Glad you're feeling better. Sounds like the Wii Fit is probably the best gentle exercise for now (no ski jumping I'd imagine). If you have a balance ball, maybe sitting on that for 10-15 minutes while you watch tv will also help with the stiffness.
Do you need to worry about getting a Fluconazole script to deal with any uhm... problems caused by the antibiotics?
As for the left over pain killers, I've been told the proper disposal method is either to flush them (apparently waste water treatment plants actually screen for them) or to mix them with cat waste and throw them out.
Are they more worried about baby nappings or swine flu with the wee ones?
Antibiotics? What antibiotics? I didn’t need those. Baby nappings I think. I had a conversation with the nurse who wheeled me out and I think that it is a precaution against baby nappers. I have seen at least two of Oxygen channels “Snapped” that had to do with crazy ladies who snapped and attempted to steal a baby. I think there were some H1N1 patients on my floor that I was never supposed to know about, but I am not worried about getting the flu from them. They were in special isolation rooms on the other end of the floor.
Checkin & all sounds pretty standard. Actually going to sleep with the anaesthesia varies -- I think it depends on the technique & cocktail of goodies that the individual anaesthesiologist prefers, & what the procedure entails.
The push-button morphine thingie is the best! There are actually psychology studies that you use less meds when you have that available to you. The old model of having to get a nurse to bring you stuff, which always has a time lag, was awful.
Interesting about your intubation issue. I'll have to consult my experts about that one.
Don't worry about some barfage -- they have people to take care of that sort of thing. (And much worse.) It all comes with the territory. I didn't think it would be helpful to tell you that sometimes the anaesthesia does that. Other times, I've waked up totally ravenous. (Again, it's just a matter of which stuff they give & how you react to it.)
The food is never good in hospitals -- I think it's part of motivating you to want to go home. :-) If you're there for longer, one thing that happens is they start to include an "order sheet" along with your tray for the next day/meals. Once you can make your own selections, it actually does get somewhat better. And if you're not on any dietary restrictions, you can have care packages brought in. All part of the Advanced Hospital Strategies collection.
I don't get along with Percocet either -- I find that one makes me nauseous. Personally, I do much better with Tylenol 3 with codeine. (Don't be shy about asking your doctor for a different one if you're still having discomfort!!)
It's not really news to you that cats are totally useless. Besides, you came home smelling weird, even after the shower. If you'd had a dog, he probably would have wanted to bounce up on the bed with you, & then nuzzle you off the edge.
Sounds like you're doing really well. The next trick is not doing too much too soon, in spite of how bored you may get. Remember, you can do parts of things. "Honey, I unloaded 5 glasses from the top rack of the dishwasher. You can go ahead & do the rest." ;-)
I am still kicking myself; how did I let something grow that large inside of me and not notice it for so long? Damn!
The important thing is that you did catch it, though! There is so much room, internally, for it to grow, and the size is still small relative to the rest of your body. Just catching it before it got bigger is a great accomplishment.
Glad to hear you're finding a routine as well as a way that helps you recover physically, mentally, and emotionally from your procedure.