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My Surgery

First off, I want to say thank you to everyone for all your positive thoughts, prayers and well wishes. I really appreciate it.

So at 5am this morning, I got up and showered. By 5:30 I was on the way to the hospital. By 6 am I was checking in at the hospital. By 6:30 I was in a bed, wearing hospital attire. They’d  neglected to tell us yesterday that only one person could come into the room with me, so Dave was in the waiting room while Ray was in the room with me. I had to take out all my piercings (which was not fun).

The first woman who came up to put a needle in my arm – at the bend of my right arm – seriously botched it up. She didn’t hit the vein right and so every time she tried to put something into my arm, it burned. I was crying, but not screaming. I’m very afraid of needles but I was trying to be brave and get it over with. So when the anesthesiologist came and saw that I was in pain and the needle was messed up, he took it out of my arm, carefully. He then gave me a numbing shot on my hand, put a new needle in, and put something in to relax me (since I couldn’t take a xanax or ativan).

Ray held my hand until the surgeon took me back, and then the surgeon held my hand until I went black. I came to and was in sudden, intense pain and my head was very clear. This was completely different from the last surgery I had, where I came to really drugged up and in no pain. Like on a scale of 1 to 10 I was at a 7 with my leg. The nurse helping me had me drink 2 containers of orange juice before I could be released. I then went to the lady’s room, put my clothes on and they brought a wheelchair to wheel me down to the car. This was good because walking is uhm… difficult right now.

Ray and Dave got me in the back of the Aztek and Dave climbed in the back to hold me as we drove home.  I called a few people to let them know that I’d made it through ok. I took a vicodin in the car on the way home (I had filled the prescription last night).

Once home I think Dave put me in bed and Phaedra curled up with us and we napped. I got up to try and do a meeting for work, but my leg hurt so much, and I’d exerted myself too much, that Dave had to help me hobble to the bathroom to throw up. Then I just sort of laid on the floor trying to feel better (our concrete floors are very good for that, at least).

I went back to bed for a while longer. Then Ray came home from work and made lasagna. It’s currently cooking.

My lovely friends/co-workers sent me some beautiful flowers today, which was totally unexpected.

Right now, I’m not sure why, but the vicodin isn’t working well enough an I keep getting nauseated when I’m staring at my computer. I feel pretty awful. I’ll be ok though :)

Poor Phaedra keeps wanting to lay on my legs, her usual spot,and I can’t let her right now.

  • From our partners
    • http://www.etsy.com/shop/WhimsyBeading Ms. Whimsy Beading

      Fast healing vibes your way.

      • Phyrra

        Thank you, I truly appreciate it.

    • http://nikhedonia.wordpress.com Eplefe

      Feel better, love. :)

    • http://pa1nt3d-pr1nc3ss.blogspot.com/ KittenMittens

      Ouchy, that sucks they didn’t give you enough painkillers for the wake up part. They did that exact thing to me when I got my tonsils removed. At first I was like “oh I’m awake now that was fast” and them BAM I start bawling, and bawling harder when I realize that made it hurt more, the nurses were still all chatty with each other as one popped over and loaded stuff into my IV and wheeled my behind a curtain so they can continues their convo without dealing with me lol.

      Hospitals just aren’t fun places. I’m sowwy they botched your IV :( Mine was in the hand as well and I wasn’t expecting it so I felt kinda sick right then.

      On the happy side! Your Spider bite be gone!! yay!!! I’ll keep on being positive for ya! :)

      • Phyrra

        Yeah it suuuucks when you aren’t drugged enough ;(
        I’m taking my vicodin in 1/2 pills, spread out, and that’s helping me deal with the nausea.

    • http://www.lovelyandroid.com Melissa W.

      Vicodin rarely works for me and just makes me throw up (unless I take with a full meal). Usually I take Tylenol with codeine and it works fine but I am pretty pain tolerant. One thing that nurses have told me in the past, that once you are in pain, it is harder to get rid of the pain. I think they mean to make sure you take a steady dose of pain killers in the beginning.

      I’m so sorry the nurse messed up your IV at first. I so hate when they do that! I don’t know why they don’t just have someone that knows what they’re doing start the IV. I’m glad you made it through, sorry for the parts that were bad. <3 <3 <3

      And your flowers are so pretty! That was really sweet of your coworkers to send them.

      • Phyrra

        I’m breaking the pills in half and spacing them out and it seems to be helping.

