Monday, October 8, 2012

Home - Day 3 or 4 post op

Do I couldn't surgery day as day zero?
I'm confused. Either way I can't wait for the swelling to go down.
Please tel me it gets easier from here.
I woke up this morning not being able to breathe. I think I had some gunk caught in my throat.
I've been rinsing a lot and all kinds of crap is coming out. Lots of blood clots and white stuff.
I miss the hospital because I was under constant supervision by the nurses.

Surgery day
I got to the hospital at 6am, registered and waited around with a big buzzer.
Sean came in with me when they called me in. I changed into the gown and hairnet, etc.
The nurse was really nice but couldn't get the IV in. So i was laying down and she gave up and was going to get the anesthesiologist to do it but another nurse came and got it done.
I got called him pretty quick and had to say goodbye to everyone.
I walked to the surgery room. Was wrapped up tight on an operating table that was very narrow.
The surgeon came in and everyone was really nice. They started to drug me and it felt like the whole room was spinning in a circle. Next thing I have a few vague memories of a recovery room and having a paper but forgetting how to write. I don't remember being put in my room but apparently I bumped my head when I was moved. I don't remember day one being too bad because I had a tube in my stomach and some other thing in the other nostril.

Day 1 post op
Day two the tube got annoying and a nurse came and pulled it out which was pretty gross. My nose did bleed a lot at first but it's gotten better. Again I don't remember a whole lot. I started to drink liquids but everything is clear liquid and tastes so gross. This day wasn't too bad though

Day 2 post op
I got sent home in the afternoon on this day and I was feeling really stomach sick. I threw up before we left the hospital and then again when we were driving back. I started doing a lot of rinses as all kinds of stuff is stuck to my mouth and makes it harder to breathe. This day really sucked. The swelling increased and I just felt awful.

Day 3 post op
Today is going okay. I woke up and couldn't breathe for some reason. Again I'm coughing up a lot of stuff so that might be why. I haven't taken the morphine since the hospital because it makes me feel sick. I don't really feel a lot of pain except for the joints because I'm not wired. I have some elastics but I can still open my mouth a little. This makes it easy to drink. I can't wait to get the okay to drink more solid liquids as everything clear is just so gross.

I hope it gets better from here because the swelling makes it hard to do anything.

Thanks everyone for all your kind works. It feels good to be post op but it'll feel better to be further through the recovery process.


  1. Terra-- the first few days are the hardest! Afrin was a lifesaver for the congestion and the nausea ebbs once you start weaning yourself off the medication. Just hang in there, it's all up from here! :)

  2. Hi Terra,
    Hang in there...sounds like you are doing ok though - and already at day 3. Sending healing thoughts your way for a speedy recovery.

  3. Sounds like you are doing pretty well other than the sickness - like Allie said it is so much better after you are off meds. I'm day 7 post-op and still congested feeling. I think it is because of the swelling at this point. The first few days hot showers and q-tips were life savers for me!

  4. It seems you are doing pretty good. Best of luck, and for sure you will feel better and better each day.