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Journal

November
10
2019

November 10, 2019

I admit it...this is no picnic.
I think the euphoria just to wake up postop rapidly disappears when the anesthetic drugs and local wear off...with a vengeance. 
Biggest miscalculation was not sticking around UCLA an extra day just in case I needed something. 
Of course, problems always seem to happen with  physician patients. I didn’t disappoint. 

By the time we got the rental car and crawled down the 405 to Newport Coast, I was beyond ready to lie down. The extra 3 hours of waiting to get our condo was too much. Turns out, my catheter was blocked and the pressure was building up. Picture the scene in Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life” when Mr. Creosote eats one last dessert wafer and explodes. Worse still, drug stores don’t carry catheter supplies or irrigation saline and Orange County medical supply stores all close by 5 pm. Luckily, there was one CVS that had an irrigation syringe. I boiled water, cooled it in the freezer and managed to flush it out and get it draining again. A bush fix is as good as any of it works! No way I could have tolerated the 60 miles of LA freeway back to UCLA each way and I know how useless a trip to the local ER would have been. 

While today is a better day, I know I’ll feel better still once my bloated belly gets “going” again. 

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Comments

  • Marilyn Freedman : Hello Kev and Natalie, Finding this site difficult to navigate - maybe it is my not optimal IT skills. Sounds like you are doing as well as can be expected. Hope your bloating issue is resolved. I have some excellent videos and info if you are still struggling with it. Sometimes the pain from the surgery clenches muscles to protect you, which as you well know create a problem all of their own. Sending so much love, big hugs and healing prayers. 🥰🙅🏻‍♀️🙏, Jeff and Marilyn
    11/17/19
  • Marilyn Freedman : Hello Kev and Natalie, Finding this site difficult to navigate - maybe it is my not optimal IT skills. Sounds like you are doing as well as can be expected. Hope your bloating issue is resolved. I have some excellent videos and info if you are still struggling with it. Sometimes the pain from the surgery clenches muscles to protect you, which as you well know create a problem all of their own. Sending so much love, big hugs and healing prayers. 🥰🙅🏻‍♀️🙏, Jeff and Marilyn
    11/17/19
  • Tom DiGiovanni : Kevin, the trip from hospital to hotel sounds rough. I hope you now can get some real rest to help your body heal and adjust. One day at a time, as they say. Thanks for your update. Thinking of you and sending well wishes from us both. Tom and Patrick
    11/11/19
  • Marilyn Freedman : Dearest Kev and Natalie, Sending you big love,and lots of hugs, to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Remember, Robotic Surgery is still Surgery, and you need to respect, with patience, the process of healing. In your language “this is not a sprint; it’s a marathon” Also know that I work with men who are going through, or have gone through surgery like yours - and if you want any feedback from a neuro-muscular perspective, let me know a good time to talk. All our love, and best wishes for a refuah sheleimah, 🙏💪😍🙅🏻‍♀️💐 Maril and Jeff
    11/11/19
  • kate sweetman : Glad you have the skills to take care of business. You will get through this
    11/10/19