Today, December 18, 2013, marks two months since my surprise heart surgery. I am doing well, everything is healing on schedule. I don’t think there is anything new to report. I saw my surgeon for the last time on December 6th. From now on I will be working with my cardiologist. I have an appointment with him on January 2nd.
If I were to complain about anything right now, it would be the same two complaints I have had since the beginning, I have extreme exhaustion very easily, – I don’t think I can find words to adequately describe what I mean by “easy exhaustion”. Imagine yourself casually walking through your house when suddenly, in the blink of an eye, you feel as if every ounce of energy is stripped from you…right down to the bones! It is as if you could just lay down where you stand and sleep for hours. And I am still constantly frustrated over being on restricted activity. I want my independence back! Oh, God, I NEED my independence back!
A new complaint would be the aching I feel in my shoulders and collar bones. I was warned I might experience some aching in the shoulders, and I have been feeling it on and off a bit since week one. However, over the past week I have been feeling the ache more frequently and to a more painful degree. I attribute this pain to muscle ache due to exertion and healing. Since it is usually worse later in the day and especially at night when I lay down to sleep, I am apt to believe this true.
The only over-the-counter pain medication I am allowed to take right now is acetaminophen, which is worthless to me. For some strange reason acetaminophen (Tylenol) has never been effective in relieving ANY type of pain I have experienced. It doesn’t touch the pain at all. Instead, it makes me extremely drowsy. I suppose since my pain is at it’s worse at night, I can try taking the Tylenol and letting it make me drowsy enough to sleep through the pain. Sounds legit. 🙂
Don’t misunderstand me here. To have had major heart surgery and two months later only have three complaints, I think I’m doing pretty good! Oh, and a bonus, I have been working hard to eat healthy and have lost nearly twelve pounds since surgery. 😀