Friday, February 9, 2018

TGIF

One of the nurses in the PostOp would write that on our white boards at the foot of our beds!
I'm home a week already!

Last night I had the best sleep in I don't know how long. I know for sure I didn't hear the eleven o'clock news, (with my TV on a timer to go off at midnight). When I woke up I checked the time at 4:39!! FOUR AND A HALF HOURS of uninterrupted blissful sleep! I turned my iPod on to a boring podcast I'd downloaded and drifted off AGAIN until I heard  the cat at 8:30!!! (That cat is some alarm clock, I'm telling you!)  Never, ever, take sleep for granted folks. It is the most important restorative thing about your life.

Needless to say, I'm feeling quite good this morning. The pharmacy was here bright and early with my new pain medication. I think I should talk about that a bit more because it is important when we are recovering from surgical procedures. I've mentioned in several posts that I cannot tolerate morphine.  As a result, I was having to take near toxic doses of regular Tylenol, at 4000 mg per DAY. You can't keep that up for very long without damaging the liver. The dr has switched me to a different thing we Canadians call Tylenol 3 or T3. It is a much much lower dose of acetaminophen boosted with some codeine.  They did try me with that in hospital, but it wasn't quite strong enough at that point in my recovery.
Everyone is different when it comes to pain control. Hospitals tend to have a standard protocol they follow, but as I've illustrated, it isn't right for everyone. If you are having a procedure and don't feel the pain control is doing what you think it should, or is too much, speak up - or have your advocate speak for you.

I actually got around and made my own breakfast this morning. Every baby step to independence is a big deal to me right now! I can throw the laundry into the washer, add what needs to be tossed in and turn it on.

I might even try to wash a few dishes this morning. I think propping myself against the sink with the hands in nice hot soapy water with the opportunity to watch the birds out the window would be good for my soul today.

My friends Pete and Paul are coming by to visit.  I'm usually pretty happy to have visitors!

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    1. It has been a really great day overall, though I'm really starting to get achy from sitting in a rocking chair letting passive motion rule all day.

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  2. The rest certainly seems to be doing some good for you.

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  3. Sleep is like this magic potion that puts it all to rights.

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  4. Glad to hear you're doing that well.

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  5. Hi Karen lots of snow eh:) Keep resting and taking care of yourself. Hibernation and rest is what you need. Baby steps OK do not overdo. I changed my blog address if you could not find me. Hugs B

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  6. I'm glad to hear a good report. Isn't it odd -- how good it feels to be doing the chores when we would normally, "Ugh, I've got to... today!" We had loads of snow too. At least you can't shovel!

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  7. well done, Tylenol 3's kill my stomach. I am glad you can tolerate them. Remember to take things slow.

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