I felt so prepared for this surgery that I laughed and smiled through the entire day -- even before I was drugged up. I asked the surgical staff to take pictures. (and they did!) I *think* I had some fun conversations with most of the post-op staff.
As you may have read from Robbie's comment, the surgery was a success. I was sent home early -- 22 HOURS early! Supposedly they didn't have to cut as deep or as long down my neck. I say 'supposedly' because I'm still bandaged in a head wrap so I won't really know what's underneath till I meet with the surgeon tomorrow morning. But my spirits are high -- in more ways than one. I'm in some pain but I seem to be managing it pretty well. Each day is completely different from the last.
I've only been able to eat/drink through a straw. And thanks to Robbie, I have a blender to make that happen. Yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies and Cheryl's soup go down smooth and easy through my "party straws".
I'm not supposed to lift more than two pounds. I never really knew what two pounds meant till this weekend. I've really been trying to stick to the doc's orders. It's hard though. Some juice bottles are heavier than that. And really, I feel the pull when I lift something too heavy.
Thank you all for your emails, thoughts and prayers. I have everything I need. And it seems when I think of something else I could use that would make my life easier, the phone rings. I'm well taken care of. Thank you friends!
Saturday, 12/11/04 -- One day after surgery (check out those codeine-eyes.)