Two weeks ago (on Tuesday), I wanted to run out of the hospital and hide. Fred had push me into the elevator. I checked in for surgery. The nurse had a hard time putting in the IV. I lucked out. I got the same anesthesiologist that preformed my epidural. Yay! I knew I was in good hands.
I guess I was in surgery for about 2 hours. I didn't have a loop (which is what we were hoping for). I had a blood vessel that the nerve turned around. He cut the blood vessel and then sliced the nerve for good measure (partial rhizotomy).
Recovery has been slower than what I wanted but I'm impatient. For the first week, I got winded doing nothing. Washing my hair was a pain because I was not allowed to get the wound wet. Fred had to help me wash my hair over the bath tub. Dry shampoo only does so much.
I got the staples taken out. The ones at the base of my neck itched. It was sweet relief when the nurse took them out. The wound is a little red but no infection.
I was finally able to wash my hair 16 days after surgery. A hot shower and good head scrubbing never felt so good. Yay! I did a little dance in the shower.
I have random numbness on the right side of my face. My body is adjusting to this being my new normal. Everything feels tight so this is what a face life must feel like. I am cleared to drive at the 3 week mark - I'm still easing into my day. If I sweep the living, I get winded but I'm doing great.
The best part? I have no pain. This whole procedure was worth this. The drugs are finally leaving my system and I'm returning to be the woman I was 3 years ago. The bitterness is gone. The fog is gone. I'm looking forward to a whole new chapter in my life.