Day 2: Sleepy Fevers and Sharp Pain
Day 2 in the hospitalClick thumbnail to view full-size
Fear of Pain
The fear of pain is high. The epidural is mostly numbing my belly. But on my chest, there are areas of sharp pain like a knife is sticking in my side. It also feels like someone has strapped a belt around my chest and cinched it tightly, or like someone is sitting on me. Coughing is not fun. Nor was getting out of bed today to sit in a chair.
Mom's has become my social secretary and has been talking on the phone all day. And yes, I really mean all day. Numerous relatives, friends, etc.
Last night, nurses came in every two hours to check my vitals. I've already had a high fever and my feet are swollen. Mom got up most of the time, otherwise, there was some light snoring (nothing like Mark's, thank heavens) and farting. We'll probably have more of the latter tonight because she found a Mexican Restaurant down the street she can't stop raving about. She went there for lunch and dinner. She returned with some chili poppers. Gave one to Mark and not even drinking milk or chewing on ice took away the burn.
"I don't snore," mom just said. "You're just imagining it." Yeah, that's why the nurse is bringing me ear plugs tonight.
The nurses, like Blanca and Ramonette and Ananda, have been wonderful, caring, kind and sweet.
But I'm glad to say, my nurse said i am a "model patient." I've been calm, patient, cooperative.
Apparently, there are two inmates down the hall, both with two police officers guarding the doors.
I'm pushing my happy button for more meds to drip into my epidural, so more tomorrow.