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Ordeal

I’ve been through the medical wringer today, so no blogging as you can see.

Feel free to stop reading after this sentence if you are of the queasy sort.

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In total, I’ve been in either urgent care or the ER because of complications from my surgery since 10 AM. We just got home — around 9 PM. I won’t go into a blow-by-blow description, but here are the highlights for those with cast-iron stomachs.:
* I was repeatedly coughing up blood and had labored breathing (fallout from general anesthesia and intubation) overnight.
* It took 7 tries to get an IV in (veins kept rolling or collapsing).
* I had one other procedure to check my oxygen levels that involved getting to an artery (as opposed to a vein) in my wrist. That hurt so bad that I actually left bite marks on my other hand that I was chomping on to keep from screaming in the ER. The nurse doing that procedure said I handled it well. At least I was given fair warning that it would be a lot worse than putting an IV in.

All that plus a lot of blood work and tests that ended up with nothing conclusive except to rule out anything serious for now. I was sent home to wait and medicate.

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