and I am back at home. Surgery was a success. I spent Tuesday through Sunday morning in the hospital. My pain is now managed pretty well, but I am having some ill side effects from the Oxycotin (loss of appetite being one and nausea being the other). My doctor has sent me home on Oxycotin for the major pain and Percocet for breakthrough pain, Bactrim for antibiotic, and Robaxcin for muscle relaxer. I am also on an anticoagulant for 7 days called Lovenox, which I inject into my stomach. Surgery lasted 11 hours. I was very swollen upon waking in the recovery room that night. The anesthesiologist was great with me and very humorous keeping me at ease up until time I went into the OR. He told me he would sit by my side and massage my face to keep it from getting pressure spots. I only ended up with one very sore area and that was over the right breast bone. I am still numb on the surface of the skin and very red almost like a burn. The doctor could only explain it as to laying on that spot so long in surgery and that it will go with time. The surgery totally wrecked my stomach and today was the first good day in the toilet. I feel so much better just to have my system regulating again. To be honest, I have handled the pain of the surgery better than the discomfort of the bloating and constipation. The first day out of the bed walking was the absolute worst day but it got better each time after that. The hospital was so busy that I didn't have a bed after surgery. I slept in recovery overnight and half the next day. After surgery I was told I have 20 staples and about a 9 inch incision. There were 3 JP drains in the incision that lasted most of my time in the hospital. The last one came out on Friday. That night my H & H levels dropped some, which surprised my doctor as blood loss was surprisingly minimal in surgery so I was given a unit of blood. All in all it has been a good outcome and other than a few hurdles the past few days, I have come out very well. I go back and have the staples removed Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas to me! Lol Hope you all are well and I will be reading a lot to catch up this week. Hugs!