Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Update Plus Tidbits
I have been home for a week now, and I have been asleep or walking the entire time. Lots of really interesting things have happened. For instance, I almost never use insulin now during the day, under the doctor's order from the hospital, I'm eating less, and as of today I'm down 22 pounds since this episode started.
The pills on the table in the first picture were the medications that have been prescribed for me over the years by various doctors that became lifetime drugs. It used to take me 30 miutes to medicate and take my insulin in the morning. Fifteen pills. Now, three. That's because of the lady below, Dr. Alicia Mistry, Head of Hospitalists at Shady Grove Hospital, and a medical wizard.
I'm feeling better, and trying to build some endurance. On the other hand, this post has taken me almost three days off and on to write. I'm way behind on my e mail, and I get tired fast. No tai chi for two months, the pain is inside now, not outside. I feel like I was hit on the right side by a professional boxer with a wicked left hand.
And this rock star is the surgeon who operated on me. We adopted him. Dr. Joshua Felsher, wunderkinder. His wife just gave birth four weeks ago. He estimated that the anesthesiologist would have me for an hour to an hour and a half to do the epidural before the surgery, and that he would take about three hours to laborascopically fix a hernia I didn't know I had, remove my appendix (which is attached to the colon on the right side, so now I can't get appendicitis, awwww) and remove my ascending colon.
I was wheeled into the operating room at noon, and as I was explaining to the nurses in the OR about the party in the parking lot when this was over, and how to make the Jello shooters, adding the last cup of vodka was the last thing I got out before it was lights out. The next thing I knew I was being wheeled back into my room in the ICU at about 3:00 PM, and Judy was telling me the operation was a smashing success. The surgeon had been out at 2:00 PM telling her that things had gone so much better than had been expected. Apparently the tai chi has done a lot more good for me than I thought.
Well, I'm a bit tired now, so I think I'll head off to bed. See you all soon! I'll write again as soon as i can! And thanks for hanging in there with me!