Surviving Spring Break and Surgery

Hey WordPress Family 😍 I’ve been absent again and I’m clawing my way back. Life at Casa Cuckoo was a little more cuckoo than normal.

The last week of March was the central part of the extras. That was the week that King Ben was out of school on Spring Break. No glorious little yellow school bus. To prepare for a week of having no free time, I spent all my free time leading up to that week trying to get all my errands out of the way. Trying is the keyword. Life never goes according to plan. Not my plans anyway.

As if having King Ben home all day, every day isn’t enough to stress me out, my pain doctor informed me that my intrathecal pain pump replacement surgery would be March 28. Yep, during King Ben’s break. I had to have the unit replaced because the battery that runs it was dying. It’s not a surgery I could postpone. So, right in the middle of King Ben’s break from school, I had surgery. It was outpatient surgery, but general anesthesia, which meant I had to arrange for my younger daughter to drive me and older daughter had to take time off work to take care of Ben. Ugh!

The surgery went fine. The unit was replaced with no problems and I came home with eleven staples to hold the incision closed. I also have to wear an abdominal brace for four to six weeks. The unit is placed in my lower right abdomen, about half way between my bellybutton and hip bone, just below the bellybutton line. My post op pain was a lot more than I was expecting. It hurt pretty bad for three or four days. I took extra morphine and thankfully the doctor was okay with that. Being a chronic pain patient and taking opiates can be a bureaucratic nightmare these days, but that’s a topic for a different post.

All during this time, my daughters have been at war with each other. It’s not a physical war, but a petty, sniping, yelling, bitchy war. Lots of negative vibes and heavy silences to go along with the arguing. I physically felt all of their negativity. Being an Empath is horrible when you’re surrounded by negativity. I’m sure it added to my pain.

King Ben is back in school, but still waking up, and waking up energized, in the wee hours three or four times a week. The daughters are still at war, but the younger is working full time and staying at her new partner’s house on her days off, so there’s a little less tension in the house. The staples are out and the incision is healing well, but the abdominal brace is annoying the snot out of me. It’s like a corset without the boning. So, all in all, things aren’t great, but they’re improving. I guess that’s the best I can hope for.

I’ve missed you all, and I’ll be trying to catch up with you. I really hope I haven’t missed anything really big in your lives. Please let me know if I have. Anyway, like that horrible rash or that annoying relative, I’m back😘

19 thoughts on “Surviving Spring Break and Surgery

  1. Wow, that is a lot! Benn thinking of you and hoping all was well. Good to hear from you! Sending you good healing vibes, some time to relax, peaceful vibes to your daughters and hope you feel better soon!

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    1. You and me both! I’ve been thinking about you and hoping things are looking better in your world. You were going through a rough patch, as I remember. I hope it’s smoothed out at least a littleπŸ’ŒπŸ’ŒπŸ’ŒπŸ’Œ

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  2. Oh dear! Lack of sleep from challenging kids and pain from surgery is no fun.
    Glad Ben is back on the little yellow school bus now so you can rest.
    I too had toe surgery a month ago and it sets you back a bit. The incision is healed, but there is still pain and I can’t find a comfortable pair of shoes. I miss my hikes, but am getting better every day.
    Keep feeling better and I hope your daughters can chip in to help in your recovery.
    It’s good to hear from you again.

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    1. Good luck to both of usπŸ€πŸ‘ I don’t know about you, but I know I’m guilty of having unreasonably high expectations for myself. It’s a hold-over from childhood, where I was never quite good enough. I push myself too hard. I’ve gotten better, but I still expected to come out of surgery with nothing more than the incision. Like it was a splinter or something *eye roll*. For such an intelligent woman, I’m such a dumbass sometimesπŸ˜‚
      Big hugs to you Teri❣❣

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  3. Wow, let’s just say you have a full plate! Dang, girl! You do a wonderful job of just getting through it, though. I know, it’s often a case of “what choice does one have”, but still, you keep fighting the good fight, and I admire that. I think of you (and the other commenters on here) every day, love(s)! Much love to all y’all!! ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. You are in my thoughts daily Dearest Dude😘 Knowing you and all of my other wonderful WP family have my back gives me the strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I feel bad when I’m out of touch but I know you understand there is only so much mental energy (spoons…sporks?πŸ˜‰) available and then it’s brain fry time.😟
      Big hugs and much love my Cosmic Sister πŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ’ŒπŸ˜»πŸ˜»πŸ˜»

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    1. It does indeed seem to pile on at times. I’m usually juggling far too many things on a daily basis, and when more is added, everything falls apart. It gets a bit ridiculous at times and thank goodness I have a sense of humor. If I couldn’t laugh at the absurdity of my life, I’d probably be catatonic.
      I’m still trying to get my “groove” back. Weekends always Monkey Wrench things. The glorious little yellow school bus just took the King off, so I’m gonna have some coffee and hope a meteor doesn’t land on meπŸ˜‰

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  4. Wow, you certainly did go through an awful lot, you poor dear. I’m so sorry for reading this so late, but I hope you are feeling a little better since all this has happened. At least I know one thing for certain, at least the little yellow school bus must be back in full operation by now. So, hopefully, that gives you a wee more time to rest. Hang in there!

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    1. Bless that little yellow school busπŸ™πŸ˜‚ Things are better and I’m 98% healed from the surgery. Life is still throwing me curve balls so I’m still ducking and dodging but I’m hanging in there. I’m too cantankerous to let it keep me downπŸ˜‚πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜

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