And today I woke up at 4am, feeling refreshed, but still with a pretty swollen abdomen. After 30 minutes lying in the dark, I decided to get up and see if the nurses were at the nursing station down the corridor.
Getting out of bed was even easier, and unplugging all the electrical equipment (that goes “ping”!) from their chargers and collecting together all my tubes is becoming second-nature. I don’t think I need worry that I may start to actually miss some of this stuff though – it’s a pain to be so encumbered.
And then I noticed that my stoma seems to have been working overnight. Not much affect on the swelling, but definitely working. So perhaps these are unrelated? Maybe the swelling is just standard post-operative swelling etc? Apparently today I will get a major checkup from my surgeon, so that might reveal a few answers. To celebrate I had a couple of cups of tea with the nurses at 5am. Celebrate your successes while you can, I say.
In the meantime, apparently they are considering removing my naso-gastric tube, my epidural, my catheter, and my main line (cannular) later today. At a stroke today I could be reduced to a single wound drain. Which would be nice, even though a couple of those removals are like to involve some eye-watering moments 🙂