Friday, December 4, 2015

Surgery Week

We all survived my gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) surgery! I am more thankful than I can say that it was able to be done laparoscopically and although it's not a walk in the park type of recovery, it is a good deal easier than almost every other surgery I've had.

I'm grateful for a surgeon who understood my allergy to adhesives, particularly steri-strips. Most of the time the surgeons like to use dissolvable stitches under steri-strips for the incisions, but I've had that done before and ended up with quite the infection because of my horrid adhesive allergy. It does make the incision care a bit more involved, since I now have regular stitches that need to be kept clean and eventually removed. However, so far I'm infection free. That's huge progress for me.

This morning was the highly anticipated warm water shower. It was a long two days of sponge baths and dry shampoo. I know, in the grand scheme of life this is not a huge problem, but it goes a long way to feeling like a functioning human again.

Just Amber and me at home today. It was a very slow afternoon.
I had lessons plans all set up for Amber over the week - I know, it was silly of me. She did have time for a few lessons on Monday, but since then hasn't completed a single planned lesson. Instead she spent almost all of Tuesday (including most of the evening) with my mom while Fred and I were at the hospital. They went out for lunch and shopping, made dinner, worked on a craft project, played games, and watched TV.

We all took a day off on Wednesday and relaxed. I'm not entirely sure what Amber did except help her dad take care of me. I was pretty much out of it on Wednesday, but I vaguely remember that Amber made dinner and there are left overs in the refrigerator.

Amber did attend her co-op classes this week too. She came home bubbly and chattering all about her day. She and her friends have many plans for next week, the last class day of the semester. I made sure to take notes in my still hazy state on what she needs to acquire prior to next week. I'm not sure what's on the list at this exact moment. She probably could have told me a llama and I'd have put it down.

Still on track!
We've been keeping up, as best as we can, with our Advent preparations. We have a full December of activities, but not overly busy like in years past. This weekend we have nothing planned, except recovery. Tonight, however, Amber is going to the Advent by Candlelight at our church. I'm still not sure if I'll make it. I feel more human than in the past two days, but I'm not all that functional yet and probably not terribly good company. I think a good rest might be better for recovery than an evening at church, but we will see.

Today, Amber and I are resting and watching the George Washington mini-series from the 1980's. I watched it at home and then during social studies in junior high - I loved all those historical mini-series from the 80's. It's time to pass on the tradition to Amber now that the George Washington mini-series is finally available on DVD (no... I haven't been stalking Amazon looking for it over the past few years.. nope).

Our afternoon viewing

I'm hoping to be almost normal again next week. We have a full week of appointments, lessons and activities and no chauffeur, except me.

Happy Weekend!

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  1. So glad you did so well through surgery. I hope you have a wonderfully restful weekend. I love that mini series about George Washington.
    Blessings, Dawn

  2. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Congrats on being infection free!

  3. I'm glad your surgery went well and you continue to recover quickly! I couldn't take a shower for 3 days when I had my appendix out. That was the worst part of it for me! I hate not taking a daily shower!