Day 3 of recovery

I am feeling so much better today! Much more like myself. That’s always a good day after any hospitalization. For those of you who have spent at least a few days in the hospital being really sick, there’s always that line you cross after a few days or weeks when you go from not wanting to do anything besides lay in bed and sleep to actually being able to and wanting to get up on your own and eat more food and get yourself cleaned up.

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Enjoying my milkshake!

Today didn’t quite start out that way, but pretty much right when I woke up, they decided to pull out the catheter and unhook my IV/morphine pump. I hadn’t been using the morphine, so that was fine with me. It just meant that I would be able to get up and move around more easily.

It was still been a slow-moving day. Even getting up to go to the bathroom is a bit of an ordeal and it takes a lot of energy to do that. At this point, most of my pain is due to stomach bloating. For laparoscopic surgery, they essentially fill up your belly like a balloon so that they have room to see and move around your innards while they are doing the surgery. So the days following, there is a good bit of pain from your stomach muscles which have been stretched out.

But I’ve had some great visitors today to come make me smile and feel more like myself. My mom,flowers gifts hospital stephanie hughes stolen colon ostomy crohns blog my sister, my parents-in-law and my best friend all made stops by. I was a little nervous at getting worn out, but it actually was very nice to have them all here. Plus, I got some lovely gifts to brighten up the room.

And to make things better, my nurse thinks there’s a good chance I may be able to go home in the morning. I know she’s not the doctor, but she’s been on the GI floor for a while, so I do hope she’s right. It’s always nice to get back into your own surroundings. It really helps with the recovery process.

I hope to have more good news tomorrow. I’m going to try to take it easy the rest of the night so hopefully I’ll be up for a trip home tomorrow, or at least by Friday.

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3 thoughts on “Day 3 of recovery

  1. Margaret Aycock

    Hi Stephanie!! So glad that you are doing good. I love reading your posts. You are a brave woman and an inspiration to me.

  2. Dave Rudzin

    You will hopefully feel better each and every day Stephanie and get stronger as well. And PLEASE know that we in the United Ostomy Associations of america are right HERE to help you each and every day. We can help you with support, information, and just contact with us, bevause we have all “been there” and are veterans of the surgery. We want to show you how life will now open up WIDE for you. You will be a woman with NO LIMITS and no restrictions. We welcome you and the opportunity to meet you at our Conference and to help us “educate America about what ostomy surgery REALLY is” and the benefits it brings from a health standpoint.
    Hope to continue to follow your progress and rehabilitation

    David B. Rudzin
    UOAA National President


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