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Welcome to surgery number 4 during this 'little trial'!

In less than 2 hours, I will be wheeled in from the comfort of my bed and put under for a 'short' surgery of just 1-2 hours. I hope. Pray for no complications as they debride out the failed tissue slap and put in the expander. I'm going to have mismatched boobs for most of the year, so I dare ANY of you to say anything. :)

I'm sitting here with my teeth chattering and I can't figure out if it is nerves, really cold in here, lots of pain (just had it work out where all of my pain meds were dosed at once because they all ran out at once). I'm going with a combo of all three. I'm still leaking like a stuck pig on heparin, which makes it fun and games with Trish anytime I have to get up to go to the bathroom. It goes something like this:

- Call the nurse
- While waiting, start moving my bed up into a better position
- Start undoing the leg pressure cuffs
- Stuff a towel between my legs, but under the abdominal incision where the drains are
- Get out of bed
- Unplug the laptop so I can get my IV stand by
- About this time, the nurse shows us, so they flip off the leg cuffs
- *bathroom break. insert appropriate cenematic music and blank screen here*
- I take out all of the packed gauze, the now soaked towel, and the underwear (maternity gauze - the height in fashion).
- Check to see if I will need a new gown, new socks, new bedding, or anything else
- Wash hands at sink
- Wash entire lower body at sink
- Grab second clean towel to make it back over to the bed
- Put on new gauze underwear
- Get settled in bed
- Stuff in new gauze, put fresh towel beside me
- Nurse rehooks pressure cuffs and puts on new socks if needed.

Exhausted yet? I am. It would exhaust me normally, when I'm not recovering from major surgery.

Anyway, we're going to see if the surgeons can get rid of the soaked tape and restitch the drain tubes.

Ok, time to consent and get things moving. Keep me in your thoughts.


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Dec. 20th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
You're in my thoughts. I am in awe.. you are a very strong woman.
Dec. 20th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
Is that amount of leakage and drainage normal? Are your drains causing all this leakage - don't they have little catch bulbs at the end?

I'm confused and a little concerned.
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
They are strange somewhat related problems, but not the same issue. To help drain out the fluids after surgery, they loosely stitch the tube into the incision. At the end of the tube is a bulb that you squeeze, then cap off, to create suction. It slowly draws some of the fluid out as you create it. However, it doesn't get it all, and there is a problem with when you have been laying in bed, even just for an hour or two, of it backing up. When you stand up, it shifts that tube enough to have an escape route.

My problem is the amount of fluids building up and coming out in the first few minutes I stand. It quickly soaks through the gauze, and any garments I am wearing and until I can get it clean up, onto the floor. Each day we find improvements to the system to keep things in check. Today, they brough in a bunch of these sanitary napkins. They are THICK and three times the width of normal ones. I've found that when I get cleaned up and get in bed, I can throw on one of those with the lovely gauze underwear. It holds in more until I can get to the restroom, do my business, and cleanup. Then I hold a small gauze pad there until I get back to bed and put in another pad. Maybe this will be the to no longer looking like I sleep in a biohazard dump. :)

yeah. TMI. I'm prone to that lately :)

BTW, I did sit over on the couch today and seperate out the flowers you sent, tied them up and they are hanging from the closet door handle to dry. I do that with cool boquets so I can keep them forever on display at the house.

Did you say there was another package coming here to the hospital, or is it to the house? Or both? I'm not sure what I should be looking out for, but I have hime looking out there, and I haven't seen anything here.

Gonna try to nap now after lunch.
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
LOL. I remember the drains because I had to deal with that with my mom. She just didn't have as much trouble with them as you seem to be having. Perhaps it's better that you're still in the hospital. Can you imagine what that would do to your mattress at home? And your carpet? And your clothes? Yeah, let the hospital deal with all that mess.

I'm glad the flowers got there. I also sent a little something to the house for all your guys. It should have gotten there the same day the flowers did. I love In Bloom Flowers but I think they're a little slammed right now, so I'll double-check to be sure everything gets where it's supposed to go.

I've sent a card (or two?) to the hospital, but the rest is going to your house. At this point I don't think your Christmas presents are going to make it in time anyway, so I'm not going to run around like a maniac and deal with all the amateur shoppers and all the fools at the post office to try to get it there. You can consider them New Year's presents.

Oh, and by the way, your Birthday card was HILARIOUS!! Absolutely perfect! Thank you. :)
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