Enjoying Northern Lights (about a true-life, foolhardy adventure) prior to surgery
This post is just a place to record some notes (newest first) regarding medications, symptoms and such related to my recent surgery, which my drug-addled brain might easily forget.
It has more detail than anyone wants, but I thought it might be useful for the post-op visit, for immediate family, and for me to monitor what I hope will be progress. The bottom line is that so far it’s going better than I expected.
July 4 (day 4)
Some dizziness and fatigue. Bruises showing more.
Exercise today: 12K steps, 34 floors
July 3 (day 3)
Feeling much better–lost most of fluid buildup, defecated, now less than pre-surgery weight, incisions healing well.
Considering the Wellfleet 5 mile Road Race, but wiser heads may prevail.
Exercise today: 9K steps, 31 floors
July 2 (day 2)
Removed bandages and showered this morning. It’s still sore at the incision sites and internally, where I’m assuming the mesh is, but mostly just when I bend. Still about 5.5 pounds over pre-surgery weight.
Having some side effects from the oxycodone (shaking, constipation); stopping that now.
Exercise today: 8K steps, 23 floors
July 1 (1st full day after surgery)
The pain still seems minor, more like high discomfort. So, I’m taking just one oxycodone at a time, roughly every four hours.
It hurts a bit more after a longish walk. The biggest problem is bending over, say, to tie shoes. The admonition to avoid lifting heavy objects is unnecessary, since there’s no way I’d attempt such a foolish thing.
The minor pains from last night (urination, throat, incision) seem mostly gone.
People who make standup desks ought to add serving hernia patients to their list of advantages.
Exercise today: 8K steps, 21 floors
Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis
June 30 (day of surgery)
I had bilateral laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair at 1:30 pm on June 30, 2016. Dr. Carlos Fonts was the surgeon. It was done in the O’Keeffe Surgical Pavilion at Cape Cod Hospital, which conveniently opened the year we moved to Cape Cod.
I have to add that I feel very fortunate with the surgeon and all the staff in his office at CC Hospital. They were very professional and courteous. When I said that all I wanted to drink after surgery was some water, a nurse from Morocco made me a “special” cocktail of fruit juices, which was delicious.
I recovered fine from surgery around 4 pm, without the embarrassing regurgitation I had after a previous surgery. My main complaint is a sore throat from the breathing tube. Later I discover some bleeding and minor pain around the naval incision and stinging urination.
There is also bloating. When I weighed myself the morning of surgery I was 217.7. The night after, having eaten modestly, I was 227.7 (a 10 pound increase).
Around 11 pm, I have my first sensation of pain at the sight of the repair, internally. Overall the pain is minor, so I took only two of the oxycodones today (6 pm, 11:30 pm).
It seems OK to walk, but difficult to bend over.
Exercise today: 1 K steps, 7 floors