Sunday, December 20, 2009

fa la la la ... exhausted already

This is a post to bring people up to speed about my situation (those who aren't already privy to my hourly ramblings on Facebook, that is) and wish you a pleasant holiday season, in case I don't make it back here due to sleeping, gnashing of teeth, or a combination of the two during the coming week.

My bunionectomy (which I found out is a real word when it was written on multiple Official Documents at the hospital; I thought I was being amusing by putting together my malady and the suffix for removal) went well, after a very brief minor breakdown during prep when my IV kept bumping a nerve and causing such pain that I considered yanking it out, which made me even more frantic. I think maybe my veins do me a favor by being microscopic and elusive - they purge all my worrying & fretting early so I have nothing left right before & after the actual surgery.

Another thing helped before I even went into the pre-op area. A 30something dude (and his mom) casually strolled in announcing he was checking in for surgery. When asked if he had sent in his preregistration papers (Like I had! The week before!) he said, Spicoli-like, "Oh yeah no. I didn't send anything." The receptionist gently directed him to fill out a form while she made copies of his ID and insurance cards. "Oh yeah no. I didn't bring any of that in." Eventually his mom went to retrieve his wallet from the truck and all was well. But the combined feeling of smug self-satisfaction and irritation on behalf of the receptionists kept me in a pleasantly distracted state for a few minutes.

This means "Happy Holidays!" in sign language.
I'm pretty sure.

The Importance of Being Certain

And to all a good night.


Fantastic Forrest said...

As usual, I love all your popular culture references.
"Spicoli-like" reminds me I need to introduce the kids to Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

In case I haven't mentioned it in the last half hour, REST!!!!!!


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You right really well on pain meds! Rest, recover. Try to enjoy the enforced inactivity--it doesn't come around too often (thank goodness).

Jen on the Edge said...

Glad you got through it okay. Drugs are great.

Melanie Sheridan said...

Your arrow is cracking me up. Enjoy the rest and the drugs. Make your family wait on you. :D

Janet said...

Nice gesture! How long will it be til you can walk again?

Ami said...

I hope you're resting as much as you can and that everyone is taking good care of you.

Isn't it fun to have the hospital staff write on you? I think three people wrote on my knee before the June surgery, but only my doctor wrote on my shoulder in November.

Took me four days to see the last of the sharpie on my shoulder after the surgery. But I suppose being certain is sort of important.

Especially in the case of amputations.

Sam said...

Bad mom! Bunionectomy's are no fun! I am so sorry! May Vicodin and or it's many relatives add to your holiday glee! My Honey is an Anesthesiologist and had you been on the east coast and in my town I would have made him make your day!!! And as well you may know, Spicoli in southern form would have filled the majority of our hospital for your entertainment! Feel well soon and get on to tap dancing!

Very Mary said...

I'm totally putting an arrow on my leg right after I type this. Just for you, girl, just for you.

Danielle said...

I have this same surgery in my future, but now I'm not so sure. I hope you recover nicely and enjoy the holidays! Rest up and make the kids wait on you!

Gretchen said...

Isn't it sad, with the combined intelligence of doctors, anesthesiologists, nurses, and the like, that they STILL have to use a marker to draw on your leg, to make sure they do surgery on the correct limb? Like, once the start the surgery they wouldn't be able to tell that they may or may not be operating where they should be.

I'm not sure how much confidence I have with doctors whose motto is, "Better safe than sorry". hee hee


Related Posts with Thumbnails