I was just discharged from the hospital on post op day 8. I ended up needing to have a couple of units of blood cells transfused because of heavy bleeding for the first few days but it slowed down to a trickle now. I’m exhausted.
This was the most painful and draining experience of my life. The pain is unbelievable. My pelvis was completely torn apart and reconstructed. I never truly appreciated how involved your pelvis is in every little movement you make. That combined with the pain of top surgery, where I had large implants placed under my pectoral muscles makes doing much more than laying on my back incredibly painful.
My hospital course was like this:
Day 1: surgery. I was wheeled back to the OR after having an IV started, was given some sedatives, and then was given propofol (the white stuff that makes you unconscious), my arm got tingly, and then I was instantly awake but super groggy in the post surgery recovery area being told way too much info about what to do while in the hospital. I didn’t remember a bit of it. I remember being given my PCA (patient controlled analgesia) which is a button you push when you have pain and it gives you a dose of IV opioid pain medication, pushing that a bunch, and waking up seemingly dozens of times in pain, pushing the button, and going back to sleep until the next day.
Post op day 1: bedrest (meaning cannot sit or stand up at all), pain, clear liquid diet, pain. Bleeding. A LOT of bleeding. had to get dressings removed, bleeding area packed and clotting material placed, bleeding slowed down.
Post op day 2: bedrest, pain, full liquid diet, pain, feeling greasy, gross, stuck, crampy. Bleeding less, but still there. Heart rate high, labs show anemia requiring transfusion of a couple units of red blood cells. (Thanks donors!), Feeling a bit better after blood transfusion)
Post op day 3: bedrest, pain, full liquid diet, heart rate better, still crampy and feeling gross and dirty. Anemia improved and stable.
Post op day 4: dilator taken out and replaced with packing, bedrest, soft diet, got some horrible scrambled eggs that tasted like heaven, pain, feeling very gross, PCA switched to oral pain meds.
Post op day 5: off bedrest! Got to get up and take a lukewarm shower with assistance. Sitting and standing is incredibly painful. Still have urinary catheter in place.
Post op day 6: catheter removed. Wow, that hurt, packing replaced, got up and walked a mile around the nurses station and got a certificate for it 🙂 pain improved a little. Still crampy but better with walking.
Post op day 7: dilating starts. More on that later. Wow, it’s difficult and surprisingly emotional. I initially really wanted to be discharged this day but the surgeon wanted me to stay for the day and dilate in the hospital. I’m glad he made me do that.
Post op day 8: today! I got discharged. I had some mild opening of some of the sutures so i was instructed to take a couple days off dilating which is welcome since I’ll be traveling home by plane tomorrow. After being discharged, the walk to and from the pharmacy to the apartment where we are staying (which is 1 block away) was excruciating. It was much better once i got back and took some pain meds, but wow. Flying home tomorrow is going to be rough!