The surgery went very well and I was able to leave the hospital by 10:00 am. Once the anesthetic wore completely off I was in misery, which lasted through the night and into this morning. During the middle of the night we phoned the doctor on call, and after consultation with another doctor he told me I could take alternating doses of hydrocodone and oxycodone. The hydro has given me so many side effects, but now I'm ready to taper off and space the doses further apart. I think I will live.
The agony is because they pump air into the abdomen, and it causes severe pain especially around the rib on the right side as well as in the shoulder. Once I was able to get up and walking it has gotten measureably better. It still hurts to breathe deeply and to cough is really painful, but I feel better today although I still haven't eaten anything. I get nauseated thinking about food.
I think if I had this done 20 years ago it might not have been as hard on me, but at 73 I've had a rough time. Thaks to everyone who has been thinking of me and wishing me well.
I ended up not going back to my house as I quickly realized I just couldn't take care of myself. Jeannie and Ara have been wonderful!