Monday, January 09, 2012

Post-Surgery Update

Yesterday evening, I was able to take off the compression shorts, gauze, bandages, etc. and take a shower.  DH came in and helped me wash my hair, which was lovely.  So I feel a bit more human now. The pain pump also came off.  I had to pull the catheter from the pain pump out of the incision last night too.  It came out pretty easily.  I also had a foley catheter that I got to remove before the shower.  They sent me home with it so I didn't have to keep getting up to go to the bathroom.  When I was going home with it, I wasn't that crazy about it, but believe me when the pain kicked in and I just wanted to take my pain meds and sleep it off, going to the bathroom was nice not to have as a priority, LOL!

So post-shower, all I have left is the drain from my tummy-tuck incision.  I think that will be taken out at my next post-op appointment tomorrow, but we'll see.  And I have a lot of bruising and swelling.  All I'm currently allowed to wear is a sports bra and DH's boxer briefs (with the drain bulb from the tummy incision safety pinned to them).  I'm wearing a bathrobe over it all and fuzzy socks to keep my feet warm.

I'm getting up and moving a little, but not overdoing it.  So I'll get up and do a few things that need to be done and then sit back down for awhile and relax, maybe even take a nap.  I'm working from home this week as I can't drive yet.  I'll see the doctor tomorrow and find out what my next care instructions are.

I'm getting pretty excited right now, as it's been 5 hours since I last took Percoset (the pain medicine) and I'm not feeling the excruciating soreness that I had been in the past.  Maybe today I'll be able to not take those so much.  I'm never very happy having to take medicine.  I'm going to go downstairs now and make a protein shake with banana and make sure I'm getting my vitamins in.  I'll be logging into work soon and checking up on things that need taking care of, but I shouldn't have any meetings to call into until tomorrow.

1 comment:

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

Those pills make me loopy! I hope you're hanging in there. I mentioned a tummy tuck to my trainer this morning and she knows many people who have gotten them and said it was the most painful surgery. You sound like you're handling it well though!