Going under the knife and recuperating
I tried to remember as much as I can. Hopefully the anesthesia didn't affect my memory much. :)
Went to work and had a shoot until 3 p.m. Went to Medical City to check in (haha parang hotel!) and was admitted at 5pm. Went out around 6 p.m. (nagliwaliw daw muna, haha!) and got back around 8:45 p.m. Timing lang because Lia came from training din.
Took my meds to help me prep for surgery; Mama and Daddy left around 10 p.m. Nurse Vangie came in with Dr. Jerry Biel (pinsan daw ni Jessica, hahaha!) to put IV on me.
Midwife woke me up at 4 a.m. for surgery prep. Nurse Rona gave me a skin test for antibiotics at 5 a.m. Super painful, I cried. :( I tested positive for the first antibiotic that they had to give me a secondary skin test for the same antibiotic. Still tested positive.
By 5:45 a.m., they brought me to the operating room. I waited for Dr. Martinez and Dr. Reyes. The room was soooo cold I was shivering. Nurses gave me a new skin test for second antibiotic.
Dr. Reyes prepped me for the epidural. He spoke to me the whole time which helped me relax. I'm so lucky he was my anesthesiologist. :) After injecting me with local anesthesia, he gave me an epidural. Thirty seconds later, I was numb from the waist down.
By 6:20 a.m. I was ready for surgery.
I was awake the whole time. I would only nap when I felt bored or when I would see my reflection on the lights. I didn't want to see myself being cut open, you see. :D Once, my nose itched, I had to make funny faces at Dr. Reyes just so I can catch his attention. Haha.
I even heard Dr. Reyes and Dr. Martinez chatting about my cysts. By 8:45 a.m., I heard Dr. Martinez give instruction to one of the nurses to look for my family. They had wanted to show my parents the cysts they had taken out but my parents were not in my room. Dr. Reyes teased me, "Inabandon ka na ng pamilya mo?"
Dr. Reyes told me that surgery was done and that they would be closing me up and cleaning up na lang.
A few minutes later, I was in the recovery room. Someone came up to me asking me if I can move my toes. I napped. Another nurse came a few minutes later and asked me the same thing. I was starting to worry but I said no and asked if my mom knew that I was already in the recovery room. She said that my parents knew already. She came back and told me to rest some more.
One of the nurses in the recovery room woke me up asking me if I can move my toes. I said no. She told me that until I can move my toes, I would have to stay in the recovery room. I asked for the time and she said it was 10:30 a.m. She came back and said, "Ceia? Si Emmylou." (Emmylou was a batchmate in high school. If you know Jonathan Menez, then you'd understand why it's funny and ironic that it was Emmylou who was there. :D) She's an OB resident for the recovery room. I felt relieved. :)
At around 11:30, I was getting impatient. I felt like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill. I was willing my toes to move but I couldn't. I, however, can move my knees and parts of my legs from side to side. A few minutes later, I was woken up again and was told that I can be moved back to my room.
Nurses wheeled me in back to my room at 12:30. My dad, mom, and Martin greet me. :) Lia comes in just a few minutes later. Talk about perfect timing. :)
I am moved to my bed and I slip from wakefulness and sleep every so often. I am exhausted but I am very much relieved. I feel no pain whatsoever.
By 2 p.m., I can have sips of water. No food yet though.
I had to move rooms though; there was a very noisy construction going on right by my window.
By 8 p.m., I am visited by loved ones. My first visitor is, to no surprise, Tinggot. :) [I love you dear! Thanks for dropping by!] Thanks to Bem and Carol for dropping by, too. :)
10 p.m., I am in deep slumber, thanks to my meds. :)
Lia stays with me through the night, ready for my water sips.
Lia helps me with breakfast. Still on a liquid diet.
Tita Peewee visits me. I didn't know she (and Tita Honey, her mom) had endometriosis, too. Is it hereditary? I shall research.
I am told I must start turning from side to side by now. And that the catheter must be removed. HUWAT??? I am scared of the pain. Wah!
Still stuck in bed, still on meds. Thank God for painkillers, I am in no pain whatsoever.
Lia and my mom suggest I have catheter taken out. Okay, no pain there. I am able to move from side to side and even tried to sit up. Doctor tells me I cannot have solids until I fart. What the?!?!
Lia, my ever loving and patient honey, encourages me to fart. Ain't she sweet? Hahaha! :)
Oh! No laughing too!!!
Lia stays with me through the night. I wake her up when it's cold, when I need water, when I can't sleep. :( She is so patient. She takes care of me really well. Even when I am grumpy. :(
Lia had to leave early for training so my mom takes over. Tita Tess drops by to visit at around 8 a.m.
As usual, I fall asleep and nap. I am still tired and still quite sore (perhaps from too much lying down, tsk!).
Tita Ann, Tita Issa, and Jayvee visit me. Jayvee stayed but a few minutes but of course that's okay. Tita Ann and Tita Issa stay until afternoon.
Goal for the day: fart more so I can eat solids. Hahahaha.
Suffice it to say I am goal-oriented. :)
Lia still stays with me. We are both exhausted and she has to study pa for her exam. :( I wish I can be less grumpy. I hate being stuck in bed and being so dependent on her. :( Boohoo.
I am ready to go home. I can sit up, turn from side to side, walk to the bathroom, and yes, even bathe! :) Yey! :)
I am awesome! Woohoo! :)
Watched the Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay game while waiting for hospital clearance etc. Almost tore my stitches (OA! hahaha!) when I got overexcited when the Red Sox had a good hit, a flyball, and Tampa Bay didn't catch it! Wahahahaha! :D
Sad though that Lia has to go home and I have to stay with Melo in her condo. I want Lia to still take care of me. I am a brat. Yes. I am spoiled. Yes. I want my Lia!
First night home. I sleep soundly but my back hurts. I am no longer on painkillers. :(
Good news: I can start writing again. Yey! I will be back on track in a few days.
I miss Lia. I am better because I am cranky again. Hahahaha. I want Lia. Hala. I am cranky talaga.
Still can't laugh though. Wah. Pero may joke si Lia for me:
Ano sabi nung apple sa pineapple?
Ano tinitingin tingin tingin tingin tingin tingin tingin.....
I'll see you people when I'm back on my feet. :D
Thanks to everyone who sent messages through SMS, Facebook, Lia's text, etc. and visited me in the hospital. I feel blessed and ever more loved. :) Thank you. I'll be back in tiptop shape in no time. Lagot kayo! :P