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Making slow progress...

I've been able to keep the pain more manageable today and thankfully didn't have a repeat of yesterday where I could hardly eat breakfast. I still have pain, though, but hopefully I'll be able to ease off the pain meds soon. I keep going back and forth between thinking "this isn't so awful", and "ouch, can I kill something?". Still, the pain is staying at 6 and below for the most part now, instead of spiking high like yesterday. The nausea seems to have turned tail and run away.

I was able to go to church, although I was very tired by the end of the ordeal. I'm now resting somewhat comfortably on the futon with the laptop on my stomach. I still have pain, but with the meds taking effect and staying more regular, I'm keeping things to 4 or so on the 10-point pain scale.

Now for some stories:

Story #1: The nurse I worked with before the surgery was amazing. She made me laugh and really seemed to love what she was doing. She was reading me the informed consent information I had to sign, and one of the possible negative outcomes of anesthesia is "blindness". I started laughing and she told me to shut up (in a joking way, of course). I'll leave out the details of everything in between for the sake of length of this story, but I woke up in recovery, and was definitely drifting. Soon, though, I realized that my vision didn't seem to be waking up with me. I started getting very nervous, and said something to the nurse (who seemed to be right with me the whole time). She reminded me that "other patients are resting too, so we try to keep the lights dim for them." I just thought it was funny, although distressing at the time.

Story #2: I made sure that they were aware of RSD and was pleasant y surprised to find that they didn't blow me off. The nurse I worked with before surgery also talked to me about the TV special I linked to a few weeks ago. Well, later, the next day, I was talking to the nurse (who happened to be the same one I'd met the day before when I got up to the orthopedic floor). She told me that somehow, something got lost in translation or something, because my chart said something like "autonomic dysfunction" or similar, which meant that I would have had a spinal cord injury and been unable to go to the bathroom. She was relieved to see it was actually RSD, which she promptly looked up.

I was only in the hospital for a day, but I was extremely well cared for. They were very supportive and good about telling me who they were and what they were doing to/for me. I found that I was extremely disoriented for most of the time I was in the hospital; I knew where I was, but not what time it was. In recovery, I still wasn't sick or in pain and I thought they hadn't done the surgery. But everyone was professional and friendly and encouraging. It's not like I ever want to repeat this experience, and there are frustrations I'm still dealing with, but I really do commend the hospital for trying to make things as pleasant for me as they could.

Just some more observations. I hope to write more later. Thank you all for your prayers and support, they mean a lot to me.



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May. 21st, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
Glad you're back and doing well!
May. 21st, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks... I'm glad to be home and staring to figure things out...
May. 21st, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thoughts and Prayers
Hi, Just wanted to let you know you've been in my thoughts and prayers; I just didn't get the chance to write before now. Sounds like the hospital staff was great and that you didn't do anything embarrassing while zoned out on pain meds. The most embarrassing moment I'll relate here is reading braille on the bedspread and calling people over to listen. Gotta love demorol. (sp) Take good care.
May. 22nd, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Thoughts and Prayers
Hi Lisa,

Thank you for the prayers. I know this time of year is pretty much crazy for everyone!
I have actually tried to read bumps left from nervve blocks I've had before, that was right after just having local though!
May. 22nd, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
keep up the good work
I'm glad to know that you are keeping the pain down to a dull roar. It helps healing if the levels stay as low as humanly possible.

LOL - now, are they getting close with this "autonomic dysfunction" of yours or perhaps someone just made it up as your possible diagnosis? When my blood pressure got too low - I'd fall down. The orthostatic hypotension was my major autonomic malfunction.

Here's a shout-out to Julio!!!! Hang in there buddy!
May. 22nd, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
Re: keep up the good work
Julio wanted you and the furkids to know that he's doing alright. Right now, he's curled up next to me on the bed.
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