Do you know what I love? Nurses who know claustrophobic people don’t like things pressing against their faces! When I had my surgery, the nurses had the mask resting against my chin and tilted up and told me to breathe in deeply. It was a much better experience than when I had my appendix taken out at a hospital nearest to me.
With my appendix out, they had shoved the mask on my face and told me to breathe in. Then upon waking, I went into a panic attack and then they shoved the mask more and more into my face and told me to calm down. Yeah, that’s easy with you choking me with a rubber mask!!!
This time, it was much better. I’m pretty sure they slipped me some happy gas in there, too, because I didn’t have a panic attack this time.
I loved my nurses! (well, all but two of them, but we’ll get there.) They were friendly and polite and tried their best to distract me from unpleasant things like needles.
As for the two I don’t like, my first nurse was a cranky old hag who told me to put my robe on backwards for her own amusement for another one I didn’t like (a condescending blonde that didn’t knock when she popped in while I was trying to dress.)
So, I told my boyfriend that if they tell me to turn it around again, they were doing it.
It’s kind of funny, though. I concentrated more on making my boyfriend smile and laugh before my surgery before anything else.
He has been very sweet and concerned about me, even doing some things without my asking. Apparently I slept for a good 6 hours after I got home, and when I got up to use the restroom, he spread out the sheets to smooth them and even tried to tuck me in as gently as he could.
That deserved a big kiss. When a guy says that if you want anything, he’ll drop his video games and do it, you know it’s serious. 🤣
I’m still in pain, but only as much as I was before, until the nerves around my nipple wake up, then it feels like sharp shockwaves trying to explode my nipple.
On the bright side, I still have to wear my bra, (I can’t stand not wearing my bra, only some will understand) and now I can eat almost everything I want. My nurse told me no coffee for 48 hours, though, but I can have soda, which confuses me.
However, I cannot sleep on my right side (the side I had surgery on) or, obviously, my stomach. So I have to prop up on a few pillows, which I hate doing because it always makes my neck stiff.
Otherwise, all seems to be okay. I’ll keep you updated on my experience!