or is it 4 days?? I get confused - in any case:
2 level PLIF - Monday 21st
Wound exploration and debridement - Wednesday 23rd
Just updating you all.
The last 24 hours have been rather rough. I've been trying to go off the i.v. morphine.
I started with 3 Roxycodone (I don't know the dosages) along with Zofran and Robaxin. At first I felt GREAT! I was really doing well for a few hours - it was at night, I was sleeping and as long as I did not have to move I felt very little pain and just slept.
Then morning came. The room started to spin and I've spent the rest of the day curled around a big pink basin as I croaked and gasped and wheezed gagged up everything in my stomach.
Zofran was ineffective and was not touching anything, I was sipping Sprite to get some of the bubbles out and it helped a bit, but the nausea was immense. I was on a rollercoaster ride that never stopped. All I could think of was that I never wanted to see another pain pill in my life and I just wanted it out of my system.
It took a phenegren suppository to knock me out. At 3 this afternoon I woke with severe cramps from the gagging and being draped over the throw-up bucket and with a major headache.
Luckily all this has worn off. I am now doing much better with one Ultram (took at 3pm), a dose of Zofran and a Robaxin (took at 6pm). I was able to keep a bit of milk down along with some Cream of Mushroom soup (still on full liquid diet) and some soda.
I am in a fair amount of pain, but I would rather hurt for pain than for nausea and I will do anything to not repeat today.
I've been given the okay to have a dose of IV morphine to get me through the night, since my pain is rather intense. I will do that, take a walk while it's working and come back to bed to sleep it off.
I have big plans for tomorrow - Catheter comes out! Yeah. I'm not sure, but I might also get the drain out tomorrow too. My hematicrit came up to a 26.4 today - the first time it did not go down and I am definitely on my way to solid food, bowel movements and a release in a few days!
Still have the same amount of right leg numbness, but the leg moves, I can feel stuff there, it's just wooden and, well, numb feeling
If all I have to deal with is surgical pain and a bit of numbness in my recovery, I'll be a happy camper.
I'm sure there are going to be rough days ahead, but I am feeling less pain upon standing and walking every day and I am so glad that the nausea is gone that I could almost do a jig!