My surgery was delayed yesterday by about 3 hrs...something about being able to do nerve conduction studies during the operation. I'm a little fuzzy on the details cause they had already moved me from preop to the holding area (my sis stayed with me in pre op but it was patients only in OR holding)& had already given me versed, fentanyl, decadron & zofran. The anesthesiologist came to see me twice. The first time to ask questions & order the above mentioned meds & the second time just to see how I was doing with the delay & to offer me more drugs which I declined...I was very comfortable & had no anxiety. My surgeon also came twice..the first time to mark my neck & chat & the second time to apologize for the delay. Some girl came & spoke to me about the nerve conduction stuff but I really don't recall much of what she said. Too bad cause however they did it left me with really bad bruising & swelling from all the needles (about 7 on my hands & wrists). Everyone was VERY nice & comforting. They all felt bad that I had to wait in holding so long. I was awake when they put me on the OR table & while they were setting up the room a little. They put a mask on my face & said it's 100% oxygen. I felt a rush go up my arm & I asked if he had given me something but they said they had the iv wide open. Then the nurse started to say the medicine would burn a little & as she was saying it I felt the heat go up my arm. I got very sleepy & remember trying to fight it & that was it.
I think I was in the OR about 1 1/2 hrs. I woke up in recovery feeling really good except for pain in the back of my neck & upper back. They hooked me up with a Dilaudid PCA but gave me an extra shot of it cause it wasn't working fast enough. 10 minutes later I was in my very nice private room with great view. I did have a urinary catheter which I didn't expect but was grateful for all night & I woke up in a Miami J collar which I was fitted for before they took me to holding. My sis came in the room shortly after & helped me change into my jammies & thank God UNDERWEAR! I felt really hyper cause I didn't expect to feel so good. I scared my nurse by having my sis get me up & walk up the hall. I talked everyone's ear off cause I was so excited it was over & had gone so well.Even though the dilaudid made me groggy I had a lot of trouble sleeping. The nurse came in around 11 pm & told me I could sleep on my side with lots of pillows for support. That was the best news EVER. I hate sleeping on my back. I dozed a little for a couple of hrs but was up at 5am.
Sis helped me get washed up. Surgeon came at 6am, saw me in bathroom putting on moisturizer & said "hey if you're putting on makeup you can go home"!!! He told me everything had gone really well no surprises. I took out my catheter myself & walked down to my unit & the icu to visit my buddies. I walked, walked, walked & walked some more. The surgeon's PA came in & changed my dressing & took out my drain. That was hard..with the collar off I felt like my head was gonna fall off. I went home at 11 am. Have percocet & flexeril to take at home. I definitely overdid it this morning at the hospital & the nurse manager forced me into a wheelchair to go to the lobby. I was hurting bad when I got home but I had not gotten muscle relaxers at the hospital & the flexeril was good once it kicked in.
Sorry about so much detail but I know kattoo & others are soon going & I wanted to share what a great experience I had. Everyone is amazed at how well I feel & can move. I'm really tired but that's cause I was running around all day & didn't sleep last night. Overall, I am completely thrilled with my experience.
I'll keep updating on my progress but if anyone has a specific question they can pm me. Take care everyone!
ps The numbness & tingling in my legs & feet has disappeared! I still have it in my hands & arms but not as bad. No incision pain (except when she changed the dressing). Muscle spasms are really my only pain but flexeril is keeping those manageable. My throat is really sore & swollen but I had liquids in the hosp & had scrambled eggs & pudding tonight. Losenges really help & ice water is my best friend.