I was discharged on July 15th after two nights in the hospital. (That tells you what a big surgery it is since they love to release you right after the recovery room!) I remember very little of that day except that I stayed in bed the first 24 hours at home, in the dark, without the tv on, or reading books, or looking at my phone. I could not handle any light. When I wasn’t sleeping, I was crying over my horrible decision to have had this surgery. For me the worst part was my throat – I could not swallow ANYTHING. Everything hurt so much. I had anxiety over taking medicine and staying hydrated. Drinking water hurt so terribly and I choked continually trying to eat or drink anything. I started taking pills with applesauce which seemed to be the only substance I could “easily” intake.
On July 16th, I made it downstairs and took my first post-operative shower on my shower chair. The whole ordeal exhausted me and put me in an utterly foul mood. I was not very optimistic at this point. Thankfully, Rob called my neurosurgeon’s office regarding my choking. They prescribed prednisone and by the end of that pack, I was doing much better. I was still choking on water but to a lesser degree.
By July 18th, I was turning a corner and not just sitting/lying in bed or sitting in the recliner. I started walking around the house more. On the 19th, I took my second shower and it, again, exhausted me. I think I was overdoing the walking and started feeling not-so-great again on the 20th.
The days and weeks since surgery have had many ups and downs. Today I am feeling pretty good, but yesterday was a really terrible day where I did not/could not leave the house. I had to use the shower chair to get dressed after my bath.
Here’s hoping for continued good days and fewer of those bad days!