Hi. Yesterday they capped the epidural in the morning. They didn’t seem to have all that concrete an alternate plan in place. There were oral and iv narcotics slated, but since I had only been cleared for a clear liquid diet so far, they weren’t sure about giving me the oral version.. and something about the iv.. Upshot was that by about noon I was feeling EVERYTHING that has been done to me in the last week, and oh my! Spent most of the day just getting the pain under control. Pulling the epidural, however, is a very important step to getting me out of here! Not just because I can’t take it with me, but also because they don’t want to remove the catheter until the epidural is out, and the bowel doesn’t function at it’s fullest with epidural drugs.
SO!! TODAY!! I get my drainage tube out (in fact it happened just moments ago.. A resident removed it like she was starting a lawnmower), I get the catheter out, I’m cleared for ALL foods (in small quantities).. does bourbon count under “all foods”?
“Coffee?” I asked? “with cream?”
“sure,” she said, “you could have had that already, though.. I mean I know it’s not a clear liquid, but..”
“Ohhh… you tell me NOW.”
So by the end of the day, I’ll be nearly tube free (I’ll still have an IV), I’ll have eaten food (for the first time in a full week!), I’ll have drunk good coffee, I’ll have peed like a big boy, and I’ll be just about ready to get out of here. If there are no hitches, they should discharge me tomorrow. I guess that’s when the real fun begins.
The week has left me feeling pretty weak. Getting back into the swing of life is going to take a minute. They’re saying a couple of months before I can lift anything heavy (is a dutch oven heavy? how about my dog?), or ride a bike. We’ll see. I’m trying not to be overambitious. Planning to go home and get comfortable. Hopefully be able to contribute around the place, cooking etc.. but not trying to work for a while. I’ll try to just spend a few weeks being pretty quiet. Like I said.. we’ll see.
Catheter is out! I’m freee!
UPDATE 2!!! Hill has arrived and I’m drinking coffee. My day nurse is a little puritanical about the pain meds, and held out on me for a while. All good now, though.. Coffee and percocet. A winning combo. Hill is here. She’s going to get dry (rode here through the rain to bring me coffee.. I don’t have much in this life to complain about when it really comes down to it), and get settled in to do some school work. I’m going to watch a movie and sip coffee. More as the day progresses.
Update 3!! Walked 4 miles today! Most boring walking you ever saw. Relearning how to pee. Weird. Some muscles have been removed that used to get in on the act. I continue to be pretty comfortable as long as I get my percocet on time. Looks like there’s a slim chance that this is my last night here.. It’ll depend a little on whether or not my new ass manages to produce anything besides gas in the next bunch of hours. They really wanna see some poop before I go!