I have learned quite a bit since my last update. Some of this is actually “Day 4” info, but I only want to edit these entries so much.
So, Day 4 continued:
I do not like Hydrocodone. Nope. It makes me dizzy, wobbly and in dire need of lying down. Yes it numbed by pain but gave me serious issues with wanting to do things I felt like doing. I’m knitting a hat, and I could barely see straight. It felt like I was being pulled in 5 directions and each one was spinning out of control. So… I took a nap. I did not feel better after getting up, and could barely eat. The hubs and I did watch Highlander 2, and that made me smile. I love Christopher Lambert’s laugh, and you can’t go wrong with Sean Connery. Although why you have a Scotsman playing a Spaniard arrive in Scotland to be dressed in Scottish finery. . . is a bit weird. That whole movie is weird.
Day 4 ended with me going to bed without taking any hydrocodone. I didn’t have very pleasant dreams, but I haven’t been having happy ones this whole week.
Onto Day 5:
I really feel like some little kid broke into our house and colored my belly button puke-yellow/green. It looks horrible. It’s one solid color too, which is even weirder. I can sit up without as much pain, although I still can’t sleep on my side. I MISS being able to move at night. I do not sleep like a log unless I’m really sick. My body just locks down and I don’t move. If I am NOT sick, my body wants to shift positions and roll around. Forced stillness does not lead to sleeping well. I wake up frequently and I can’t move very much, reach behind my head to reposition my pillows (I have to sit up, move the covers, stand up, reposition the pillows, sit down so that when I like down I am in the ‘right place’ and then pull the sheets back up). I only did the one rigamarole once, and honestly, it’s almost not worth trying to sleep again. . . so I just lie in some form of uncomfortable and try to fall back asleep.
I am REALLY good at staying in bed for a very long time, but I am starting to feel like ‘What’s the point.’ Yes I get sleep, but it’s fitful and I have really crazy dreams.
Today is also a great day to say “Thank you GLAD.” The best advice I’ve gotten from the hospital in Kalispell is to use Glad Cling Wrap. That stuff is amazing. The first review on the Glad page says it only sticks to itself. Well, they obviously haven’t tried to wrap themselves in it. That stuff sticks to skin pretty well. Add a shower to that and yes, it sticks more to itself than you, but I definitely had to pull it off of ME too. I felt really strange wrapping myself in it, and I’m sure if I had help it would have looked a lot better and worked better too. I did use a washcloth over the front of my torso so I didn’t have epic amounts of water pouring over my steri-strips. Yes, water still got in, but I haven’t had to replace the cloth tape I put over the steri-strips yesterday to keep them down. If that cloth tape gets soaked it stops working, so that alone proves to me that Glad Cling Wrap is a wonderful method of protecting my steri-strips a little longer.
My appetite is still a bit iffy, but I’m sure I’ll leap back to wanting ‘normal food’ in the next hour or so.
A shower is a marvelous way to feel better except when the water hits your wounds and you just want to fall over. Ow. Baths, saunas, hot tubs, etc are not allowed during the healing process and I can see why. . . but this recovery time is really putting my love of showers to the test. You can’t stay in them long, you can only stand in certain positions and you just want to leap back into your sweat pants and snuggle down with the ones you love. . . kind of. . .because you still can’t bend into a ‘cuddle’ position.