Post-Op Day 4

12 May
Today has been a little better than yesterday.  Kevan woke me up again every 4-5 hours last night to give me my pain meds.  I get so sore from laying there in the same position for so long that I welcome his visit so I can get up and walk around a little, go to the bathroom, take my meds and go back to bed.  I’m not allowed to sleep on my side and obviously I can’t sleep on my stomach so I get so stiff.  He can’t sleep with me because I move our adjustable foundation so I’m sitting more upright and also because he is afraid he might hit be by accident.  He was a little late last night though with  my meds so I was in a lot of pain at about 4am.  So much so that I was dreaming about being in pain, but I guess it was good I was sleeping. 
Yesterday, I called out for someone to help me sit up, but no one answered.  So, I tried to move myself and got stuck in a bad position almost falling off the couch.  I screamed for someone, but they all just happened to walk outside for a few minutes.  So, I dangled there praying until someone finally helped me.  I pulled one of my stitches a little, which caused a little bleeding and burning pain, but I think it is better today.  I only feel it every now and then.  I will wait next time.  That was stupid of me.
I had a few problems with my drains today.  Kevan emptied my 4 drains again this morning and drain #4 was still empty.  The doctor didn’t seem to be too concerned, but she told Kevan to continue to “work on it”.  I won’t go into detail for those who are queasy.  Anyway, right after he emptied them within 20 minutes drain #4 was full!  So, praise God it started to work again.  Then, about two hours later I noticed that drain #1 had lost it’s suction and realized that the drain cord was no longer attached.  I sort of freaked and almost passed out.  lol!  I thought it was a big deal, but Kevan came in, washed his hands and fixed me up right away.  I’m good now.  Kevan now understands now why I was dreading having drains so much.  lol!  He didn’t appreciate what it entails until after he had to actually deal with them.  I can’t wait until Wednesday when I might be able to have 2 of them removed!
Kevan has been so sweet to me.  I couldn’t ask for a better husband.  He keeps a journal of when he gives me my pills and sets a timer for me so he knows when I need them next.  In the journal he also writes down each drain’s measurement so when I go to the doctor on Wednesday they will know which ones can be removed.  I love you sweetheart.  Thank you for not being grossed out by all this.
I have spent a lot of the day sitting up instead of laying down.  Yesterday I sat up about 1/3 of the day and today it has been about 1/2.  I played a game of Skip-Bo with my mom, but by the end my arms were pretty worn out.  I am pretty bored with watching movies and TV.  I don’t normally sit around so much so I am going nuts. 
Also, I am trying to 1/2 my pain medication to try to wean myself off of it, but it sure is hard.  I don’t know if I’m ready yet.  I’m trying to do my exercises, but they sure are painful.  I’m still not looking at myself when Kevan changes my bandages.  It is just too emotional and sad.  Kevan sits there and tells me how great it looks and how the coloring has improved and I just think he’s crazy.  I think God has given him some special grace to deal with this and obviously some magical glasses to see things through.  I’m so thankful for that.  I try not to cry in front of him as I know it hurts him to see me cry.  But, I am still pretty emotional about it.  I hope I am his pretty little wife again someday.
I’m also thankful for our friend that brought by some lunch for us.  It was very helpful.  The guys have been working on the deck most of the day so hopefully in a few days I will be able to sit outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun. 
Sorry if that was rambling.  Pain meds are kicking in again and I’m getting a little drowsy. 
Thank you Lord for all my blessings.

3 Responses to “Post-Op Day 4”

  1. Barbarita Lee May 13, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    Hi Jayde! Keep up the good work. Don't try to wean yourself from painmeds yet. It's only been a few days. Don't worry about "getting addicted" or such, that can only happen to people who take them when they don't have a reason. You NEED to take them, take them before you need them, to avoid the pain getting bad. I know they make you feel loopy sometimes, but don't worry about weaning or taking too much. The goal is to keep you pain free, so if the meds don't help, call your doctor for something else. There are many different kinds, they can give you something else if you don't like how whatever you are taking makes you feel or if it's not helping. There is no reason for you to suffer more in pain, when God gave the brains to a chemist somewhere and a pharmacist, and doctors to help you with the medication. Just please don't worry about weaning yet. Dad says your planning to come to Mexico. If you need any help with anything by then, I'll be glad to do it. I'm sure your dressings/drains will be gone by then, but if there's anything to do I can do it!

  2. Anonymous May 13, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    Jayde, I wouldn't try to ween off the pain meds too soon – It may make you more uncomfortable than you would imagine. But I know you and Kevan will work out what is best for you – hang in there girlfriend! It gets better – I promise!Judy

  3. Anonymous May 13, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    I haven't seen you in years but I've been reading your page. Your an amazing person Jayde!!! I'm praying for you and your family. ❤ Mary Jo

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