Sorry it has taken me so long to post my visit to the castle. My computer has been downstairs and I haven't been able to get to it until now.
I went in Wed. 7/24 for a TAH that was scheduled for noon but I didn't get in the operating room until 2pm. The A-man was great and I asked all my questions. I tend to get claustrophobic so I mentioned that to him and he said he wouldn't put a mask over my face but would have it below my nose. Well, he put some stuff to relax me and I was out!
I woke up in my hospital room (I don't even remember the recovery room). The best thing that I could have done was to get a private room. It was so worthwhile and it made my recovery so much better. Found out from DH that the surgery went very well. My
did my surgery in only an hour, very little blood loss and a small incision. When I woke up, I didn't have much pain, just a dull ache and I was hooked up to a morphine pump and some anti-inflammatory drugs in my IV.
The catheter came out the next morning (Thurs) and I was able to pee on my own within an hour. I did take a few wobbly steps that morning and was put on a clear liquid diet all day. All the information that I received from this site was so helpful. I kept remembering to drink, walk and rest. The nurses answers to my comments of having a slight fever, gas or ache was to walk. That was the magic word, "walk". It did help alot. On Friday, I finally passed gas! I was released Saturday morning and I felt really good. I was able to walk and I wasn't in too much pain. I had great care from the nurses and I'm glad that I was able to thank them with the goodie basket and a thank you card before I left.
Then came the fun part. I was resting all day Saturday and Sunday and I thought I was being good and taking it easy. Then on Monday, I had visitors and I thought I would walk slowly downstairs. Ouch! I realized that my body had other ideas about taking it easy. It has been a trial and error process to find a balance of being good and not doing too much. It has only been 11 days and I have been walking and sitting in the car for short trips. My
said I could drive within a week and so I did drive for a short distance and I was ok but I don't plan on doing too much of that, I just wanted to remember how it felt to drive. It is really a conscious effort to take it easy but I remember all the great advice and stories that I have read on this site and it has made me back off doing anything silly.
I'm off to rest but wanted to let you know about my castle stay. Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement!