I had surgery this week!

This week turned out a lot different than what I had expected. On Tuesday they called me from the hospital and told me I could get my tonsils removed on Thursday this week if I wanted. They pretty much gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse *wink wink* Finally! I’ve been waiting for this moment for so long, I almost didn’t believe it. I was nervous. Not about the surgery itself, I was nervous about everything else. I have never had surgery before, I didn’t know what I had to do, where I’d have to go and so on. But this turned out to be really simple and nothing to worry about at all.
My dad took the day off of work so he could drive me to the hospital and pick me up after my surgery. It was really nice. We got there in good time. Lift A to the 12th floor. Up to the desk with the little window to tell the lady there who I was and give her some papers. Then she told us to just sit down and wait for a nurse to come. While waiting we just talked about random stuff, I started my Snapchat story for the day, and we played with some Duplos (or, my dad made a house while I took pictures of the little Duplo cow) haha.
A nurse came out in the room we were sitting in and called my name. We shook hands. Hello, hello, just follow me. She looked so much like Juliet from Lost – if anyone else remembers that show. Her name was Heidi and she was super nice. I followed her into a room with a desk, a computer, some scary looking chairs, and a bunch of cute little baby blue and mint green lockers. She asked me a few different questions, gave me a bunch of pills I had to take, and gave me a hospital shirt and a robe. I went to the bathroom to change and put all my things in a locker. She told me to just sit and wait for the green dressed ladies to get there (apperantly the green dressed ladies were the surgery nurses or something like that).
Before surgery!
I didn’t have to wait very long for the green dressed ladies to get there. There were 3 of them, and I’m sorry but I can’t remember their names. I followed them into the surgery room, where I had to lay down on the surgery table. They started measuring my pulse and tried to get the needle connected to the liquid bag thing into my hand. Not as easy at it sounds, my veins are sneeky little bastards that doesn’t want to be poked. It took them 5 or 6 tries, but they got it in the end. Then I got an oxygen mask for some extra oxygen before they put me in general anesthesia. Z z z.
Right after surgery
Before I knew it the surgery was over and I was waking up and being annoying to the nurses. They told me I needed to sleep and rest some more, but I just really really wanted to talk. So I started asking them if they worked out at the gym I work at and random stuff like that. Then I think I fell asleep again for a minute or two again before I woke up and started talking to everyone again. Apperantly I really liked the blue hospital shirt and I wanted to sneak it with me home, haha! After the worst of my drugged self was gone they called my dad and told me he could come and pick me up in about an hour (but I think it turned into 2 and a half hour or something instead, haha, oh well). I got some more pills I had to take, then they gave me a popsicle. When my dad got there I tried to drink some water and I felt like I had a huge blister at the back of my throat. One of the nurses came over to check it out and she just told me she would get the doctor that had done the surgery on me to check it out. After he was done with another surgery he came to look at my throat. Luckily it wasn’t anything too abnormal, my palatine uvula had just gotten really swollen and it didn’t let me swallow correctly. After some more time of waiting for me to be less.. High(? haha) I got my clothes and went to the bathroom again to change from the hospital clothes to my regular clothes. While I was changing back to my regular clothes I had to look in the mirror and check out this uvula thing myself, and oh – my – God! It was huge! I came out from the bathroom all “wow, my uvula is HUGE, it’s like an alien!”. My dad helped me with my shoes and we were ready to leave. The nurses were so nice and wished me all the best. We got some strong painkillers prescribed and went down to the hospital pharmacy to pick them up before we drove home.
after tonsillectomy
Today (the day after my surgery) has been a rollercoaster. I woke up at 4:30 this morning in extreme pain, my throat and mouth was so swollen and it all hurt so bad! I managed to find the painkillers the hospital had prescribed to me and tried my best to get them down. But I realized that I’m no longer able to swallow water.. It goes up through my nose instead.. That’s not fun. I think it took me about 5 minutes or more just to swallow 2 pills. But better late than never. I went upstairs to get me a popsicle, because that’s the only thing I’m able to “eat” right now and it also cools down the swelling. And that’s pretty much how the whole day has been. Painful. I’m still not able to drink water, so I’ve been living on popsicles and sorbet all day. I really miss chewing, haha! My throat and palatine uvula are still extremely swollen (I would post a picture of my throat, but I honestly don’t think anyone would appreciate it, haha!). But hey, this is only temporary! Once this is over I’m never going to struggle with my tonsils ever again – they are gone for good now! And I couldn’t be happier! Sure, the next 2-4 weeks will be slow, but a tonsil free life is totally worth it! I had a really pleasant experience at the hospital and everyone were really sweet to me.
marie alessandra

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4 Thoughts on “I had surgery this week!

  1. Will B. on March 19, 2016 at 1:19 am said:

    Glad its over and I wish I could bring you more popsicles. Rest up and your body will do the rest.

  2. That’s a girl! The worst is over, I know it is painful, but it will get a little better each day. Hang in there! Just keep the popsicles stocked up lol
    They really taped your IV down. I have twice torn my out in recovery, if they taped liked that here I couldn’t have done that lol
    Cool mashed potatoes don’t taste so bad! maybe you can enjoy some soon.
    Hope you feel better soon.

    • I finally feel like it’s getting better now – only took 10 days *cough* haha 🙂
      Whaaat?! That sounds painful! They should tape like this over there too! 🙂
      I tried mashed avocado last night – didn’t go too well 🙁 maybe mashed potatoes is a better idea. I really hope I can, I am starting to get extremely tired of popsicles and ice cream.
      Thank you, Karen 🙂

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