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kassie84
06-01-2010, 01:38 AM
Hey guys,
ive been out of hospital since saturday, so i thought id write a little blog.
I left hospital with my bag of meds which include- Tramadol, Oxcycontin, Endone, Diazapam and Temazapam. I had 2 tramadol as we hopped into the car, hoping to prevent the onset of pain early in the trip. However the drive home was very difficult. We had to drive through the city for half an hour- I had my seat right back with pillows under me and my head propped up but i could feel every single bump, turn, acceleration and brake... Tram tracks were the worst... out of the city we stopped and i readjusted and had an endone which is a fast acting strong pain killer. The road was a bit smoother and it wasn't quite so bad until my boyfriend forgot for a second and accellerated too quickly. It felt like my body split in half... i lost it then and had a panick attack. So i popped two diazapams which really did the trick, for about half an hour i think i fell asleep and when i woke, we were so close to home that i got excited... The drive was about 1hr 45 mins. If anyone is thinking of doing a trip like that after hospital I would recommend dosing up and knocking yourself out for it.

Since being home i have been doing really well. The pain is constant, and about 4 or 5 most of the time, but watching movies, reading magazines and using the internet are taking my mind off it. I have been going for my two walks (which is the only exercise Doc gave me) but i do get tired very easily. So ive been up for an hour or 2 then back to bed for an hour or two and I religiously take meds every 4 hours- alternating between panadol and tramadol and having and endone or oxcycontin if i get strong pain in between.

ive also still been constipated, but mum made a curry last night and it actually worked! It has been about 9 days since I have been able to clear my bowels, so it was very relieving... my tummy is much less bloated now, thank goodness!

I have been sleeping quite well, it is difficult to get into a comfortable position, but once i get it, i don't move and I sleep for about 3 or 4 hours at time.

hmmm.. it's time for a rest now...

golfnut
06-01-2010, 03:49 AM
Kassie,
I'm sure it's nice to be home. It sounds like you're doing really well.

LynetteG
06-01-2010, 05:08 AM
Kassie - glad you're home. Sounds like you have lots of people taking good care of you :). Keep resting and healing for a quick recovery!

ShariMSU
06-01-2010, 07:08 AM
Hi Kassie - you sound like you are doing well this early on. It all sounds so familiar to my experience. I had to drive 1 hour and 10 minutes to my surgeon and the hospital. Due to complications I have had to make the drive 4 or 5 times already. Some trips are miserable, others go smoothly. I am so glad you are home and able to keep your mind busy. That is half the battle.
Good for you!
Hope your recovery continues smoothly!

jsully
06-01-2010, 07:47 AM
Congratulations! Keep up the smooth recovery!

JenM
06-01-2010, 10:02 AM
Hi Kassie-

So glad to hear you are doing so well! Congrats on making it to the other side! My surgery is in 7 days so I am enjoying reading your posts. Thanks for the update.

Best of luck to you,
JenM

foofer
06-01-2010, 10:14 AM
Kellie,

Great post and congrats on your good news....

Hey, I'm thinking this forum needs your mom's curry recipe!:)

Get lots of rest and we look forward to hearing more.

Amy

JenniferG
06-01-2010, 03:53 PM
I never thought of curry! :D

Sounds like you're doing great Kassie.

Vali
06-01-2010, 06:44 PM
Welcome home Kassie. Sounds like your doing well. Wow, i can't get over how many pain meds you came home with. Please - keep a pain med diary and be careful (must be the mum/nan in me). I only came home on Endone 5mg and Panadeine Forte. Best wishes for a continued smooth and uncomplicated recovery.

Doodles
06-01-2010, 09:14 PM
So happy that you are home and doing well at this early stage. I can definitely relate to the car ride home although I didn't make it for about 14 days and then 7 hours divided over two days. Not fun. Meds were an absolute! Janet

kassie84
06-06-2010, 11:54 PM
lWow, i can't get over how many pain meds you came home with. Please - keep a pain med diary and be careful (must be the mum/nan in me). I only came home on Endone 5mg and Panadeine Forte. Best wishes for a continued smooth and uncomplicated recovery.

thanks Vali, I have been keeping a diary on my phone writing the time and dose of meds I've been having every day since hospital. I'm nearly all out, but have an appointment with GP tomorrow to get a little top up. I'm mainly taking regular panadol with a strong fast acting booster when I get bad pain, now and then.. It's definately a good idea to keep note to make sure you don't over do it..

kassie84
06-06-2010, 11:59 PM
I never thought of curry! :D

Sounds like you're doing great Kassie.

I've also discovered some herbal tea from the health food shop. I think it's a dieters tea which really gets the bowels moving.. But be careful not to over do it.. I got carried away and paid for it... The toilet is definately not the most comfortable chair post surgery... Oops!

Vali
06-07-2010, 08:21 AM
Yep - i know this tea. I used it two nights before surgery, however, as i had anterior surgery as well, i was not game enough to take it post-surgery!