Friday, August 19, 2005

The Tonsillectomy - Day Of

Here's how the day started: I was leaving the house at 5:40 am when a spider swung directly into my open mouth. As I was spitting the legs out and cursing, my mother declared, "That's good luck!" I beg to differ. Yuck.

Later, at the hospital, I threw a silly, teary fit when I had to get my I.V. put in, and again when it was taken out (I have a major I.V. phobia relating to a childhood incident). I also freaked out a few hours on when I looked down to discover that my blood was snaking UP the tube, instead of the meds flowing down. Gah! I feel woozy just remembering it.

As soon as the drip was inserted and my hyperventilating and sobbing subsided, things were fine. I felt strangely calm once I was on the trolly, and I was cheerfully curious about all the things in the OR, asking lots of questions during the set-up. It was actually pretty cozy being strapped to that heated operating table.

I've only had a general anesthetic once before (wisdom teeth). That time, I woke up knowing that I had been unconscious. This time, it was as if I blinked for an hour and a half. How odd, to be transported in an instant to a different bed in a different room...

It's now twelve hours since I woke up, but I must still be really jazzed on the morphine, because so far, I've had no pain whatsoever (apart from the I.V. trauma). I'm perfectly normal, except that I feel like there's a large kitchen sponge stuck in my throat, preventing me from swallowing and speaking. Yes, it's uncomfortable, but it's bearable. I know things will be way more raw-edged tomorrow, however, when all that painkilling goodness wears off. I have some facial damage, too: the startings of a Chelsea Smile where the corners of my mouth were pulled, and also a scratched eyelid (maybe someone accidentally dropped something on or dragged something across my closed eye during the op?).

Okay, I'm tired. Good night, hope you're well!

4 comments :

nicole said...

take it easy and hope you feel better soon, Andrea.

Patrick said...

Best wishes, and get well soon. Do they still give people lots of ice cream after tonsillectomies? Maybe you should state your demands.

Atsuko said...

Daijobu?

Hikaru said...

wouldn't it be cool if, after your recovery, you ended up with a totally different voice? that would be soo cool...

make sure to hit up a karaoke box and tape a recording of you doing drunken enka for us, to confirm. =D

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