Here’s the Story of My Day yesterday:
I got to Tripler Army Hospital via my brother-in-law at 5:15am yesterday morning. I checked in, changed into that awful hospital gown (at least they gave me a robe, too!) and sat around in front of a tv showing “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and then “For Better or Worse” (it was tuned to TBS) until they took me into the pre-op area down the hall. The docs and nurses all came in individually and introduced themselves (or re-introduced themselves if I’d met them before) and gave me some timetable info, then they left me in the hands of the anesthesiologist. I went into surgery at roughly 7:30am and woke up in the recovery room at about 10:00am. I was still pretty woozy from the anesthesia, so I didn’t get back to the pre-op waiting room for another half-hour or so.
Meanwhile they’d called my sister, and she got there a while after I got into the holding pen. We were laboring under the misunderstanding that one of the docs would come explain what they’d done, so we sat around for a while. As it turned out, they don’t do that. Only if the patient’s escort is waiting outside the OR do they briefly explain; otherwise they have no time to spare for it. Once we were informed of that, my poor sister had to go hang out at the pharmacy for a while because they’d prescribed Tylenol and painkillers in pill form and those had to be changed to liquids. The post-op instructions said I could go right back to “regular diet.” Ha! My throat was so sore yesterday afternoon and evening I winced every time I swallowed even the smallest amount of liquid! I am happy to say that I’m perfectly capable of drinking coffee this morning, although I have to limit the size of the gulps I can take. If that’s the case, presumably I can eat the pudding and jello my sister so kindly got for me yesterday afternoon. (Side note: Tylenol in liquid format is meant for children. It’s ostensibly a bubble-gum flavor. Yuk.)
Okay, so now you all want to know the results. So do I! I can report that one does not need a uvula in order to speak clearly or swallow; mine is completely gone. I have a veritable hedge of stitches at the back of my mouth across the soft palate; I’m wondering whether they’re soluble. If they’re not I’m not looking forward to their removal. I’m feeling fine otherwise.
I have no idea what the lab results will be, nor do I know when I’ll get told. I have a follow-up appointment with the docs at the ENT Clinic on Tuesday, July 17 at 3:15pm. Hopefully I’ll get a phone call before then to give me a preliminary report. I’ll update here if I do.
Thanks for the good wishes!