Banded for life.
I'm home...and banded.
Well, not exactly home, I'm in my parents' hotel, but at least I'm out of the hospital.
Yesterday was so surreal. My surgery was delayed until 11:45 am. I was brought into the OR and told to lay down on a table. They had me take a few puffs of my inhaler, then set me up with the IV. A nurse said, "This will sedate you." After two minutes, I said, "Oh yeah, that's kicking in!" and they laughed. Next thing I know, I'm waking up in the recovery room!! I couldn't believe it.
It took awhile to move me into a regular room, but I finally got into one with three other bariatric patients. I was in a lot of pain - you get these awful gas pains and I had them in my left shoulder, which is common. I walked a little bit with my mom, then with a nurse, and just collapsed. At midnight, I was given a shot of morphine (nice!) and then a few hours later, an IV drug called Toradol. That made all the difference - I was able to relax and sleep for a bit. The nurses were super-great and I just chatted to them and listened to my iPod. I had a lot of trouble peeing at first and my favorite nurse said to me,"Listen, if you don't pee by 9:30 pm, you're getting a catheter." Sure enough, at exactly 9:32 pm, I started peeing and haven't stopped since.
I was finally discharged at 10 am and my parents came to pick me up. I was given two crushed Percosets and they kicked in nicely as soon as I got to the hotel. There was a huge bouquet of flowers waiting for me from my friend Matthew in London and another one with a stuffed bear from my best friend in Chicago. My mom went to get her nails done while my dad babysat, and Jamie Lee turned up as a surprise, which was great! My phone hasn't stopped ringing and my cousin is coming over in an hour as well. Tomorrow, more people are stopping by. It's kind of cool.
Anyway, I'm able to keep liquids down very well, as I won't get the band tightened for six weeks. I'm crushing up Vicodin like a pro, taking Benefiber and taking Gas-X, trying to get this painful gas out of my body. Tomorrow, I'll remove the bandages and may even attempt to wear a bra...but I ain't holding my breath. I'm also going to try and keep walking as much as possible.
That's all for now - I'm going to drink some V8 and watch Lost.
Thank you all for your good wishes, prayers and love. Trust me, I felt them all!!!!
What I'm reading: Atonement, Ian McEwan