If you ask me, my recovery is going brilliantly. I didn’t wake up in excruciating pain in the wee hours of the morning the past two days, and really didn’t have any pain when I woke up this morning. In fact, I discovered I can now lie on my sides and get myself out of a flat bed. Win.
Yesterday, I treated myself to a proper shower–the first one I’ve had since the Hickman line was placed over six weeks ago. The good thing about being on a surgical ward is that they have all kinds of different wound dressings, and managed to hook me up with a waterproof one for my incision, so I figured I’d ask for one for my Hickman line as well. I have to say, that shower felt pretty awesome.
Yesterday was also the first day I started eating normally. I was still a bit feeling a bit apprehensive/cautious, and wasn’t actually feeling all that hungry either. Regardless, I managed a bowl of Rice Krispies for breakfast, 1/2 a chicken mayo sandwich (which required 10 minutes of picking off sweet corn before I could eat), 3/4 of a Build-Up soup and a Fortisip for lunch, and a chicken breast, potatoes and a Fortijuce for dinner. So not necessarily a load of food, but more than I’ve eaten in a long while, and with the supplements, I still managed a fair number of calories too.
I’m happy to report that what I managed yesterday settled in my digestive system with little issue. Not only that but things seems to be functioning in a relatively normal way. I think it will take a week or two for my digestive tract to remember how to process normal amounts of food, but so far I can manage things. I’m just stoked that I managed to eat a bit of meat without hurling!
I think the best thing, however, is that I am getting my hunger back. The first few days after surgery, I think the pain from the surgery was overriding my hunger, but now that I’m mostly pain-free, the hunger is back. I just hope my digestive tract can keep up.
I’m not exactly sure when I’m going to be let out of hospital. The surgical team will probably be happy to let me go tomorrow, but I think the gastro team will want to keep me until at least Tuesday. The PN stopped Friday night, so at least we will have an idea whether I can manage on my own. At the very least, I should be able to get a few days of day-leave, which would be nice now that my dad is here for a few weeks to help me around my flat during the day.
I have to say, I was a bit skeptical that recovery could be so quick given my relatively frail state, but I am quite pleased with things so far, and I cannot wait to go home.