Thanks for all your prayers and thoughts!! 🙂 I really appreciate it.
I’m alive and semi-well this morning after my surgery. I kinda feel like Chuck Norris has roundhouse-kicked me in the stomach about 12 times, but other than that I’m pretty good.
My throat hurts from the respirator and I had this terrible cottonmouth yesterday from all the drugs. That’s gotten much better after brushing my teeth and eating some cereal this morning.
I don’t really remember much after they wheeled me into the operating room yesterday, but according to J and mom, I was in recovery for 4 hours. I remember waking up to lots of beeping and ringing and saying, “Water” and “It hurts.” before drifting back off to sleep. Then later I would wake up, focus on J for about 3 seconds, sip on some apple juice and fall back over asleep. It was a tough experience, and now I wonder what kind of Superwoman-freak-of-nature my friend Lori is, because that girl acted like it was nothing to have her gallbladder removed. She said she was home eating Burger King by noon on the day of her surgery and shopping at Old Time Pottery by that night. Well, the mere mortal in me wanted no part of that. I just wanted more Lortab and a bed.
The scars are not going to be too bad. I’ve got 4 holes in my stomach that are covered in medical super glue. One is in the middle right under my diaphragm, one is inside my belly button and two are on my right side. They don’t hurt as much as my guts do. The doctor said he could have taken it easier on me if I hadn’t waited so long to have the surgery. Apparently, three years is a little too long when your gallbladder is unhappy and inflamed. Note to self and others who may experience this later – don’t wait three years.
I was a little disappointed that they didn’t offer to make me a necklace out of my gallstones, or at least stick em in a jar of formaldehyde and let me take them home. That would have been an awesome addition to my Halloween decorations. hehehehe.
Thanks for your prayers and thoughts and well wishes. I’m gonna take it easy today and let J be my nurse. He is a wonderful one, by the way!