Just had my first little "toot" at 6:30 this morning, which would be sixteen hours after I woke up from surgery. Woo-hoo! (It's the little things, LOL.) And I feel another one coming on!
Felt ready to walk last night after surgery, but nurses were all buttoning down for the night, and since it's such a hassle with all my attachments (IV, catheter, leg compressors), nurse and mom - who was on her way back to the hotel for the night - both figured I might as well wait for morning, which I was fine with.
So I asked about
going for my walk a few minutes ago (at 7:00 AM), but it was right in the middle of the nurse shift change, and they want to escort me the first time I stand up to keep an eye on my blood pressure and make sure I don't pass out. Sooo, now I have to wait until around 8:00-ish since they are giving reports and making rounds first. But to be fair, the hospital is at capacity right now with not a single room
open, so they are pretty busy. I'm sure I'll be walking plenty before the day is out!
I've been trying to take it easy on the dilaudid, ddd45, just keeping it up enough to stay ahead of the pain so I can stay comfortable and as mobile as possible (changing positions, reaching for stuff, etc), which right now is about
20-30 mins in between pumps. If I go longer than that then the pain at the incision area returns, and it takes too long to "catch up" to it, ending up using more in the long run. I'll keep an eye and slow that down as I am able to.
Goals for today:
1) Walk, walk, walk!
2) Catheter out!
3) Leg compressors off!
4) Progress to at least "full liquids" (soup, yogurt, etc) by end of day.
I know I don't have direct control over 2-4, but it will all come with the walking and waking up the guts.
Thanks again for all the support and good vibes! I swear the prayers and healing thoughts from friends, family, and all of you are what's keeping everything running so smoothly for me through all this since surgery one. Big hugs!!!