So recovery week one has elapsed! It’s been really rough actually. I’m not going to lie about it. The first two days after leaving the hospital were the easiest actually (probably because I was still sedated in some way).
So what’s been the hard stuff? The first setback was the pain medication (hydrocodone acetaminophen). In the hospital it made me very nauseated. I thought this was normal because I’ve never really had a reaction to medicine and I thought it was because of the surgery medications. I didn’t know this wasn’t normal until I started researching after I got home. Nausea wasn’t really a normal side effect it was filed under adverse reactions on drugs.com (I used to use this site for drug information when I worked at Cardinal Health and find it quite valid) it made me real nauseated every time I took it no matter how much I ate before, so ultimately I stopped taking the medication. The second set back was the antibiotic they sent home. The first day it made my face swell and I had difficulty breathing and my cheeks broke out in these lines of bumps. So I called the on-call nurse (the office was closed) and she said it could either be the antibiotic or the pain pills. I started thinking about how in the hospital I swelled up after they ran it in the IV solution so I deduced it was the antibiotic and as ordered ceased taking it and began taking benadryl. The swelling went down and my face is slowly clearing up. So here I was with no pain meds and no antibiotics. I called the office and after a day of no call back on the second day they got me another prescription (Tramadol). Which I took on Monday night and again super early Tuesday morning. Monday night my skin started peeling and I got a real severe headache. I attributed this to the walk to the coffee shop in the heat earlier in the day and took another Tylenol and attempted sleep. Tuesday after taking the second dose I got so sick and had such a severe migraine headache that ran all over the top of my head and left pressure behind my eyes. I had to have Bryan call the doctors office that morning and they deduced I must have a codeine allergy and unfortunately at that time there was nothing they could prescribe me without codeine. I was advised to take Tylenol. I stayed in bed all day unable to move battling nausea and a headache that finally subsided around 4 or 5 pm and finally made it to the shower. I researched Tramadol’s adverse side effects and they consisted of skin peeling, nausea and severe headache. So that kind of all made sense at that point.
So here I am on an over the counter high dose Tylenol (650mg) trying to battle this shit. It has not been easy. I’ve had a headache mostly every day and I`ve been told I have an acetaminophen threshold of 3000mg I can’t exceed. (Did you guys know people can overdose on acetaminophen?? I didn’t). 3000mg seems like a lot, but that’s only 4 capsules, 2 of which I take every 8 hours so this isn’t covering a full day, but sleep helps take a good chunk of time. It’s been rough but it gets a little bit easier each day. The good thing is I can walk. I sometimes try to walk to the coffee shop (Sunergos a couple of streets over), I’ve made it twice. The headaches increase after that and I usually have to rest the remainder of the day, but I feel it’s progress and I usually am able to walk down the steps and check the mail at the front of the house. (FYI: The doctor’s office says walking is perfectly fine and my recovery notes say to walk as much as I can – for any of you who may be questioning my exercise). I also have been enjoying pruning my plants. I can’t really water anything, but I can re-pot small things. Today I re-potted some tiny roses I got from my grandfather and Bryan`s parents. I’m happy I can make things grow. Who knew I had a green thumb!? My plants really help me feel like I’m accomplishing something and I feel rewarded by their healthy progress. I didn’t expect everything I planted to live but ALL of it has! Currently on my porch in healthy status are:
3 tomato plants
3 cucumber plants
2 sensation cosmos
10 little California poppies all hanging out in the same pot
20 – various flowers in altogether 5 pots I honestly can’t remember what they are. There are a few grey stripe sunflowers in there. These guys haven’t started blooming yet so Im trying to figure them out by their leaves.
All in all I`m alive and that’s pretty awesome. I have an awesome boyfriend Bryan that’s super supportive and helpful. He helped me so much in the hospital and continues to do so after surgery. Not to mention Bryans parents who have counseled me on the surgery and been really supportive. I have a great dog I get to cuddle every day, plants I get to watch grow and produce veggies and last but not least my grandparents have also been so helpful for me. From the sweet cards I get from my grandmother full of encouragement to the past couple of days she has stayed with me helping me with laundry and dishes. I really am blessed to have such wonderful people in my life and I’m fortunate the surgery went so perfectly. The recovery has been rough but I can definitely handle this! I look forward to swimming and biking as soon as I’m well and it’s thoughts of sunshine and wind in my hair and trips I look forward to taking (Hopefully chicago soon) that really keep me hopeful. I got this.
See you guys Soon!