- Day65 — Discharge Day PostSurgery Day4
- Prepping for graduating from this education/adventure/procedure
- Picked up a sack full of medications for my next weeks recuperating… all of my experienced survivors tell me that these next weeks is one of the greatest pain in swallowing because of the removal of the tonsil and parts of the back of the tongue.
- Ventured out to the cafeteria for breakfast rather than dine in my room 1103… got two sausage patties (a big adventure) and a big bowl of oatmeal (more my speed) with some real coffee. Bites of food are small and slow and need to be carefully chewed on the right side of my mouth, because the left side is the side where the tonsil, tooth, and parts of the back tongue were removed, so I have much less control in coursing the food down the correct tube (remember there are two tubes, one goes to the stomach and the other to the lungs… and I put some scrambled eggs down the windpipe yesterday morning, and that did not work well!!)… and then it is off to the bathroom to swish with a solution of salt and baking soda (instead of brushing with toothpaste).
- I am beginning to get instructions for the near term.
- The larger one is the catheter that drains the fluid from the incision in my neck where the surgeon removed my lymph nodes (I won’t show you that image unless you specifically ask). They want to have some place for the fluids to go so they don’t pool in the neck… and that requires a little reservoir to collect and measure the amount to know when it can come out
- And all 5 of my medications… the nurses have been firing all the medication names at me along with the associated function… but I still have not matched all the names with the functions (kinda like the exam questions of matching the entries in column 1 with the definitions in column 2…
- And then there are the exercises for week 1, week 2 and week 3+… nothing too strenuous, but using the range of motion that promotes healing and blood flow… and gets me off my fat little bottom…
- And at some point today they boot me outa here and I will take up residence for the next week across the street
- first in the Rotary House (yes there is a Rotary connection, but I don’t know all the story) which is owned by MDAnderson and managed by Marriott, so it is a great place to re-establish life outside the hospital
- before I head down the street to the Extended Stay America (read: much more reasonable, but not nearly as nice) for another week so I can be in touch with rehab and follow up appointments before heading back to HHI…
A couple of shots of the Rotary House Lobby… catering to MDAnderson cancer patients…
- Our Personalized Education Revolution is Coming Out of the Ground!!
- -Join us in Ridgeland, SC for the PolarisTech Charter Groundbreaking! (read about PolarisTech at this link)
… I apologize that will be out of town, recuperating from cancer surgery on the 19th, but my heart will be with the PolarisTech Charter Board and our educational community during this milestone in Jasper County Education!