12 November, 2008

back, back, back

arrived home yesterday around 5:30 pm. it was only about a 5 hour drive from new jersey, but i was just super tired and not that comfortable. not to mention being in the car since about 10 am (it was about a 2.5 hour drive from MD to NJ - liz drove). but i'm glad to be back in vermont and be around my friends.

i'm feeling super tired today. i took a long nap this afternoon, which didn't seem to help. i'm a bit worried about starting work on monday, that my body won't be ready for 8 hours of standing around - but i'm going to try to rest up as much as i can these next few days.

i took my first shower since the morning of surgery this morning. it definitely wasn't as great as i thought it was going to be, but it was nice to clean up. the nurse told me yesterday to take some of the dressing/padding off in the shower and it made me kind of nauseous because it just looked really gross, along with my left areola and nipple looking gross - so that wasn't fun. but my chest is looking good for the most part. my right side is great, really no bruising at all, the areola and nipple are already a natural pink color. the left side is a bit swollen and the areola and nipple are bruised and pretty indistinguishable at this point.

i got my drains out yesterday morning. shannon, one of dr.fisher's nurses, took them out for me - she's been a great help throughout this whole process. getting the drains out didn't hurt really, it just felt strange really, it's difficult to describe. the only thing that somewhat hurt, more like stung, was when she removed the sutures that were holding the drains in place.

overall, i'm not in much pain - like i've said before just tired and uncomfortable. my chest has been really tender the past few days and i feel really protective over it. i think if someone went to touch it, i'd want to punch them or something. it's just really tender/sensitive and want everything to heal okay.

oh yea, big props to liz, my good friend who took care of me the whole time in maryland.

nurse liz


hopefully i'll be feeling more energetic these next few days and update my website.

peace,
luke

3 comments:

Diana said...

Yay! Just rest up. Eat tons and sleeeeep. <3

Ryan said...

So relieved to know your back home safe.
That was a lot of driving for you.
So rest your body and sleep and rest as much as you can.
The guys don't talk about the recover time being a lot longer than a few weeks. It takes a full year to totally heal, so protect yourself. try not to raise your arms away from your body and limit your reaching.
Not sure if you were told to continue with the surgery vest, it took me 6 weeks to feel like my chest was connected or supported my my body.

Proud of you Dude
Ryan

Dylan said...

i'm proud of you and all, but of ALL the photos you picked of me? sheeeeesh. :P