Surgery May 9!!!

Kirsten - KirstenMcNeal@aol.com

Original posting, 2005-05-01:

On May 9th a general surgeon and an orthopedic surgeon will go in to take off my tailbone, and then cut away the source of my pain - the big, invasive cyst.

I would LOVE any last minute advice!

Kirsten

Update, 2005-05-15:

I had my operation on Monday the 9th. I checked in at 5.45 am and was in the operating room at 7.30. They brought in a special table that basically had me on all fours for the operation. They were able to remove the whole tumor and 90% of my tailbone. When I woke I was screaming for pain meds and to get off of my back. They shifted me to my side and knocked me out with drugs. I spent a day and a half in the hospital receiving Demerol injections and oral vicodin. I got homesick and went home late Tuesday night with extra strength vicodin. I rode home on the floor of my mini van, with the seats taken out, on top of blankets and pillows.

My hips are way sore from laying on my side, but the heating pad helps a lot. All in all I feel great - mentally this is so refreshing to know it is finally over and in one year I will be a normal person again! It feels really good to walk around a little bit, so I am trying not to overdo it. I took a lot of stool softeners and am glad I did so - no problems there.

I showered today and that actually left me really wiped out and sore. I have a plastic, water proof bandage covering the 4 inch incision. It just looks like my existing crack - the nurses kept complimenting how nice it was!

My ortho surgeon did a great job removing my tailbone--he made a special table for the procedure, he bandaged it with a clear sticky tape sort of thing which allows no air or water in for the first week, thus avoiding infection, you can barely even tell I have an incision, and I feel great! He was Dr. Mark Grossnickle, Greeley, Colorado, USA. 970-350-2429.

Update, 2005-05-22:

I am 11 days post-op and I have to write because I cannot believe how great I feel! My hope is that my great experience will encourage others to seek surgery if it is their best option because it really can work out well!

Yesterday I went into town and did some shopping - someone else drove - and it felt so good to be out in the fresh air and feeling so good! My incision is just about totally sealed up and the swelling is down 80%. My buttocks are still sore - it feels really good to massage them so long as I avoid the crack area. Sleeping remains tough because I keep rolling onto my back out of habit, but on my side I sleep well.

All in all, I just want to offer hope and support to everyone on the other side of the surgery - don't let fear of the worst case scenario make you miss the joy of the best case scenario!

Good luck and God bless.

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