Surgery Update Info

I expect to be zonked on Monday since I’ll be getting a dose of ketamine with my anesthesia.

I’ve never had ketamine, so it could be interesting.  As a result, I’m setting up a way to update my readers.  My editor will post in the Book Discussion Group, where she has admin rights after I text her my condition.

There is no anticipation of complications.  Not even from the ketamine.  I’m supposed to get a nerve block, but I’m not going to hold my breath that it’s going to work since I’ve never had one work yet.  As a result, I expect to be in pain and exceptionally groggy Monday afternoon and I’m sure I’ll hear my bed call my name quite distinctly.

But every surgery carries some risk and ketamine is a potent drug.  Not to mention the gallbladder seems to be the most finicky organ in the body.  My pain management physician gave me some techniques to speed healing that I wouldn’t have thought of, like wearing form fitting clothing can ease the burden on the stitches while sitting, standing, or moving around.  Ditto with a pillow.  The nurse practitioner told me that they will suggest using it when I get up from bed, but they recommend keeping it with me at all times and hugging it when I have to stand, sit, or move or god forbid, cough.

They also told me to expect to heal a little slower than the average person because of the CRPS and that it wouldn’t be out of character for the initial surgical pain to last as long as 7 to 10 days.  Which will annoy me because J was much better on day 3 and I probably won’t be.

I have some movies, TV shows, and audiobooks lined up for the post surgery recovery.  Like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and several episodes of Elementary, and I’m slowly working my way through all the Clive Barker and Preston & Child books.  And I’m looking forward to the extra sleep I’ll be getting.  I don’t sleep enough as it is, a week of lots of sleep might get my head out of my ass.

I hope that by the time this posts, I’ll be in surgery, but at the time of writing, I don’t even have the time for my surgery, just the date.

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