Surgery went really well. (Or so the doctor says, and I will take her word for it.) On my end, the first day was heck, the second day started out rough, but got better, and by Friday I was feeling pretty ok, all things considered. So when Dr. Chen came to check on me Friday afternoon, she asked if I felt like I needed to stay another night like we had planned. I decided I did not, and was happy to go home with WonderfulHubby after dinner that day (ok, you got me, I generally like hospital food). He relieved my Sweetmom from watching the kids when we got home, which was especially good because she had a regular volunteer assignment lined up on Saturday mornings.
So, the doctors orders were to not stand up straight, or lay flat for two weeks. This is killer on the back, but it prevents the scar from stretching out. Right now I am a week and a half out, and waiting, waiting, waiting. We rented a walker, as per her instructions, so I can get around without completely killing my back. I also have three drains, one for the chest, and two below the tummy incision. The incision on my tummy is from hip to hip, and looks really ugly right now, but in a healthy way, so it's not infected or anything. I also wear a stretchy velcro'd corset thing to hold the incision in place, and help me not feel like my insides are going to fall out. And I have go to tell you, when I have taken it off to shower, that is what it has felt like! Very unnerving.
Been home for almost a week now (a few hours short), and am going in to see the Doctor today. Really hoping she takes the drains out, they seem to be collecting little enough that I think she will. In general, I am feeling pretty well. I am down to only taking one Lortab right before bed, and as long as I take it easy enough during the day, I don't need a nap. If I do nap, it takes me forever to fall asleep.
Anyways, time to leave for the doctor. Thanks for all your support!