Friday, August 7, 2009

Back home, back home

Back home, even if not quite back in action. The doctors very colourfully described the surgery as ‘uneventful’ – a strangely comforting word to hear when you are coming out of the anesthesia. Remember very little of the surgery, of course, except the time when I came out of the anesthesia and found all sorts of people doing all sorts of post operative stuff to me in the OT.

Right now, I am so high on painkillers, the only pain I feel is what I remember when I see the six huge wounds on my hands, each corresponding to an attempt to drive the IV line into a vein.

The good thing about hospitals is that you get to read without distractions. More than enough time to finish off three books which I have been wanting to read for a long time, but putting off for a variety of reasons. Also managed to get through the entire pile of girly magazines at the nursing home, and am now an expert on the latest trends in women’s wear.

And barely 12 hours after the surgery, I discovered yet another reason to cheer. All the running and swimming and weight training I have been doing over the last two years has left me with muscles that are strong, even if they do not look as toned as I would like them to. Which means, the muscles started fighting back as soon as they could, and less than 24 hours after the start of the surgery, I was fully ambulatory. Had I been operated upon two years back, I am not sure if my recovery would have been as fast.

Four to six weeks of restrictions lie before me. And do keep me company during the time is the CD they presented me when I left – a video of the entire operation. What I am supposed to do with it, I have yet to figure out. Surely it could not be a ‘learn to do it yourself’ kit – after all, I don’t have any uteruses left to remove.

6 comments:

Cruella Collett said...

I am so happy to hear that you are safely home, and I'm now wishing you a speedy recovery. I like your way of approaching the upcoming four to six weeks - take it as a (much deserved!) vacation :)

I too think a video of the surgery is a bit odd, though. I suppose it could be used as a substitute for "Grey's Anatomy" or "ER"..? (You should sell it, claiming it's a copy of the season premiere of "House"!)

*big hugs*

dipali said...

This is good news indeed, of the 'uneventful' kind:)Good to know that exercising has truly paid off too.
Recover well and joyfully, and don't gross yourself out seeing what was done to you!

Galen Kindley--Author said...

Oh my gracious, I had no idea you were *in* the hospital—much less undergoing surgery. Probably better I didn’t know, as I woulda fretted about it. Better to bring me in after it’s over. Makes me want to sit down even now.

Okay, so, I’m proud of you for doing so well and want you to stay up with the rehab things as much as you can. My very best of wishes for a speedy recovery!

Best Regards, Galen
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Shaharizan Perez said...

It is good to hear that you are home and recovering quickly. I am sending you a plethora of warm, positive energy from New York.

*soft glomps*

niranjana said...

Yes, "interesting" is not a word you want to see next to "surgery". Glad to see you are recovering--and reading--so speedily!

Carnimire said...

Thanks, everyone.

As you know, there was a lot more excitement in store for me.

But it is hopefully all behind us now - the best thing about humans is our ability to cope.

Thanks, again!

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