Completed a 90 minute nursing class on Monday in Federal Way (yes, they made me travel an hour to take a nursing class).
Actually, the class was helpful. Here is what I learned:
1 – I will most certainly only be in the hospital overnight. (I believed this before, but this solidified the thought).
2 – Surgery will take about 3 hours, barring complications.
3 – After surgery, they will have me up to walk every 2 hours. Even at night. When I should be sleeping. I will be awake and walking. WHA!!!! This is actually good, designed to protect me from developing any blood clots, which would be bad.
4 – The will have me on Percocet (the worst pain killer in the world for me) for several days, or weeks, depending. I hate Percocet. I had to take it once when I had my wisdom tooth pulled. Didn’t do jack for me. I’m going to request Vicodin. I don’t think he will give it to me.
5 – After I get home, I will have to get up and walk every hour or so. Nothing long or extensive, just a couple laps around my downstairs. Again, to prevent blood clots.
6 – I think the only surprising thing that came out of Monday was the fact that it is possible I may end up having an ‘open’ surgery (non-lathroscopic). There is always a risk that the lathroscopic may not work, so they reserve the right to do a full, open surgery. That isn’t very comforting.
Over all, though, nothing new. Some clarification on what to expect, really. I don’t expect complications or anything major, so no use worrying about it.
Next appointment is Monday afternoon – the nutrition appointment. I get to learn how to eat soup.
…insert witty comment here…