and oh lordy it was difficult. with almost no abdominal strength, it’s extraordinarily challenging to make my newly-reconnected bowels follow my commands. but it was worth the pain, as my swollen, distended belly has retreated a bit. it still hurts like hell, but each day it gets minutely better. only a tiny bit better, but any better is better than any worse.
i’ve been supremely exhausted since coming home from the hospital, and monday night, when i spiked a fever of 101, i wondered if my doctors had jumped the gun a bit. i seriously cannot imagine having to go to the emergency room to be readmitted. but the fevers have gone down, and this is the first day that i haven’t slept all day – though nap time is approaching quickly.
thank you all so much for your visits and kind emails so far. i hope you haven’t had any problems with the care calendar – i know it’s been helpful for me and kathryn. i’m still working out next week, when my dad will take the reins from my mom, who returned home this afternoon. i don’t think i’ll need much support while he’s taking care of me, but the occasional visit is always appreciated.
i won’t find out the full results of the surgery until i go in to see the surgeon some time next week – i’ll send out another email once i have more information. but in the meantime, thanks again for everything! the pain of each aggravated breath, each crippled step, each spasm of pain as i toss and turn at night – it’s so much easier to manage with your support and love.