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By ObviousTroll (Sat Oct 03, 2020 at 12:23:42 PM EST) (all tags)
It happened. I woke up swearing loudly and with enthusiasm.  

It was nothing like the 90s.


So, a lot of my dread of the surgery (beyond the fear of the PT/recovery period) was that when I had some outpatient sinus surgery in the 90s the meds left me loopy and bed-ridden for days and all I could think of was "how much worse is this going to be?"

But, discussing this with my first anesthesiologist* his response was "oh, the stuff we have now is so much better than that crap." which made me relax a bit. Which was good because the 1 PM surgery didn't start till after 5 because the previous patient needed extra work and, by then, I had spoken to 3 different anesthesiologists as they each came on shift. When my own "1-2 hour" procedure finally began around 5, well it was 10 PM when the IV's alarm jolted me into swearing "AND YOU CAN SHUT RIGHT THE FUCK UP!" whereupon I turned my head and found the post-op nurse already trying to shut off the alarm and laughing his ass off at me. (I did apologize and, also, I am now committed to bringing cookies and brownies down to post-op crew at the CUPP pavilion of the Penn Presbyterian hospital...)

No loopiness or disorientation then or since. Lots of discomfort occasionally bad enough to require an opioid but, honestly, my Advil works better and I'm pissed that the doc says I can't take it because it's a blood thinner. They kept me an extra day because the drain they had installed kept filling but, seriously? I was glad that the nurses had to handle me that day and not SWHTL. 

These days, SWHTL's big issue is that she goes off to do something and comes back to find me doing something I shouldn't be doing but, honestly, I'm mostly bored and I'm not supposed to sit for more than 20 minutes at a time. I have this vague idea of waiting till she goes to work on Monday and then using the walker to get to the liquor store (it's a straight shot, about a mile) not because I especially need any booze but because I find the idea absolutely hilarious but I think I'll resist. Truly, though, I'm doing well enough that Lamb is talking about heading home a week early (she came up to help SWHTL but so far I've been doing almost everything without assistance and, well, there are things that I REFUSE to ask a daughter to help me with. Not going to happen.)

Speaking of boredom and frustration, the USS $NEWCO has officially surfaced, with many press releases and interviews, and a website that's just simple boiler plate. I'm tempted to offer to work on the website but I don't want to do anything that will threaten my disability bennies from $MEGACORP so... not. 

So, yeah, things are going better than I had planned for which is a good thing. If you plan for the worst you can only be pleasantly surprised, right?

*Am I the only one who uses google search as a spelling checker? "Did you mean...." is so damned handy. 
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The last time I was put under by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Oct 04, 2020 at 08:52:41 PM EST
About 15 years ago when I had some major dental work done. They used an IV, no pain afterwards.

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I always tell people I never did drugs but not by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Oct 05, 2020 at 09:51:03 AM EST
because I thought them immoral. The truth was, I had a dentist use ether on me when I was a kid and the experience of being aware of the pain yet disconnected from both the reality of it and the ability to do anything about it left such a lasting impression I never even got drunk till I was in my 30s. 

I just had a really deep-seated fear of repeating that experience. 

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I am a sealed unit by Phil the Canuck (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Oct 05, 2020 at 09:17:36 AM EST
Never had surgery, never been put under. Someday I'll need both and I will have the mother of all anxiety attacks.

This was practically a no-op. by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Oct 05, 2020 at 09:47:27 AM EST
One moment I was joking with the nurses, the next moment it was 5 hours later and I was bellowing at the IV alarm. Both those events were within my normal operating parameters so....
 

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i woke up from my colonoscopy by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 4) #5 Mon Oct 05, 2020 at 03:52:37 PM EST
with clock in my face forcefully telling me to shut up.  I was all "what the hell, I just woke up!!"

WELL, seems in my "twilight sleep" of waking up I started shouting about how much the Eagles suck.  At volume. This was like a week maybe 2 after they won the superb owl, the entire procedure area was decorated in eagles shit, and every nurse was wearing eagles stuff.

Good times!

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