8 Days Into the Unknown

P1100277While preparing for surgery, someone told me that for them it was  “like going to sleep in the USA and waking up in Siberia.”  That has really stuck with me.  What would it be like?   I considered the wasteland of not being able to eat for a long period of time (3 months till I can have fresh fruit!).  The boredom and frustration of not being able to munch on something.  The training of eating tiny bites, chewing them to smithereens and only swallowing if they were liquefied.  I was ready for all of that.

But right now I’m only 8 days out and I can tell you what I was NOT ready for.   Surgery took longer and was “more complicated” than expected.  I came to with a drain in my side that completely freaked me out.  I don’t like it.   I came out hardly able to breath and within 48 hours was back in the ER, having developed double pneumonia from being intubated.  I slept for a week taking every antinausea med they could give me, to keep me from coughing and heaving/puking so that I wouldn’t rip open the work on my esophagus and stomach.  The pain has been way beyond c-section, appendix or gall bladder surgery.

Anyone who calls this an easy way out can kiss my rump roast.  This is HARD.

But now I’m feeling human again. The coughing is over.  Tomorrow is my last day of antibiotics, thank goodness!  And today I was able to stomach some soup for the first time.    I have gone 8 days without an attack/episode from the para-esophageal hernia. Oh, that’s because it’s GONE!!!!!

The drain comes out on Thursday and I start moving forward.  They say the first 3 months are hard.  I feel so good about getting past the first week that I’m looking forward to that kind of hard!


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on March 26, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Praying and proud of you!


  2. Posted by Megan on March 27, 2013 at 2:35 am

    So sorry that things have been so hard! Praying for quick healing and a not too hard couple months!


  3. Posted by betsy on April 1, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Praying for you as you walk this out


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