Chronic Migraine Warrior

Chronic Migraine Warrior

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Post-Surgery Update

I know that it has been a while since I last posted. THANK YOU to everyone for all of your thoughts and prayers. I really appreciate them, especially during this time.

My surgery went well (12/22/10). It was preceded with many days of migraine pain and continuously increasing anticipation and irritation. The only thing I remember in the operating room was a song that was playing (they had asked what my favorite type of music was - contemporary Christian) - I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me. It's one of my favorite songs, and it's so fitting...

I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me
 
My parents and husband were there for my surgery, and then my husband stayed overnight at the hospital with me. We actually slept for a while, and then were up during the wee hours watching a comedian (Nick Swardson - highlight reel below) that was HILARIOUS! The nausea and pain were up and down after the surgery, but the pain hit horrible levels during the middle-of-the-night hours at the hospital. I had pain meds via IV, pills, and a shot in my leg. I was finally able to sleep for a few hours. I was released from the hospital on Thursday morning. 

Nick Swardson - Highlight Reel of "Seriously Who Farted"
(WARNING:  bad language)

I spent most of the first week after surgery resting. I didn't make it to all of the Christmas festivities, but Jeremy and I were able to celebrate together with our immediate families (thank goodness they live close to one another).

The pain has been more than I expected, and was at times UNBEARABLE... something I didn't expect. I think I prevented myself from thinking about how serious and "big" the surgery really was... as a defense mechanism. And, now I'm trying to recover from it.

I have 4 leads (2 in my forehead and 2 in my neck), which are connected to a battery in my right hip. The battery has been extremely sore/tender the past few days. I'm working on range of motion in my neck, and really just getting used to having this thing in my body. I've had a lot of surgical pain, but HUGE reduction in migraine pain.

I'm so thankful that my husband has been able to be here to take care of me. I've needed him A LOT through this. The emotional side of recovery is just as difficult as the physical, so it's a blessing to have him here with me for a while (before he has to head home to return to work).

I'll try to start posting again, once I recover more. It has just been difficult with the pain from the surgery. But, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. And, I hope we all have a better year than the last. BLESSINGS!
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