Today is day 6 since the surgery. I have spent quite a bit of time sleeping. Before today I would look at sleep as somewhat of a luxury and somewhat lazy. I now realize that sleep has its healing effects.
The surgery was successful. Dr. Billing of the Puget Sound Surgery Center, said the hiatal hernia was 5cm instead of 2cm. Due to the hernia repair I have a drain in, which his the biggest source of pain right now, but that too is getting better. The tenderness is getting better each day and I am able to sit in my chair or get into bed much easier. I can tell you that my arms are getting stronger. Unfortunately my sciatica on the right has totally flared up. I didn’t notice it when I was at the clinic, but they had me on a pretty consistent “cocktail” of pain meds. Now that I’m down to only one pain med, it’s coming back with a vengence. This too shall pass. I keep trying to think of the future with this, but sometimes I admit to not being able to foresee that. I try to walk around quite a bit and am actually navigating the stairs really well.
In a few days, on Thursday, I will go back for my first post op appointment and to get the drain removed. I am looking forward to that. In the meantime, I’ll keep on keepin on and working to get all of my protein and liquids in each day.