Less pain now . . .

6 Jun

Hello All,

I am now two weeks and 6 days post-op. I guess I am actually doing pretty well considering it has only been a few weeks since surgery.

I am starting to feel better. I know I have really taken to complaining on here lately – that can’t be too pleasant to read about. But, I wanted to capture my symptoms because I have to have this same surgery again and want to be able to be better prepared for the next one. Plus, I do want a record of this for others who have to go through it. (Since doctors don’t, they REALLY, REALLY don’t fill you in on what is really coming). At least that has been my experience.

So, I am slowly recovering. Still having some pain, but, nothing like before. It is hard to imagine having to have this same surgery again. But, it is what it is. I will do it and I will get through it. Hopefully next time with better preparation. I can say this, if the surgeon changes the date on me the next time at the last minute, then I will NOT go forward with surgery – not until I have time to adequately prepare (as in line up care takers, re-do grocery shopping and laundry and all of the stuff that you have to do to have a house ready for recuperation).

I won’t be able to drive for another two or three weeks. Not that I feel like driving right now anyway.

The pain is lessening. I am still weak, but, not as much I guess. Although it is hard to gauge as I really don’t do anything. Yesterday I went out briefly with a friend for lunch and I found myself pretty upside down after walking from the car to the restaurant. (I am entitled to a handicap card, but, just can’t really get my head around that one).

So, I have been pretty much just at home, taking it easy. I need to start walking more, but, I really can’t do it alone, not wise. So, I need walkers . . . pretty pathetic, I know.

My folks should be by later today, it will be nice to see them. I am sure I will get a walk in then.

Still on the IV antibiotics. Nurse comes in everyday to administer it. Can’t wait for that to be over with, really hate having this pic line in my arm. But, it is a lot better than developing some infection. So, in the scheme of things, it is not that bad.

I hopefully will be off of the antibiotics after Wednesday (that would be my third week of it and that is a lot, not really so great for a person to be on this stuff for so long).

I see my surgeon tomorrow. Hopefully, she will remove the remaining drain – that will help with the sleep issues I am having.

I am sleeping more than I was last week. And, I know I will sleep more and more once I am feeling better.

Well, that’s all really, just wanted to check in.

Please keep up the prayers and positive thoughts. I really appreciate it.

Love and peace,

Lisa

2 Responses to “Less pain now . . .”

  1. Sandy June 6, 2010 at 12:20 PM #

    Lisa,

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better! I have a thought about the handicap card: can you take it temporarily? Set your intention to surrender it, say, 3 months after your last surgery. After all, you’re only in a temporary situation here and getting better all the time!

    Love,
    Sandy

  2. cancerfree2b June 7, 2010 at 10:06 AM #

    Hi Sandy,
    Yes, I have thought of that. They do also offer a temporary disability card – something I secured during chemo time. But, it took nearly two months to get and so by the time I got it, the time on it was nearly over with. So, the permanent disability card is really the way to go and then simply get rid of it when it is no longer needed. My oncologist (my former one, the one I fired) filled out the paper work approving a permanent disability placard. But, I never used it to apply for one with the DMV. I probably should have, but, just couldn’t seem to do it. Even though back then I did have trouble walking some distances. And, the smell of car fumes still makes me sick – so not having to walk through a parking lot would be a lot nicer. But, I don’t know. I will see.

    I see my oncologist in a couple of weeks. I will bring it up with her then.

    Thank you for your suggestion, and, thank you for everything else! 🙂

    Much love,
    Lisa

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