Post-op, Day 5 (continued)

So I went and had a shower. I was ultra paranoid about getting the incisions wet, because I’ve never been glued together before. I still can’t get over the fact that I have no stitches.
I indulged my fear and put packing tape over some tissue paper and covered my incisions. I knew the tape might not last the entire shower but I hoped. As it turned out, the tape held for about a third of the way through the shower before the tissue paper inside succumbed to leaks.

The shower though felt SOOOO good. When I got out, I spent time cleaning the incisions and putting my body jewelry back in. I’d had to replace the metal jewelry with non-metal for the surgery and the hospital staff even gave me shit about the non-metal. They’re afraid of burning someone somehow during surgery, and couldn’t comprehend that the jewelry I was wearing didn’t have metal posts – it was solid plastic through my ears and nipples. I had to sign a waiver for refusing to take my jewelry out, heh.

The movement in the shower and standing at the sink putting my body jewelry back in proved to be too much on me, and now the muscles around my stomach and sides are all tense. It feels like I’m “sucking in” my stomach, and so I’m trying to do breathing exercises to relax everything. I’ve just eaten some more food so I’ll be taking Ibuprofen in a minute.

The whole food thing is still an issue, too. I eat constantly throughout the day, because I’m still eating mostly mushy foods. Reason being is that anything too heavy expands my stomach and therefore the muscles, and hurts like the worst full stomach feeling. So I can only eat a little at a time, wait for it to digest, and eat again.
Last night I had chow mein and a little bit of chicken and was excited to no end to finish one plateful. The night before that, I had scraped off cheese and pizza toppings from pizza that my man had ordered and was super happy to have Real Food™.
The cheese however was a bad idea on my part – it complicated the constipation. Bad monkey!

Anyway today I’m back on cereal and soup and pudding. MAYBE I’ll have eggs over-easy for dinner.

On the poop front, I crapped yesterday for the first time in four days, and again this morning. Yesterday was worse than today but I’m still definitely constipated from all the pain meds. I don’t want to take any more laxatives because it will put things at the other end of the spectrum for me. I’m real sensitive to so many medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription. So I’m just gonna continue to eat fruit and add teaspoonfuls of BeneFiber to my food.

Hm. Changing my sitting position seems to have helped my stomach and side muscle soreness. Instead of sitting on the couch the ‘normal’ way, I’ve got my legs up and I’m slightly reclined on the couch longways. But now my neck is complaining. It won’t be long before naptime again.

3:02pm Edit: I just sneezed 3 times in a row. It’s the first sneezing I’ve done since the surgery. I was in the bathroom and I steeled myself against the sink. I didn’t die. :)
I’m healing up so well that I can even blow my nose today. Just yesterday I couldn’t, without stomach area muscles hurting.
It’s still an effort to get up, walk, sit or lay down, though.

2 Responses to “Post-op, Day 5 (continued)”

  1. Patricia

    I forgot to tell you that sitting upright is not a good idea for awhile, the best position as you are finding out is the slightly reclined way. Pillows are you friend during this time of healing. Too bad you couldn’t take the recovery room chair with you! ;)

    I hate to tell you this but the eating small meals might last a month or so. It took me awhile to be able to eat a full meal without my bowels hurting or my stomach. Although the bowel problem is probably because my endo was pushing against my intestines. The best thing to do is drink lots of water for the constipation problem of course this means you have to get up more often to pee which is a pain in and of itself.

  2. zept

    Yeah as of last night, I joked that the surgeon must have taken part of my stomach out with the Endo, because I still can’t eat very much at a time!