Monday, May 10, 2010

Slow progress, but still progress!

Surgery went well last Wednesday, but recovery is a lot slower than expected. First, my body always reacts badly to anesthesia, so they tried to do something a little different but still it throws me for a bit of a loop. The doctors had told me that with this surgery nausea really seems to be a big problem. Throw in the trouble with anesthesia and they thought they'd try to ease it up a little by giving me anti-nausea meds in advance and putting a patch behind my ear for nausea that they use normally for chemo patients. It was working pretty well until I had a reaction to the pain meds the first night and start to itch head to toe. I scratched the patch right off. I even managed to scratch a mole until it is no longer recognizable. No patch meant no help with the nausea. I guess that's one way to lose weight. Not the way I'd recommend though.

We expected recovery to be fairly fast from this surgery, but my body was wiped out from what it's been going through for the past year and a half, and isn't cooperating with my speedy recovery plans. Energy is at a 2 out of 10 at best. The girl who never sleeps, now wants to sleep 12 hours a day and not only wants to sleep, but actually can (apparently surgery is my cure for insomnia - lets hope it lasts). Unfortunately, four kids and that low energy don't mix, so I tried to kick it up a notch today and get more done. My body responded and let me know that it was in control, and caused some problems that the doctor is now telling me to chill out and take it easier.

I'm not a very patient person.

Luckily, I have such an awesome husband. The Cute Guy has out done himself with running crazy amounts of errands, clearing his patient schedule so he could take care of me last week and forcing me to lay down when the dark circles around my eyes made me look like I was trying to impersonate 'The Cure' look. (google the 80's all you young 'uns). I am so lucky to have him in my life. Best thing I ever did - marrying that man 18 years ago.

I've felt so cruddy that I've not knit... at all. The girl who can't stand to sit still and not have her hands busy, has laid in bed, napped, listened to audio books and stared out the window. (Thursday we had a triple rainbow and sun shining after a shower, Friday evening we had four inches of snow, Sunday the sun was shining again and snow all melted and the blossoms reappeared from the covering of snow).

Apparently, I'm not the only one feeling a little peculiar.

Watch this space until the weather and I return for regular programming.


Denise said...

Hi Kim, glad to see an update from you after just reading about your surgery today! Sorry your recovery is slow though, I hate nausea and can't do anything when I feel sick but lie down in bed. I had nose surgery last year and felt great the day after, but the day after that my body just caved and I was laid up in bed for nearly a week, no energy at all, so I know how you must be feeling. I barely managed to get out of bed each day and just headed right back there after half an hour. Glad hubby is being so good while you're sick. It's not fun, but you need to rest as much as you can and not push yourself.... as it's already done, your body will tell you if you're doing too much.
Sending big hugs and get well wishes.

Sharalea said...

Oh man.

I'm so sorry the last week has been so hard!! Don't feel guilty about the rest that you need and please let me know if you need anything!

JoAnn said...

As an "antsy" person myself, sometimes it's just nice to chill and appreciate the quiet. Sending thoughts of a speedy recovery your way! I hope you find your knitting grove in the days to come.

Geek Knitter said...

Take the time to heal. Come back when you can!

stitching under oaks said...

you take care of yourself....hope your recovery moves along quickly! We'll be here when you're feeling better.

Jessica said...

You're really not doing yourself any favors to not take it easy. You need rest and time to heal. The world will hold together without you. Take care of you.
Hope you are feeling yourself again soon.

Carrie K said...

Oh noes! I hope you're recovering better and that the knitting/needlework mojo returns. Give yourself time & permission to heal/grieve though.