Pre-Op, Post-Op and all the In-Between

I’ll try to bring you up to date now.  Thats what happens when I have a limited number of digits that can type!

Wednesday morning we were supposed to be at the hospital at 8:30 so of course we were there shortly after 7:30.  I convinced PH that it wouldn’t bother me if he had coffee and breakfast so we wasted some time in the cafeteria again.  X-ray done on the right hand (it was operated on in January) and then off to pre-op. Things seemed to be running late, but around 11:30  the surgeon explained that he wanted to take out the metal plate and some bone spurs in the right hand.   So off I went to surgery for both hands.

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Done.  Wrapped tight.

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So after meeting with some wonderful nurses in post-op, I was finally able to go home by 6PM.  I received some lovely parting gifts.

A stylish, classic black, over the shoulder, pain pump..

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attached to my shoulder by an I.V.

And then, knowing my competitive personality, an “Incentive Spirometer” to keep testing and improving my breathing.

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Then all I remember is going to bed at my sister’s house with one arm that was more like a dead fish hanging from my left shoulder (thanks to a nerve block) and one completely numb right hand.

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Everything seemed to go fine the next day until we went to the 1:30 PT appointment.  Well I guess  violently hurling into a plastic grocery bag in a gas station parking lot wouldn’t be considered fine.  Ewwww.  I hoped the stick of gum helped when I met Anna, the Physical Therapist.  She built me a splint and re-wrapped everything.

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Then re-stocked with anti-nausea medicine, we were allowed to go home.  I’m pretty sure I slept the 8 hour drive home.  Hopefully Patient Husband didn’t.

And now all of us, critters included, are settled at home.

I hope you all have fun labor day weekend plans.  And to Kim – good luck on your Triathlon!!!

One step at a time,

Anne

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