Friday, February 26, 2010

alive and sore

I made it out in one piece.

We arrived at the hospital a little early yesterday, but they took me back immediately to get prepped for surgery. Once my IV was in place, Joey was allowed to come back and sit with me while I laid in bed and tried to relax.

Every person imaginable came back and spoke to me. Finally, my doc came back and asked if I minded going in a little early since he was finished with his previous surgery sooner than expected. Sure!

So, the anesthesiologist (did I spell that right?) and her student doc came back to claim me. I started to get nervous when I was saying good-bye to Joey, so the student doc offered me "a little bit of courage." Once whatever she shot me with was in my IV, I was out cold.

The next thing I remember is waking up in recovery. I spent about 45 minutes there waking up while my nurse took my vitals. I really didn't feel any pain at this point--just very sleepy and disoriented. I kept asking for Joey so they finally brought me into another room where I could see him. 

He had spoken to the doc who gave him photos and a DVD of the surgery. We still haven't watched the DVD, but the photos were very cool. The cyst was bigger than I imagined and you were able to see the spots of endo. Overall, he classified me at stage 1, which made me so relieved.

Once I was able to walk (with assistance) and pee, they got ready to send me home. They gave me one more shot of pain meds and some Zofran for my nausea. Good thing since I didn't fill those dreadful anal suppositories.

I slept a little bit yesterday afternoon, but mostly laid on the couch and watched TV. My best friend came over and brought me a huge bottle of Moscato to break open after my pain pills are gone and a gossip mag to read while I'm lounging around. It made my day.

This morning the pain is worse than yesterday. I would just describe it as feeling very sore. My back hurts from laying on it so much, and my shoulders and upper chest area hurt from all the gas/air bubbles left over from surgery. But I've been taking Gas X (thanks, Mic!) and drinking ginger ale--both of which are helping. My throat is also very sore from the breathing tube.

My husband has been a SAINT. The nurses in recovery were so impressed with him. All of them "awwwed" when he put on my shoes and tied them because I couldn't bend over. He even called out of work today because he didn't want to leave me home alone.

That's pretty much the entire story. I promise not to post the photos or video of my insides and gross you out. :) Hopefully I'll be moving around a little better this afternoon so I can get onto the computer and get updated on my blog reading.

Thank you all so much for the good thoughts and well wishes. You have no idea how much I appreciate them.

28 comments:

Rebecca said...

I'm SO glad to hear it went well and you're home recovering, Katie!!!

Yay for getting rid of Boris and yay for the endo only being stage 1. I'm sure the pictures must have been really cool and fascinating! :) In a gross way, of course...

Sounds like Joey was wonderful and it sounds like you're recovering well. Relax and I hope you're feeling much less pain soon.

Jen said...

Sounds like things went really well. I hope you have a speedy recovery and aren't sore for too much longer!

Kandid Kelli said...

Glad to hear it went well. I hope you get to feeling better!

You have a great hubby!!

xo
K

jin said...

Rest up girl. Glad it went ok. And watch the DVD and let us know what you throught of it.

Arlyne said...

Sounds like everything went well! I'm so glad Joey is spoiling you & that you're being well cared for! lots of healing (((HUGS))) your way!

someday-soon said...

Happy to hear it went well & that your DH is spoiling you! Hard candies were super helpful for me with the sore throat.

Crossed Fingers said...

I'm glad to hear everything went well and you're now on the mend. I'm also happy to hear you're only stage one! Wonderful news! Rest up!

Rach said...

Glad it went well. Hope you heal soon.

Jessica said...

Glad everything went well and you are safe and sound. Sounds like you have a very sweet hubby!!

Stefanie Blakely said...

Ohhhh, I'd totally love to see your surgery pics-- fascinating! (I'm a Discovery Health nut.)

So glad things went well-- wishing you a speedy recovery!

Kelly said...

I'm glad that things went well. I know that you were nervous and how scary it is. I was always amazed at how nice everyone was and it sounds like you had the same.

How lucky you are to have Joey and a great best friend. And YUM to the Moscato! Enjoy a glass for me when you can. I'm out. :(

AplusB said...

Glad it went well and hope you feel 100% soon. I imagine you'll be sore for a while, but sounds like hubby is taking great care of you!

erika said...

I am so glad everything went smooth and they cleared everything nicely. How re-assuring. I hope the pain discomfort will soon subside for you.

Fingers crossed you can get rid of that Moscato bottle very soon;)
Much love your ways.

pandadiaries said...

I hope you feel 100% soon. I know those gas pains can be a real bitch!

Dawn said...

I'm so glad it went well! I hope you have a very speedy recovery.

Joey Rocks!! :)

BabyWid said...

Yay for good news! I'm so happy that everything went well!

Try to relax and get better!!

Astrid said...

That's so cute about your hubby. Isn't it an amazing feeling in those moments to know you have the best husband on earth!? I know it's painful but your are on your way to recovery in so many ways. Hope you feel back to normal very soon.

Ashley said...

Glad to hear that you are up and everything went well!

Al said...

Glad it went so smoothly and your hubby is taking such great care of you. Hope you heal quickly!

JC said...

I'm glad you're feeling pretty well, I hope you continue to feel better & better. I'm so glad the endo was stage 1! I was happy to read that. =) That's also awesome your hubby is being such a great job taking care of you. So sweet! Can't wait till you're feeling better and we can lunch it up.

Tina said...

Katie, I am so glad to hear that the surgery went well!

Hope you are feeling a whole lot better and are appreciating those good meds!

Basic Girl said...

I'm SO happy to hear the surgery was a success, you got rid of Boris, and were only stage 1. How nice to have one surgery behind you!!! I wish you a very speedy recover, and in the meantime it sounds like hubby will take amazing care of you!! Relax and take care of yourself this weekend!

Leslie said...

I am very happy to hear that your surgery went well. I am sorry to hear that you are sore though. I hope that the soreness goes away very soon and you are feeling much better in no time. It sounds like you have a wonderful DH. Hope you have a restful weekend!!

nicolemarie said...

I'm so glad you're doing well! I always hate that post-op feeling... my one piece of advice (4 laps later) is take it easy! Don't try to do too much too quick or your body is going to hit a wall... take it easy and let Joey take care of you! PS that's AWESOME that you're only a stage 1 :) Big Hugs!

i_c_thru_u said...

Very happy to hear that you made it out and are recovering! Hopefully this will help things. And I'm really glad to hear that it was only Stage 1! Hope your pain is gone soon. :o)

Glenn and Brittany said...

I am so glad that your surgery went as well as it did!! And it was great to see you today (I wish we could have talked more!) Take it easy tomorrow and hopefully I will see you again soon :)

Noelle said...

It sounds like your experience was not a bad one. Your husband and your friend were wonderful. I hope that this surgery will make a huge difference in your life and that it will be what allows wonderful things to come.

Nicole said...

So relieved to hear it went well, though sorry to hear about the pain. Then I'm glad again that you have a rockstar DH! I hope you get feeling better still!