Can anyone please share what they were told to do for incision healing and to reduce scarring? My surgeon's office did not tell me too much and I have a few thickened areas that I Hope I can get rid of!! thank you!!!!
I was wondering if people would share how long they took pain meds after surgery? I am day 10 out of surgery and still taking them. If I try to skip a dose I can feel the pain but it is not too bad. I just wonder if I should stop now and switch to Tylenol.
Thanks and have a great day everyone!!
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Update posted on...
March 4, 2015
I just had my first sneeze. WOW that hurt!! I had to stifle it which I didnt like to do. I hope I am not getting a cold. I don't think so.
I hope everyone is doing well today and I will keep all of you in my prayers.
I was released from the hospital yesterday. They x-rayed my lungs three times before they sent me home. So I am comfortable that the pneumothorax cleared up.
I am staying with my nurse friend who got to be in ICU with me when I was waking up. She was showing me the notebook that I wrote in when I was still on vent. I am really impressed that my thinking was that clear at that point. It is bothersome though, because right from the start I had been telling the nurses of the pain I was having in my chest and side while inhaling. It took almost two days for someone to take me seriously and do the X-ray to
Diagnosis the pneumothorax.
In any case, I am fine now and can't wait to go home. I will stay with my friend until tomorrow and then go home.
She helped me shower yesterday and put new bandages on the tube holes. She will help me again today.
It is a beautiful day in Sarasota Florida. I will take a walk later. What does everyone recommend for walk time? They really didn't tell me when I left the hospital.
I woke up today feeling great. Had chest x-ray first thing and the pneumothorax is clearing up. I had several visitors and had four walks today ! Felt great.
Had two chest tubes removed and that was not near as painful as I thought it would be!! Had another chest X-ray and surgeon said pneumothorax is cleared up and will do another X-ray Saturday morning. He asked me if I want to go home tomorrow. I said only if he is 100% sure that the pneumothorax is cleared up. So we will see!
If I do get discharged I will be going to stay with a friend who is a nurse for a few days!
So far I can't complain. Things have gone pretty well. The air pockets were definitely the most painful part.
Sorry that it took me so long to write!!! Tuesday I was still pretty groggy and yesterday had a bad case of pneumothorax. It was very painful and it was getting larger so they had to put another chest tube in.
I kept telling the ICU nurse all night Tuesday night that something was wrong. Nothing was done about it until around 10 AM yesterday when surgeon and PA got here. So I kept myself doped up yesterday by pressing the pain pump. When I woke up this morning I felt much better!!
I had to turn away about 5 visitors yesterday but had 5 visitors today. So I have been a busy girl. :))
The surgery went well. Waking up on the vent was not as bad as i thought. My friend brought a pad of paper so I could write questions. It worked out well. The ICU nurse said I was entertaining.
They had to leave me on a few hours longer because when I fell asleep I would stop breathing.
So now I can't wait to go home. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers!!!!!!
So I am not as fearful as I was last week. I have sooooo much to be thankful for!!
I work at the hospital where I will be having the surgery. Everyone is looking out for me. I have met the ICU nurse that will take care of me. She knows my anxiety about waking up on the vent. I have all the best OR nurses picked out and the perfusionist and the anesthesiologist as well.
I will have a private room over looking our beautiful bay here in Sarasota Florida.
Thanks to a few people here who have given me some tips, I think I have my home ready but I am going to stay with a nurse friend for a few days before I come home.
I also met a lady the other day who is my age. She had the same surgery a year ago and she had a great experience with it. She had no complications and didn't even take pain meds!! She showed me her scar and it is not bad at all!! I can only pray that mine is that easy!!
I also very thankful for this group. Thank you everyone who has reached out. I will try to get someone to post about my recovery as soon as they can.
Hello everyone!! I have a question.
Has anyone here had their arotic valve replaced with minimally invasive procedure? By that I mean where they make the incision under the right breast and go in from the side.
Thanks for the info!!