Day 3 post op
Well I'm alive and doing well! Sorry haven't been on to update my blog but have been majorly washed out with no energy to do anything!
the surgery day went like this......
Monday 6th August
Woke up at the hotel and had a shower whilst my mum went to breakfast, I was told not to eat anything from 5am that morning and nothing to drink after 9am.
Once my mum had finished breakfast we hit the shops when they opened at 9am as I didn't have to be at the hospital until 11am, so thought what better way to kill the nerves, shopping!!!
Bought a few bits and peices, got some new knickers and a top and a. We pair of pyjamas, couldn't forget the kids and bought them a little gift each to give them when I got home as by the time I do get home I'd have not seen them for 3 nights.
10.45am came and we left for the hospital, a lady came and showed me to my room and said a nurse would be with me shortly, and to unpack my stuff. The nurse came in and introduced herself, she was really nice and it was the same nurse that looked after me back in February when I had my pips removed and replaced, so that was nice a familiar face.
Anyways I asked what kinda time I would go down as was told on the phone it wld be about 12 noon, she said she doubt it would be then as there was 3 people in front of me and also his lunch break so would be around 4pm!! Great, so not only have I got to sit here crapping myself twiddling my thumbs, I've gotta sit here starving as hadn't eaten anything since 5pm the night before!
My dad was meant to come up at 4pm as that was the time roughly I was due to be out of surgery, so I had to call him and tell him what was going on, he said he couldn't come up the day after surgery as had meetings so he would still come now but see me before surgery rather than after which I thought was really nice.
4pm came and was still waiting around, the anaesthetist came and spoke to me about pain med options etc and he said he wanted to give me a spinal block so as when I woke up I'd be much more comfortable and the pain wouldn't be instant, it was either the spinal or have a morphine drip where I'd have instant pain but could manage with the pain with the drip.
I told him about my issues with the spinal where as my last 2 c-sections I had a bad reaction to it, where my whole body would it h like mad and would stay like that for a couple of days, which was bloody uncomfortable as your in pain and itching yourself red raw like your body is crawling with Insects, he said he would give me an anti histamine for the itching which would take it away, but it would be my choice, lots of pain and morphine or no pain and itching...... I chose the no pain and itching!!! Wish I didn't now tho as it was awful!
The anethatist gave me a Pre med of temazepam as with the wait and the talk of spinal blocks I was getting really worked up, I remember the spirals being quite uncomfortable with the c-sections and was really not looking forward to having to have one again, there were a few tears but my mum and dad tried to keep me smiling making jokes that maybe me nd mum should switch and she get on the table lol.
Got called down at 5pm, so nervous I was wheeled to the operating room, I lay on my side and the anethatist put the spinal in me, it was quite uncomfortable and there were a few little tears, I couldn't believe it was finally happening, I just wanted it all to be over now, I wanted to know I was safe, the last words I said to my anethatist was please make sure I don't die, a bit drastic but all I could think of was my poor babies.
Next thing I remember is waking up in my room with an oxygen mask on my face next to my mum, it was 9.50pm and I could hear the nurse saying to my mum that she had to go now as they lo led the doors at 10pm, I think my mum got quite upset as she said that I'd only just got back and she didn't want to leave me just yet, they was adamant she had to go as the doors would be locked! So that was that my mum kissed me goodbye and I drifted back off to sleep.
I woke at 12.30am and the nurse came in to check on me, she asked if I would like a drink and the dinner that I had ordered, she bought me a cup of tea a bowl of soup and a salad, I managed about 3 spoonfuls of soup and a bite of the chicken salad and a sip of tea then I fell back to sleep. I think I woke arou d 4am and my throat was so sore, I was boiling hot and my skin felt like it was crawling in insects, the itching had started!!! Great!!! I called the nurse and she bought me some anti histamines, some codeine and some paracetamol and turned the fan on full blast, I was then out for the count again.
Got woken up for breakfast around 7.30am I was bed bound as had a catheter in and also one drain, I managed a couple of mouthfuls of cereal and half a slice of toast, I was it itching like mad and had asked a nurse to pass my hair brush, with this I itched my skin red raw, it was awful and this went on for two days!
Mum came up to see me about 10am and stayed for a couple of hours but i was so tired that I told her to go have a look round the shops as was a really in e shopping centre and I just needed to sleep.
So mum did this and I just drifted in and out of sleep, the pain had started to come back after feeling totally numb, but I felt the most pain Nader my boobs, I was actually shocked how little my stomach did hurt, I thought I would be in agony! But it's my boobs that hurt the most.
Later the first full day they took my drain out and my catheter and said I would need to get up and try to go to the toilet, which I did Without any issues, the nurse actually commented how straight I was standing up and that I'm doing a lot better than most, the only bit I found uncomfortable was my boobs and felt the need to hold underneath them as I walked to the bathroom, it's still the same now, stomach is causing me no issues it's my boobs where the pain is, just hope it stays like that as I'm coping ok!
fast forward to yesterday where I was discharged and my mum drive me two hours home, that was an uncomfortable journey, felt every bump on the road which wasn't good, but was finally pleased to be home in my own bed with 100's of pillows and tea on tap!
Had a decent nights kip last night, propped up with lots of pillows and also pillows under my knees and have had my first BM today which didn't hurt at all, that god!
stomach still feels numb and when I touch it it doesn't seem like Im touching my stomach, weird, it's still very swollen especially around my hip area, but it's flat and my horrid tattoo has gone which is great, still have a few stretch marks but who cares at least I no longer have a hangover that I have to tuck into my jeans, and at least I don't have to bath in anymore! Ive been breathing in for years and it's gonna be weird not doing that!
Can't wait til the swelling has gone and I can hit the shops!!!!