Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Welcome Fall


Hard to believe that today's the first day of fall.  Cold nights and warm days would be perfect year round weather.  I'm not ready for chilly or cold all day with us not having much of a summer this year.  I'm always cold so I sit at work with a sweater on year round.

Monday's consultation felt a little awkward.  We didn't see the surgeon until about an hour after my appointment time.  I don't even recall shaking his hand.  He showed us my gallstones on the CT scan so now I can identify where the heck it is.

3 Views of My Kidney Stone
3 Layers of My Gallstones - 3rd shows the partially calcified one
Benny is still trying to fight me having the surgery.  Yes, the kidney stone and gallbladder can be removed at the same surgery.  We don't know the true cost of yesterday's hysteroscopy with polypectomy so we have no idea how much a second surgery will be with insurance.  He wants me to order more Gallbladder Complete and take that at the next attack.

Speaking of yesterday's surgery, it seemed a little chaotic once we went back to pre-op.  I was thinking that they'd freeze or just snip them off.  Instead they told us they use a rotating blade to slice through it all and chop it up.  Samples go to the lab to verify they're benign.  They'd trim the vaginal wall in a similar manner if they deemed it necessary (curettage).  The doctor did say that they don't want me to get pregnant because it could cause complications with a thinner uterine wall.  You should've seen the grumpy face look Benny gave when she said that we'd have to use condoms for a while!

My long nails made it difficult for them to attach the pulse oximeter and get a good reading (they use a disposable one - what a waste!).  My thumb nail had split some time ago so it's shorter.  They had to open a new one and attach it to my thumb.  So many people were coming in and out of the room I don't even remember who anyone was!  Being on TOM I had to wear these weird looking (think big gauze) disposable underpants and attach a pad to them.

When I headed into the OR they had to hunt for a step stool so that I could climb up onto the table.  I think only one or two people in the room were tall enough that they wouldn't have needed one LOL.  Not sure why they gave me oxygen through a mask before starting; I'm used to that nose tubed thing.  They put these things on my legs like giant blood pressure cuffs I assume to prevent clots in the legs but they seem to have kept my legs warm too.  I was out pretty quickly.


The doctor forgot to indicate the size of the polyp so I have no clue how big it was or even where it was exactly.  Benny looked at the pictures and said it's just huge LOL

Weigh-in Wednesday!

THURSDAY I wrapped up Episode 2 with Adventure 4.

SATURDAY was supposed to be the Arsenal 5K, rain or shine.  It was raining and thundering but they cancelled it for alleged lightening.  Don't know where they were seeing it; neither Austin nor I saw anything.  They let us take a lap around the track but nothing was recorded.  Austin ran the track with his tumbler of tea in one hand and the umbrella in the other hand.  I couldn't believe he was so fast! LOL

I don't think I'll be doing much more than walking this week.  The post-op instructions say to not lift more than 15 lbs until cleared by the doctor.  Yeah, I haven't needed any of the prescriptions they gave me so I think I'll be OK to start Episode 3 next week, although I have NO clue how I'm doing some of the exercises.

Today I walked to the farmer's market but didn't see anything I wanted to buy.  I then headed to the YMCA and signed up.  Benny won't be happy about the expense but I can see if this will work for me.




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8 comments :

  1. So glad to hear that you're up and moving about post surgery. Definitely follow the doctor's instructions and don't overdo it!

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  2. I'm glad you haven't needed any of the medication they gave you for post-op. Take it easy and heal up quickly!

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  3. Glad your surgery went well and that you are up and walking, which is very important for your recovery (I am a nurse)

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  4. Hope you are feeling better! Be sure to take it easy!

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  5. Glad the surgery went well. Wishing you Lots of great baby steps towards recovery!

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  6. Wishing you a speedy recovery and I hope you feel better soon!! Take it easy and rest this weekend!

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  7. I'm glad all is going well. Speedy recovery friend.

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