From a Hospital Room

posted by Sharon November 1, 2013 18 Comments

This week I paid a surprise visit to the hospital. When stomach pain grew worse, a trip to the ER showed appendicitis. I was in surgery before I could think much about it. So my random 5 this week come from a hospital stay, in a room complete with the patio view shown here.

1. It takes a village. I was amazed at the sheer number of people who helped me out. ER nurses, CT techs, EKG tech, lab folks, orderlies wheeling me down the corridors, a competent and friendly surgeon, anesthesiologist, many more nurses, assistants, dieticians, and a case manager. From the nurse who chatted with me at 4 a.m. about running to the assistant who kept peeking around the curtain to frown at my uneaten meals, people took really good care of me.

2. Trust. This is the kind of surgery you can’t plan for. It just happens with no preparation. It was a little frightening to say good-bye to Curt and enter the OR and know I was going under the knife. We ran into one of Curt’s doctors in the hall and he assured us the team waiting for me in the OR was the best. I trusted them and trusted God. And I was relieved to wake up on the other side.

3. Quiet. This waking up was a bit jarring. A man in recovery with me was yelling about his quadruple bypass. I couldn’t quite work out in my grogginess how a man who had heart surgery could yell so loudly. Then the nurse came to me and smiled and said, “You’re a quiet one.” I felt no need to yell about my appendix. I think the nurse appreciated that.

4. Beeping. If you have an IV in the crook of your elbow, and you bend your arm, it gets a kink. And the machine beeps. I never did get the hang of this. I would talk on my phone and set off the beeper. I would try to eat pudding and set it off. I brushed my teeth and beeped. One time my roommate’s visitor asked what the sudden beeping was. “Oh, that’s my roommate. She’s beeping again. Nothing to worry about.” Just call me The Beeper.

5. Thankful. This week I’ve seen so clearly that I have so much to be thankful for. My husband and my mom are right here for me, whatever I need. I’m already home and taking walks outside, recovering nicely. The pain was due to something easily diagnosed and treated. No wondering, nothing more long-term and serious. I’m one grateful patient!

Hoping your week is going well and hospital-free!

Linking up with Random 5 Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

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18 Comments

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Rose November 1, 2013 at 5:20 am

Hope you recover quickly. I have never understood why they always put the IV in the crook of the arm. One time i had my left hand in a cast…they put the IV in the bend in my right arm…and in so far if I bent my elbow hardly at all it poked and hurt me. I could not even feed myself. And I was young then…back then it took a lot to hurt me.

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Ok So Far November 1, 2013 at 5:24 am

Ouch! So glad you are recovering well. Yes, those beeping IVs are so annoying! Take care.

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Nancy @ A Rural Journal November 1, 2013 at 9:46 am

Oh no Sharon! I’m so sorry this happened, but so glad you are done with the surgery and on the mend. xo

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a spirit of simplicity November 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

Oh that’s frightening! I’m glad you are better.

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Hootin' Anni November 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

Good for you….a quick recovery is always great!!!
Your pain musta been scary tho.
It’s a wonder they allowed you your cell phone. I don’t think they do in our city. Maybe I’m dreaming.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin November 1, 2013 at 11:56 am

OH my goodness! Sharon!!

Hope you’re on the mend!! Take it easy, ok!!

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Buttons November 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Oh I am so happy you are OK that id frightening. Do take it easy and let others do for you. Happy you have so much support. Hug B

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Robyn November 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Sharon,
Prayers of healing for you. Nurses are very special people! Whenever I have been in the hospital I have felt in very good hands. Sounds like you were well cared for.

Take it easy and take care of yourself. Glad you have family to support and help you at this time.

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Beth November 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm

feel better real soon. glad to know u have much to b thankful n this unlikeable situation. relax. ( ;

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latane November 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

My goodness, what a surprise! But, better to get that nasty thing out of there than be in pain. Glad you were well cared for.

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Veronica Roth November 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Oh dear Sharon. Hugs and best wishes for a speedy recovery. One year two of my children tag-teamed it in for appendicitis. Jonathan in late June and Kerstie in early July. What was that all about?

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Kren November 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Hope your recovery is quick!

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augcott November 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Dang! That was not a good surprise to get!!!
Glad that everything went well …. What a good patient you are!
Heal well … get home!

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Anne Payne November 2, 2013 at 12:11 am

Oh wow. So glad it wasn’t anything more serious. I will pray that you have a good recovery. Nice patio view.

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barbarashallue November 2, 2013 at 3:14 am

I’m glad they diagnosed it and you got it taken care of! Every time I have an ache in that general area, I get paranoid it’s my appendix!

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Ida P. Krause November 2, 2013 at 7:45 pm

What an experience! So sorry to learn of your hospital stay but am glad you are home and recovering. Sounds like you had really good care. I like your new nickname, (The Beeper)! – Thanks to for stopping by my blog. I should clarify we used patterns in which to carve our pumpkins.

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Nadine Feldman November 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Wow! What a crazy week! Hope you have a swift and easy recovery.

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Pride in Photos Photography November 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Well its wonderful news, how well you were taken care of midst this terrible surprise. God is good. Get plenty of rest…hopefully you will be back to your normal self just in time to have a great Thanksgiving meal♥

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