Friday the 13th
9/13/2013 | Sheryl McGlochlin

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I came home from the hospital yesterday, a day early, on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 2 pm.  I was supposed to be there until Friday but my surgeon, Dr. Kim, said I was a good girl and could go home early if I wanted to.  I was very excited to get home but once I got home, after about an hour, I got scared.  I hadn't realized how much pain meds I was on until they took the IV off of me.  Now I was on my own.  It was a little more unsettling. You don't realize how many pain killers you are on until they pull the plug!  Since I have several incisions in my abdomen, I have to not use those muscles which is a challenge getting in and out of beds, or on the couch or a chair without it being too painful.  Without nurses, doctors and meds helping me out so much, it can feel like I'm flying without a safety net.  


It's now 8:50 Friday morning.  I'm a lot more familiar with the meds and getting in and out of my bed, my couch, my chair, etc.  I have, what feels like, a million people who want to bring me meals, and help me in all kinds of ways which is such a HUGE blessing.  Again, I can't help but think of all the people in the world who don't have a support system like I have. Everyone should have this kind of help at their fingertips!  Dave is the one who really deserves the metal.  When you see him, bring him a treat or thank him, since he is the one who has been by my side around the clock for the past week.  I'm sure he is exhausted.


Seriously, if you have to go through something like this, make sure you have people around who will make you laugh, help you and just be there for you.  I can't tell you how much I truly appreciate everyone who has talked to me online (email or FB) or through a text.  It feels so good to know there is someone out there who cares about you, so when I'm up in the middle of the night and can't sleep or whenever, I can hear the love in your voice from my computer screen.


Today I plan to go for a walk in the rain. It may only be a few houses away but I'll be doing a lot of walking in the coming days.  I still have to have someone by my side, holding my arm if necessary.





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