I thought that it’d be hard to eat nothing after midnight before going into surgery at 2pm yesterday. But my nerves were enough that I couldn’t even think about it! I was more thirsty than anything, but I was advised not to drink anything either.
The staff at the University of Minnesota Medical Center (Fairview Riverside Hospital) was absolutely incredible. I can’t say that enough. Once my nerves were calmed, I started to get hungry!
The surgery lasted approximately an hour and a half. My only trouble was nausea from the anesthesia after waking up. They did everything they could to make me comfortable. I was told later that I was given the most meds for nausea possible and that this is something I should mention about my reaction to anesthesia if I’m ever to have surgery again!
After that recovery period, I ended up in another room where I Rob could visit me. They’d try to have me get up from the bed and into a chair. Basically, it’d be where I’d spend my last phase of recovery before going home.
At that point, I couldn’t even imagine going home. I was so woozy and nauseous. They gave me some Sprite and I tried to eat some crackers, but it didn’t really help much. Eventually, anything that was in my stomach did come up and I felt so much better! The last step was to get me to go to the bathroom, change my clothes and get me out of there. Crazy, I know.
Surgery was at 2pm and I was out of the hospital by 7:30pm.
At home, Rob did everything to make me comfortable in bed. I turned on the TV, took my meds and drifted to sleep. I woke up like clockwork every four hours to take more meds, drink some water, go to the bathroom and I even ate a few crackers! Keeping Sophie off my stomach has been challenging, but I think she’s starting to get it.
This morning, I’m trying to get up and walk a bit. Sitting is the worst position and I’m sore and stiff in the lower back area. But I’m eating, taking meds, sleeping, icing, walking. Getting up is the most difficult thing to do and just sitting is next to impossible. I’m very stiff. But it’s just going to take some time, I know.
Oh! And the leg, foot and pain in the behind caused by the herniated disc is GONE! My big toe and part of my foot is still a bit numb, but nothing like before. They said it will take a bit of time for it to come back completely. I’m in good spirits!
I wasn’t going to post any of this on my blog, but since so many are asking and I felt up to it, I thought it’d be a good place where I can get back to everyone in one place.
And now for the the most original-looking flowers I’ve ever received! So cute….
And just for fun, here is my food journal (of the food I actually kept down) from yesterday!
4 saltine crackers
2 graham crackers
Thank you all for your continuing loving and caring support! Off to rest…