Saturday, January 03, 2009

on the mend

well, i am home from the hospital & recovering from surgery.

everything went well, i was admitted to the hospital wednesday mid-day & was there for two days, returning yesterday mid-day. i woke up today, in my own bed, but feeling pretty sore. in the hospital i really didn't feel all that bad, especially the first day when i didn't have to move a muscle. i had a pain pump & would dose myself but i was checking e-mails, receiving visitors, talking on the phone. then thursday i got up & walked a bit, definitely not able to walk more than a few laps around the hospital floor but not bad. they put me on oral pain meds & again i was pretty chipper & while a little uncomfortable, not in extreme pain or anything. my biggest problem was that i hadn't passed gas-isn't that lovely? in fact, the nurses had to restrict me from eating because of it & finally when it happened around 11pm thursday night i was telling everyone who would listen & calling aaron to say "i tooted!! now i can eat!" so that was a small victory.

yesterday i was discharged & given an abdominal binder, which was nice, it applies some pressure to the incision & i felt good walking & wearing it. when i got home i felt pretty good, holding madyn & walking from room to room. i've bounces back pretty well from my children's births & have been generally positive about all this, i just know this is going to be a minor setback & soon i'll be back to my regular lifestyle.

today i did wake up quite sore. don't know if things are "kicking in" more or if i did too much the past couple days but i'm typing from bed & have no big intentions of getting out of it today! i told aaron that yesterday was a "oww, i feel uncomfortable" kind of feeling, today is more like "aahhhh, don't get near me, i'm soooo tender" kind of thing.

so, i'm going to have to try to take less on i think, i got my hopes up & was feeling like wonder woman, only to find that i'm merely human & have been cut into & rearranged & can't possibly avoid all that comes with that. but that's okay, & aaron has been amazing with the kids, as well as family & friends. as much as this is hard to deal with right now, i keep feeling really happy. i know that this was a good thing for me to do & that once i'm recovered i'll be feeling better than i have in years.

so, that's what i'm up to. i'm on the laptop a lot! it's amazing what you can accomplish from bed in this day & age, love it. thanks for the support, even just getting a little message here & there has felt so great-like a hug :)



Blogger Donita said...

((hug)) yes, take it easy!

11:40 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Glad you are home and are recooperating. Get better soon!!! :o)

7:02 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Glad you are home and are recooperating. Get better soon!!! :o)

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Joanna,

The third day is usually the worst. You should start feeling much better in the next few days.
So glad you're home with the family!


8:38 PM  
Blogger Christie said...

Glad you are home and recovering well! Time to let your family wait on you hand and foot. Take it easy and so glad you're home!

8:59 AM  
Blogger joanna said...

thanks ladies, i shouldn't be surprised that i'm really sore but i was doing so well in the hospital i assumed maybe i was bypassing some of this. oh well, it's nothing i can't handle, i have a good pain tolerance. i'm trying to not stand for long periods & walk a little but not too much & ask for help when i need it! that's the hardest! i feel guilty for laying in bed even though i know that's crazy. moms are superhuman though, right?

10:31 AM  
Blogger Becki said...

Yes, I agree with the other Becky, the 3rd day is the worse. Though I felt pretty crappy on the 4th day, too. BUT, the schedule c-section recovery was WAY easier and faster than the unscheduled one. You will have to take it easy for the next 2 weeks or so but you will feel much better soon. I always felt that my insides were about to spill out but I never had an abdominal binder. Sounds nice!
Yeah, it's funny how excited you get over passing gas. I was on a liquid diet for the first 2 days. That tea can really get you to toot! :)
Take it easy and try to enjoy it because soon than you know, it will be time for you to get right back into everything!

11:46 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

A big hug from Louisiana! I hope you recover really fast and the pain will be less and less each day.

5:39 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I want to give you a hug, too!

So glad you are feeling at peace about the whole situation. Maybe even by today you are feeling lots better? :)

9:18 PM  
Blogger Lys said...

So glad to hear that you're on the "other side" of the H thing - take good care of yourself!

11:35 PM  
Blogger joanna said...

oh i can just feel the hugs!!

thanks for the comments, & today is a bit better than yesterday so that's good. when i'm sitting down i barely feel anything but when i'm moving or standing i start feeling a burning, and more on one side than the other. i don't think anything's wrong or anything (though i am trying to avoid infection) but i am just one giant bruise! i'm all kinds of purple/blue/yellow, in addition to the giant incision. ugh. but i'm really doing awesome in my recovery, i can't believe it. hasn't even been a week.

keep fingers crossed that things continue to go well & again i so really appreciate the positive energy :)

11:39 PM  

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