Surgery Update/Thanks

Just Joyce
By Just Joyce Latest Reply 2014-06-30 08:59:02 -0500
Started 2014-06-27 17:14:34 -0500

I would like to thank all of my friends for their private and public messages. Surgery went well. The stone in my gland was the size of a small unshelled peanut and it was beginning to divide. Thankfully he goit everything out. My tongue is numb and I can't really control it when I eat. Talking is a chore. The good thing is I can eat solid food. My sister friend chicken for dinner and I managed to eat a piece. Took a while but like my doctor said I have to eat very slowly to accommodate my tongue as it heals.

I must say my ENT is a keeper. He saw me before surgery and answered questions I had as well as questions my sister and my cousin had. After surgery, I woke up and he was in my room checking on me and answering questions. I couldn't really talk I remember waving my hands to get attention. Prior to surgery they wrapped my legs from my ankles to my knees in what looked like a velcro towel. When I was taken into the ER, they did everything they were suppose to do and even gave me a heated blanket. They plugged in the wraps on my legs and my legs were massaged during surgery and for about 3 hours after. I asked why they did that. They said in diabetics and people with blood pressure problems (i now have a blood pressure problem) have risks of clotting so they found massaging the legs during surgery lessens the risks. Don't take my word for it, I was under anesthesia when I asked about it.

I was suppose to be an overnight patient. When my doctor came in the room Thursday morning the first thing he said was "You are not going home". My sister and my cousin came and he explained to them why he was not letting me go home. I had to eat and use the bathroom and be fully awake. I was discharged today and he gave me his beeper and personal Cell phone number.

Dietary came to see me prior to surgery. I told her I am allergic to everything with a pit, peaches, apricots, cherries, grapes etc. I am also alergic to raw tomatoes and no bananas. etc.. All three meals yesterday had something I was allergic to. My ENT even arraigned for a nutritionist to speak with me. He did everything he could to assure I was comfortable.

I was worried but when I read a couple of messages from you guys late Tuesday night and when my doctor held my hand and said it would be smooth sailing. I was fine.

Thanks guys I really appreciate the kind words. I am resting now.

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-06-29 21:39:41 -0500 Report

HI Joyce!

Thanks for the update. So glad the surgery went well. Sounds like your doctor was really watching over you -- a very good thing -- even if it meant more time in the hospital. I can see why you call him a keeper.

Please keep us posted on how you're doing, my friend!


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-29 21:53:07 -0500 Report

Thanks Dr. Gary. This was the first time I have ever been in the hospital and was attended by my own physician. I never saw a staff doctor. I ended up in the ER because of severe constipation. I feel so much better now. I go for follow up Thursday. My goal is to be able to eat crabs on the 4th of July.

lanykins 2014-06-29 17:29:07 -0500 Report

I am so glad you are home and the surgery went well. Your ENT is definitely a "keeper". He did great handling your difficult dietary restrictions. Get lots of rest now and get better real soon!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-29 18:40:46 -0500 Report

Thanks lany. Unfortunately, I was in the ER this afternoon. Extreme constipation. I am back home and feel a lot better.

lanykins 2014-06-29 21:22:38 -0500 Report

Glad to hear you're home. Constipation can be extremely painful. Please take it easy, my friend, your whole body needs to heal. Hugs and prayers sent to you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-29 22:14:34 -0500 Report

Thanks my friend. I did too much yesterday. I am going to rest. I am tired. I am going to read and watch movies this week.

mich2014 2014-06-28 20:11:52 -0500 Report

I'm glad everything went well. It sounds as if you had some terrific healthcare people tending to you. I'm sorry they messed up the hospital food. Rest well and get better! :)

jigsaw 2014-06-28 20:03:33 -0500 Report

That's the best news I've heard all week! I think my blood glucose will probably go back to normal. Seriously I 'm really glad everything went well. I'll bet the relief is gargantuous! Looking forward to your return in a fully healed condition. I knew you would pull through, and return as that feisty lady with words of wisdom, that you deliver so powerfully!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-28 22:18:36 -0500 Report

Jigsaw a reporter called my cell while I am lying in my hospital bed for an interview. I told him I could not be interviewed at that time. He interviewed me two weeks ago for another article.

I have been relaxing since I have been home. I am not taking any calls about community problems, however I am taking calls from the police department. I have been behaving and that bores me 5 death…lol

Nick1962 2014-06-28 14:49:10 -0500 Report

Good to hear everything went well and was a positive experience! Had to wear those damn leggings for a day and a half after my back surgery. Couldn’t wait to get them off. And don’t even get me started on the hospital food.

tabby9146 2014-06-28 13:06:59 -0500 Report

That is so great Joyce!! I am so glad you have a ENT like that. I hate surgeries, only ones I ever had was 2 csections and then last year, that gallbladder surgery and I was really nervous about that, but the surgeon who came highly recommended by friends and family, said a "prayer" for me before surgery, as everyone says he does, and he is such a jolly, upbeat person anyway, he made me feel better. A person like that can make all the difference. I am just happy to read this.

funnygirl98 2014-06-28 12:42:40 -0500 Report

I'm so happy ur surgery went great for u;-) Just joyce u r right when it comes to the velcro leggings when I have surgery I get those on my legs as well;-) I think they feel nice getting massaged like that;-) Happy ur home finally resting;-) I'll pray that u heal quickly;-)

GabbyPA 2014-06-27 19:44:06 -0500 Report

Good to hear it went well. Sorry for the meal mix ups...hospitals are hard to get that message through.Soon you will be your self again and not have to eat "whirled peas" LOL

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-27 20:09:35 -0500 Report

Hush Gabby, lets not talk about whirled peas…LOL.

The only problem is my tongue is partially paralyzed. I can chew but swallowing is difficult at the moment. It will get better with healing.

haoleboy 2014-06-27 21:13:02 -0500 Report

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers … 3 times fast
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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-27 21:22:45 -0500 Report

Nope not gonna try that. I prefer How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood…LOL.

Glucerna 2014-06-28 18:30:07 -0500 Report

I'm glad the surgery went well and you haven't lost your sense of humor. The solid food must taste absolutely wonderful! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-28 22:23:30 -0500 Report

I can't eat a lot of solid food. Hard to swallow. I am still doing the muscle milk shakes. I have only had chicken and mashed potatoes.

haoleboy 2014-06-27 21:40:03 -0500 Report

When recovering from my stroke tongue twisters were part of my daily therapy.
Was always good for a laugh

Type1Lou 2014-06-27 17:52:15 -0500 Report

Thanks for the update Joyce. I'm glad the surgery went well and that you are on the road to recovery!