3 OHS, 1 mechanical on the way - ETA 2 - 4 months
- Mar 7, 2021
- Australia, NSW
Thanks Chuck. I have enjoyed reading about your recovery and your journey thus far.I want to share with you what worked for me:
1. Look forward with great anticipation to getting on with it and waking up in the recovery room. You will wake up in the recovery room.
2. Don't think about the details of the surgery. You are in the hands of gifted individuals who know what they are doing- you will be asleep as they do their magic.
3. Embrace your recovery with joy, expecting to feel a little better each day. Be excited about small victories, like getting your catheter out, or being able to get up and walk a few steps.
4. The days will pass quickly. Personally, I tried to stay ahead of the pain with pain killers. I know that some believe that the possible constipation is worth laying low on the pain killers. This was not my experience. Staying ahead of the pain made my recovery very bearable, and the constipation has many solutions- was never an issue at all for me. You may need to be a little assertive in asking for the heavy narcotics, if you feel that you need them. Having a PCA (patient controlled administration) was a game changer for me during days 2 and 3 in recovery, then it was not needed anymore.
Looking forward to hearing about your successful recovery!
Mind set is a very important factor going into any tough and demanding situation.