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Post Surgery Update

Saturday, June 06, 2020

I am at home now, recuperating and learning this new body. Dr. Lorenzo said that the procedure went very smoothly. I remember waking up in the recovery room being told to breathe as I hear the alarms going off. Because of my sleep apnea, I often drop my oxygen levels while I am in that groggy, post anesthesia stage. I knew there would be pain but knowing and feeling were two different things. The first post op day was spent drifting between a light doze, and a groggy awake. It felt good to finally be allowed to get out of bed and take a walk around the unit. The first day, you do not get anything to eat or drink, but I begged for some Ice chips, my mouth felt so dry! I almost cried when they brought that small white cup and posted a picture of it on Facebook. It was clear liquids the next day, and I needed to pass gas to make sure my guts were working. So, my routine became 1 oz of fluid, three laps around the unit, and then the bathroom. I was discharged at 5 pm and I basically got home and crashed. The next day was clear liquids, with a focus on slowly increasing my volume to 8 oz. I decided to keep with the pattern of drinking, walking, and bathroom (still getting rid of all the I.V. fluids they gave me). I managed to hit my step goal for the day. Thursday, I added pureed foods. I eat 1 oz of solid food every two hours alternating with 8 oz of fluid. It is a big adjustment for me, but I am looking forward to the reward.
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