December 19th, 2006

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Mic check, 1, 2, mic check

Ihave a regular comedy team waiting on me overnight. They are keeping me in stitches *laugh*. It's a murse (male nurse. Sorry. Watched a lot of Scrubs while on medical leave last month) and a male vitals tech. Each hour or so, they converge on me for vitals, meds (wake up so we can give you something to sleep), and a doppler check of my left breast. It is like being pregnant again, because they have this REALLY sensitive and REALLY loud doppler pen that they squirt with liquid to hear the blood flow in your breast. The nurse picks it up in the background while the tech was emptying my drains and he starts talking into it. "mic this. 1, 2." *chuckle* It's great to have a little humor while recovering. Or even humour if they aren't from here.

GS, you asked about the support I am getting. Overall it has been good care and support. The issues have really only been with the nutritional services and with the afternoon to evening crew last night. The others have been very good about calling to clarify things with doctors, talking with me about what they are doing, and fairly rapid response. So, down girl! ;) I know love will make you want to strike out when there are problems, but I think this was just a certain configuration in the stars and I may not see it again before they release me on Thursday.

Ooops. Gotta go pee. Not the quickest endeavor in the world. I want to be fresh for my 5 am narco and 5:30 morphine iv shot!
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Yet another update

The plastic surgeon doesn't seem to be able to make up his mind, so here is where we stand as of THIS morning. Last night, he said I was going home on Thursday and having the expander put in a week or so later. Then having new reconstruction in 3-5 months.

This morning, he came in with a scalpel *EEEEK!* to slice the dead breast and see if it bled. It didn't. I think I've reached some Shakesperean half-life - if you prick me, do I not bleed? Ummm....depends on where right now. Anyway, he then tells me we're having the expander put in Wed. morning at 7:30 am, and I'll be released Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. The expander will be expanded over four weeks, and then in late January, early February, they will try another reconstruction.

Where did this come from? Didn't know it was even an option.

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They almost forgot my breakfast again this morning, I raised hell and had a hospital administrator and the clinical dietician (a dr.) in to talk it out. We think the problem is where the doctors are coming in at odd hours and making changes to orders. The dieticians download orders around 7:30 or so, but mine were changed again last night around 9.

Hopefully, no more problems at all with my stay.
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When do I get my degree?

Nursing degree, that is. Amy and I both have had problems with drainage from our incision. They want you to walk, but you can't walk without....leaking. Amy just got discharged and gave me some good advice on the things I should ask for before I go home. I'm so jealous she came in a day after me and is leaving a few days earlier :) Not really, but I have to feel good about something.

I finally got myself out of bed, made a trail up to the nurses station, and demanded packages of gauze, cloth tape and new socks. When Amy stopped by on her way out, I was hunched over here packing gauze around my stomach *laugh* I've got to remember MODEESTY. You lose it when you come here, so I didn't realize that I covered up my stomach and left a breast exposed. She sure knows me a bit better now.

Scott is supposed to be up here shortly with DVDs for me to watch and a couple of snacks. It will certainly be good to be home this weekend, no matter how miserable I will feel. I hope to never spend this long in the hospital again, and have this many surgeries back to back.