As I was arriving at the hospital last Monday, I was getting more and more nervous. I just wanted surgery to be over with. I went into the hospital and got checked in. I sat in waiting room and listened for my name to be called. The first thing I was told to do was to get into a gown and give a urine sample.
It wasn’t until I was laying in the hospital bed that I started to freak out. Next, they put an IV into my hand, and that was the most terrifying part.I layed in the pre-op room on my phone, with my mom by my side, waiting until my turn. Finally, 9:50 a.m. came around, and it was time for the surgeon to take my tonsils out.
They gave me the anesthesia and took me out of the preop area. As they were pushing me down the hallway, I felt like I was turning the corners really fast. Everything was moving so fast, and then I was out.
I woke up in the recovery room really confused. There was a nurse by my side, and I asked her if it was over with. She told me yes. I was relieved that surgery was over and I was awake, but I was in a lot of pain. I ate a lot of popsicles and ice cream, and that was the best part. I stayed at the hospital for a couple hours after surgery.
I finally was discharged to leave around 3:00 p.m. I was up every hour of the night after surgery from being in so much pain. I was in a lot more pain at night than I was during the day time. I am really exhausted during the day because of my medication and lack of sleep. My doctor said I am not allowed to do much activity until two weeks after surgery in order for me to heal properly. I have a follow up appointment this coming week to see how I am doing.
Having surgery during a school week was really difficult for me. In order to keep my grades up, I have to stay on top of my work. It is hard for me because I am so tired and sore. So far I have been able to manage it well. My doctor told me it will get worse before it gets better, but I think the worst part is over with.