Monday, October 26, 2009

One week post op

7 days ago I had my bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction surgery.  Dr L found no surprises during the mastectomy and all tissue was sent to the path lab.  Dr. S was able to place the expanders with no real problems other than my skin was a little tight.  I spent 3 nights in the hospital.  I was only supposed to be there 2 but my hemoglobin tanked and they started talking blood transfusion.  My first draw preop had me anemic I believe at a 9, thursday morning draw had me at 7.2.  Surgeon wasn't concerned as I wasn't exhibiting any other symptoms.  They redrew immediately and it had gone down to a 7.  Plan to redraw in the afternoon was made as well as an increase to the pain medication.  There was some misunderstanding in my drug induced state that I could continue the pain pump and still be eligible for release.  I had no concept of time in my stoned state but I knew getting home was key so I did not hit the pain pump after early Thursday morning.  Then they realized I was under pain medicated and uped the dosage.  Thing is the nurses were not allowed to wake me every four hours to give me pain meds.  I had to request them.  Again I was time retarded and couldn't remember if it was 5 minutes or hours ago that I had had meds.  I ended up hurling Thursday night from dinner (food was awful) and was glad that I stayed that night.  My nurse and I came to an uderstanding that she would check on me and make us much noise as possible in order for me to wake and "request" meds.  Anyways I got home friday and lived in the recliner for several days.  I have good days, horrible days and tolerable days.  I just wish they built on one another.  Yesterday was a great day, today was awful.  Not all of it is pain related it's emotional and mental as well.  I see my plastic surgeon on Wednesday to discuss what is next and have everything evaluated.  My inlaws were here for a week and just left today.  My church small group is having a lady  come and clean our house for us tomorrow.  Dinners are coming for the next two weeks at least.  We are well cared for.

2 comments:

Lorri said...

Praying for you and sending gentle hugs! Love, Lorri

TexasHeather said...

Glad to see you back; continuing to pray for your complete recovery - body, mind & spirit.