I've been sleeping all day today. Partially because the meds knock me out, and partially because I didn't sleep well in the hospital, AT ALL. Hospitals are noisy, and you keep having people come in and out of your room to bug you (like the story with the nurse). Now I can sleep in peace. Although I usually sleep on my right side and I can't right now, so that's a little weird.
I read that most people get to go home 24 hours after an appendectomy. Well NOT ME! I got to go home over 50 hours later. Fucking sucked. I think they hate me. Not really. Apparently mine was really inflamed, and they said if I would've waited even a little longer to come in, it would have ruptured. I don't know how they tell if it's close to rupturing, but they said they could. What I thought was some kind of stomach/GI problem for a couple days was my appendix, and even when the pain moved to the middle of my abdomen and was sharp, I didn't think much of it. It was only when it moved to the lower right that I thought, "Oh, shit. It's probably my appendix." But then I decided to wait a little while and see if the pain went away, and of course it just got worse. If you even TOUCHED me there, let alone pressed on it, it KILLED. I mean absolutely excruciating pain. So that's when we went to the hospital. Note to self: Don't minimize pain and ailments and assume they'll just get better on their own. So yeah...I should've gone close to a day earlier than I did. I'm glad it didn't rupture. That would have been WAY more painful, and I would have had to stay in the hospital for way longer. Plus then I could've gotten sepsis and died, and that would kinda suck.
I'm still in quite a bit of pain, but I feel SO much better than I did. I think most of the pain is muscular, since they kinda move your muscles and organs around to get to it. It hurts to move, especially if I bend certain ways. It hurts to laugh, cough, sneeze, you name it. But it still hurts WAY less than before. Seriously, before the surgery, I honestly don't think I had ever been in so much pain. I still feel kind of nauseous, but that comes and goes. And I'm super bloated, which is kind of annoying. It's super sexy, too.
I'm staying in bed all day today, because I feel like it. I'm taking the "get plenty of rest" thing as literally as possible hahaha. But tomorrow I need to start moving around a little bit. You're supposed to start walking around and doing little things. But today? No. Not doing it. I'm going to lounge around doing nothing.
I'm not allowed to go back to work for two to three weeks! Most likely two. But that is SO inconvenient, considering the fact that I just hired two new people. I haven't even worked with them yet. When I knew I was having an appendectomy, I called my boss and told her to tell them to postpone their start date another week, so a week from tomorrow. I didn't know how long I'd be out. So now I have to either decide to have them start training for a week without me, meaning having my boss do it and possibly one of my other employees, or postpone it an extra week, so I can just do all their training entirely. I have a few days to think about that, at least.
I'm still groggy because of the painkillers. I'm not on morphine anymore, let alone the combination of IV morphine and IV Ativan haha. But I'm taking Percocet (oxycodone). I used to have a high tolerance to opiates, but since I haven't abused them in years, I have a really, really low tolerance and they make me incredibly tired and groggy. That, plus they easily make me high. I even get a slight opiate high off of ONE pill now. So even though I'm not really afraid that I'm going to use these for the purpose of getting high or anything, they go in the lock box. Jenny doses them out to me. I think that's the best way to go with stuff like that.
Ok, I need another nap. I have a lot of catching up to do with you guys, and I promise I'll do it. I'm just exhausted right now, and I'm fighting to keep my eyes open long enough to finish writing this. So it's nap time. It might take me a couple days to fully catch up with you guys, but I will do it.
Off to my nap I go.