Sunday, February 13, 2011

Recovery continues.....

Things are still going well for me here in band land. I had to take my On-Q numbing medicine out yesterday. Not sure if any of your surgeons use this, but it was great help for the pain - not a great fashion statement though. It was a grapefruit size ball  attached to a catheter inserted just below my breast bone -- the ball was so fashionably hidden inside a fanny pack. I thought I might pass out when I went to remove the catheter, but it wasn't so bad -- I guess have two boys has built up my tolerance for the grotesque.

The discomfort is a little worse now that I don't have the numbing gel, but I did manage to get down two tylenol this morning after cutting each in half and then taking with hot chicken broth. I was so nervous. I still have a lot of gas -- but no pain, just a lot of burps and trumpees (my English Nana's lady-like word for farts). Walking definitely seems to help with this so my goal is to get in as much walking as possible.

I did manage to get to my son's basketball game and LL baseball assesments yesterday for about three hours total. It was nice to be out and see everyone -- even if I did have to wear the stylish fanny pack!!

I'm finding that it takes a lot of awareness not to just put things in my mouth when I'm making food for my kids or husband. I guess I ate more than I thought I did because it was mindless eating. Knowing I can't do that now is really making me accountable.


  1. Walk, walk , walk, walk, walk! It helps sooo much!

  2. I agree with Amber...Walk walk!

    I never needed much pain meds. Tylenol was about it! But the gas was hard for me. But it gets better every day!

  3. I'm having problems with the water too. Especially in the morning. Take it easy!

  4. The walking make a huge difference. Everytime I felt a pain I walked around. If it didn't go away I walked until it did.

    Congrats on the surgery.

  5. Lol! You are so brave to go out to your sons games with your stylish fanny pack!

  6. Congratulations on your surgery! Glad to see you are doing so well!