Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - I Feel Great

I had my surgery yesterday and I am feeling great. Here is a list of thirteen reasons why Feeling Great is a Wonderful Thing.
  1. I Feel Better Today, Than I Did On Tuesday: Yes, I feel better just 16 hours after surgery than I did the day before. I couldn't ask for more. It is so nice to be feeling better. I can only guess how great I will feel next week.
  2. Family: I have my mom and Scott caring for my every need. I want a glass of water - there it is. I want a snack - here comes the tray. The rest of our family has also been amazingly supportive, with prayers and cards and more. These folks better be careful, I may get used to this treatment and never leave the couch.
  3. Friends: My friends are AWESOME. Anything that my mom and Scott aren't doing they are. We have meals coming to the house for the next two weeks. We have play dates set up. We even have a brigade ready to run our errands. Thanks you.
  4. Full-Time Day Care: Our girls go to Carolina Kids Academy usually on Tuesdays and Thursday. It is a fantastic school. Through this whole double surgery mess, they have been wonderful by letting the girls come in full-time while I am recovering.
  5. Great Doctors: So Dr. Enochs was an idiot, but the rest of my docs are great. In addition to great care, they supported my conclusions about Dr. Enochs. In fact, my primary care doctor was so bold as to write Dr. Enoch a letter telling him his treatment of me was unacceptable. My GYN did the exact same thing verbally. I bet Dr. Enochs will treat his next patients better.
  6. No Nausea From the Surgery: The hospital gave me the royal treatment for anti-nausea meds yesterday. Plus they finally gave me pain meds that aren't killing my stomach. I told Scott I love him, but yesterday I loved my anesthesiologist more.
  7. No Nausea At All: This is even better than #6. For all the moms out there, you will understand. This pesky ovary has left me with the equivalent of moderate morning-sickness for the past eight months. It's that I feel queasy, but am still hungry sort of feeling. It's that I am not going to throw up, but my stomach is doing flips sort of feeling. As of yesterday, that feeling is finally gone. Bring on the buffet.
  8. No Radiating Pain: Once again, this is an analogy for the mommies. My pain from this cyst has been like early-to-mid stage labor. The pain always started in my abdomen, but then radiated down and up in crampy waves. That pain is gone.
  9. Day Surgery: I arrived at the hospital at 10:30AM. I left at 4:00PM. It is so great to have surgery and then go home to my own bed. Other than my two stays for birthing babies, I prefer to spend as little time as possible at hospitals. Day surgery makes that possible.
  10. Laparoscopic Surgery: Tiny little incisions make for a quick recovery and less pain. I am all for that.
  11. My Three Inch Incision: This cut was more the old school "open surgery" size, but it marks the spot where they took out my right ovary. With that organ gone, I am now on the road to recovery. For the record my ovary was the size of an egg. For Tom, it was chicken egg sized and thankfully not emu egg sized.
  12. Blue Skies Ahead: My hopes are high that this surgery solved my pain/nausea/I always gotta pee problems. With that we only see blue skies ahead. 2008 has been a challenging year (with the loss of my father and my pain/health issues), but I think all the obstacles are behind us. Back in June, I wrote about taking a true summer vacation, just to indulge myself and my family. Albeit, we have had a lot of fun times, it wasn't the summer I envisioned. So the summer of fun, is now the fall of fun. I see lots of great field trips, adventures, and play time in the coming weeks.
  13. I Am Truly Blessed: This ovarian cyst has been a real pain in the a**, but thanks to modern medicine my troubles seem to be solved. I look at my family, my friends, my home, my town, and even my new ugly scar. It doesn't take long for me to see how lucky I am. I am so thankful for all my blessings.
So that is my Thursday Thirteen for this week. While I am feeling great, I am not 100% yet. So I am off to have to take some pain meds and then plan to veg out on the couch.

That is life in the stroller lane. Lots of Love.

P.S. For the past few weeks, all of my blog topics have revolved around me and my personal drama. I promise that I will get back to chatting about the girls next time (since those are the stories you usually come to read).


Monday through Sunday said...

I am so THANKFUL for you!! Glad you are recovering so well! Yay!

Annie said...

I'm pleased you're feeling so good, and hope you make a good recovery soon.

Beth said...

Finally, on the road to enjoying life again without pain! What a blessing! Dr. ( I use that term loosely) Enoch is definitely incompetent. For 2 other doctors to reprimand him rather than stick up for their own and admit, it is virtually unheard of in today's society of medical malpractice!
Keep smiling , keep recovering and keep counting your blessings.
Beth and Betty