So, lots and lots of you have begged me to post after pictures even though there's still swelling and drains. And of course there were also plenty of you who do not care to see them. If you fall under the latter group, now would be a good time to go.
O.K., so I tried to crop out as much of the drains as possible, but you still see a tube here and there. Also, keep in mind that there's still a lot of swelling and fluid build up. It will be months before it finally looks the way it's going to look. But even with all the swelling, it's still an improvement. My waist is a little larger at the moment, but I can live with that (because it's temporary).
So here it is.
You want to know what the weirdest thing is (besides that my innards are being held in by nothing but 1" steri-strips)? My skin still feels sensation as though it's where it used to be. For example, when the nurse was removing my staples yesterday, she was working right down the center of my abdomen. However, I was feeling the pinches about 8 inches to the right--because that's where that skin used to be. Also, the itching phase has started, and I find I need to scratch in an entirely different area than I feel the itch to get relief. It's very, very odd. But she said that in a week or two the nerves will figure out where they are and it'll go away.
At this point the pain is minimal. I only take narcotics at bedtime, and I barely even need Tylenol during the day. The biggest problem right now is boredom and frustration. I feel fine. However, I'm not allowed any activity except going to the bathroom and showering. I can sit up but I have to be still. I can lay down, but again, I have to be still and on my back. That's been rough. I'm a side sleeper. My back is killing me. And the restriction will be for at least another week. My house is a mess and I'm so bored. I'd blog more, but I'm pretty sure you don't want to hear about my day watching HGTV for 12 hours straight. Yesterday I mixed it up a little and watched Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for an hour.
Any ideas on how I can pass the time? I'm desperate. Entertain me, internets.