So I know this is a lot of posts. But this is all the information that I wanted to know before I had the surgery. I know that everyone is different but it was comforting to me to read other people experiences. Most of the blogs I looked up didn't post much the first few weeks as they didn't feel well. So I wanted to make sure mine was recorded.
The first day home, I was on Percocet after the drive home. By the
time that wore off about 7pm I was doing okay and didn't need more (I have a naturally
high pain threshold). I was getting my water in (I love ice
water. Before surgery I drank 200+ oz a
day). I was just so glad that I could
I went to take my nightly meds the first time that night as I headed to
bed. I have never been sick when I take my pills before and I have
always taken them at night on an emptyish stomach. Well when I took
them that night I was seriously super sick as soon as I took them.
I thought they were all going to come right back up. It was the
first thing besides water that I had swallowed and I thought that was
why. Luckily Kilo had a better idea and grabbed a bottle of apple juice
and had me drink some. I immediately felt so much better.
Sleeping that first night was a little weird. I have full body
twitches and spasms while I sleep. I was officially diagnosed with
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder in 2009. So my sleeping is semi
like a wrestling match with myself while I sleep. The first time I
tried to roll over it was stabbing massive pain.
The hospital had sent home a flat pillow to use for splinting. That is
where you hold the pillow tightly against the wounds and the counter pressure
helps it to not hurt. So I slept that first night with that splint pillow
held as tight to my belly as I could get. Once I did that I slept great
with just my normal sleep patterns.
I started Thursday with no pain meds still. I slept without even
regular Tylenol and didn't have a problem. So I assumed Thursday would be
the same. I know that I have a high pain tolerance and just hoped that I
would be fine. Well my pain had other ideas. So I took pills at
noon, 4:30, and 10pm. I started the Jell-O and broth per the diet
instructions. And one of our sweet neighbors brought over some soup for
the family. Since it was chicken noodle I chose to eat that broth
instead of the broth from the store. So good!
Other than when Kilo made me get up and walk I didn't move unless I had too
as I hurt. I watched movies and played on Facebook all day.
No more crazy posts from me.
After dinner I decided that I should be a good mom and help the younger 3
catch up on homework. I am usually really good about making them do
it daily but with all the pre op stuff we were way behind and everything was
due on Friday. So for the next 2 hours I sat on the floor with the 3 kids
all around me as I rotated helping them. The younger 2 don't read on
level and so need all their math problems read to them. CJBuddy kept
asking for help and needs reminders to stay on task. So read one,
turn read for another, turn answer a question, turn start again.
Kilo wanted to help with this but his computer crashed about 4:00 and needed
a complete reinstall. Since he was working from home to help me he
had to have that done and ready by Friday morning so that he could stay home
Thursday night I had my dinner about 7:30pm because I forgot about it.
When I took my meds I didn't get as sick. I did take the Percocet with
the meds and slept great. Still needed the stint pillow for every
time I moved.
Friday I did better. I was only on Tylenol for the day
time. I was able to move more without pain. I was still super
tired and fell asleep every time I laid down to watch something. The kids
had a busy day and Kilo decided he HATES having to run them around.
So much wasted time sitting in the car with no computer screen.
Mellissa had her play practice again till 5 and CJBuddy had a school fair that
he had to be at from 3-6.
I did leave the house to attend the fair as that was super important to
CJBuddy. My mom, sister, and nieces came too. So they came
and picked me and the little 2 kids up and mom drove us in my van to the fair
I got through the day eating what I was supposed to and doing the walking
that I needed to without Kilo even having to ask me. At bed time I
got super super sick from my meds again. Kilo brought me back the
juice and it went right away again. No pain meds to sleep and only used
the stint pillow a little.