A lot of what I’m about to say may be a bit TMI so if you don’t fancy it, don’t read on. I’ve had a rough few days. On Tuesday evening I had some very painful wind which was different from the post-op wind that I’d been having. The post-op wind had very little odour. The wind on Tuesday night was more malodorous! Helios was not impressed but when I told him how much it was hurting, he was sympathetic.
I woke on Wednesday to diarrhoea, then vomiting. Lucky for me it was more the diarrhoea than the vomiting – twice shouting at the porcelain god was bad enough when I’ve got all these stitches in my belly! I was hot. I was cold. I was hot again. Helios was worried and we called my nurse before the vomiting started. My nurse said that if my symptoms worsened then I needed to call a doctor and that’s precisely what Helios did when I started vomiting. I felt rancid. I didn’t even have enough energy to crack a joke (which, for me is saying something!) I wanted to go to sleep for about 3 days. I was worried that I’d done some damage to myself by retching.
When the doctor arrived for the house call she gave me some tablets to place between my lip and my gums – to allow this to dissolve and this did finally help with the nausea. She also checked my belly and said that I seemed to be healing OK. She was satisfied that I’d merely picked up a bug and that I ought to be feeling better soon. I, however, felt I’d taken a step back in healing. I was still hot and cold and struggled to drink anything. Helios was scheduled to go to work in the afternoons on Wednesday and Thursday but he stayed home with me instead – he said the office can wait, I’m more important. I will digress here for a moment and say that the last husband went back to work after my first operation. He thought I would be well enough to supervise the builders that were in the house at the time, which I certainly was not well enough to manage at the time! Needless to say, I am grateful for my life with Helios now!
Speaking of grateful, I also received a couple of “Get well soon” cards and even some flowers from my work on Wednesday. Needless to say, Helios took them in, gave them some water and took a photo on his phone to show to me. They’re still lovely but I was in such a state on Wednesday that I could merely glance at the photo on his phone and say “Oh those are nice! I need some more sleep.” Helios took care of telephoning his mum (who sent one of the “Get well soon” cards) and forwarded the photo to my line manager at work. He didn’t give any details of my condition – he said that I could do that when I was feeling better.
Helios also Skyped my mom who was concerned until she heard that he had organised the doctor to make a house call. Firstly she was delighted that I’d seen a doctor earlier that morning and she was also amazed that doctors in England make house calls. In the US, she says, if you cannot make it to the hospital under your own steam, you call an ambulance. Doctors do not come to you! When Helios relayed the conversation to me he said “England is a civilised country.” Because I pay for the National Health Service in my taxes, I didn’t have to get out my cheque book to pay the doctor when she arrived. Of course we paid for my prescription but that is a standard fee that is applicable to every prescription. I don’t think that £7.50 is an awful lot for something that you need. £7.50 is slightly more than the cost of a standard sized fast food meal consisting of sandwich, fries and a soda (which is about £6 per meal at my favourite outlet in Town).
On Wednesday night Helios managed to talk me into eating a little plain boiled rice for tea – I managed about half a bowl full after a whole day of eating nothing but small nibbles of one rye cracker. I did better drinking water as the day went on so I decided I was confident to take a couple of paracetamol (Tylenol) before bed. After spending hours going back and forth being unable to sleep, it was nice to get a good 6 hours in! I woke at 3am and read. Poor Helios, in order not to wake me, stayed on the sofa.
Thursday morning I managed a little yoghurt and a banana. It wasn’t good for me because of my insulin problem but it was nice to have some actual food in me. I had some more diarrhoea throughout the day but at least the nausea appeared to finally be a thing of the past – as was the fever and chills! However, I still had very little energy. I got up and watched half of an hour long TV show and then went back to bed. I just couldn’t stay sitting up for any longer and went to sleep. Helios stayed with me again all day Thursday to be sure I was OK and wanted for nothing. Again, he slept on the sofa Thursday night and I was grateful for it – I’m not sleeping whole nights at the moment and thought he’d probably get a better night’s rest without me tossing and turning beside him.
At some point my nurse who is monitoring my recovery called. She wasn’t as concerned about the diarrhoea as I was: I wasn’t putting any pressure on my stitches by pushing. Despite the fact that I was uncomfortable, I was also relieved that my wounds are safe.
Friday was finally uneventful. I had something small for breakfast, chicken and rice for lunch and then Helios brought home some soup for tea. I was feeling so bright that I insisted he go to work that afternoon (as previously planned) but before he left he changed and boil-washed the sheets and fed me lunch before he left. As I was feeling better in myself (or should I say I was feeling more like myself), it was nice to have a little time to sit and vegetate on the sofa without a doting husband around.
I Skyped my mom yesterday afternoon because I knew she would worry if I didn’t call and she seemed pleased with my colour. Of course seeing Mom in person is better but Skype is a wonderful thing to keep in touch! Not only could she hear that I was sounding OK but that I looked and moved OK and that I was clearly drinking enough water as we were chatting. Brilliant invention! And it’s FREE to use if both parties are members! My favourite price!
Hopefully now I’m well on my way to feeling like a new woman!