Honesty here…Day 3 sucked. But I knew to expect it….so I just powered through to get to today.
I was discharged from the hospital day 3 – in the afternoon. It was a busy day, I was up several times to walk, had a check in with my doc, and planned the discharge for mid range of pain pill timing. Breakfast didn’t appeal to me, but my anti nausea bands did…so I put those on and continued to drink water. I did manage to get up and into the bathroom for a bowel movement. Wiping was interesting – I felt a bit like the karate kid trying to reach and wipe and not land myself on the floor. But I did it.
My sciatic pain was creeping back – and so I tried a couple different positions to get some rest before I attempted my shower and lunch. Oh wait…I also had my drain removed that morning. That was no fun at all…and literally then had me laying flat out instead of reclining in the bed. Pain pill and ice pack for a couple hours and the worst of that was over. They set up my shower which felt amazing. I’ve got a water proof dressing over the drain hole to stay in place until Saturday. There is no dressing over my incision at all – but a mesh like stuff that snugs it together. I washed my hair and body and then put on real clothes- ok…sweats and a t shirt, but that’s my wardrobe for my recovery for now. It takes quite a bit of exertion to just shower and get dressed.
I had a lovely grilled cheese sandwich for lunch, and a fruit bowel, went for another walk up and down the hallway.
I was fitted for a back brace on day 2, and I’m able to get it put on and comfortable by myself. Its just additional support while the muscles heal….and a convenient way to keep ice packs in place. I can’t bend in my waist at all….any direction – so it also keeps me aligned hips and ribs. My back itself doesn’t really hurt – its more muscular and nerve centered pain. My sciatic nerve was compressed quite a bit before surgery, and so my hip and buttock would be painful and cramp up – and then pain radiate down my leg and into my toes. Usually a heating pad and some time focused on stretching and relaxing the muscle would get me mobile for the day. Well to say those nerves are a bit ticked off now would be an understatement. I knew to expect this, as it’s related to swelling, but it doesn’t make it any less painful. Walking helps, as do the muscle relaxers and pain pills. Changing positions throughout the day and night also makes a difference. I can sit up in the recliner for a little while. I can stretch out on the couch for little while. I can lay on my side for a little while. Pretty much I just rotate through positions to try and give different parts a rest. Yesterday when I got here to the house, I couldn’t hardly get up or down on my own. But I’ve got a great team of loving friends to help as I need it. Learning to be humble and ask for help – and not be stubborn is hard, but necessary. I get a little stronger each day, and hopefully will be past the worst of this in a week. My body just needs to find a new equilibrium and get stronger from there.
Thank you for all the texts, emails, and messages. Thank you to those who have prayed for me, and asked others to pray as well. I truly appreciate it. Many blessings to each of you who are also going trough trials – Krystina, Julie, Cole, Britt – I love you all and continue my prayers for you and your families.