Day 2: It’s Good to be Home

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I met with my surgeon twice yesterday, and he seemed to be vacillating between having me stay in the hospital another day and having me go home. I was VERY ambulatory, had no vitals issues, was at 95% oxygen WITHOUT being hooked up to the machine, and could feel a surprising amount of my face. The only problem was breathing which, as you know, is a pretty good deal. He had only authorized me to take Flonase and Afrin one squirt every 12 hours.

I’m going to make a private admission here. I have TINY nasal passages. So tiny, in fact, that my anesthesiologist overestimated them and that caused issues that slowed the start of the surgery by 30-45 minutes. So when I’m just sick with a cold, I use Afrin like it’s chapstick in Reno. So I asked since that’s my only deal, and he was letting me now use Afrin and saline spray as needed, could I go home? He signed off.

No sooner was I packing up that my SECOND roommate game in. With his wife and ENORMOUS mutant poodle dog. Apparently, they still had to do Xrays on him or something like that. Also, the crazy lady down the hall had at this point been shrieking out for 30 minutes (which also hadn’t been happening when I requested to go home). Looks like my paranoia paid off.

I expected last night to be very rough. By midnight, I had maybe only slept for an hour and was fearing another night of insomnia. Fortunately I took my pain meds and those things are better than NyQuil. I managed to get a good 3 or 4 hours of sleep after that, and then woke up for a few hours, then napped for a few more hours. So yay!

  • Right now eating is worst part. It’s not “bad” per se, it’s just no longer fun. Putting everything into my body by slurping it through a syringe in the corner of my mouth is more like labor. Eating is a full-time job, and I doubt that I’ve even got 200 calories into me yet (it’s almost 1).
  • I’m very glad we bought this super cozy recliner. Even with that, I expected to have trouble because I’d kind of have to “make myself” fully recline, and I thought that would make me sore. So far, that’s not been an issue.
  • I’m glad we didn’t throw away those baby burp cloths. Comin’ in handy right about now.
  • I do have a fear about breathing. Afrin loses its potency and duration the more I use it. Theoretically, I’m not even at my peak day of swelling (that should be sometime in the next 24 hours). So I’m trying to be sparing with it, but before I go down to nap, it will be necessary.
  • I’m someone surprised by my tendency to want ice on my face and cold foods vs hot food/hot packs (especially with it being winter). I was actually hot a few times and the only time I was cold was after my shower last night.
  • Gonna try my first prune juice… ever. The sound of the drink alone always dissuaded me from trying it, but I gotta get my whole body working if you catch my drift.

 

It was a poop reference. Ash just made me an Ensure with 2 parts drink and 1 part prune juice, along with my Walgreens brand liquid vitamins in it. Surprisingly drinkable. Though the ensure does seem to foam up after blending.

  • This is the text-to-speech I have been using: http://www.naturalreaders.com/index.html. It helps to be able to type fast for this to be feasible, but I can basically have normal conversation now.
  • Ash says I’ve been exceptionally lucid. Not a compliment I have earned much in my life, especially by those who have read my writings.
  • Thank to everyone who has commented on my blogs, sent me texts, left me voicemails (remember those?), commented on Twitter and Facebook. It means a whole lot. Thank you to the mystery person who sent the soup/applesauce kit. I’m a little away from that, but you bet I’m diving in as soon as I can get a baby spoon in there.And Ash thanks everyone for not sending flowers, as she’s allergic to everything.
  • Also MAJOR thanks to Ash. She’s been a trooper, helping me without question, even when we both thought that it meant another sleepless night last night. Fortunately, we both got some Zs. Also thanks to Ash’s folks, who have had the boys since Sunday night and will have them at least one more night. Onward and upward.

PAIN – 3

INCONVENIENCE – 7 (clear nose), 10 (stuffy nose)

REGRET FACTOR – 5

9 thoughts on “Day 2: It’s Good to be Home”

  1. Happy to hear that everything is going as smoothly as possible so far. Hopefully you’ll have your body running smoothly in no time with the prune juice smoothie! Thanks for keeping us on the east coast updated.

  2. Sleep is a glorious thing; hope you both continue to enjoy as much as you can. And isn’t that a song – Silent Lucidity? Good to hear you’re reclining, lucid and slurping. Not three words I’d typically associate, but they seemed to fit the situation.

  3. Hey Bro. Glad you seem to be recovering damn fine. I thought you’d be in a much worse world of hurt at this point. I can totally relate to the Afrin. I need it only during spring allergy season, but it DOES lose its effectiveness and duration the more you use it. Like you, I have a big fear of not being able to breathe effectively, especially while sleeping. Hope you don’t lose a lot of weight while “syringing” it.

  4. Looking pretty good for a guy who recently had his face disassembled! Hopefully your breathing will improve in spite of your adorably tiny nasal passages.

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