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On the mend...

I meant to mention this ahead of time, but Things. So instead you get the recap version! Woo!

I had surgery on Friday. It was in order to remove one of the several things that I supposedly don't really need all that much and would be better off without. This is according to the judgment of some people, all of whom profit from the removal process, of course. I've reached a ripe old age without getting anything other than my (five!) wisdom teeth out previously, so I was reluctant to proceed with anything along these lines. However, I finally had to agree that there could be benefits, and doing nothing was unlikely to lead to anything good. After a roundelay of many steps, I found myself in a paper gown on Friday morning. They come with built-in hand-warmers now! Who knew?

Medical technology being what it is, they did the whole five-hour procedure through four teeny, tiny abdominal incisions, and sent me home the same day. I live at the top of 38 stairs, so I was a bit daunted. Not enough to break my perfect record of no overnight hospital stays, though. (McDiva was born at home.) Much to my surprise, the stairs presented no problem, nor did walking, nor eating, nor drinking. Um, not alcohol, though. That's still a no-no.

McDiva and MiAmor are being very accommodating, as they ought. Friends keep bringing by yummy food, I get to lie down whenever I want, and if my hair is horrible, nobody judges me. I'm sort of amazed that the best case scenario described to me is actually playing out. Does that ever happen?

There are other things they want to remove. I'm gonna take a rain check, for now. But it doesn't seem so scary at this point, and I don't think it's just the drugs.

How are you guys?
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ceciliaj
Sep. 17th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
hope you feel better soon! <3 *shows up with puppies*
rebcake
Sep. 17th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks! I'm feeling pretty good, actually. No marathons any time soon, but that was unlikely to happen in any case. ;-)
brutti_ma_buoni
Sep. 17th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
Hooray for best case scenarios. They must happen to someone - why not you?

*hugs*

I give you the icon I label 'intestines all over the place', in special honour of the occasion.
rebcake
Sep. 17th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
Viscera! Here's to keeping it on the inside!

Thanks for the good wishes, sweetie!
cindergal
Sep. 17th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
Glad all went well! Who needs those (apparently not so) vital organs, anyway? ;-)

*hugs*
rebcake
Sep. 17th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Just because I don't know what something does, that doesn't mean it doesn't do anything. That wasn't really the issue this time, though. Maybe next time. This time, I did know what it did, I was just concerned that it was taking up more real estate than is advisable, and trying for new acreage all the time. Stupid innards.

Did you see Crazy, Stupid, Love? There's a scene where Steve Carrell's co-workers send an emissary to see what's got him so down. He admits he's getting a divorce. The whole office breaks out into applause. Whew! Just a divorce. Not cancer. That's how I feel. Just surgery, not cancer! ¡Yay! (Not that cancer was ever a concern, mind you. It's just always good to have perspective.)
zanthinegirl
Sep. 17th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry you had to deal with all that, but glad it went well and you're feeling a little better. Take care of yourself!
rebcake
Sep. 17th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie! All is well. Just in case you like to know how things are in other places, I have to say that the entire staff while I was in hospital was marvelous, kind, and helpful. The fact that I didn't want to stick around had nothing to do with the quality of the care. ;-)
eilowyn
Sep. 17th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
Ooh, my tummy gives you sympathy for the incisions in your abdomen! Hope you get well soon, enjoy the get well soon food, and do research online about removing the other stuff that can be removed. And remember the urban legend about the doctor who left his watch in the person's body! Hope that makes you feel better!
rebcake
Sep. 17th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Heh. Yeah, I'm pretty sure that the instructions they gave me said to go ahead and resume sit-ups immediately, but I'm going to put that under the "don't lift anything over 25 pounds for a week" category. Can you blame me?

One nifty thing about the laproscopy/small incision surgery is that the openings aren't really big enough for any watches to be left behind these days. Though I admit that pretending to be the crocodile from Peter Pan has its appeal.

Thanks for your good wishes, sweetie!
petzipellepingo
Sep. 17th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Hope you continue to heal beautifully.
rebcake
Sep. 17th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, thanks, darlin'. As I'm unlikely to ever learn to "heel" beautifully, I'll opt for "healing" instead!
abelina
Sep. 18th, 2012 05:59 am (UTC)
I see people all the time who recover wonderfully after surgeries. The other night I looked after a fellow who had a laparoscopic appendectomy and called a cab at midnight to bring him food from McDonald's ... Two hours post-op he polished off a twenty piece chicken nuggets and large fries without a single side effect.
rebcake
Sep. 18th, 2012 06:45 am (UTC)
Heh. I think a meal like that would give me side effects, even without surgery to blame it on! But yeah, it's amazing how much things have progressed with modern medicine. We're lucky to live in modern times!
shapinglight
Sep. 18th, 2012 08:41 am (UTC)
Glad it went well, and that you didn't have to stay in hospital, which, frankly, is no fun.

I hope SuAMor and McDiva continue to spoil you.

Icon of someone who is a fan of viscera, because someone has to be.
rebcake
Sep. 18th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, perfect Dru! I'm being a good post-patient, though MiAmor is quite worried that I'll come over unsteady and fall down the stairs, while I keep telling him that I'm supposed to walk up and down the hall, and should probably be going up and down the steps as well. Today I plan to sneak out while he's at work and meet a friend at La Boulange. Wish me luck!
shapinglight
Sep. 18th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
thepuddinhead
Sep. 18th, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
So glad for your positive outcome on this, which has to be related to your very positive attitude. Hopefully you can find some nice, juicy fic to dive into while convalescing. This is your big chance to be waited on and you can't blow it by feeling *too* well, ya know! Hope things continue along, swimmingly!
rebcake
Sep. 18th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Heh. I do tend to emphasize the "I'm okay!" side of things. I think I really am, though.

I would like some fic, though. I'm pretty sure that more Spike has amazing curative powers!
ssddgr
Sep. 18th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
Have a speedy recovery, hon.

I'm good. About to kill the hubby, but good other than that :)
rebcake
Sep. 29th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes. The love-'em/wanna-kill-'em moment. It's comes around pretty regular, I suspect. Good luck, sweetie, and thanks for the good wishes.
velvetwhip
Sep. 25th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
I am so glad to hear that your surgery went well and you're okay. (And there's something nice about no one caring if your hair is bloody stupid and sticks straight up.) You deserve the best case scenario and I am glad you have it.

Also:


glitter-graphics.com

I hope it's a splendiferous day!


Gabrielle
rebcake
Sep. 29th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I really appreciate your good wishes, sweetie!
velvetwhip
Sep. 29th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
You continue to get them. I hope you're feeling even better. *many hugs*


Gabrielle
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