I made it!
I apologize for not writing sooner. We arrived in Atlanta Sunday morning and it was exhausting for me (physically). And since Monday I've been a bundle of nerves and just trying to get through all my pre-op appointments. Wednesday afternoon I finally got to meet my main Doctor Dr. Ken Sinervo and within 5 minutes he had taken every fear I had, completely away. He is by far the kindest and sweetest Doctor I have ever met, and I have dealt with a lot of Doctors. After he examined me, he hugged me, and I almost cried because it gave me so much relief. Wed night I did prep for surgery and it was rough on me, because I get sick easily to my stomach. But I made it through.
Thursday morning we arrived at the hospital and they started getting me set up. Everyone at the hospital was kind, patient, and very supportive. I have deep veins so it took an hour (and lots of trys) to get my IV in, but we finally won the battle. Before surgery the Doctor came in to speak to us again and then they wheeled me back in the operating room.
In the room everyone was very sweet and asking me about my goats. The Doctor showed me a picture of his new puppy and then he took my hand and held it while I went to sleep, and he said a prayer. I have never felt so safe and comforted before surgery in my entire life.
When I woke up they moved me into extended recovery and into a private room. Kevin stayed with me for a while but I was passing out a lot, so finally he went home to get some rest himself, and I slept off and on all night. I had a T.V. to distract myself with. My bladder had a hard time waking up like it always does and I told the nurses my concerns because after my last surgery it took the nurses 45 minutes to give me relief after my bladder locked up. These nurses promised not to let me suffer and they didn't - not even a little.
A lot of things that the Doctors in Canada had told me were wrong with me- turned out not be. I had no hernia (well actually I do, but it's not causing trouble and it's not where they thought it was) and I had no muscle separation which is what a specialist in Toronto told me I had. I had a tremendous amount of endometriosis and adhesion's which had stuck everything together and not only that, stretched things into places they don't even remotely belong. The Doctor removed all of it, and a couple of my organs he couldn't not save because of the damage to them. He even gave us pictures, which really helped us to understand. He said everything in there was a horrible mess and he can see how much pain it would have been causing, and because he's removed everything visible, he's very confident I am going to feel a whole lot better once I get through the tough part of recovery!
I came back to the hotel yesterday afternoon and last night was the worst for pain. But the meds helped a lot. The Doctor gave me something to help me sleep so I got through the night quite nicely. Today I'm just resting and Kevin is taking care of me. I'm still pretty tired and groggy, so if this doesn't make sense, just remember I'm still drugged up! :)
I can't thank each and everyone of you enough for your encouragement, love and support. It has helped tremendously in getting through this. I've been thinking of all your thoughts and prayers, through this entire situation and it's given me strength.
I miss all my critters terribly, and I cannot wait to be home snuggling my little dogs. We see Dr. Sinervo on Monday for a check up and our flight home is Thursday. We should be home Friday if all goes well. I'd like to go home right now, but I know that's not possible. We also need to wait and make sure I'm safe to travel. For now, I'm falling asleep again, so I'm off to rest, but I wanted to update you guys and thank you again! I'm so glad to be on the other side of this operation and I am so looking forward to healing!