progress report pleurodesis day 12 rehab 3

Last night I got ready for sleep, having taken a dose of lorazepam and selecting the music I wanted to listen to through the night. All was good. Then, the medication nurse came in and said, I need a sample from you before two o’clock. If you can’t do it, we will go in and get it. WHAT. After my surgery I wore a catheter for the time I was in the ICU, but the thought of someone here performing such a procedure gave me the shudders. So I started drinking a quart of water and was able to perform solo in about an hour. Finally, sleep.

Just before four o’clock I hear someone calling my name in the dark. Here comes a med tech with his box of goodies and announces that he needs to take blood. I say good luck; I’m a hard stick. I wasn’t sure whether he believed me as they seem not to and then are unpleasantly surprised at how bad my veins are. Heck, in the hospital the IV had to go in my foot because they could not get a decent IV vein. So he proceeded to search for a viable vein, and, surprisingly, he stuck me only twice. As happens frequently with me, sometimes they get a vein but it refuses to give up any blood. The second stick in the back of my hand worked.

I tried to fall back to sleep after that, but there was activity in the room with my roommate, and I just could not get comfortable again. So this morning I’m dragging a bit. My aid brought me coffee, though, so I’m trying to wake up and feel a sense of humanness. Today, I begin my OT and PT training, so I want to be ready to go for that. I think I will want to go in the morning and get it over with by the afternoon. If they have exercises for me to practice, then I will have time to do them in the afternoon after lunch. I am expecting to exhibit great potential followed by high levels of achievement. Well, that’s the plan in my head. Think big.

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7 responses to “progress report pleurodesis day 12 rehab 3

  1. So sorry you didn’t get a good sleep. But I know you will do great with the PT and OT! Keep dancing dear Lady! My love and prayers to you! ♥

  2. So glad to hear you are starting your therapies. As you know, hospitals are not the greatest place to be esp. if you are ill.LOL. Work hard and remember what ‘they’ say…”Go big and go home!” Magical healing eagle wing {hugs} still coming your way!

  3. I am so happy to hear that you are starting your therapy. At the same time I understand your frustration with them waking you up in the middle of the night for samples and blood sticks. It is the yukiest part about being at their disposal when they want tests or vitals. Hope you get more rest tonight. Hugs and prayers XoXoXoXo

  4. Too bad they can’t just leave you alone when they find you asleep at night. Sleep is as healing as anything else. Glad you are starting your therapy today. Maybe after that you can nap! Hope so!

  5. Bless you dear one… it’s 2 AM in Calif and I hope you are snoring and peacefully sound asleep! Now if they will just leave you alone until morning. Don’t they know when it’s nighttime?? LOL
    Glad you are beginning the PT and OT… up and att ’em Donna… going home comes closer every day!!

  6. Think Big ♦ Dream Big ♦

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