I was admitted to hospital at 10am Wed Jan 14. I did not have a scheduled procedure, but rather a ‘C’ Case - The Doctor would ‘SEE’ me if he could. I was shown to my room and got comfortable for what I thought would be a short wait. Having not eaten since midnight, I was hoping the wait would be short so I could get some food in me….. At 7pm, the nurse brought me supper and told me that I was fourth on the list and he could only get through three of the ‘SEE’ cases. I would have to wait until Thursday for my procedure.
Spent the night and looked forward to an early AM procedure on Thursday….
Woke at 7am Thursday and began the waiting process…. Finally at 1pm, my nurse came in and said “go empty your bladder, you are next.” The stretcher arrived and wisked me off to the OR. A couple deep breaths and a few of good dreams, I was awake in recovery.
My leg was in a splint which leaves room for swelling. I was very dehydrated and feeling some pain. My first order of business was to drink water and pop pills. This is where I made a BIG mistake. My hunger and dehydration led me to believe an orange would be a good thing to eat - so I did.
The hospital was very busy and my bed had been given up so I was wheeled off into the recovery overflow area - where I would spend the rest of my time at the hospital. I was given a meal - I foolishly requested the FULL meal - of Pork, potatoes and beans. The other patients in recovery were carted out jello and juice for supper. I picked at the beans, never touched the pork or the potatoes.
At some point during the evening, I told the nurse that I was feeling nauchious. She was getting me some gravol, but it didn’t come soon enough….. Thank goodness there were some towels on my bed. If not, there would have been a big mess….. After vomiting in the towels, the nurse gave me a basin to finish off in. In total I vomited 4 times….. The other patients vomited as well. In speaking with the nurse, she told me that it is not uncommon for patients to vomit after an anesthetic. The orange may have been a contributing factor in my case as it is very acidic and the digestive system slows and my stomach would not have liked the acidic orange.
On a positive note, I did feel much better after vomiting and had a comfortable night - the comfort was assisted with morphene and percocets.
Day 1 -
Woke up feeling some pain in my leg, but noting a quick injection didn’t cure. I spent the day in the hospital waiting for the DOC to visit to release me. I received royal treatment of percs and morphine to help me make it through the day. I was finall released at 3pm. Off to Drug store to fill perscription and then home to get comfy on the couch. Two percocets every 4 hours should help me get through the night. I will update in a couple days.Filed under Uncategorized |