- Oct 3, 2012
Well, my surgery on November 30th went very well but the beginning process has not been smooth by any means:
- Had the surgery and the when I woke, did not have any pain (probably because the spinal had not worn off);
- The pain eventually came with such ferocity that I was having a really hard time dealing with it. I did not have a pump and it was difficult getting the pain under control. The group of nurses I had on the first night were great but starting the second day it was a different story.
- On Saturday, I was either feeling sick or in excruciating pain and when I was in agonizing pain around supper time, I asked the nurse for pain medication. She told me that she'd get to me in around an hour once she had handled a discharge. I told her I couldn't wait that long and she told me I'd have to. I called my husband in tears and told him what was going on. He called the head nurse and they handled it so that I got my medication in a couple of minutes. I never understood what was going on and I got to the point where I would keep an eye on the clock so that I knew when my medication was due so I could hopefully stay ahead of the pain. Unfortunately, this same nurse (when she was on duty) would always tell me I was an hour off. I knew I wasn't but there was no point in arguing with her.
- Other than that particular nurse, the rest of the actual nurses were wonderful. The PT people were incredible but the nurses aids were horrific. One of them actually dropped my leg when helping me out of bed. I thought I was going to die! The worst situation was this one particular aide kept telling me I needed to take a shower and I agreed to it. She got me on the chair in the shower and shoved a shower head at me which was freezing cold water which made me jump and in turn made me hurt. When I complained she did something to the water and then shoved it at me again and I complained it was too hot. She yelled at me and told me that I should have handled it - little difficult to do since I couldn't reach the faucets. She then left (I thought she was getting a towel) - I was in there cold, shivering and crying for at least 10 minutes. The whole time I was constantly pulling the string but nobody answered until she came back. I have never been so miserable and upset in my life. I did complain but have no idea if anything was done or not.
- My husband got me home the following day and I have never been so relieved. I am having a very difficult time getting the stiffness out of my body. I am walking several times a day with my walker and trying to sit in the living room a few times a day
- This morning I had somehow ended up on my side (non-operative) with pillows between my knees but i apparently moved wrong and woke up in terrible pain. My husband came in immediately, helped me get comfortable and got some pain medication in me but my pain level has been a little higher today. I don't think I dislocated as I can still move my feet and can still walk with my walker.
- Yesterday was a great day with a lot more movement but today not so much.