April 5th 2016. We head out from home for the 3 hour drive to San Antonio for a 4 day 3 night stay at a Luxurious Hospital ... I take my blood pressure and anti nausea pill at 11: 58... we get thirty minutes into the drive and I have to have Hubby Pull over so that I can upchuck.... not the best way to finish up two and 1/2 more hours of diving but I only have to stop 2 more times and we arrived at the hospital. We find our way to the reception area and give my name only to be told you maybe at the wrong hospital because she couldn't find my name...I asked if she wanted my paperwork and she said no, but after 30 minutes I was so grateful I had my copies of paperwork showing her that I was at the right place.. once she reviewed them she found me in their system. Yes by this time my blood pressure was really up by the time they get me to pre-op... I was assured they would be able to give me medications to get it lowered before I went into the operating room.
We were so blessed that we had friends that insisted that they go up there prior to surgery and had a chance to wish one of them happy birthday so early in the morning.
Off to the operating room... I had a wonderful team of professionals that were checking and double checking that everything was going good.
Hubby and friends were told that at the longest it would be 3 hours... Wrong.... once they were in it was much more involved than what was revealed on the scans. The staff was good about updating them on what was going on and that more time was needed as well as an additional surgeon was called in due to the magnitude of the mess.
Six hours later I am in recovery and then back to my room. They said, you need to get up and walk and walk I did, just hours after surgery. I didn't want anyone thinking I was slacking on the job of recovery not even for one day, LOL.
Blood pressure was still a problem after surgery but now it was too low and my kidneys were not working properly. This was a vicious circle that included 2 pints of blood and tons of IV's and meds.
One shift nurse would tell me I needed to walk more and other would say I need to lay down to get my blood pressure down. I never knew exactly how to balance them both... then I realized it was what ever their " goal" was for me is what they were pushing... once I got that I would do what felt right for me.
Nearly a week later... I said...just stop all the medications for 6 hours and let my body rest and lets see what it does on it's own. Sure enough things began to fall into place and 3 days later I was released and allowed to go home after a full 10 day stay.
Each and everyday someone was asking if I knew what the results of the pathology report were... and the answer was no and I can promise you that when you are trying to heal that is where the focus needs to be.... one step at a time... I finally told one of the dr's even if the results were in I didn't to know them until I was out of the hospital. He assured me that it normally takes 14 days to get a complete report so I was in the clear.
Try to keep a copy of any and all orders for surgery etc and have them with you at all times. The same questions will be asked at least 2 or 3 times a day.
Listen to your body and intuition, it is a wonderful extra sense that we do not tap into enough.
There is such a thing as inquisition overload... If at all possible have someone be the point person for questions so that you can focus on your recovery.
Exercise/Walk as much as possible to get your body to wake up and get rid of the excess medicines from the procedures.