Sunday, December 12, 2004

Post-Op Check-in

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.)

36 comments:

txsguinan said...

Oh, sweetie!  You have to forgive me for laughing just a little when your pic popped up ~ I chuckle with love.  It's just that you look so brave, smiling with your lovely green, codeine-mellow eyes, with your poor little bandaged head!  

DO feel better! And quit lifting things....:)

geminiwilder said...

so happy you are doing well.

continued best wishes heading your way!

xo phinney

readmereadyou said...

So happy it's over. I'm glad you're fine. Sorry you had to go through it though. Listen to the doctor. God bless and heal swiftly. : )
Angela

onestrangecat said...

so glad the surgery went great.  take care.

kathy

yakima127 said...

You look great!  Sounds like a success!  Keep healing...JAE

bettefan05 said...

TRISH-

Feel better!!!Lord, you are SOOO brave, & I loooove the pix &

QUIT LIFTING STUFFS!!!!!!

we love ya, Take care!!!

::hugs:: MISS Anna (the non- Annalisa one.)

irun01 said...

You look great.  Enjoy the codeine eyes while you can my dear

montaukny said...

{{{{Freee}}}}  I'm so glad that you're doing well...I've been thinking about you all weekend!  Even after surgery you're lookin' as gorgeous as ever!  Smooches, ~~Aunt Nub~~

viviansullinwank said...

{{{{{ Freee}}}}},

Wow sent home 22 hours early!!!  That's wonderful news! I love the pics...especially the braids they're actually beautiful.   I'm glad everything went well and that your spirits are high (with and without the drugs)!!

Vivian

donah42 said...

I am so glad to hear you are doing well!

sistercdr said...

I am so glad it went so well, and codeine can be a wonderful thing.

ryanagi said...

Wonderful! Glad to hear everything went ok and you are home already. :-)

sepintx said...

Yippie! Really glad you made the surgery, went through with it and you are smiling!
Speedy recovery!
:-)

krobbie67 said...

Those codeine eyes look beautiful. :-) ---Robbie

kathlyna22 said...

Yay! Glad you're ok!
And you still look great after surgery!
How do youdo it??
Kathleen

ann7inflorida said...

Hang in there Free! It looks like everything is coming along great. : ) You are so pretty! Even with bandages wrapped around your head, lol : D

heathyrxmarie said...

I'm thinking of you while you're recovering!
Hugs
Heather
http://journals.aol.com/heathyrxmarie/ImNotBroken/

coy1234787 said...

    Thoughts and prayers still with you, so glad that things are going well and thanks for checking in.
                                       *** Coy ***

sunflowerkat321 said...

You are amazing...a REAL trooper.  I'm glad to hear that it went so well and that you are feeling good.  Take all the spoiling you can get and giive yourself plenty of time to heal.
{{{{{HUGS}}}}}

andreakingme said...

I had to giggle at the bottom photo, too. And I love the pink superwoman tee! Even though I TOTALLY understand (cuz I did it, too), I think it's a hoot you made sure to wear the RIGHT clothing, too. Hah! And I love the braids.

By the way, is that Cheryl's nose and chin? Hee, hee.

trinainmobile said...

Glad to hear everything went well!  Love the pics, lol...you're alot braver than I would have been.

Hugs and prayers....Trina

diannevan said...

I'm thinking it's Cheryl and Robbie who need to be wearing the pink shirt with the "S" -- SuperFriends!

mlw1456 said...

Glad to hear all went well, Freee. I've been praying for you :)  Here's to a speedy recovery!  Get well soon,  Swirly

rgossett4195 said...

God bless pain meds...I haven't been by to check on you (been so busy, plus I get the itch to be at Venice Beach), and now see that you have had surgery!  Take care of yourself!! Roseg

derossetfamily said...

Freee you are WONDERFUL! Go YOU!!!! I am so glad and relieved everything went well and your spirits were up the whole time...I'm proud of you! So glad you have such wonderful friends out there to make life smoother for you. Did I mention you rock?!?! Cuz ya do.  :)
Take it easy!
~Mary

dakotarose2852 said...

I'm glad everything went well and that you were so relaxed and ready for this surgery.  It was important and you should feel proud you faced up to it.  Hope you're feeling loads better already.  Now you just have to get your precious Hunny Bunny though her surgery.  Both of you are in my thoughts.
Susan

heartsingr said...

I'm so glad the surgery went well.  Take care of yourself, and don't do too much too soon!

http://journals.aol.com/heartsingr/LauriesMusings/
~Laurie

indigosunmoon said...

So glad the surgery went well sweetie!
Take care of yourself!
Hey, you look adorable with Codeine
eyes!
Lovish!
Connie

aynetal3 said...

Woo Hoo you made it with flying colors!  The pictures are wonderful.  So happy to see you smiling.  Had to giggle though don't think I've seen that kind of head dress since Barney Rubble from the Flintstones had a toothache.  You dear wear it fabulously!  Get well soon!

s0ngbird1962 said...

Laughter will get you through some of the roughest times in life.  Great pics, lol, at the pink *S* bib/shirt... Glad to hear that all went well, and with your attitude, you'll be up and about in no time....  Healing thoughts being sent your way....

slowmotionlife said...

LOL on the Superwoman t-shirt!  HELL YEAH!!  And you look AWESOME for one-day post-op.  I'd expect you to be more swollen, bruised even.  But you look great!  And the tumor is gone!!!  That's most important.  You made it through.  So happy for you, hon.  :)

judithheartsong said...

I am thinking of you dear Freee! judi

deabvt said...

Take it easy, Please!
V
{PS< You look great!}

babyshark28 said...

great pictures :D

love them braids.
glad to hear you have so much support, it's a lot easier to get through things
when your surrounded by good friends.

aims814 said...

Ah, you're so darn cute, no matter what! And those braids! Love 'em!
I'm so glad you're doing well.

luckyaugustgirl said...

As you can see im catching up, :) Cute braids and even cuter smile! :) Your a natural at this stuff eh? :) Glad everything turned out to be a greater success than you anticipated.....

Sarah