When I woke up this morning it was storming out, not the best way to start surgery day. I was pretty scared but it still didn’t feel like I was on my way to have surgery. It didn’t actually hit me until I was laying in bed waiting those 2 hours for it to begin.
When I asked the first nurse for drugs to calm me down she said no because my blood pressure was fine. However, 30 minutes before my surgery I started crying and one of the anesthesiologists saw me bawling my eyes out and gave me Ativan. I liked her. When the moment came to say goodbye to Jeff and be wheeled away I started crying again. I’m the biggest baby.
When we got in the surgical room it was full of doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, surgeons, probably around 20 people. It made me feel safe but also stressed with that many people talking to me at once. I think they should knock you out before you go into that room because seeing all the instruments laid out on the table doesn’t make it any easier. One of the anesthesiologists injected something into my IV and before I knew it I was out.
The surgery lasted 3 hours. Anesthesia is so weird. It felt like I was only out for a few minutes instead of 3 hours, which is awesome. I remember waking up while I was being wheeled into the recovery room and the first thing I said was “do I have a drain tube in my chest?” Literally was SO happy when she said no. I felt really nauseous after waking up. My one goal though was to not barf. I could only imagine the pain since my throat was just cut open. The nurse gave me some Gravel and it helped a lot! It made me really sleepy / out of it but I wanted to be awake to see Jeff when he came in.
I spent about 2 hours in the recovery room and was brought up to the 6th floor where I am currently writing this.
I was really surprised with the lack of pain when I woke up. Aside from being nauseous I felt pretty good. I could instantly tell my breathing had improved. My nodule was pressing against my trachea which made breathing almost heavy and gave me shortness of breath. Now it feels like my throat has lost 5 pounds and I can breath easily. Score!
I’ve been eating solid food and drinking lots of fluids. My throat at one point really started to hurt when I swallowed so they gave me some perks which seem to have only helped a little. Most of my upper chest, shoulders, and behind the ears are still really numb from the anesthesia. Other than that everything seems to be normal.
Tomorrow morning my surgeon and a team are coming in to go over everything with me and then hopefully I can be released around 1pm. Thank you everyone who has sent me well wishes today. I can honestly say without them I don’t think I could’ve gotten through this. They mean so much and I’m so thankful to have a great support group!