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AIBU to still be wrapped up in the sofa in my PJ's?

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QueenVick Fri 09-Jan-15 14:49:01

I had a keyhole procedure on Monday. It was done to close a PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus) in my heart. It was done under GA. I was under longer than normal due to a couple of minor complications, such as my Dr struggling to fit one occluder (wire mesh 'top hat' and had to instead fit a wire coil) I even got a fancy little radiation card as I ended up receving more X-rays than was originally planned.

I am still so totally 'creased' by the procedure that I've not been able to do much this week at all. I thought that by having the procedure done by keyhole that I would be up, out and about and back to normal activity after 24 hours or so.

I had to visit my GP yesterday for pain medication for the keyhole site, my groin, which has the most beautiful, giant bruise covering the top of both thighs, groin, and lower stomach. It is so very painful. GP checked the site to make sure all was healing well, and it is.

I feel worse now than I did when I had to have an emergency appendectomy a few years ago [crazy] .

DD2 won an award in a special assembly this morning which I went along to as DH wasn't able to get more time off work. The walk home which usually takes me 5-10 minutes took me half an hour and I was in agony by the time I got back, I even had a nap as I was so tired blush

I didn't even think about being off work more than a week but I'm not sure I can cope with the walk/bus combo to get to and from work next week.

I've only managed to get out of my PJ's twice this week and I am going crazy being stuck in the house. I never would have thought keyhole surgery would affect me so much!

QueenVick Fri 09-Jan-15 15:01:51

Title fail, should read on the sofa blush

Gautami Fri 09-Jan-15 15:08:35

me too Queenvick I had a GA on Tuesday and feel absolutely knackered. I'm only going to go and get dresses now because I'll have to answer the door when the kids get dropped off.

It's not so much the surgery as the anaesthetic you're recovering from.

be kind to yourself and don't go back to work till you're ready.

QueenVick Fri 09-Jan-15 15:13:27

Gautami I hope you feel better soon.

I agree the GA can leave us so tired and out of it and tired. I'm lucky in so far as DH has been able to collect DDs from school so no need for me to get dressed grin

bellybuttonfairy Fri 09-Jan-15 15:33:34

You can feel tired and out of sorts after a GA but you do sound like you are completely wiped out. I probably would give the GP a ring - you have had cardiac surgery and to double check the excessive tiredness is down to complications.

GreenPetal94 Fri 09-Jan-15 17:31:59

Absolutely you should be staying on the sofa and not walking to school. If you don't feel any better next week I would ring the GP (or better the ward) for advice.

Pensionerpeep Fri 09-Jan-15 18:02:42

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Waswondering Fri 09-Jan-15 18:07:45

Don't rush back to work! You have had surgery. If you need more time, so be it. In ye olden days, patients were kept in so much longer after surgery, in recognition of recovery time. Times change, discharge is quicker. But you still need time to recover.

Now. Back on the sofa, and feet up!

Do you have arnica cream to help the bruising?

LaurieFairyCake Fri 09-Jan-15 18:10:34

You've had heart surgery for fucks sake.!

Lie down, dont move, have someone feed you grapes for two weeks.

That's an order wink

QueenVick Fri 09-Jan-15 19:06:16

Ha, I wonder if DH would oblige me with the grapes grin

My chest feels fine, in fact I'm not sure if it's a placebo effect or if having the coil in really is helping already. I can already breathe easier. It's my groin, thighs, lower stomach and lower back that hurt the most. My GP gave me Co-codamol yesterday and they have helped a great deal though.

I've never heard of arnica cream, does it really help with bruising? I will pick some up if so as I bruise very easily.

DH and DDs have been fab and looking after me, DH is doing all the running around, shopping, cleaning, sorting DDs and leaving work early to pick them up. My boss has said to take as much time as I need off and even go part time for a bit if I need to, so I'm going to play it by ear next week and see how I feel. I will contact my GP if I feel no better by Monday.

I'm bored though, need a good book or 7 to read grin any recommendations?

Gautami Fri 09-Jan-15 19:09:42

Arnica tablets are better, they assist healing throughout the body.

I used them after having C-sections and healed really quickly. thanks for reminding me waswondering

TheSpottedZebra Fri 09-Jan-15 19:15:41

It's only a few days post op, sk you are bound to feel rubbish. Think of how much your poor body has been pulled about! Few more days sofa rest for you I think, and don't go back to work until you're ready.

Um, you know that cocodamol is quite constipatory, don't you? Might be worth getting som e lactose or similar to go along with it if you haven't already got some, as you'll have probably had some other drugs in that family during the op too.

QueenVick Fri 09-Jan-15 19:23:46

I have latculose in, I didn't realise that the Co-codamol could make me constipated. Thank you muchly for the heads up smile

I'm tucked up on the sofa now with DH bringing me a cuppa. He's taking the DDs to their kickboxing class tomorrow morning so I can stay in bed and chill out. grin

Pensionerpeep Fri 09-Jan-15 19:23:52

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QueenVick Fri 09-Jan-15 19:29:59

Pies and Prejudice sounds like an awesome read, thank you I'm going to load the kindle edition now and will look at the others. Thank you for the recomendations.

I will pretty much much read anything, depends a bit on my mood though. Sometimes I like a good fictional gritty crime novel, or a cheesy romance or a biography, just started Billy Idols Dancing With Myself which DH got me for Christmas grin

Pensionerpeep Fri 09-Jan-15 19:53:44

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SargeantAngua Fri 09-Jan-15 20:00:56

Hope you feel better soon. Arnica cream is great for bruises. My personal view is to use the herbal cream not the homeopathic arnica remedies, but I know others will disagree with that.

Waswondering Fri 09-Jan-15 20:18:20

I too used arnica tablets post cs, but have also used the cream topically. It's the only homeopathic thing that I use.

Glad you're resting up!

I enjoyed the Cazalet Chronicles, if you're into pre war rollicking family sagas.

QueenVick Sun 11-Jan-15 11:08:21

Thank you all for tye book recommendations, I am just about to start Pies and Prejudice now.

I felt much better yesterday morning, so decided to go and get the food shop in, DH was going to do it though and now I wish I had stayed home while he did.
I feel awful, so tired. The bruising is starting to look much better but the keyhole site is still very sore and quite painful, it makes walking quite difficult due to it being in my groin. It seems they tried both the left and right side of my groin but tge right side feels much worse and my lower back is aching a lot.

Other than going to the market yesterday I did nothing. I slept and barely moved from the sofa. I'm not sure if I should attempt to go to work tomorrow. I only work until 2pm and my boss said I can leave early if I need to but it's the long bus journey and the walk to and from and the bus stop etc which I'm a bit worried about.

shadowfax07 Sun 11-Jan-15 11:29:33

Perhaps better to take a few more days off work to make sure you're ready for it, rather than prolong your recovery? I do sympathize with the stir crazy feelings though, but that for me is the worst time for me to overdo things and set myself back again.

Waswondering Sun 11-Jan-15 18:23:20

I would take more time, honestly. See your GP tomorrow, show bruising and incision site. Explain tiredness .... I'm sure they will sign you off.

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