Sooo I had surgery Friday morning. Took about 5 hours. They did a radical discectomy and an anterior lumbar interbody fusion with posterior fixation. Sooo, surgery was on time and everything. I was stuck in recovery for like 4 hours though, waiting for a PCA pump, since they were all currently being used. They gave me BARELY any pain meds, and I actually woke up from anesthesia crying.. Kind of funny. Lol. My strength in my right foot has made a GREAT improvement, they tested it right after surgery, in the recovery room. So I've been on a clear liquid diet since Friday... And I hate it. I am sooooooo hungry. All I've been having is juice, because I don't like jello, and I don't like the disgusting toilet water crap they call broth. So basically I've been living off juice for 4 days. My pain meds... I told them a hundred times MORPHINE doesn't work for me. They hooked me up to the PCA with Morphine, and they had upped the dosage about 5 times... Increased both my constant flow, and my extra dose I could get every 8 minutes from pushing the button. Finally after over a day and a half they realized Morphine actually does not work for me, and started giving me injections of dilaudid and valium, which wore off in 30 minutes... And I had to wait 4 hours for more. They were also giving me intramuscular shots of something that begins with a V, I think, constantly. Now both of my shoulders and biceps KILL just to lift my arms up.... All feel sooo bruised. My incisions in the back are fine, as is my incision in the front. My biggest problem is that I can't get any of the gas out. My stomach is HUGE. Last night it was rock hard and looked like I had a beach ball in it. I have NEVER had my stomach stick out like that, aside from when I was carrying a 10 lb baby. Nothing works, because my muscles inside won't move or do anything, and gas doesn't just waltz out on it's own. I had the same issue when I had my son years ago, after my c-section. They had to stick a tube into my intestines with water and then make all the water go inside, then drop the tube down and all the air came out in bubbles. My body just will NOT work like that on it's own. All they are doing for me here is feeding me juice and telling me eventually it will come on it's own. No it won't. If I'm gonna be sitting around just drinking juice, let me do it at home, damnit. They aren't doing anything to intervene, so why should I have to stay here? My boyfriend keeps telling me they have their reasons, but honestly... I don't care. I am in such a terrible mood. My first roommate was this mentally challenged lady, which, God bless her, was the loudest woman in the world. Anytime someone came hear her she would SCREAM BLOOD CURDLING screams and moans like someone was raping and killing her. Like anyone really wants to listen to that RIGHT after surgery. Finally they moved me and my next roommate had the same surgery I did, same doctor. She was really nice and I like her a lot.... But she like... yell snores. Like, if you could snore and yell and scream at an insane volume at the same time, that's what she does. I couldn't believe it.... It was honestly mind blowing. Of course I didn't sleep then, either. Last night, my new roommate snored like crazy with all her machines (she is old), and it was my 4th night of tossing and turning. (Since I didn't sleep the night before surgery, either)
I guess that's enough venting for now. I'm pretty starving. I refused my soggy/chewy toast, and my "egg and cheese omelette" which was really, literally a square egg chunk with nasty cheese stuck to the bottom, and this mush that they labeled as oatmeal. I'm hoping my boyfriend will go get me something else, since they don't have a menu, or choices. You get what they give you. They FINALLY let me have normal food... And they don't even give me normal food! Lol.
Hoping they will let me out tonight. Really, really hoping. I want to go home. The Vascular surgeon just came to see me and said he thinks I should be able to go home today! He said it's up to my Dr, but he thinks I'm good. They have me on Dilaudid and percocet, alternating the pills. (The injections ended up blowing my veins and my hand had a huge bubble on it an still feels like a giant bruise. Lame!)
Back brace is awesome. It's only hard in the back, and it only covers my tummy and lower back. Black and velcro-y. Helps a LOT LOT LOT.
Anyway, thanks to anyone who actually read all my venting. I'm gonna go spend some time with my bf and hope my doctor comes in soon to discharge me.