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The Walking Wounded

So, yeah. Here I am. Surgery has happened, and I have survived. I have to say, laparoscopic surgery is a wonderful thing in life -- I got to go home the very same day! I'm kind of sore, and not up to dancing, but definitely getting better. Mom Pony arrived Thursday night, and she's staying through tomorrow morning. It has been wonderful having her around.

Highlights of the surgery included:

-- One of my anesthesiologists was named Igor. Really. You have no idea how much I enjoyed having an Igor assisting.

-- They gave me nitrous before sticking me with any needles. This is clearly the way to go with needles.

-- Nurse Mary in the recovery room was very nice and actually let me stay there for several hours recovering, including juice, crackers, a toy, a story, and two naps (yes, anesthesia regresses you to four years old) before I left.

-- Going home the same day. Better to be miserable in your own bed.

-- According to the surgeon, it was a great surgery. I wouldn't know. I wasn't there.

Lowlights included:

-- The administrative work at the hospital sucked. Starting with the bit where they moved the surgery up by an hour and didn't tell me about it.

-- The anesthesiologist who was not Igor forgot my name in the operating room, even though I had two ID bracelets, one on each arm. She kept calling me "Jessie," which is not my name. Fortunately, I wasn't completely under, so I was able to remind her that I am a Pony, not a Jessie. And then, for good measure, that they were going to take out my appendix. I don't know what surgery Jessie had scheduled, but I wanted none of it.

-- I have a very sore tummy, and walking three blocks to the grocery store is hard. I am not accustomed to this, and it sucks.

-- I'm not supposed to lift anything heavy for six weeks. They define heavy as "over ten pounds." Clearly, this will present problems that I must deal with.

But I'm back, I have no appendix, and I am being lovingly taken care of. All this is good.


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Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
So glad that all went well and that you were able to inform the woman that you were not "Jessie"! Yay for being home in your own bed the same day and for having Mom Pony home with you. Maybe she can help you stock up on stuff for at least two weeks?

I love your sense of humor. Thanks for sharing and keeping us informed. I was wondering how you were doing last night.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
Mom Pony and I collaborated on making bread yesterday. I mixed it, she kneaded it. So there are two loaves of bread in the freezer. And we ordered way too much Chinese food last night, so I will have oyster tender beef and chicken lo mein until it comes out my ears! And we did a grocery shop, with Mom Pony serving as pack mule. So I think I'm set for food, at least for a while.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
I am glad all went well, and most glad that you informed of your name why you were there - you might have ended up with some other -ectomy than you were there for otherwise!

Take care - that 10lb thing is a pain, especially with regards to things like laundry.
Mar. 24th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
Mom Pony and I did a supplemental laundry, and we'll take the trash out tomorrow right before she leaves. As for the rest, I'll find a way to wing it. That's part of why I scheduled this for Spring Break.

And I definitely did not want Jessie's surgery!
Mar. 23rd, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Good news, FP. I'm so glad this went well. Now it's over and by the time it's warm, you'll feel great again.
Mar. 24th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Things are already looking up. I'm kind of stiff and sore, but that'll go away, and I can see that I'll get better. And it's Spring Break, so I'm allowed to lounge around anyway.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
-- Nurse Mary in the recovery room was very nice and actually let me stay there for several hours recovering, including juice, crackers, a toy, a story, and two naps

Where do I sign up?

On the other hand

I don't know what surgery Jessie had scheduled, but I wanted none of it.

LOL! Amen. Did you read about the woman who went in for knee surgery and came out with a new anus?
Mar. 24th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Where do I sign up?

Of course, you also have to deal with having had surgery in order to get the whole four-year-old treatment.

LOL! Amen. Did you read about the woman who went in for knee surgery and came out with a new anus?

That's why I added the bit about the appendix after I reminded them of my name!
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Mar. 24th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
I want to be able to dance again! Fortunately, there was no dancing today, since it's Easter, so it's not like I missed it.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you're home and recovering.

