I went up to Seoul on Tuesday to check in and prep for surgery. Of course no coffee or breakfast and I had to take out my totally stuck lip ring.
🙁 Grumpy Megan.
After getting checked in and signing some papers I was finally taken back to get the process started.
First up: Awesome Korean hospital gown/pants.
They took some more measurements and before photos before taking me over to the OR where we finalized sizes and got everything ready to go. That’s the last thing I remember from that room. I woke up back in the recovery room I originally started in. And sooooore!
By the time I was somewhat ok to leave it was already late so Thomas and I took advantage of our 1 free night in their “VIP Care” center. That was one miserable night. I was in a lot of pain so they gave me a shot of Keterol in my IV. Holy moly it made me so sick…and puking when your chest muscles are shot is NOT an easy or fun thing to do. When I was finally allowed to eat we had to order a meal from their menu. I chose chicken porridge hoping it was something bland and easy to eat. I forgot I was in KOREA! Thankfully Thomas was there to save the day. He took it all out of the room and tossed away any crazy smelling Korean ingredients so I wouldn’t have to smell/eat them. Also, thankfully, he was able to leave the next day and bring me some croissants and a smoothie. MUCH better. Did I mention I couldn’t lift my arms barely at all?? That sucks too. He even brushed my teeth for me. That’s love. I think I’ll keep him 🙂
We sat around Wednesday napping on and off, watching Nat Geo Wild, and waiting to figure out if I was able to go home or not. Wonjin uses drains that they leave in you for 2-3 days. I know other places that don’t use them but here they do…and I guess I was ‘draining’ (those things were SO GROSS…sorry!) more than they wanted me to be and were trying to figure out a way to keep me there for one more night. In the end I was good to go and we left that afternoon.
Thursday I am pretty sure I just sat around half awake half asleep on the couch while T took care of kids and house stuff. My back was hurting SO BAD those first couple of days. I’m not allowed to sleep flat and have been sitting/reclining all week. That mixed with being wrapped extremely tight where I couldn’t stretch it out was killing me. Friday afternoon we headed back up to Seoul to get those nasty gross horrible in the way drains removed. That was not a fun experience either. What was fun though was when the nurse cut off my original wrapping. Holy cow I could BREATHE! It was amazing. Until she said “1, 2, 3, 4, 5…” and YANKED those suckers out of my skin. I may have yelled a bit. Goodness. Then I was wrapped back up and sent on my way.
Without the drains in Saturday went by much better. I was rewrapped so my back didn’t hurt as much and there were no drains in the way. Also, each day I have more and more use of my arms back. I can even reach my hair now which is good. I love Thomo and he’s been amazing but he’s not the best with a bobby pin.
Today is Sunday. I ended up riding with a friend to roller derby practice. No, I didn’t skate (and it killed me to sit out!) but I’m a captain and we have a scrimmage next weekend! I needed to figure out lineups and see my girls run them.
So, post op Day 5. I’m feeling good. I can use my arms mostly but still cant raise them up above my head or lift anything even slightly heavy. My chest is heavy and it’s hard to take deep breaths which leaves me exhausted after doing the easiest things. Muscles are still sore and when I forget and pull or push or try to prop up on my arms I get an ugly feeling in my chest. Mostly I just feel full and heavy. If you’ve had kids it’s like being engorged. Where are my cabbage leaves?!
Layla has been an amazing help as well. She pretty much feeds herself and Timmy breakfast and makes sammiches for them for lunch. She also climbs up and grabs anything I can’t reach for me. Super helper! Here they are after she served them their breakfast….
So classy. And I don’t even care. At least they’re fed, right?
Wonjin sent me home with packs and packs of Pumpkin Juice which is supposed to help with swelling. Pretty gross. It taste the way the inside of a pumpkin smells when you carve it. Like PUMPKIN. Shocking, I know. Not tasty.
That’s it for now. Tomorrow is Monday and Thomo is back to work. I’m not ready!
He hasn’t done too much for me today other than reach things and cut an apple. I think we’re both trying to wean me off of being so spoiled.
Stitches come out Tuesday and from there I should be ok to wear sports bras and not so many bandages. Yay! Maybe I’ll be able to breathe a little easier.