Mar 06, 2010
Thyroidectomy went off without a hitch on Tuesday morning at 7:30am. The doctor said everything went great...went a little longer than planned (originally said it would be about 3 hours and ended up being 5) He did say though that my lymphnodes were quite swollen and he removed some to test if the cancer had spread...he said he wouldn't really be surprised if it had because of how swollen they were...eek! Also, I had a horrible reaction to the anesthesia. As soon as I woke up from the surgery I started vomiting. I proceeded to vomit for the next 16 hours. I wasn't able to get a room to myself because the hospital was completely full. There were 20 of us waiting for a room and we were all whisked away to Same Day Admitting until a room became available. I was pretty sore just out of surgery but the constant vomiting only made the pain worse. By wed afternoon I was feeling a bit better. I managed to keep down the Beef broth I was given for lunch. The pain was still pretty bad. Still found it hard to swallow. Had this constant feeling of something in my throat. Wednesday night I started coughing pretty badly. Coughing up a ton of phlegm, which they said was a good thing.I had a bunch of stuff in my lungs that needed to come out. After I got through all of that, I decided to try eating a popcicle and then the vomiting started once again. Because I was still sick they had me stay until Thursday evening. I was sooo glad to finally be coming home though, I hardly got any sleep in the hospital. a room never opened up so I was stuck in SDA for the entire stay and every patient that was moved to the bed next to me had sleep apnea and constant snoring. As soon as my head hit my pillow at home, I knocked out for 11 hours....aaaaahhhhhhh.
I still have a pretty bad cough at night, I have been sucking on cough drops to keep it under control when I'm trying to sleep. I was able to shower today HALLELUJAH! The pain has not been bad at all today, only when I cough or sneeze. Sneezing HURTS!
I have a post-op on Monday to go over my lymphnodes results.