the biopsy comes back okay and so thankful your kidney is still working. My prayers are still going out for you and I hope you are up and normal soon, hon! Big hugs!

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  3. Joanne, this is so welcome to read your words. And losing two days, not long at all and the best way to come back from surgery ,That pain must have been so severe, and I send many loving wishes that from now on all goes well.Windows 10, looks like you have that all sorted. Hugs from a very wet and cold and blustery ( in our part) NZ.

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  4. I finally have a new computer and e-mail address since moving and am catching up with my blogging friends. I am so sorry to read about your health problems and will be praying for you.

    I am thinking your recovery is a small but much appreciated miracle Joanne.

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  5. It sounds as though you have good doctors and caregivers--what a blessing! I well remember how painful my kidney surgery was, but it sounds as though you are over the worst of the pain and thankfully kidneys are truly amazing at bouncing back. The birdies are still kissing at my house! Keep plugging along, my friend.

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  6. All the best after your recent illness.

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