Last night was my first night sleeping at home since surgery, and it was delightful! I’m not supposed to lay flat, so I had about 3 pillows under my shoulders and head, and a folded up quilt and pillow under my knees. I slept so very well in my own bed! And I woke up feeling rested and refreshed. Even though my pain meds had mostly worn off, the pain was still mostly tolerable. So I got up and took my meds and have spent most of the day today up and around the house. I’ve been a little dizzy off and on, and I’ve had a splitting headache most of the day that comes and goes in waves. So I haven’t gotten too crazy or anything haha, just walking around the house and I paced a little bit on the front porch to get fresh air.
I think the drains are my least favorite part of this process. “Stripping” the line creates suction at the other end of the line, which is under my skin, and it feels like its tugging. Its not a great feeling at all. The surgeon expects to be able to take them out at my 2-week post-op checkup. I hope he’s right about and I don’t have to keep them any longer.
The binder actually feels good to have wrapped around me. I feel supported and together with it on, and feel far too vulnerable with it off. Luckily, the only time it needs to be off is when I shower, so I don’t have to deal with that feeling very often. Only once every other day. Also, as I mentioned in my last post, I don’t like the way I look without it right now either. Between the uneven swelling, bruising, and odd posture I think my body looks pretty hideous right now. So, better to keep it covered for my own sake until its healed a little more. No new post-op photos until there’s improvement… except for ones where I’m covered.
One more thing… I find it kinda funny. Since I have a binder on and can’t really feel around on my belly too much yet, I’m really not sure where my waistline is yet! I don’t know exactly where my pants should sit! I know all my pants except one smaller pair are pretty loose. There’s no way any of my jeans would fit right now, just sweatpants or drawstring Jammie pants. Once this swelling goes down a bit more, maybe in a couple more weeks, I’m going to have to buy some pants and figure out where my pants sit on my body all over again.
After today I’ll be updating less frequently. I think I’m doing pretty good, so I see no reason to keep repeating myself. If I don’t update by then, I’ll post pics and an update at my post-op appointment on April 4th. OR if you have any questions for me, please ask! I’d be happy to answer questions for anyone considering this surgery or doing research. I feel like there’s not enough patient info on this procedure online, so I’d like to change that as much as I can.