This is a follow-up to a post I made six days ago called, My Unexpected Surgery.
It’s exactly a week since I had my unexpected gallbladder removal surgery. I’ve been to my followup with the doctor and she is pleased with my progress. I found out a few things, which I thought maybe interesting.
It was bad, but could have been worse Modern Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is fairly routine. Small incisions are made and guided along with a camera, it’s minimally invasive. For some people, the entire process can be as short as four to five hours, from start to finish. My gallbladder was highly inflamed and enlarged. Apparently, the doctor even considered, a few times, to switch to traditional open surgery, because of my complications. I’m really happy she didn’t. But because of that, the surgery lasted nearly 3 hours and with some minor complications afterwards. That’s why I was in the hospital for three days after the surgery, in additional to my initial first night. But, luckily, we removed the gallbladder before it ruptured. It would have been a lot bigger mess and with longer recovery time, if that happened.
A good nurse makes all the difference The staff at the hospital seemed universally competent. But, of course, that doesn’t mean that they are all equal. Some are rigid, following instructions explicitly, without any rhyme or reason. Sometimes, you luck upon someone who intelligently explains the alternatives. Of course, they follow the doctor’s instructions but they actually inform the patient of the objective and options that are available. Being an analytical person, I found this approach extremely helpful. It also empowers the patient with a sense of choice. Things are not just done to them, there’s a logical explanation of why. People skills are important in almost every profession. They are critical for healthcare, when the patient (the customer) is usually sick, confused and scared.
Hyper stimulation and sensitivity was interesting I don’t know if it was the pain meds — I did get some super strong ones in the beginning — the pain, the operation or some other unexplained factor, but my senses were hyper stimulated and sensitive. I had super vivid dreams, wilder than any with the latest special effects. I would have countless micro day dreams. Regular food was super salty, super sweet and super spicy. I like spicy food but a standard green pepper tasted as hot as a Jalapeño.
Broadcast TV is really bad I rarely watch TV and now I know why. I turned on the TV for a couple of hours and could find anything worthwhile.
I prefer the classic I watched Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets via my smartphone. It was visually rich but not nearly as entertaining as Luc Besson’s 1997 classic, The Fifth Element. The Fifth Element has some of my most favorite scenes from any movie.
Home is better than the best hospital I have a lot of positive things to say about the Hospital at Westlake but ultimately, it can’t beat home, surrounded by family. I was a lot happier when I went home on Sunday.
Structure is good Though doing blog posts during my recovery wasn’t my preferred activity, the act of forcing me to do things on schedule, helps. I started working from home starting Wednesday, and that also helped to pass the time and structure the day.
Unimpressive facial hair I haven’t shaved since this entire ordeal started last Thursday. I’m sad to say that my prospects of having impressive facial hair is just a dream. I’ll be shaving, before going back to work.
Good to have community Support A big thank you to all my readers. Thank you for the comments, the views, the emails and the concern. It means a lot that there are people out there think about me.
I continue to make my recovery, though I’m still not leaving the house. Unfortunately, I missed a photo talk at Precision Camera tonight, which I would have loved to attend.
Looks like I’ll miss Eeyore’s Birthday Party tomorrow. It’s a fun event which I usually attend, but I can’t fathom fighting the crowds to do the photography I like. My energy level is still not high, and I get tired quicker than usual.
Other than that, no complaints. I feel like a very lucky person.
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