Hi everyone....I have a very fogy memory of even typing a thread about
Surgery itself went great. The anthologist called me hate evening before to get all of my information. He was able ask me about my pain meds, so he was able to control my pain after surgery. He did a great job. I don't remember anything about the surgery itself (thank goodness) but my surgeon wearing zebra print xray garments. It was so funny I thought I had just dreamt it, but that was the first thing I asked him when he came to see me. He said he has them so that nobody will take his.
Any way.....The recovery room was painful, but the nurses where great trying to control the pain. I don't remember much at all.
The first night following my surgery was very painful, but again was able to control everything with the morphine pump. At some point during that night, I felt my left hand and left arm starting to swell and i was becoming very painful. I called the nurse. (not very happy to be bothered). She came in and said "why that is just weird" . That did not make me feel very good at all. She called in a another nurse who turned on the light to look, and she said, "thats weird" another medical term. She then asked me if my complexion was always so red.I said no and she said, "well just look at it".... OK just had surgery, morphine pump, do I look like I have a makeup compact ? She brought in a mirror and I almost screamed. Everything was bright bright bright red and puffy.
The decided it was red mans syndrome. It is caused from an antibiotic called viomiciacin (sp)put in to fast. No big deal The first nurser then said, oh I thought she went tanning before surgery. She did have her toes done ya know. OMG what an idiot.
i then told her my arm still was sore, so she said it was also red mans syndrome just change my iv to the other hand and slowed down the medicine. I asked both of them if they wre sure if that was the problem, and they said yes. I asked for a doctor to come in and look, and they said they got in at 6 am. I said we are in a hopital I am sure you can find one. They sent in a anastegiologist, and he confirmed red man sndrome.
The next day, they had me out of bed and at physical therapy, which I passed out in. my blood pressure was 95 over 50. They said I was dehydrated and sent me back to me room for another bag a fluids.
The continued to get me ready to go home, since I was tollerating pain on oral meds. The took my temp wich was 10 and said the was normal after surgery....so home I went.
I did not sleep that night, and my hand and arm progessively got worse. Woke up in the morning with 139.9 fever. Went strait to hospital and the admitted me. Turns out yes red mans syndrome. But my hand and arm were infected. Blood culturs came back as cellulitis. I then went for ultrasound and have several superfisical blood clots. The do not causee any harm but are very painful. My arm was put inot a cast for pressure, and was given heavy duty anibiotics. The reated it very aggressivly becaue it could have gotten into spine. Had temp for two days that they could not get down. Finally came down. No fun having fever in hospital when you are unable to move. I was pumped with so many fluids.Turns out that blood pressure drops from the blood clots.
Well.............I am finally feeling better at home. Arm is still swelled, but coming down, and n antiobiotics for infection (which by the way they said had to come from needle of IV)
I go for ultasound of arm on friday. My back is not as bad as I thought it would be. I have a cane and am getting around great. Did have a bump in road last night. I had not had a BM since monday before surgery. Man was I in pain. It took 3 fleet enimas to help me. OMG that definetley was the worst part of it all. Well maybe I lost a few pounds from it . hahahaha
So all is good and I will continue to recoop. I start therapy in six weeks.
Thanks everyone, back to bed for me.