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Unread 04-28-2002, 08:30 PM
I'm home too!

And I am so glad to be home!!! I snuck in the house while the dogs were outside, got myself settled on the couch with a pillow on my tummy and braced myself! Sadie soaked my face, I had to wash. They cried and sniffed and crawled all over me, it was great! I had my surgery on Tuesday morning with only a spinal using epi-morphine, I don't react well to general anesthesia. Apparently I don't react well to spinal's either, I was vomiting all afternoon and only managed to get up once for a short walk before I started getting sick again. So I was parked in bed for the night. The next morning the nurse hands me a clean gown, towels etc. and tells me to go get washed, so off I go. I was almost finished when I started feeling nauseous again, I leaned into the sink and the next thing I remember is waking up to 3 nurses standing over me asking me if I'm ok. I had passed out and on the way down cracked my head against the porcelain, so I was laying in a pool of blood. My roommate says I was out for at least one to two minutes. I had to have 3 stitches in the back of my head. So later that afternoon they get me up again, I went into the hallway, come back in my room, sit down while the nurse is changing my bed and I felt fine. The nurse left the room, I felt nauseous again, my mom hands me the basin, then has to catch me before I fall onto the floor. My husband is ringing the call bell, then I go into convulsions, he's screaming down the hall for a nurse, my head had fallen back while I was convulsing so I stopped breathing. The nurse just had to push my head forward for me to breath again. So I ended up having blood tests and an EKG, but nothing was wrong, my hemoglobin was just down a bit. After that I couldn't move without an escort! Fortunately I didn't pass out again or they would have called in neurology. They cut me off of all narcotics, so I had to rely on Tylenol for pain relief, and they left in my IV till yesterday afternoon. But everything is working normally now and I am home!! YEAH!! I wanted to thank everyone for all the great information I received here, it was all helpful. You're all great!!
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Unread 04-28-2002, 08:45 PM

I'm sorry to hear that you had such a wild patient experience!!! Yours certainly was not a typical experience.

I had a little bit too much epidural medicine so I was rendered totally immobile from the neck down for about 2 hours but fortunately kept breathing on my own and only required nasal oxygen. whew! Shows that everyone is an individual and we each have our own unique experiences.

I was able to skip the nausea part too. I'm sure what you had was called a "vagal response" that made you pass out. It's the stimulation of a nerve by the nausea that then effects your heart rate and makes it slow down and drops your blood pressure and then ---boom--- out you go.

Best wishes that you have nothing but smooth sailing from now on!!

Unread 04-28-2002, 09:22 PM
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Hi Debbie and welcome home!

You must be so glad to be out of that hospital! Wow, what a story. Please take it very easy for a few days. You've been through a lot, even without all the nausea and passing out. Remember, sitting is an activity so limit your computer time for awhile. Keep those feet propped up and cuddle up to your dogs!

Unread 04-29-2002, 04:48 AM
I'm home too!

Wow, I'm sorry that happened to you in the castle, how scary for you!!

Remember your training, rest, walk, drink and rest some more. Come over to the post-op board when you are ready, we will be there waiting for you!

Unread 04-29-2002, 10:02 AM
Thanks ladies!

I'm feeling better just by being at home. Giraffe Lady, they figured I had either had a vaso-vagal response or a reaction to the epi-morphine, but you explained the vaso-vagal better than they did. Thanks!! Most of my stay at the hospital was very good, I had some great nurses, my roommate was nice and once I was off clear fluids, the food was mostly edible. haha I'll be over at the post-op board later this week, I need to go lay down again. Thanks again ladies!!!

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