Monday, December 07, 2009

Sore But Home

Home At Last

And a good night's sleep for the first time since Thursday.

If you have never been in the hospital, you have probably heard the stories. You do not get any real rest there. First night, my roommate was wheeled in at about 8:30 after her extended surgery, waking me up. Then all through the night, nurses and aides were in and out taking our blood pressure and temperatures. Or taking blood, or asking if we were OK or....a being called to do something about the annoying beeping alarms on our IV fluids bags.

The doctors showed up early in the AM to do rounds, and then breakfast arrived and more blood pressure tests...etc. I will not go into all the details, but by Saturday night, I was totally crashed. I was having severe gas pains and nothing seemed to be helping.

That was when "Saint" Mary, my sweet nurse stepped in. First, she assured me the pains were very common with this kind of surgery and that once they eased I would feel SO much better. Walking would, she said help, and she suggested I take the optional full dose of my pain medication. (Two pills instead of one.) I did and within a half hour, I zonked out for a good four hour heavy sleep until the blood pressure aide showed up, blared on the lights and then came back within an hour to take more blood tests. That and another two alarms on my IV--I'd been hooked back up due to some nausea--ruined the rest of the night, but at least I got some sleep.

Last night, here at home, was positively heavenly although I did have to get up once to take some more pain meds. I have been advised to just spoil myself with the medication and not be shy about taking it.

So, so far, so good. It will be 4-6 weeks before I am back to normal, so don't expect much in the way of horse reports. Meantime thanks for all your good wishes and good vibes. I think they helped.


  1. Glad to hear you're on the mend. I've only ever been in the hospital once, when I had my daughter. It was far from restful!

    Just remember, the pain meds are your friend!

  2. So good to hear from you! I am sure that you are over the worst and now that you are home I hope you will recover at a faster rate. The horses will take a back seat now for a little while and I am sure they won't mind. Baby yourself!!!

  3. I'm glad you survived the hospital. They seem to have forgotten that those of us not in dire straights actually like to sleep at night.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  4. Glad to hear you're home and resting. I know what you mean about hospitals, they can be really annoying and no one ever gets any sleep. Pain meds are a good thing so take them when you need them. They really do help. I'm sure your boys will miss you but the quicker you heal the quicker you're going to be out there with them. Rest when you need to. Feel better.

  5. Anonymous1:54 PM

    So glad all went well and that you're back at home where you can get some rest. The boys will be happy to just hang out until you're able to work with them again.

  6. I am glad to hear from you. My gmail account does not work, I cannot send any email ...
    Anyho I am glad you are back on-line and recovering.

    I *HATE* hopsital, I have never been in one only when I was 18 yrs old. But then I had a traumatic birth with Olly, then when I broke my back. It is one of my least favourite place on Earth almost with an equal distaste than spending Christmas at my MIL LOL!!!
    I am sure the boys will enjoy their Christmas holidays!

  7. Good to have you back Jean, take care of yourself.


  8. So glad that you are home from the hospital. Sending you lots of good vibes and happy thoughts for a smooth recovery. :) don't worry about your boys... I am sure they will be happy to have the time off as well.