Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Something I Took For Granted

I keep remembering that I was told this was a simple procedure and the area to be repaired
was small.

Yesterday in the late afternoon
called doctor's office
to see if this much pain, discomfort and swelling was normal.
Was told everything I am going through
was normal and was quickly reminded it has only been a little over 48 hours since this simple surgery.
Bound with a velcro item that is almost like a girdle that is 12 inches wide.
So all of my small frame organs - bladder, colon, stomach are all really compressed with the swelling.
I asked - and
why did I not ask before
just took it for granted
that this would be simpler or same as the gall bladder surgery 3 years ago.
With that surgery very small instruments were used
very little swelling and not much pain afterwards..
This is an incision in middle of stomach and a larger area to go in
and put mesh and then sew up.
So I am really swollen.
With this velcro apparatus it is difficult to bend, sit straight and have to bend on side to scoot in bed
and pray for pain to leave.
So, I am not bleeding and no fever - so I was told
 I am fine
and this is just going to just take a little longer then a week  for me to be my normal self :)
I was told I ask a lot of questions and seem quite knowledgeable about my health matters.
Made me smile
I thought - most elders in my family lived into their 90's
and kept their mind.
Remember in the hospital asking the anesthesiologist - as he began to inject medication into the IV attached to me - "how long will this take to reach my body and take affect"  he smiled and showed me.
He was right on target and I immediately felt drowsy.
My Jamie sitting through all of this and listening to her mom - never made a comment but probably thought - she sure asks a lot of questions and I wish she would be quiet :)
I might share I was awake through most of this surgery and talking and asking questions - they probably wanted me to shut up.
Liked the way this was done.  Just making me drowsy, calm and then deadening the abdomen area.   At the hospital in the big city they were going to use general anesthesia.

So I am healing and always healed fast in the past but ever aware I am in a rapidly aging container
Very thankful this has been done, behind me and not something I am dreading to do in the future.

Just do not feel like cooking, eating and not my usual high energy.  Do not feel like reading or doing much of anything.I also am well aware that this is probably good for me  - just to be..
Just me and Miss Callie
hanging out in the country - and finding Lady Bugs in every room :)
Well stocked pantry and freezer but at the moment nothing sounds appealing.
Tonight had a terrible frozen dinner - I will never buy them again
they taste like cardboard
would rather have peanut butter on crackers, hard boiled egg or anything better then this.

A friend is bringing me a plate today and hopefully appetite will return.

Special friends
thanks for listening to my complaining
and since the majority of you are younger then me
I know you need this information :)

Can hardly wait for Spring and being in my garden....


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

May you soon be feeling more like your normal self. May the pain and swelling cease.

Enjoy all that peaceful loveliness that surrounds you.

Love, hugs and prayers ~ FlowerLady

Tabor said...

Drink lots of fluids even if your appetite is weak. A little sugar and little lemon to keep up your spirits.

Judy said...

I too ask questions--we need too--just so we know. Because "they" can make mistakes and we need to keep asking what is going on so they know we are aware and going to catch them if they mess up, LOL. Rest, rest and more rest. I was worried, glad you posted today.

Balisha said...

Hi Ernestine,
I'm so glad to hear from you. Hopefully the pain that you are now experiencing will ease up.Just remember that each day is a step closer to feeling like your old self. The body needs time to rest and eat healthy foods.Take care and have a peaceful day.
Balisha (hugs)

Pienosole said...

I'm sending you positive and healing thoughts. The process of healing is sometimes frustrating and other times amazing. Keep asking questions :-).

I hope the pain and swelling and discomfort subside as soon as possible. In the meantime, I wish you peace and rest.

Nan said...

You aren't complaining. This is just what's going on right now. And you aren't that much older. I never think about the ages of people. Glad you have your Jamie, and your Callie!

Beverly said...

Being a nurse, I think he could give you a few pain pills to bring you some comfort. I know, you do not want them, but, when needed they will help...please don't suffer..... thinking of you

MsGraysea said...

Dear hope each minute is bringing you closer to yourself again. I remember when you were planning your lovely Wood Haven and it certainly was a wide move.
Good for you on asking all the questions. So few do that and it can make recovery a lot more dreadful.
Sending you soothing thoughts and peace.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

FL, Tabor, Judy, Balisha, Nan, Beveryly, Pienosole, Marcia, thank you for kind words.

Lonely Rivers said...

You are a brave and independent woman. You have strength and courage. You are wise and funny and smart. You are a treasure..Let your pals pamper you a bit - even at this long distance! May each hour be easier.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Oh, Lonely Rivers - if I am all you described - sure would be wonderful. You just perked me up and put a smile on my face.
Thank you for your kind words.
Wish you lived near.
You take care and are you still using the walking sticks :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you've got some wonderful advice here already. Just stopped by after finding you on Sharon's blog post. Beautiful place you have here!

Unknown said...


Hope that by the time you receive this comment the pain and swelling you have been experiencing has eased up.

Those doctors do not tell you much, the only way we find out whats what is by asking questions and by experience and what friends have learned from their experiences.

If asking questions makes you feel better, keep asking them!

Val said...

Love and prayers to you. xox♥

Sky said...

i wish you would ask for a script of pain pills to get you through the weekend when you see the doc today. you would rest so much easier if you took one when you go to bed, and one when you wake would start the day off easier. after that one you could take a tylenol if you began to hurt in the afternoon. this is coming from one who has been there and knows and recognizes the difference in painful dozing vs comfortable rest. by monday you will probably see a marked difference and will be almost back to normal.

hope you get some nourishment in you - even if you don't feel hungry. don't tempt that GI tract into acting up later, girl! to avoid straining you must drink LOTS of water, eat fiber/fruit and move. ok, now i will stop being bossy and just send some love!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Cindy, Millie, Val - thank you so much for your kind words.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Dear Sky, your advice is so special to me. I am taking something to help me sleep. Have for several nights.
I am pushing the right food and always one to drink plenty of water.
Thank you for your friendship....

Sharon said...

You have been in my thoughts and prayers as your healing continues. There is something that happens at day 3 or 4 where whatever you feel after surgery intensifies and feels like it will never get better. It eventually does. It's not complaining when you share with people who care about you.