I think my surgeon is a superstar. So far I have taken a total of 12 regular strength Tylenol to control my “pain”.
The biggest pain is in my right wrist where the IV tip rubbed against the vein.
Wednesday was surgery day. I was at MSJ at 0630 to check in. I met with a surgical day care nurse to go over my medical history and then I got into one of the fabulous surgery gowns with snaps everywhere so they are easy to put on and take off. Then I met with one of my OR nurses, then I met with a doctor who was assisting with the surgery, then I met my anaesthesiologist, then I met with my surgeon, then I met my other OR nurse…..I didn’t actually have to meet the second nurse but she had heard that I was a lab tech and wanted to meet me.
Just after 0830 I was sent off to the OR. I had a short discussion with my anaethesiologist about the best place for my IV. Sometimes the vein in my right hand collapses if I am dehydrated but the vein was apparently too big and juicy to resist. Fortunately the attempt was successful……having to dig around in the vein never seems like a good way to start the day.
And then it was about 1210 and I was in recovery. I got a shot of gravol for nausea and I was transferred up to 4 West a little before 1400. Lucky me I got a semi-private room and my roommate didn’t show up for another hour or so.
My nurse was great and I had a visit with the Clinical Nurse Leader that I had dealt with quite a bit during my Point of Care days. It is always fun to hear a little bit about how things are going on the wards that I used to know so much about.
I actually managed to get some sleep Wednesday night in-between visits from my night nurse.
Thursday morning I had the same nurse that had been there the day before. I had a visit with the physiotherapist about the exercises to be done during my recovery. I also met with the liaison for home care as a nurse will come out periodically to check my dressing and drain.
Last I had a student nurse come in and check on me. When she came in she told me that she was excited to meet as she had heard that I had been a lab tech and I was really popular with all the other nurses (the other 2 that I had seen on the ward isn’t really all the nurses, but it was nice to hear anyway!).
I offered to let her practice her glucose meter skills on me but she wasn’t sure she could do that since I was diabetic.
I did have her check my drain and empty it. And I had her show Ian how to empty the drain as well.
And then it was time to go home.
It is now Friday. I am still puffy from the saline but it is getting better. I am sure my chemo nurse will be thrilled to have to put in an IV this afternoon for my Herceptin.
I had a visit from my home care nurse and everything looks good apparently. I am a wuss so I won’t look at the surgery site. And there is no swelling so I can really feel the drain and it is kind of gross and uncomfortable feeling but still no pain.
Hopefully the drain can come out on Tuesday.