Hi guys! Just wanted to give you an update which might come in handy for some of you in the future.
Well, I woke up Saturday morning (2 days after surgery) with a very bad chesty cough and thick green phlegm. I immediately thought of chest infection following general anaesthetic, which is apparently common. So, I called 111 and a doctor prescribed me some antibiotics. Saturday night was the night I felt the worst ever. I could hear my chest crackling and the cough was so bad, I was scared my wound would reopen. Thank God the antibiotics started kicking in, so feeling much better today.
In regards to my wound, it looks dry but the skin feels a bit tighter. It's still swollen around the area. I'm assuming that the feeling of tightness is a good thing as maybe it's the healing process. I continue to sleep on 3 pillows as lying down flat is a bit uncomfortable at present.
I have been feeling a bit sleepy and groggy but no surprise there with the amount of medication I am taking. I will be keeping an eye on this as it could be due to Thyroxine.
Washing my hair has been a pain as I've been told to keep the wound dry for a few days. Although my husband has been helping me, it's been quite tricky. We'll have a second go at washing my hair tonight.
Oh I also saw my GP this morning who prescribed 150 mcg Levo and I have decided to give Mercury Pharma a go. He also gave me a sick certificate for 4 weeks and said he'll give me more if required.
The throat pain has subsided immensely and it's been 13 hours since I last took Paracetamol and Tramadol. The throat pain was due to intubation I think. I was keen to reduce the pain relief as it was giving me a bit of constipation. However, a glass of concentrated prune juice did the trick today. Sorry to be so opened about these things but I do think that this may help someone some day. I have been feeling a bit bloated but I won't lie, I have been eating loads of chocolates and biscuits. I thought I'd treat myself for a few days while convalescing. Why not? I'll start my diet again next week 😉