Done with surgery and feeling great!
So, my sinus surgery was yesterday. Luckily, I found out Thursday evening that they had scheduled me later in the morning, as I had requested, so I had about two hours between the end of my shift and for when I had to be there, which gave me time go home briefly and drop of my stuff.
It was weird being on the patient side. I had been in the preop areas and OR rooms as a med student, but never as a patient! I must say, Northwestern did a great job. Everyone was super nice: the secretary where I checked in, the nurses, the anesthesia staff, and my surgeon and his resident. They all made me feel at ease. No matter how minor the surgery, it can be scary knowing that you are going to be completely out cold and have no control over anything. You’re putting your well-being completely in the hands of other people, and for someone like me who is a control-freak and wants to know everything that is going on, this can be an uneasy feeling
My surgeon was running behind, so I spent a lot of time in my preop room, watching TV and talking with Dean, my parents (who came up), and my sister via skype, who has a way of making anyone laugh.
I think my surgery was originally scheduled for 11:45, but I didn’t go back until around 4:00-4:30. I didn’t mind, though. I wouldn’t want a surgeon rushing through his surgeries to stick some schedule…I want a surgeon who takes his time and does everything meticulously well, no matter how long it takes, you know?
Being put to sleep is the weirdest experience ever. They first gave me some versed, which is a relaxing medication they give to everyone as they wheel them back to the operating room. I felt drunk as soon as they gave it to me. Once in the operating room, they started giving me propofol I believe. I started feeling really out of it. My whole body felt heavy and everything seemed to be moving in slow motion. I think I tried talking at one point, but I’m sure it all came out in garbled slow motion. Next thing I knew, I was waking up in the recovery room…with a lovely bandage taped over my nose. It was quite an attractive look. My parents and Dean were great. They make you eat before they discharge you, and so Dean was feeding me jello from a spoon. Haha, I felt like a two year old
Within an hour of waking up, I was already feeling quite well! No post-op vomiting this time. When we got back home, my parents, Dean, and I hung out on our rooftop for awhile. This was the first time my parents saw our new place, so I was excited for them so see the view. They drank beer up there while I drank water. I wanted beer, too, but they wouldn’t let me have more than a sip ; )
This morning, the day after, I honestly feel great! I told my surgeon jokingly (sorta) that I feel like I could go running, but he made me promise to take it easy for the next week, which I will.
Anyway, I am so grateful for my parents and Dean being there with me yesterday. I am also so grateful for the quality healthcare and physicians that I have access to here. The surgeon I had was the one my friend recommended, who is an ENT resident here at Northwestern and has worked with all of the ENT docs. Thanks Kat!
It was beautiful on our rooftop last night. Here are some pics: