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First Night Home after My Tummy Tuck
I had a 90-minute or more car ride ahead of me. So, I wanted pain meds to make it easier on me. Too bad that I was not due for them for another hour! And the rehab could not provide me with any meds "to go." I wished I'd had my own meds with me so that I could take the Percocet on the car ride home. You'll want to make sure that you are medicated for the ride. My experience was most unpleasant.
I arrived home in a good deal of pain. We had been caught in rush hour traffic so the constant stopping and starting was hard on me. This combined with the lack of pain meds made for a difficult transition home. My pain peaked at about an 8 on a scale of 1-10 that night. The misfortune of having to wait 7-hours to get my pain killers certainly contributed to that.
I did some walking around my house. It was painful. I could not stand up straight and there was a great deal of stress on my back. The pain was very bad in my mid and lower back such that I only could walk for extremely short distances without bracing myself on something for support. A walker would have been very helpful but alas I did not have one.
I made myself a small salad with lots of protein - arugula, organic provolone cheese, organic roast turkey, raw almonds, and a little extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon. I could not stand the entire time to make the salad and had to take frequent breaks. Although I was in pain, it felt good to get out of the hospital bed.
When it came time for bed, my husband had to help me up the stairs. He also helped me to undress and that is when we saw a large blood stain on my panties. I called my surgeon's 24-hr answering service and I was impressed that he immediately got on the call. We spoke for a while and he determined that the drain site had some leakage. I was relieved when he told me this was normal. So, I emptied the drains, called J.P.s, and went to bed.
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Some patients like to sleep in a recliner but I prefer to sleep in my bed with pillows for support. If you opt for a recliner be sure not to get one that requires the use of your abdominal muscles to raise and lower it. I was not able to get in and out of the bed myself. My husband helped to lower me onto the wedge and then propped the roll under my knees and the lumbar support against my back. I was most comfortable lying on my back in bed, with the stress taken off my midsection by the wedge and the roll. My surgeon suggested that I might want to lay on my side in the fetal position. Turning was very difficult and I was not yet ready to do this.
My husband put a bottle of water on my night stand and kept my pain meds by his side. It is important to keep well-hydrated; my surgeon said to drink at least six glasses per day. My surgeon had prescribed one Percocet every 4-hrs upon discharge. However, I was in so much pain that I took two as I had been taking in the rehab. I cleared it with my surgeon in the morning that it was OK to do this.`
I slept well that night, and woke only once in the night for pain killers.
Living life well-fed,
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Published On: April 28, 2013