        Yeah, I had my iv messed up when I had my wisdom teeth taken out. All 4 of mine were impacted and had to be cut out. The nurse stuck me 4 times before someone else came in to get the iv in my arm. Then I woke up during the procedure and they had to give me more drugs. It was awful. If I hadn’t been on nitrus, I’d have probably smacked the nurse during that procedure. My arm was bruised from my elbow almost all the way to my wrist.

    • http://www.kitschysuburbia.blogspot.com Meg

      Well, at least it’s done. Sending healing thoughts.

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Meg :)

    • Marina

      At least it’s all over. I hope you have a very speedy recovery. I hate needles to the extreme as well. It is the absolute worst when the nurse misses your vein…

      • Phyrra

        Me too. My veins are easy to see, at least that’s what they tell me when they take blood.

    • http://fancygeek.blogspot.com Cacau

      I’m glad everything went alright! :) I hope you’ll be 100% better soon!
      Did they explain to you what happened? Why did the bite get like this?

      Many hugs and best wishes!

      • Phyrra

        They don’t know why. It wasn’t a brown recluse. My Primary Care Physician says that all spider bites are poisonous to a point, even if they’re not lethal. I apparently got a bunch of necrotic tissue due to that bite, and it needed to come out. Thank you for the hugs and wishes!

    • Yogagirl89

      I’m glad the scary part is all over with and it sounds like with Dave, Ray, and Phaedra, you have a house-full of support to help you get through the recovery. Take care. I’m sending healing thoughts your way. :)

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Yogagirl! The 3 of them are doing a great job :)

    • http://www.magic-maid.net/ Nicole

      I’m so glad it’s over and everything gone. They did that with one of Tony’s surgeries, he woke up about screaming in pain when they removed his gallbladder and they let the pain medicine run completely out of his system. Not good! Vicodin makes me sick to my stomach, you be careful with that. I’m glad you’re home and the spider bite is gone. *hugs* Speedy recovery!

      • Phyrra

        Ack! Poor Tony! I totally feel his pain >.< Thanks for your well wishes!

    • http://blacknailpolishandlipgloss.blogspot.com EvilAngel

      I’m so proud of you for braving it out through the fears and anxiety!
      Hugs for my friend!

      • Phyrra

        *hug* thank you :) Hopefully I’ll be better soon.

    • http://bhevarri.blogspot.com/ Bhevarri

      I’m so glad youre okay! Wishing you a swift and comfortable recovery <3

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Bhevarri!

    • http://a-crazy-peach.blogspot.com/ The Peach

      Hope you get to feeling better soon! Glad you are home and on the mend!

      • Phyrra

        thanks Peach, me too :)

    • http://www.thedarkbutterfly.com/blog Erline

      Your co-workers are lovely, the flowers are gorgeous. At least it’s the beginning of the end, rest well and have a speedy recovery! xXx

      • Phyrra

        I thought it was really sweet, too. Thank you!

    • Keira

      Wow…All I can say is that I hope you feel well soon, and that I’ll send lots of healing energy your way. Take care..<3

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Keira!

    • LazyPancakes

      I’m glad that your day is over and it went well. Now just eat right and get plenty of rest, let your body do the rest of the healing.:)

      My background is in healthcare and I worked in hospitals/clinics and more specifically in OR before. The nurse who set up your IV probably falls under either of the conditions: a) Is inexperienced and might be in training; b)having a bad day; c) nobody ever corrected her. If it is a) instead of being annoyed just think that you are helping her to be a better professional tomorrow…

      Sometimes patients are too stressed or intimated to speak up or think that what’s bothering them is the nature of things. My suggestion is to just ask questions or express your discomfort, politely, of course. That works 98% of the times.

      • Phyrra

        Oh believe me, I told her ‘hey, this hurts’ an dwhen she went to put stuff in and i said ‘hey this is burning’ they got the anesthesiologist over, who removed it an put in on eof his own that didn’t hurt.

        • LazyPancakes

          Oh she sucks big time then! :( I hope the anesthesiologist give her some guidance.

    • Cathryn

      Oh my gosh, I’ll be praying for a most speedy recovery!

      Phaedra’s so sweet; I’m sure having her around makes things slightly less worse, at least!

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Cathryn. Yep, Phaedra wants to be in my lap RIGHT NAO to comfort me. Since I’m sitting in the recliner instead of on the sofa with my legs on the ottoman, she can only be here if my laptop is not here and if she’s calm. She was too rowdy for my leg yesterday afternoon, but was fine last night.

    • daintynymph

      I can’t believe you posted about this already! You are a dedicated blogger for sure. Relax as much as you’re able, and good luck with the medication. I hope the menfolk cater to your every whim for a few days, because recovery from surgery sucks.

