The only thing that's worrying me a bit is my tummy... it is hurting again where the abscesses were. Dr. Saturday told me I could expect to have pain there for quite a while. But the pain had totally gone away, and now it's back. Hm.... hopefully that doesn't mean anything bad. I'm also having intermittent pain and nausea like I did in the summer - from obstructions, I think. Squirt (my ileostomy, which pretty much continuously squirts) stops squirting, my belly hurts and I get nauseated... then things finally start moving again and I feel better. It's a pain. I can't figure out why it's happening, but I'd like it to stop! ;)
I feel so blessed to be able to be back at work (working a reduced schedule). I feel like a celebrity, actually! Everyone has gone over the top in welcoming me back and making sure I'm okay and everything! One of the guys I work for came up and hugged me while I was having a snack. "It's so good to see you EATING again," he said. They are so sweet. It has been great to be back, but it is exhausting. I am so tired by the end of the day! I hope that my stamina will come back once I get completely over the flu. But it feels so good to be on the job. I really missed working!
I returned to the Pain Dr. today. The nurses were both happy that I was looking a lot less miserable than I did last week. I pretty much wanted to curl up and die that day. I actually didn't see Jack Black; I saw one of his associates instead, who is very nice and gave me tips for med school. My pain is so much better! I told him. What did you do differently? He asked. Nothing! I said. What changed? He asked. I don't know, I replied. It's a mystery... I guess Dr. Pain was probably right with his theory about my body getting rid of the toxins and stuff. Anyways, I am just glad that it's better! So thankful! I'm starting to feel like myself again.
Today marks one month since my surgery! It's been a month of recovery, definitely. I am very thankful for how well things have gone. No ICU, no home TPN or antibiotics, the surgery did what it was supposed to do, I am actually feeling BETTER than I did before surgery, and I am blessed with doctors who are very responsive when I have concerns or problems!