The 'Jessie' part is worrying - but when my Mum went in for an endoscopy a couple of weeks ago (putting a tube down the *throat* to examine the stomach) she was given modesty pants (with a 'slit up the back for obvious reasons,' as the nurse phrased it.) Mum and I looked at each and said 'Pardon?'. It turns out they'd got the wrong patient, and were going to go in from the wrong end! She was *so* glad they found out in time.

Mar. 24th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
It's a good thing they had the modesty pants -- a nice signal as to what might be coming next! That was why I made sure to mention the appendix after I reminded them of my name.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
FP! Welcome home :-) I'm glad it all went well. But do be careful about the heavy lifting because you'll feel better long before your insides are properly healed. But at least you'll be back to normal pretty soon and by then the snow might even be gone away.
Mar. 24th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
I'll be careful with the lifting, promise. I've got lots of food stockpiled, and Mom Pony and I did a supplemental laundry and we'll take out the trash tomorrow. I'll work things out after that.

The snow will never be fully gone. . .
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Mar. 23rd, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
I'm glad everything went well! And I hope you continue to improve rapidly.
Mar. 24th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
I am getting better quickly. I might even be able to sing on Thursday.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
with a little advance warning, we could probably arrange a "drive you to a grocery store" outing. depending on how the visit to the hand doctor goes on tues, i might not be the best pack mule, though.
Mar. 24th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
I have enough food stockpiled that we won't have to worry about grocery shopping for a little while. Plenty of time for the hand thing to shake down. But thanks for the offer -- I may take you up on it later.
Mar. 24th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to learn that all went well and that you will be taken good care of, too.

You have no idea how much I enjoyed having an Igor assisting.
*giggles* Very reassuring!
Mar. 24th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Everyone should have an Igor at their surgery! It's the perfect touch.

Mom Pony went home today, and I have been very well taken care of -- we even replaced a floor lamp that had given up the ghost, so the place is in better shape than when she came.
Mar. 24th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Get well soon, FP. And get as much cossetting as possible. Or as much as you can stand.
Mar. 24th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Mom Pony has come and gone, and now I have Spring Break to laze around. My downstairs neighbor offered help with the laundry in weeks to come, and I think I can get some other friends to help with groceries. And I had two little walkies today!
Mar. 25th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
call if you need any heavy lifting. I can lift all sorts of things, unwieldy, wet, whatever.
Mar. 25th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'll let you know. I don't think I'll need much for a while -- Mom Pony and I stocked things up pretty well before she left.
Mar. 26th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Yay, surgery's over and Pony's on the mend! Good to hear.

I laughed so much at the thought of Igor.
Mar. 26th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
Igor was a class touch. I liked having him. You just feel far more secure in surgery when you know that your doctor will have an Igor at his side.
Mar. 28th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)

And, I neglect for a bit to check, and you're in SURGERY? Oh my. I'm glad it went well, and that you're recovering.

Oddly, I'm not sure whether I've got an appendix or not. I SHOULD have one. I refused to consent when they opened up my hip for a bone graft to them digging around for anything additional, but as it was SOP, and with the problems I had after surgery, I'm not sure they didn't do it anyay.

VERY glad they could do that laproscopically for you. Six weeks isn't so bad.

BIG hugs.

Mar. 28th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
The very beginning of the story that ended with this surgery is here. It is a long and fascinating saga, especially if you're only reading about it.


Yup. That's what I was thinking. I couldn't say it out loud, of course, but I could think it, and it was a happy thought indeed.

If you don't have an appendix, then that's totally not a bad thing in life. I am perfectly content with not having mine any more.
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Mar. 29th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Hope you are feeling even better now, and resepcting the rules! And I hope that Jessie still keeps her appendix!

And the igor was great! it had me chuckling for a long time. Take good care of yourself.
Mar. 29th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
I am feeling much better! I think I'm going to take the el to the North Side today, because there's a fabric store where I want to get some elastic. I'm going to do the incredibly old-fashioned thing of making over a dress that I made back in college. I didn't set the sleeves quite right, so it wasn't the world's greatest dress. But I love the fabric (light blue cotton with bunnies), and I'm going to make a nice skirt out of it. If I'm well enough to go contra dancing on Saturday, I might wear my bunny skirt to the dance.
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