Mar 20, 2014 - 8:39 am
Hi everyone. Finally able to sit and post. Thank you all so much for all the comments, advice, support, and shared experiences on my intro thread. This board is invaluable and has been such a huge help for me. I had the open partial nephrectomy on Monday, home yesterday on Wednesday. I kept thinking of Iceman’s words of wisdom about not being able to sugar coat this and he was absolutely right. It was pretty rough. The first day wasn’t too bad as I was so doped up and anesthetized but the second day was tough with tons of gas pains, unable to get comfortable and sleep, the usual. Then yesterday I finally started feeling better and today it’s definitely tolerable. I kind of feel like someone stuck a hand in me and is manipulating me like a sock puppet. Oh wait, someone did stick a hand in me, lol. No visit from the poop fairy yet, so I’m really looking forward to that. But all in all, I feel pretty good considering I had surgery Monday. Now I’m just waiting for path reports and hoping for the best.
Couple of things: someone on this forum recommended putting a garbage bag on the seat of the car for getting in and out. Brilliant! Made going home so much easier. I was dreading getting into the car but it was a piece of cake. Someone else (I’m sorry I don’t recall user IDs) recommended wedge pillows which I got and I also bought a long body pillow. This was I was able to make a pretty comfy nest last night and slept in my own bed. Thank you for this other brilliant suggestion. Finally, thanks to Commuter Mom for posting about the private suites at SK. I would never have known about them but for her. So I reserved one and it made it so much better, for one, my husband was able to stay with me overnight which was huge, and two, it was private and quiet. It definitely helped in making a pretty miserable situation much less miserable.
Thanks again everyone, you’ve all been a huge comfort.