This morning as I was getting ready to head to the hospital, I was reminded about what that was like for me almost two years ago, heading into one of the biggest surgeries a person could face. Cutting a couple tonsils out is no big deal.
For those of you who aren't familiar with anesthesia and heavy medication, it's great stuff. When I had my spinal fusion, I was so drugged up that I hardly talked at all. I acted absolutely ridiculous when I got my wisdom teeth out. I'm glad to say that I didn't make a fool of myself today (at least, not that I know of). With my back, they gave me some medicine to calm my nerves, and then they put me out before putting the IV in... thankfully. I don't even remember going into an unconscious state. That part was much easier than I was expecting. With my teeth, by the time I finished thinking about how funny it was that they were strapping me to the chair, I was out. However, today was a little different.
I never said I didn't look ridiculous. But I was loving that hair net. Besides, this was before the anesthesia.
The IV was first on the to-do list... unfortunately. I thought about it too much. Everything started going black, and I felt sick to my stomach. So there I was, once again, lying back in this chair with cold washcloths on my head and neck and a trash can to throw up in. That's why I'm glad that they don't let you eat before a certain time, because I had nothing to actually throw up. (I set my alarm for 2:00 am to eat a PopTart when I got my teeth out, but I slept through it this morning.) Anyway, we thought that I was going to be ok after that, but then it happened again. It's hard for me not to think about the needle sticking out of my skin, even though I had 8 for my spinal fusion, and it didn't even phase me. After that, I was off to the operating room.
I either don't remember it, or I was out before I even got to the OR for my spinal fusion, which really helped my nerves a lot. Today, I sat down on the bed, and because I was wearing a gown, all the nurses saw my scar and were going crazy over it. So, of course, I proudly showed them when they asked me to. Then came the medicine that I've never actually felt, even though this was my third surgery. My hand and arm burned like crazy, and then everything started spinning. It was so weird, and pretty cool at the same time. Later I woke up feeling so tired that I wanted to ask them just to let me go back to sleep, but I resisted the urge.
I don't even remember this picture being taken. That's my excuse for the stupid look on my face. : )
So here I am at home, feeling like I have nothing more than a really bad sore throat that is swollen. A piece of cake. Thank you, spinal fusion, for making a man out of me. I feel like I could go climb Mount Kilimanjaro or something right now... except the doctor told me to rest for two weeks. So I guess I'll have to wait.