DD2's surgery

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Registered: 08-22-2009
DD2's surgery
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Thu, 03-07-2013 - 6:31pm

  DD2's surgery was today.  The surgeon said that everything went well, it was badly needed.

  Recovery so far has been a bit hard on her.  In the revcovery room she kept saying that she just wanted to go home and sleep.  I told her about the old Catch 22,  she could not go home and sleep until they were sure she was fully awake. Got home and she complained that she cannot sleep elevated (she has to stay elevated until her follow up appointment tomorrow).  But she as been dozing off and on. 

  She has multiple drugs to take, plus topical things for her nose and throat.  DH is making a spead sheet (that is what geeks do) to keep it all straight.  As the nurse explained it is eaiser to try to prevent pain rather fix it so we are back into "new born baby in the house mode" and have to make sure she has a pain pill every 4 hours round the clock.   Just like when they were babies, DH will take the late shift,  make sure she gets her 1:00 a.m, pill and I get the early shift making sure she gets her 5:00 a.m. one.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 11:53am

How is your dd doing now, is she fully recovered?

How is Stephanie doing after her chemo?

I hope that this weekend everybody is feeling well and mom gets some down time.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 8:37pm

She is still in a lot of pain.  It looks like she will not be able to return to work on Monday as planned.

Pretty much like last time Stephanie is just extremly tired. 

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sun, 03-17-2013 - 12:47pm

Is it "normal" for the pain to persist this long post-op? Were there any complications? I'm guessing that she thought she would be back to work by Monday based on what the doctor told her about typical recovery time...for how much longer does the doctor think she will be in a lot of pain? I hope that she starts feeling better soon.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sun, 03-17-2013 - 1:07pm

 There were no complications.  I do not if there is a "normal" because it can vary so much.  I think her plan of going to work tomorrow was based more the hope of not missing any more work than on anything the doctor said.  Many people have told me that while this operation can be a very easy one for kids to recover from it is much harder for adults. We hoped that would not be the case with her.

  She is still in a lot of pain and is taking codeine, which makes her a bit high so of course she cannnot drive or teach.  She is trying to wean herself off but straight tylenol does not take care of the pain.  She takes 1/2 plus a regular tylenol when we are at work and she is home alone and a full codeine when we are home.  The other issue is since she cannot eat much at one time she eats every couple of hours which would not work with her teaching schedule.  The scary thing is her weigth loss.  She was already at the low side of healthy and just not able to get enough calories in.

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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 4:29pm

DD2 is heading back to work tomorrow. It is a teacher's training day so she will not have to deal with the kids yet.