Thursday, March 15, 2012

2 weeks ago...

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.

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