Hi my healing well family. I am posting a quick update as I get a back rub from my son and just took my am pain drugs! My surgery was Wednesday and I came home Thursday, probably not the best move on their behalf. My surgery was 4 hours, the doc ran late getting in. I woke up in recovery to get a shot of dilaudid and then they sent me up to my room to let the nurses up there deal with me.
They forgot to put in the foley cath during surgery and when I got up to my room at 1pm I was in extreme distress. Hadn't gone since 5am. Well they thought that it would be good for me to walk to the potty and try to use it. WRONG!!!! I have already had bladder surgery so I know when I have passed the point of no return. So it was a complete failure, they ended up walking me back to the bed where I laid crying and breathing like I was having a baby for 45 more minutes. My dear hubby went out and screamed at the nurses to immediately cath me. The head nurse wanted to train a new nurse on bladder scanning and putting in the foley cath. ***.. I don't mind training, but this was an emergency. Needless to say they got 1500cc out. The normal adult bladder is 5-600cc.
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the next part is that once they put in the foley, they left it in so I could rest the whole day and night. My pain doc also wrote that my PCA was to be programmed so it would auto dispense the minimum amount even if I did not press the button. NICE. The only rough part is the spasms. The Flexeril was not working, so they gave me oxygen and lidocaine pads for the night, I slept three hours atleast.
But morning came and I was in significant pain, so the nurse switched the Flexeril to Valium and that seemed to help some. Then the mad dash to get me off the pump, on oral and out the door. Pt came in, the speech team to make sure I could swallow pills and food, then the ortho. Then the fight with the pain doc. He did not want to release me with Valium, he wanted me to take Xanaflex. The nurse talked him into letting me go and that I needed to check w/him on Monday. Needless to say I didn't get a full oral test because they were desperate for my bed. UNBELIEVABLE.
I am home with the expected swelling in the throat and still extreme spasms. The part that frustrates me is that I have super phlem and can't get it out or up as coughing makes the spasm worse. Any suggestions? I am using musinex. It is now coming up yellow, but no fever. I got only two hours the first night home, and 3 last night. Can't recline because I choke.
Anyhow, today I get a shower. I have been walking, but now it is raining. We got word yesterday that our happy weekend place in WI is flooding. The water is already up to the back line of our lot there and more rain today....
One little funny, the doc said I must wear my brace out of the house. We want people to steer clear of you. OMG it worked, even with the elderly. They were pushing me forward in line at checkout....
Keep the prayers, I need them.