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so far, so boring... 10-12-2011 - 08:10 AM
At times my blood pressure fluctuates between normal and low. While inpatient my blood pressure became very low, like, 80/40 low. The Dr and nurses made claims about it being due to the pain medication and/or anesthesia. I was release with a Rx for Lortabs 7.5 and Mortin 800 mg. Neither have a really needed. However, I'm still feeling light headed, woozy

I see the Dr Monday to have my staples removed...

While inpatient I was given morphine intravenously the first day. After which Tramadol intravenously and percocet orally every day after, or when requested. The Tramadol burned a lot so I asked that it be stopped. I had an interesting conversation with one of the nurses taking care of me. He, yes HE...said, something about people dont start to feel better until the go home. Additionally, that pain medication is used to get you going, work through the pain if you will.

Makes sense, right?

I don't think I like hospitals. Between what I witnessed in the OR and shortages that does on, it must be tiring on the soul. The nurses were loud and rude at time, the PCAs were the same or in some cases more helpful than the actual nurses. Then you're awaken every few hours to be given pain medication. I few times I explained to the nurse that I didn't want it, he suggested that I take it anyway.

Initially, I requested a private room but there weren't any. I had two wonderful roommates, since I was there longer, folks were coming and going. The first, a 54 year old woman, with fibroids and she had the Vinci method. She complained about the pain for most of the time. I asked her about hystersisters, she hadn't heard of it. Apparently, the gasses used during the procedure cause her a great deal of shoulder pain. I felt bad for her because I wasn't having any.

I'm still apprehensive about less invasive procedures. Honestly, from what I've read and witnessed, these procedure seem to cause more complications. If I was offered a do over, my vertical abdominal hysterectomy would still be fine.

My second roommate arrived Saturday afternoon. I forget her age and exactly what she had done, a mesh was involved and it was done vaginally. When she told me I really didn't understand and thought it would be intrusive to ask for more details. She was in pain too...because she couldn't take morphine, she was giving Demerol {according to the nurse it is like heroin}My roommate and I sleep well Saturday night, in fact it was the best sleep I've had in months. She asked for our room door to be closed {something I never thought of} which blocked out the noise at the nurses station and the A/C to be turned up. I requested an additional blanket. I thanked her the next morning as we chatted over breakfast. She is a really great person, at one point I showed her my staples and she counted them. When the Dr came to see me she asked questioned that I would never think to asked. LOL I know my Dr was like, who the hell is she, LOL

I was sad to see her go, we enjoyed each other so much; early Sunday morning her Dr came in to release her but she didn't leave until 3ish, her family and mines watched the football game together. We made a pact that after breakfast we would nap, wake up have lunch together and then she would leave. We did! Before she left, she gave me her phone number and kissed me on the cheek.

My mother and SO spent every day with me. While my BFF since childhood, was a no call...no show. The day before my surgery I called her crying but her response was cold. "why are you crying", you're having a hysterectomy, right" Stuff like that. I didn't hear from her again until I Monday afternoon (my surgery was Friday) and it was through text, "did you have the surgery" I never responded.

And I'm not...


 
machchic said at 10-12-2011 - 05:45 PM
I am so happy you are doing well. I will write more later, busy week with DH in Las Vegas for Work and Mom visiting and spending time catching up. She lives in MO and I only see her 2 times a year.

Keep up the great work, rest and relax. Talk more soon. (I don't want to bother you to much)

Muah -Michelle(Ohio)

 


 

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