May 14, 2010 - 6:56 pm
Hi everyone! Well the VATS procedure was uneventful. It went just as anticipated. Textbook, I guess you could call it. There was a LOT of discomfort, mainly from the drains, just as I had been told. I have to say that I would not have volunteered for this experience, but if it was necessary, I am very glad that it was at Moffitt. Their facility and staff were absolutely outstanding. I spent 2 days in SCU, private room, caring nurses and no restrictions on how many visitors or using my cell phone. I was moved to a private room on Wed. evening and came home yesterday about 2:30. Had some bad times with the IV's but I suppose that just happens sometimes. Didn't help that I am completely IVphobic!!! I tried to OD myself with the dilaudid pain pump (available every 6 minutes) prior to the drain and catheter removals. I must have done a good job, because it did not hurt too bad. However, I came home and slept for 7 hours. I was completely stoned!!!