The first night post-op was like having a newborn. Moments of deep slumber were punctuated by vital checks & blood draws at 6:30, 7:30, 9:00, 11:00, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, & 8:00 (but who’s counting?). My new best friends are a large ice pack and a sippy cup of ice water.
The pain is moderate, mostly a horrendous sore throat and the drain incision. I’ve been disconnected from all my beepers & clickers and now just have a tube eerily sticking out of my chest to drain fluid (it’s really gross, but my kids found it fascinating). Oh, and my blood work looks good, so I appear to still be on track to head home this afternoon or evening.
But, honestly, the hospital is pretty cushy! My room is like a tiny hotel room with an entire staff just outside the door. I can order unlimited room service from the menus of the various cafes, burgers, salad, salmon, last night I had baked mac-n-cheese (Mmm comfort food). The adjustable bed is pretty awesome too.
Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers, & well wishes – they’re working! It’s looking like we may pick up patient of the week!
UPDATE: Going home . . . with a strawberry milkshake!