It’s not a kidney stone, an appendix, or a tooth, but the best part about this surgery is that Dr. Storm let me keep my implant! Now I don’t even have to be lop-sided – it will just be outside instead of inside my skin. Ha ha!! Also great news: he said the infection should clear rather quickly now, and he should be able to put a new one back in within 4 weeks instead of the 6-8 weeks I was originally told.

I felt all your prayers! Slept better than I thought I might last night, and the only “complication” was that the lower half of my body was very shaky when I was coming out of anesthesia. The nurse said demerol would fix it, but it could also make me nauseous, so she piled on the warm blankets and blew warm air under them. It worked – sort of. She ended up giving me a quarter of a dose of demerol and that did the trick. I didn’t have very much pain in the incision site, so I opted to take 600 mg of ibuprofen instead of a narcotic before I came home. Once I got home, the pain was intensifying a bit, so I ended up taking a hydrocodone, and that took the edge off.

I have just one drain, and it should come out in nine days when I have my follow-up appointment with Dr. Storm. I’m supposed to sleep propped up for the next 3 nights and no exercise in the next nine days. They are going to culture the infection to make sure there’s nothing weird like a fungus, so I’ll continue to take the Augmentin until I get those results.

Kent made me a bowl of oatmeal with apples for lunch that tasted really good. The fog is definitely lifting, but I’m still a bit woozy when I walk. My throat is also still a bit irritated from the breathing apparatus. Glad I can take it easy the next few days!