Surgery SucksJul 21st

Well, I made it through my NINTH foot surgery. This surgery was quite different from the previous ones. My doctor wasn’t exactly sure where I had ripped my tendon, and had a plan A, B, and C depending on where the tear was. Fortunately, he was able to go with plan A, which was the simplest.

I’m not going to say that this is the simplest recovery though.

Tendon re-attachment surgery

This looks like hurts, right? Yah, I thought so too.

While I had a great pre-op nurse, and a fabulous doctor, my recovery nurse was just a big, fat meanie.

Actually she was small and skinny. But that didn’t sound right.

I distinctly remember her saying around three times (which means it was probably more like six times, given my drugged state) that I had had surgery and it was “supposed to hurt.” She guaranteed that I would not be “pain free,” and would need to “learn” to accept it.

I’ve had eleven surgeries in my life and this was the first time I’ve ever had such a bumbling idiot for a recovery nurse. She didn’t ONCE ask me what my pain was on a scale of 1-10 which is supposed to be the STANDARD question they ask you after a surgery.

Everyone knows this. Heck, they ask you this after you have your wisdom teeth pulled.

She also lectured me on the proper use of crutches. Not just a word of advice. No. A five minute speech.

People, I could have a Ph.D. in crutching. If anyone knows how to do it, it’s me. I’ve even mastered the rare art of dancing with crutches. It’s a beautiful thing, folks.

Can you tell I’m a little resentful towards the old witch nurse?

I had a rough day yesterday, and this morning started out pretty bad. Until I doubled up on the good stuff. My doctor said that the RA will complicate the recovery and probably cause more pain.

Ode to joy.

I’m gonna be in a cami walker for 6-8 weeks, and will use a wheelchair for anything that requires strenuous walking.

My life has been on an unamusing “repeat” mode for about ten years with this stinkin’ foot. This is something I drew in my journal back in the day. I feel like the same girl. Shorter hair. Saggier boobs.

“Stuck in the house while everyone else is out having fun. 7-24-03”

 I remember that that was the summer all my friends (and boyfriend, Matt) went to camp and I had to stay home. Matt had flowers sent to me. He’s always been so great at the whole taking-care-of-me thing.

I have to say that is probably one of the only perks to having multiple surgeries. I get to have my hubby feel all sorry for me and pamper me. Aww shucks. He might act out of the small fear of being nailed with an airborne crutch, but still.

And my Dad always gets me a pig cookie :)

Do you SEE the little cast?? I pretty much died when I saw it.

And everyone calls me, and checks up on me, and prays for me, and visits me, and tells me that they love me.

Yes. Recovery is some pretty rough business.

16 Responses to Surgery SucksJul 21st

  1. hilljean July 21, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    Oh, you should have warned me about the surgery picture. Gross! Sorry I don't handle those very well and I'm not even the one with the foot surgery. Ouch! I hope your foot heals quickly so you can chase that sweet baby around!

  2. hilljean July 21, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Woops. I'm so used to gory pictures of my feet. Sorry about that!

  3. hilljean July 21, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Oh, that is awful! I've had one surgery in my life (not counting my wisdom teeth) and I was a big fat baby. Hope you heal quickly and milk your recovery/pampering!

  4. hilljean July 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Oh, snap, that schmidt looks like it hurts! Hang in there, girl!

  5. hilljean July 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    I was cracking up at your “love” for the recovery nurse. I remember your 2nd or 3rd surgery and you HATED the recovery nurse too. I remember sitting there cracking up with Matt because of your facial expressions and comments to the nurse. I just don't think you like anyone in scrubs coming out of surgery. HA! Anyway I love you. I've prayed constantly for you since tuesday. I'll see you soon my love.

  6. hilljean July 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Hope you feel better soon! Donna

  7. hilljean July 23, 2011 at 2:38 am #

    You poor thing!! Hope you get better soon! And that gory pic of your toe was a little gross, but kind of cool too…ouch, though.

  8. hilljean July 24, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    I don't count wisdom teeth. That's one of my pet peeves on facebook–when people announce their “surgery” and I find out it's just a glorified trip to the dentist. kind of. But thank you!

  9. hilljean July 24, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    Thank you so much!

  10. hilljean July 24, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    :) Ah yes. Good times…

  11. hilljean July 24, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    Thank you, Donna!

  12. hilljean July 24, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    I tend to think it's more cool than gross :) I like to know what it looks like when it's all sliced open.

  13. hilljean July 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    OUCH! and cool at the same time. (is that wrong?) At least there is a positive side to going through that again. Pig cookies!!!Get well .
    XOXO,
    Shirley

  14. hilljean July 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    AH! Gross! Give a girl a warning! Well, ok, the pig cookie made up for it. Wishes for a quick recovery!

  15. hilljean July 25, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    Oh no! You poor thing! Why so many surgeries? What on earth did you do to yourself?

  16. hilljean July 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    Oh, man. So sorry! That's a terrible bummer. I do hope recovery is quick for you and your pain eases. That nurse sounds just terrible! Don't they know what you need is a little kindness?

    Feel better soon.
    ~FringeGirl

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