      • Phyrra

        I can only be on my laptop briefly because I’m nauseated and dizzy (go go vicodin). Hehe, they’re helping me out, carrying me around, which is very nice. They’re also telling me to not push myself, because when I do, I throw up and get shaky.

    • Rebecca

      Glad to hear you are doing alright for the most part and good for you for paying attention to your body and going to the doctors!

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Rebecca! I’ve gotten better about paying attention to it since I’ve had some weird medical things happen over the past 10 years.

    • http://nouveaucheap.blogspot.com G.

      Oh honey! I am so sorry. Well, at least the worst is behind you and now it’s all about recuperating. Sending warm, healing vibes your way. xo

      • Phyrra

        Thanks so much G! *hug*

    • http://papermoth.blogspot.com/ Kim

      Oh dear, I can’t believe a spider bite resulted in all this pain and stress for you, but I’m glad your doctor got you the help you needed quickly.

      Wishing for you a speedy recovery!

      • Phyrra

        Trust me Kim, I didn’t expect it :( And I’m just grateful it wasn’t a ‘dangerous’ spider’ like a brown recluse or a black widow.

    • Tina

      Tylenol with codeine makes me vomit. If vicodin is the same thing — maybe it has the same effect on you. :(

      • Phyrra

        It’s making me nauseated on and off :(

    • cinseven13

      White candle lit and healing thoughts heading your way.

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Cin, I really appreciate it. *hug*

    • Katie

      Hang in there! IV’s are awful. I so feel for you with the nurse screwing it up. When I had my wisdom teeth out, the dr. stuck me 6 times. They had to give me laughing gas so I would calm down. I completely understand how traumatic needles can be! Way to be brave and get through it!

      I think for awhile you have complete freedom to spoil yourself!

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Katie! I had a similar problem with my wisdom teeth, too.

    • http://ornamentandartifice.wordpress.com Tempest

      As much as I love hospitals, I wouldn’t wish them on anyone who isn’t as fond of them. Take care, pamper yourself, and get well soon!

      • Phyrra

        Wow, I’m surprised to hear anyone loves them!!! Thank you :)

    • http://www.queenbeeofhearts.blogspot.com T, the Bee

      You can’t see it, but I’m sending tons of good juju your way so you can feel better! ^_^

      • Phyrra

        Thanks T!

    • http://beautifulwithbrains.com gio

      I’m glad everything went well. I wish you a speedy recovery!

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Gio.

    • http://rugby-beauty.blogspot.com/ LIsa

      There are certain pills that work better for pain caused by damaged/irritated nerves. One of those is Lyrica. See if you can get anything like the prescribed.

      Sounds like a completely awful experience. Take cre.

      • http://rugby-beauty.blogspot.com/ LIsa

        Who are my reply?
        There are tons of letters missing. Sorry.

      • Phyrra

        Thanks for the suggestion Lisa, I appreciate it.

    • http://sparklingluna.blogspot.com Olivia

      Lots of healing thoughts comes to your way from Belgium … i hope the plane is pretty fast , so the thoughts would come soon to you :-) … hmmm maybe i better rent a jet for sending these ones :-)

      Anyway , i wish you a speedy recovery !!

      • Phyrra

        Thank you Olivia!

    • Laura

      Hope you’re feeling better soon! Vicodin just makes me sleepy. Take care. Still keeping you in my thoughts, sweetie. *hugs*

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Laura!

    • http://slmakeup.blogspot.com Rachel

      R is currently dealing with a blood clot due to a botched ivy job. The woman also put it in the ditch of his arm. Keep a watch for a lump. Don’t want to worry you any more, but it’s some serious stuff.

      I’m like you, I get so nervous when needles are in the room. I have to have them hold my arm down, which makes it worse, but I’ll still back away. I nearly hyperventilate and my blood pressure is always an issue at doctor’s offices ’cause I psych myself out that they’re going to stick me with something every time.

      I had to go through 4 surgeries within a 2 month period, it wasn’t until the LAST one that a nurse offered to numb my hand first before doing the ivy which was SO much better. I looked at the nurse and asked her where’s she’d been all this time. My hand is so messed up from those surgeries because they’d hit this one vein each time.

      I hope the pain will subside & a speedy recovery.

      • Phyrra

        Ack! That’s awful! I hope R will be ok. I’m so sorry about your surgeries, too. That’s awful. Thank you for the kind thoughts.

