I love to tell stories and I tend to get fairly expressive when I have a story to share. David & Lesley like to make me sit on my hands and try to tell a story without using them….that doesn’t last for long. This afternoon, my family came to visit me and I filled them in on the events of the last 36 hours. Tears were shed, they were laughing so hard and, of course, an audience like that just keeps me going. I need to be discreet in my comments on my blog, however. I will, after all, remain in the care of Valley Medical Center for the next few days.
The anesthesiologists have been great. The doctor that I worked with yesterday got me through a long, difficult day and then stopped by that evening to give me a lesson about epidurals, how they work, what he thought had gone wrong and what the course of treatment would be going forward. I learned a lot and enjoyed our talk but I wish that he had taught me how to operate my epidural pump. When I got up this morning, I was in pain and my nurse didn’t know how to operate my pump. It was three hours before I had relief.
I have a nice corner room to myself with windows on two walls to let in lots of light. I have a TV that also provides me with e-mail and internet access, games and free movies. I’ve been happily able to entertain myself….four days in a hospital would otherwise be fairly tedious. To quote the nurses who visit my room, I have “more flowers than anyone they’ve ever cared for” and everyone who comes into my room comments on how good it smells in here. Not something you hear too often about a hospital room!!! Thank you everyone for the flowers, cards, e-mails and comments on my blog!!! I am so grateful for all of the support that I’ve received!
I haven’t eaten for four days and those of you who know me well will not be surprised when I say that I haven’t slept for four days either. I am allowed ice chips, one every 1o minutes, 30 ml of Maalox every six hours with a sip of water chaser, and I can suck on a “wet sponge on a stick”….something that I’ve become amazingly fond of. I will be allowed to go home when I produce something that proves that my digestive system is functioning. LOL! I’m not gonna produce much on ice chips!!! There has been no mention of food yet. The closest that I’ve been to food since Wednesday is the junk food festival that Larry and our friend, Barb, enjoyed in my room last night while they watched free movies on my TV. That’s just not right! 😦
I sat in the chair in my room 3 different times today but aside from that, my progress is fairly slow. I’m relatively pain free, though, and able to maintain a sense of humor about my experience.
More later…..my ice is melting….