Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Update... Wednesday 10/3

Went for my first walk up and down the hallway this evening. I had a rather tall walker and Jeff walked with me pushing my IV pole.

It's a long damn hallway!

Jeff said I had a pretty good pace and even picked it up on the last leg of it. I did cause I was a bit winded and wanted to get  back into bed! LOL

I need to get the gasses moving in my bowels and walking assists with this. That was the first time and it sure took a lot out of me but I am going to request to do at least 1/2 the hallway again before I go to sleep.

I am feeling a bit nauseated again though and that has me worried. I asked for another Mylecon gas tab so I hope that helps.

Still anticipating that fart! C'mon!!! LOL

**NOTE: They decided against the picc line. They don't think I'll need anymore invasive tests that would call for it and don't think I need to be put through it. YEAH!

And Carrie Longo came to visit and bought me a beautiful plant! It was such a nice surprise to see her!

Wednesday 10/3.... update - Nausea and a Visit! (not related) LOL

The second cup of coffee made me really nauseous. I haven't had caffeine since Sunday and I think the coffee here is just way too strong. I'm rather sensitive to caffeine. Plus the combo of pain meds and coffee didn't help. 

It's subsiding at bit. Had a Mylecon (chewy pill for gas) and cold wet rags on my head & neck. Laid quiet for a 1/2 hour and the shakes are going away.

DAMN. I really can't vomit.... my staples couldn't deal with it and there's not enough pain meds in the world that would stop THAT kind of pain. Unless I passed the hell out which wouldn't be unlikely considering how much it does hurt barely trying to clear my throat. Coughing and sneezing is also out of the question. I do have a pillow on my stomach to hold onto for such actions but I'm not trying to test it.

NOTE TO SELF: One cup of coffee and drink it SLOWLY.

On a good note, before I took a shower (and got nauseas) my friend Tammy came for a quick visit and bought me a card & flowers from her and her husband Kirk. He was working and wouldn't be home till after visiting hours are over. Tammy said he'll come visit me after I get home which will be great. Thanks for the visit, it was much welcomed but sorry I had to cut it short cuz of the shower :/

Wednesday. October 3rd, 2012

I slept better last night, got 5 hours straight from around midnight to 5am. I got up to use the bathroom and my vitals done, then slept for another 2 hours. I'm not in a rush to go home because there's no pain pump there. LOL. But the PA was just here and she said if I begin to pass gas today I may be able to go home Thursday night or Friday morning. I was EXTREMELY sore at the incision site that I actually cried it hurt so bad. But I hadn't used the pain pump for 5 hours. I used it immediately when I got back into bed and the soreness started to subside after the 4th pump. It delivers 0.02mg of hydromorphone on each push of the button. It allows me up to 2mg per hour but I haven't given myself the allowed maximum yet. The most was I gave myself was 1mg yesterday before and after my CT exam.

I was in a lot of pain in the right side of my lower chest and since I have a history of a pulmonary embolism, they sent me for a CT, ultrasound, an EKG and more blood tests. Honestly, I think it's just trapped gas since I haven't been able to pass gas or have a bowel movement. My menu slip said coffee on it but I was not getting it. I FINALLY got a cup of coffee now and I can already feel it working it's magic. LOL. I don't have any clots in my legs and the CT had to have shown nothing because I'm not in the ICU. So I'm banking on that pain being from gas and the PA and nurses agree.

I am getting a picc line today though because I have an IV line in my hand that needs to come out and I needed a CT done yesterday but I needed an IV line above the wrist for the bolus contrast injection and it took 3 attempts to get one above my wrist. And the one they got is a small vein and everything hurts going through it. I'm talking straight up BURN that brings tears to my eyes.

Dr. Fiorica just came by and confirmed me not having a PE, so that's good. He said I've turned a large corner in my recovery by being able to get around and not being catheterized. He said I'm doing fabulous and the incision staples look good. I'll probably have them removed in about a week and a 1/2. If I can begin having gas I'll be out of here tomorrow night after dinner or Friday after lunch. He wants me to have at least 1 or 2 regular meals before I leave. He also said it's going to take about a week for the biopsy reports to come back because it was such a huge mass. He also said the mass looked borderline cancerous but won't know until the report comes in. And he said the other biopsy places he took from were precautionary because if the mass came back as cancer I would have had to have another surgery for those biopsies. He said the sites he took from looked clear, but again.... I have to wait for the reports to come back. I'm not out  of the woods yet about having chemo until those biopsy reports return. So keep the well wishes & prayers going that I won't need it!

Anyway, gonna hit the pain pump a bit because I'm getting ready to take a shower, then do a walk down the hallway soon. Hopefully I'll have a good day and will be able to pass gas. It's funny they things you wish for for when you're in this situation but I'm praying for a good fart here people! LOL. I am burping which is a good sign :)

Hope everyone has a great day and cross your fingers I have one too!

Love yous all and God Bless!!!