Jun 23, 2013 - 9:30 pm
Well, it's been two and a half weeks since my laparoscopic right nephrectomy. Follow up with the surgeon this past Wed. was really good. He told me the pathology report was good, confirmed what they were telling me all along. Surgery was successful and the little nasty guest was removed and I should be fine. I was turned back over to my urologist for follow up care and scheduling future scans etc. I will say it was a bumpy ride with many ups and downs. Some called it a roller coaster. I get the days of feeling down but so far have not had any major issues dealing with them. Most of the times they come on while I have too much time to think of what might have happened if I didn't get that ultra sound.
I am so greatful for the kind words and advice I got from the members of this community. I have said this before, but your posts have been extremely helpful getting me to this point. Thank you again.
My last day of paid vacation is Monday June 24. After meeting with the human resource lady at work and then with the nurse at my surgeon's office I was granted a "conditional'' full release to return to work on July 1. The doctor wants me to avoid lifting over 10 pounds for one month. My superisor assured HR and the nurse that my job did not require lifting more than 10 pounds, and there were other jobs he could use me so that I could come back to work rather than going two more weeks without a paycheck.
During my "layoff" the company I work for changed insurance carriers so during the open enrollment in addition to keeping a package similar to what I have been carrying I signed up for the short term disability. Hopefully I never have to use it, but this episode convinced me that it was worth it.
In terms of current health, I am feeling great. Never had pain to the point of using meds. I used one percocet my first day home and that was it. Today I am to the point where pain at the incision sites are down to occasional itching depending on where my waistband is situated.
Thanks again to my new friends for all the advice, well wishes and knowledge.