Friday, February 25, 2011

Getting restless

If it didn't snow today we would've been home by now. But we're not. Dad's getting antsy and ready to be home.
I'm feeling really good. Minimal pain, so I've just been lying around. Can't imagine tomorrow will be all that comfortable sitting on a plane but I'm ready for home. But since I feel so good, I'm not too worried.

I discovered the greatest invention yesterday. I had my surgery out at a satellite surgery clinic about 10 miles from the main hospital. I got changed into my gown. But this gown wasn't cotton. It was sort of heavy and papery. But it wrapped around like all gowns should be and covered everything up without worrying about being exposed, like I was when I was in the hospital.
And it had little flaps where the heart monitor wires could go without tearing off the gown. And then It had a couple flaps i wasn't sure what they were. Fast forward til I'm out of surgery. The nurse asks me if I'm cold and i said yes. She hooks this hose to one of the mysterious flaps and then turns on heat. It was wonderful. A heated gown. I did not want to leave. Every hospital NEEDS to get these things!

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Thursday, February 24, 2011


Surgery's been delayed am hour til 3pm

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Its aunt annies fault...

I got screwed by aunt annies pretzels. Yesterday me and dad flew into Baltimore for a connection. As we walked to our next gate, we passed a million aunt annies pretzels stands. Now I love aunt annies but I haven't really been eating great, just the basics so aunt annies was not on my radar....especially at 10am. So we get to our gate and directly across from us is aunt annies. We sit around for a while and as I go to the restroom and debate about getting a pretzel. And decide no. But after sitting down, dad suggests getting a pretzel so I cave in. It's fate I guess.
After only eating 1/2 of it I decided I really didn't want it. Oh well.

So fastforward to Cleveland clinic in the dr's office. After exam the dr decides she wants to go into surgery. And asks, "have u eaten anything today?". I confess to the 1/2 pretzel. Her response, "oh shoot, if u didn't eat anything i couldve taken u into surgery today (Wednesday)." Which translates into being able to fly home on Thursday. But that darn pretzel prevents this! The pretzel I didn't even want! And even worse, surgery on thursday is in a satellite surgical center so we're taking a cab over. And to make matter even worse, with surgery on thursday, we were cleared to fly home on Friday. But there's a blizzard coming to Cleveland! So now we're stuck here until Saturday...all because of that stupid pretzel.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Feels like I was just here...oh wait, I was!

Made it out to Cleveland fine. Had appt the dr already. She took a look, was pretty happy with the the healing of her surgical repair, thinks everything looks good. She saw right away what the problem is...long story short, there is infection present however she thinks it is relatively minor at this stage. Definitely a concern, but manageable. But there a problem with the old surgery incision area, due to the scar tissue. So she wants to take a look under anesthesia tomorrow but hopefully she won't have to do too much. Surgery is at 2 and the plan is to fly home on Friday.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Coming home soon

The good news is that I'm not in the hospital anymore. Got out yesterday, and spent last night here at the hotel. The night went well, the pain not too bad.
This morning I had a visit to the dr. She wanted to check on the surgical site and go over future instructions--what to do and not do. She's very happy with how I'm healing, how the surgery went. So that all good.
The bad news is that the current snow storm is delaying my trip home to Boston. There's not much in terms any real snow here, but they're expecting alot of freezing rain I guess. But we're getting nothing like what Boston is. So the plan is to return to Boston Thursday @ 3:25pm flight. Arrive in boston 5pm. Hope no delays for that trip.
So all is going well here!

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Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm free!

I'm getting released today! The doctor came in this morning and thinks I'm doing good enough to be released today. The surgical site looks good and I'm feeling good.
I have an appointment with her tomorrow morning for another check and then I'm free to return to boston....whenever we can make it back with the storms that are coming in.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dinner time!

As i get ready for release tomorrow, today they've been switching over my IV meds to pill form. We started with the pain meds, which I started this afternoon as pill form. Antibiotics come next.
Unfortunately the pills did not agree with my empty stomach so the latter afternoon I've been bothered by upset stomach with the worry of vomiting. Luckily that did not happen and I made it to dinnertime. I was not able to choose my dinner tonight and ended up with pot roast, carrots, and mashed potatoes.
Didn't eat too much but I made a start.

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Today is a big day. I'm graduating to ice chips and tonight to food.
Yesterday wasn't so exciting, walked a few laps around the floor but mostly was lying around watching tv. I'm feeling good tho, the pain isn't too terrible.

Still waiting to see the doctor this morning. At some point they're switching my pain meds from the pain pump to pills, which I prefer.
Not much more excitement from here!

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

It's a new day

I'm doing ok so far today. Slept on and off all night. Had people coming in to take my blood pressure, temp, draw blood, so the night was pretty busy. The dr came in early this morning. I'm
gonna be released monday morning. Still cannot have anything to eat or drink until tomorrow night. My hunger has disappeared but I'm really thirsty.
But I'll have to wait another day.
I was able to get up and walk around, and get cleaned up for the day.
Dad should be over soon.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Long day....

And I'm hungry!!
Finally got to my room after a long day. Surgery was actually @ 1:30. Finished up at 3pm and off i went to recovery. And in true fashion, nothing ever goes smoothly for me. Woke up feeling ok, and was hooked up to a pain medication pump which i was to press when needed. I guess it was set a little bit high for me and I ended up with too much. Made me feel pretty sick, and the concern was that my breathing rate was much too low and the same for blood pressure. So I spent about 7 hours in recovery where they could closely monitor my breathing.
But I'm feeling much better now and hopefully can get a good nights sleep!

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It's already 12:15pm and I'm still in the pre-op iv yet. So I'm guessing surgery will be later. I heard a nurse in the hall mention something about 1:30

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We're @ the hospital now, haven't gone into pre-op yet. It's about 11:00am now. Checked in at 10:30am.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Surgery time

Just called in to find out my surgery time. Arriving at 10:30am and surgery is around 12:30.

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Prep day...

After a busy day yesterday, I don't have anything to do today besides "prep" for surgery. So breakfast this morning consists of a glass of water. Gonna have to forage for some lunch later, maybe I'll be crazy and have some chicken broth from au bon pain.

Dad disappeared, he's out somewhere checking out Cleveland!
Here's a pic of our "living room" for the week. I'm happy they updated the rooms since the last time we were here!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Done w appts

I'm all done with my appointments for the day. Met w the doctor, had blood drawn, and now we're back at the hotel. I won't know the surgery time for Friday until tomorrow afternoon after 3pm.
Gonna head out soon for my "last supper".

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We made it!

We made to Cleveland! After a shaky non start, the plane finally left 1/2 hour late due to de-icing the plane. However the passengers were not told this and we just sat not moving wondering what was happening.

Anyway, So we're just waiting around for the morning in the hotel lobby since we can't check in yet. 1st appt is @ 1pm.

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And so it begins....

Yes, it's 3am and I'm already getting up. And considering I fell asleep around midnight, it's gonna make for a long day. But the good news is that we're missing the Nor'easter!

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