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Steve.Adam
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My drain comes out in about 12 hours (unless it fills the bag overnight) and then I'll be booted out.

Thank you all for your support.

I'll post again when I get home and don't need to use this tiny phone screen.

Steve.

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Great news Steve

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lobbyist0724
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Great to hear that you are heading back to the sweet home, how's the pain so far?

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No problems with pain. I think I've been lucky.

sandy23
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So glad to hear that you are doing well.

Just out of curiousity, are you guys able to sleep in a regular bed after surgery?  Is is better to sit up or be propped up with pillows?  Just curious if it makes a difference.

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How are things with you?

A normal bed is ok for me.  My problem was that I sleep on my side whch was too uncomfortable just after the operation.  It is ok now, though still not quite right.

But I did not really have a problem even limited to resting on my back.  I was in hospital for 9 days though, and resting all of the time.  I think I was in a state of being half awake for a lot of the time and didn't need much real sleep.  Fortunately I handle boredom well...

Steve.

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My normal bed worked fine. I liked lots of pillows so i could prop where i wanted and protect from the dog. I was also cold for like two weeks till my body regenerated some blood and i worked off the narcotics. I did ask my wife to rent one of those recliners like old people use to stand them up. I felt lazy for using it but sometimes it was easier to stand up and i moved around more because it was easy to stand......well thats my justification anyways.....it went back to the rental store ofter a month.

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After surgery, when I came home I slept in my own bed. I did customize it a bit by putting it on bed risers so I wasn't having to get up out of a hole (I did the same thing to a firm sofa, not so I could sleep there, but so I could comfortably sit there). Also, I'm a side sleeper, too. I put a very firm memory foam lumbar pillow between my legs. That kept me from twisting my torso (AIEEEEE!) as I slept (Ahhhhh).

Trying to sleep or sit in a recliner on a good day doesn't work for me. I'm ever so glad I didn't attempt it. 

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YAAAY!!! And Happy Valentines day!

You've been to hell and back, but you are HERE now with us!

Sending you healing hugs,

Jan

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I really appreciate your hugs and I hope you can feel me returning one now.

I'm glad you're here.

Steve.

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Both tend to hurt a bit when they come out, but I think the Foley is worse.

I couldn't believe how much they had stuck and poked into me when I first woke up.  At least everything IV related was plugged into a Central line under my clavicle, which allowed me to move my arms.

Glad you don't go oink like a pig, now.  Get well.

donna_lee

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Me too. I had holes everywhere.  It turns out that my veins are not easy to get into. I can't even find the vein in my left elbow where I usually had blood taken. There is a scar on the surface now. Dunno what they did to it.

My main IV was in my neck.  When I first woke up I had the tube down my throat, just to complete the picture.

Steve.

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Sounds super. Funny, I was concerned about how my body was going to handle fluids draining without the drain. Did just fine, though. So will you. 

Getting the drain out was more painful for me than removing the cath (I thought maybe that was a gal thing). The surgeon happily reported that he makes the tubing extra long AND stitches it in so his patients don't inadvertantly take them out. Even so, he's had a patient tell him, "I dunno what happened. It just came out." No danger of that for me. 

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Hi Jerzy,

My one painful experience was having the tape dressing replaced on my midline sutures last Tuesday.

The nurses who removed the old tape said it was just like getting a 'wax'.  Maybe so, but in my case it was old growth hair coming out. It really hurt.

Apart from that I was very lucky with pain.  The bloating was uncomfortable (very!) rather than painful but I didn't have any issues with trapped gas.

The drain did not hurt coming out. I barely felt it. The catheter was a little uncomfortable coming out but removal felt so 'right' that it was almost pleasant.

Steve.

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Steve,

 

May your journey be uneventful and continue for many years.

 

Icemantoo

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Yes, now I have started investigating single kidney health. 

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Enjoy the win and stay active. Know that your not superman and youll need naps and rest just to be followed by more activity.

You got this

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I have been feeling pretty lazy. More than I was expecting.  I've been walking 1 or 2 km each day since I got home but don't feel like walking much farther or faster.

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Enjoy your recovery back at home. Is Neigbours still on over there?

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I think I watched half an episode of Neighbours in 1988.  Not sure what happened after that. Kylie married Jason, right?

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Steve, I don't know what your care plans are but don't jump into anything too fast. Get healthy and be aware of all options before committing to some drs' advice. You've got plenty of time to avoid mistakes. Life will be good.

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I will be taking your advice.  I feel like I need to rest a lot.  My energy is low.  It's not that I feel tired, just that I don't feel like doing anything active.  I assume that my energy is going in to healing.  Whatever it is, sitting or laying around and napping feels right.  I am free of commitments so I can make the most of it.

Steve.

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My first couple weeks out of the hospital I could have an hour or so of activity followed by a 3-4 hour nap. when I say activity that just might mean watching TV or making it downstairs or to the bathroom. I prabably spent 12-16 hours a day sleeping for about ten days.

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