Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Draining Experience

I’m trying to wean myself off of pain meds, but it’s a slow process. Never thought it would take this long to start feeling slightly normal. My dressings are tight and full of ouches and my drains, well, I never thought I could dislike anything as much as I dislike these little fellas. (These are not my own personal drains, by the way, although they are identical to mine.)


I currently have four of these lovely things snaking out of various places on my torso which have to be emptied, the fluid measured and then the drains re-capped. Debbie has done a marvelous job dealing with this distasteful project at any hour of night or day. And not only are the drains uncomfortable, I can’t shower until they’re gone. My next appointment in Greenville to have the dressings and drains looked at is not till next Monday. Sigh.

Well, I’m sorry to say that I just used up my last dose of energy and my head is lolling to one side, trying to focus on the screen. Sounds like it’s time for Long Nap number Three.

Thanks so much for all the sweet emails and comments you've sent; they really make my day.

25 Had Something To Say (Just click here!):

LeeAnne said...

Hi Becky! It was so good to 'check in' on you and get to read a post from you! However, just keep taking it easy and dont worry about this blog if you dont have the energy. We will all be very patient. Take care and may God continue to bless you!

Anonymous said...

Bless your heart, you just take all the naps you need.
Cousin Sandy

Anonymous said...

It's good to hear that you're hanging in there. Sleep is the best medicine!

Prayers for a speedy recovery!

Cindy in VA

Lisa said...

Just get better soon my friend. We all love you!

Anonymous said...

those drains don't look like much fun at all!!!!!
glad, though, that you are at least able to sleep through all of this. Maybe Snowy can give you a little sponge bath before next Monday.
Insurance companies sure don't take in to account the recovery time after major surgery. you are fortunate that you have Debbie and Steve to do the jobs that should be taking place in a hospital.

prayers and love from mrs pam

Gail Puckett said...

Just checking in on you and very glad you are feeling just a wee bit better. Prayers are with you both for your physical and emotional needs.
God Bless

LizW said...

Don't you wish there was a way to just go to sleep and wake up feeling good again! Believe it or not, that will come, but for now, take lots and lots of naps. My prayers continue for your quick return to feeling yourself.


Shannon said...

Hi Becky,
All I can think of to say is Ouch...those look very painful and not to mention uncomfortable.
Hopefully, your next appointment they can be removed!!
Take as many little cat naps as you wish, sleep is good medicine!
It sounds like you are in very good hands!! God Bless and speedy recovery!
((Hugs)) Shannon in Nebraska

Anonymous said...

Sending hugs--and many prayers. God speed

Vicky in Indiana

Becky, UK said...

I check in on your blog every few hours hoping for a new post :) glad everything's going to plan if not as great as you'd hoped...*hugs*

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky,
Lots of prayers for you!

Kristi near KCMO

MaryH said...

Sleep away. Dream away. I still praying.

Anonymous said...

Drains!! I feel for you. I only had one after my hysterectomy(cervical cancer at 29)and hated every minute. Just be glad your's works and what goes inside stays inside and we'll leave it at that:\
Hope you get to feeling better soon!

Greenville SC

Anonymous said...

That sounds and looks SO unlovely! I have never seen such things. Glad you were able to update us, I do check several times a day. Hang in there, things should be on the upswing now! Jill-FL

Alisa said...

Rest up, you deserve the time off. Although, there are a lot easier ways to get it.
Sending much love your way.

Anne said...

Hi Becky,
My daughter tells me fashion is all about the accessories but those drains are accessories you really don't want! You will feel much better without them but I am sure Monday seems a long way away right now. I will pray the time passes quickly - sleep lots and maybe you will find a wrinkle in time. Blessings on you...

Dianna in Louisiana said...

Becky, you're a doll for keeping us updated.... I have been thinking about you guys a ton and praying that the Lord fill each of you with his Spirit and provide you with supernatural grace and peace.

Can you please pray for my cousin's wife? She's a thirty year old mom of young children who had a double masectomy two weeks ago. Unfortunately, she is not saved, so please pray that this experience bring her to the truth.

Anonymous said...

I hope you are getting a little better each day. I have been thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. I know you are being well cared for and that is such a wonderful thing! A shower would be nice, but that day will come ;-)

Kris H

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky;
Glad you had the stamina to write today. It is so wonderful to have family and friend in time of need. May God continue to stregthen you.
Hugs from Iowa,

Anonymous said...

It's good to hear from you! Keep hanging in there; I'm thinking of you! :)

Your friend,

Ann Martin said...

Becky, so glad you can write a little. Keep taking those naps and I pray you will feel better real soon. Glad you have family to help at this time. Love to all.

Anonymous said...


Thinking of you often. Thank you for checking in, and now that we know -- really know -- you made it through the worst, please do concentrate on doing what works best for you.

I'll keep praying.

Cindy in Walla Walla

Anonymous said...

Hang in there, Becky! Although you won't believe it right now, this too shall pass!

And remember, perky is just around the corner! (Did I get a smile?? just a little one?)

Much love from Ohio,

Robin said...

Thinking of you and wishing you a quick recovery!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Becky,

Just stopping by and glad to know your resting today! I'm guessing this is the worst valley yet and I've not been in this valley so I don't know what to say that would be encouraging. If I were there, I'd stop by with a couple boxes of Kleenex and just cry with you and force chocolate upon you. Keeping you in prayer.

Love - Guerrina