Haven’t spoke to you since Tuesday morning a couple of hours before the surgery. Well I was taken down to an anti room at the side of theatre and asked for my name and D Of B at least three times by different people to ensure they had the right person. They then inserted a canular in my arm and then gave me some oxygen through a mask to help calm me down then I was told I’d get something through the canular which would sent me to sleep and it all happen as described. Then I was awokon in the recovery room to find I’d got four tubes coming out of a canular in my neck.. a drain in my chest to drain excessive blood from the operation and a catherta through my penis ( first timer ...... that feels weird) I was very drowsy still and felt a little vulnerable. Almost straight away I was looked after by two people who were on top of everything my vitals were constantly monitored and relayed back to me . They told me I would stay with them till tomorrow morning and then be transferrred to HDU. Lots of communication some people around me not doing as good but it was very busy and you did hear conversations about other people’s problems that I’m glad weren’t mine.i was in recovery from 4pm on Wednesday till lunchtime on Thursday a little longer than anticipated but the lack of beds on HDU had something to do with it as well.. the main aim in HDU is to try to get you out of bed and sat in your chair once you’ve mastered that it’s to get from your chair and walk down the corridors with a frame suppported by 2 x physiotherapists. That couldn’t happen to me as I was prescribed NORAMAD due to my blood pressure being so low. Every time they tried to sit me up or get me out of bed my blood pressure would fail. I was on 4g of NOROMAD and we decided to reduce this by 0.2every 45mi)utes in: the end when we got it to 2.6mg we had to put it up again for the evening back to 4g so Thursday morning we did it again and by 7.30pm it stayed level without support so the question was now would it stay level overnight and could it allow me to get off the bed without dropping. The phentenol you originally are given intravenously which you can request every 5 minutes by pressing the buzzer on the fob is amazing once your taken off that reality of the level of the pain of getting in and out of bed kicks in and a couple of the times have made me shout out the “f” word.
Pain levels are managed well but sideways turning and swinging your legs around off the bed are challenging .The medical support you get is fantastic. Just found out my weight has fluctuated 5 Kg from pre op assessment to today I look bloated and carrying a lot of water just been prescribed frusimide to make me wee more to get rid of the water retention.. The nursing attention I have received since coming out of theatre has been phenomenal the care and attention to detail has just been first class ........... don t get me wrong not everything has gone right but any problems which have occurrred have been sorted by a team of individuals dedicated to the cause. In HDU 3 or 4 patients have really kicked off having experience “ Dilerium “ this might b. E caused by the patient ie me being put on a bypass machine the outward anger and nastiness associated with this reaction is scary I felt so sorry for the staff we only have 10 beds in HDU and 3 were suffering from delirium 33%. That’s quite high fortunately I wasn’t one of them.
I’m not 100 conscious as all the medicine make you a little whacked out so if I’ve put something that doesn’t make sense please forgive me. The chest drain was worse than the catheter to take out but neither lasts long. My emotions have been all over the shop I was talking too and crying with a nurse last night and all morning I’ve been laughing and joking but now at12.50 I’m absolutely knackered and need to go back to bed for a sleep it feels like someone has just unplugged your power cord and you’ve reverted to zero energy . It is something you have to experience as it’s its frustrating the hell out of me as you get 2 steps forware on step back then 2steps back one step forward this is definitely a marathon not a sprint and I’m just learning the game.
Thanks to all of you who is taking time out of your weekend to read this. I’m sorry I’m literally fucked and need bed and sleep bye bye till next instalment