    • http://morgainesmakeup.blogspot.com/ Diana

      Hope you feel better soon!

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Diana!

    • http://www.rainbowdarknessstudios.com Stephanie Wililams

      Sending get well wishes your way. :)

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Stephanie!

    • kawaiiferreto

      Argh@ incompetent IV insertion. When I was in the hospital getting my gallbladder out I explained that I have severe needle issues and that I would 1) be OUT OF THERE if they let me see the needle, 2) get really freaked out and hyperventilate, regardless. I generally either look straight up, or close my eyes, breathe deeply, and focus all of my energy on not tensing up my arm. I’m not sure if they went out of the way to pull in their more experienced nurses, but all of the ones who did any of the insertions were pretty fabulous. The initial IV for the anesthesia they numbed my arm, but not for the others. I think I actually had more of an issue with the guy they had come wake me up in the middle of the night to take some of my blood for testing. Vampire!

      I hope the nausea subsides. Vicodin/hydrocodone makes me really sick if I take it on an empty stomach.

      Sending you lots of warm happy energy. I’m glad Ray, Dave, and Phaedra are there for you!

      • Phyrra

        Thanks! I really appreciate it :)

    • Jen R

      Please go easy on yourself for a few days!! I sure hope you’re feeling much better soon.

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Jen, I am :)

    • http://gouldylox.com kelly

      Feel better! Make everyone take good care of you. If Phaedra is at all like my dogs, when I won’t let them lie on my legs, they opt for my head. Which is occasionally, oddly comforting. Especially when the chow and ridge back do it.

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Kelly! Phaedra keeps trying to crawl into my lap, she thinks she needs to be there, or cuddled up next to my side :) And LOL! I can only imagine how much fun the chow and ridgeback can be.

    • http://kathyfuckingjacobs.blogspot.com Kathy

      Oh no! I’m glad it’s over now, but it sounds pretty awful – I would have been screaming. And nausea is miserable enough without actually vomiting, too. :( I’m glad Ray, Dave, and Phaedra are taking good care of you! You’re a badass, and it seems like you have boundless energy normally and get all sorts of stuff done – but take care of yourself, too, and don’t push yourself too hard. Feel better soon!

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Kathy! I’m trying to take it easy.

    • http://bettyrayblogs.blogspot.com/ Katrina

      Get better soon. I’ve been MIA so I’ll have to read your back posts to see what’s up, but it sounds painful. Glad you had so many people (Phaedra included) around to keep you happy and cared for.

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Katrina! I hope you enjoy some of the back posts :)

    • Brittany

      Loads of well wishes heading your way, I truly hope you feel better soon. *Hugs*

      • Phyrra

        Thanks so much Brittany!

    • http://www.beautyfrugalista.com Amanda

      <3 to you. Ditto to what everyone else has said. Take it easy and let your gorgeous men pamper you for a while. :) I always get nauseous after anesthesia and spend the better part of the recovery time vomiting. One thing that really helps me is candied ginger. If you have a Whole Foods nearby, they sell candied ginger chews that are pretty darn fabulous.

      • Phyrra

        I’m so glad I didn’t vomit. Of course, I’m thankful for the promethazine prescription :)

    • Invicta

      Wow :( I took a break from internet use for 5 days so I’m really sorry to hear your skin hasn’t coped well with the spider bite and that you’re feeling so sick. But you made it out of the most nerve-wracking part and you’ll be able to take it easy now so do try to be as dependent as your men will tolerate :) Don’t overexert your mind or body good luck! I hope you’ll be pain free and healed overall very soon

      • Phyrra

        Thanks for the well wishes, Invicta! I’m trying to take it easy :)

    • http://www.parched.etsy.com Parched

      Aww, I’m hoping you are feeling better soon. That sounds awful. I’m also terrified of needles. I’m not a wuss about pain, but there is something incredibly creepy about any kind of subcutaneous anything. I don’t much care for bulging veins either.

      Wishing you a speedy recovery!

      • Phyrra

        I get my stitches out Friday, yay :)

        • http://www.parched.etsy.com Parched

          I’ve never had stitches. Is it super creepy, or do you just get used to it?

          • Phyrra

            They get itchy when they’re healing. It hurt a little bit to get them out because of how they’d healed.

    • http://sakuradesu.com Sakura

      ohh I missed this entry and every entry related with it:(
      I’m so sorry for this! I’m glad to hear you’re fine :D
      I hate spiders!!

      • Phyrra

        It’s ok! I’m much better now :) My leg is fully healed and I just have a scar. Trust me, I hate spiders too !