There’s no place like home. It was so good to break out of the hospital on Sunday. Although, resting in the comfort of my own home includes a lot of chaos from the kids that was not present in the hospital. Mom, of course, has dropped everything to be here and resumed working her full-time job: me. I say it all the time, but thank goodness for her. I seriously don’t know how I could recover with a 2 year old at home and the moving/lifting restrictions placed on me.
Recovery is going well. I took one dose of the prescription medication I was sent home with, hated how it made me feel, and ditched it for plain old Tylenol. That seems to be doing the trick. I am more sore on the left, where the infection was and also more work was done during surgery. But honestly, the biggest annoyance/discomfort are the drains and PICC line. My wrist/arm hurts a lot inside where the IV lines were, and I’m very bruised on my arm from the IV. I am also bruised on my stomach where the nurses were giving me daily shots (to minimize the risk of blood clots.)
I am happy with the physical healing. Emotionally, I am up and down. I am still in a state of shock that this has happened. Usually I’m ok, but it’s really hard to see myself after stepping out of the shower or re-wrapping myself for the day. I’ve been unable to hold back the tears when talking to a few friends, and thank goodness for amazingly supportive people who would never expect me to not cry, and in fact, cry right along with me. I know it’s going to be a process and I have to grieve what has been lost.
The great news is that my antibiotic has remained oral. I will be on a 2x/day dose until early November. So…tomorrow (Wed) I will see the nurse practitioner at Dr. Hijjawi’s office to have my post-op check up and get my drains pulled! Hooray!!!!! Then I will go over to the Infectious Disease clinic and have my PICC line removed. Double Hooray!!!!! I’ve been told the PICC line removal will only take a few minutes but I will have to wait about 30 minutes while I am monitored. I’m guessing because the line goes so close to my heart, they will need to make sure everything is ok. I am so relieved to have these tubes pulled out. I know I will feel so much better. I will actually be able to get comfortable to sleep.
This is my current state of being wrapped up and tubes and lines. So very happy to see it all go!
Jamie, you are so strong!
I think of you often. I am awed by your strength. Prayers being sent your way.
You are AWESOME!
We love you Jamie! You are so strong and an unbelievable force to be reckoned with! There isn’t anything you can’t do now. You’re our warrior!