Surgery Story

Monday, July 21, 2008

We arrived at the hospital around 9:30 am and shortly after we got registered i was called back into the prep room to change into a gown and get that stupid iv put in and oh my, let me tell you it takes quite a lot for me to get upset with someone and let them know it but i was so annoyed after 15 minutes of stabbing me over and over again. Not a good way to start the day. But finally it was in.

I also got some blood drawn and it came back that my potassium is high(which could make your heart stop) so they almost made me go home and reschedule the surgery for a couple weeks later but i quickly put an end to that idea and convinced them to still go ahead with the surgery. They informed me that i wouldnt be able to have as high of a dose of the sedative anymore but that was okay with me, i just wanted this over with.

Ready to go~

~Love the hat~
Surgery went well. I guess i told them a couple of times that they were hurting me (which i can hardly believe, i usually dont like to admit to that..i try to be a toughie:) but i dont remember any of it!
I then went into the recovery room where robb joined me a few minutes later and took this picture of me(I cant believe i am showing this, maybe its the vicodin taking over:)

~I was soo out of it!~

He took notes on some of the funny stuff i said.
"Am i fat yet?" (i think that was b/c they told me once you start doing home dialysis you usually gain weight)

I asked him "whats that beeping noise?" like 5 different times, he said "it's monitoring your heart and i asked "whats wrong with my heart?" every time!

" I cant see good" (they had me take out my contacts before surgery but i dont remember doing that!)

Fun stuff!

I got to go home around 3:00 and i swear robb hit every bump in the road there was and drove over every railroad track(ouch) in all of grand rapids and missed every single exit we needed to take on the way home. i was not happy, but i forgive him now! haha. I wanted to be home soo bad.

I am still in quiet a bit of pain but the vicodin is helping. Check out my wound:

Thank you so much for your prayers, comments and emails, robb read me every one while i was in recovery.

Please continue to pray for a quick recovery and for a good, painless nights rest!

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22 Responses to “ Surgery Story ”

Kellie said...

Katie, What a story! Like I said before though this is for the best. I can't even imagine how much pain you are in but just try to stay positive and think of how easy it will make life in the future! Praying for you and your family always!!

Amy said...

So glad that your surgery went well. I will be praying for a quick recovery. Take your pain killers, too; Don't tough it out. :) It will help you heal faster if your body isn't in so much pain.

Tsakani Studios- Kristen Kreuze said...

I'm so glad everything went well today, despite the slight set backs. And don't give Robb too hard of a time for hitting every bump on the way home- the roads in GR (especially around St. Mary's) are HORRIBLE! :o) See you soon!

folkerts said...

Take care, amy's right, take the medicines and enjoy being "out of it"! You do heal faster. Take it easy, let people wait on you, and you'll be ready for your next step! Many prayers and love sent your way.
Myrna and Cliff

Anonymous said...

Katie, Praying for a quick recovery and we pray that you and Robb both have a good night of sleep. Love you! Dad & Mom Rietman

Remember, call me if you need something. Mom

Mindy Roelofs said...

We are very proud of you! You are very strong!!!Sleep tight and hope you have a good day tomorrow.
Enjoy your movie!!!


The Tranas said...

I'm glad everything went well also. And, I third Amy's "take your pain killers." It WILL help your body to heal faster, if it isn't stressing from the pain. Will keep you in my prayers for a quick recovery.

Anonymous said...

You are an amazing woman!!! Praying for a speedy recovery for you. I stumbled on your blog somehow and believe it was heaven sent.

Rachel said...

We have such an Awesome God!! I am so glad that your surgery went well, and we will continue to pray for you during your transition to Hemo-dialysis. Take Care of your self, and take some much needed time to recover.

Anonymous said...

Katie, We do have an awesome God. We are so thankful that your surgery went well. I've learned that if someone can't get that IV started in 3 tries, I tell them to get someone else to give it a shot. There's no need for more discomfort than necessary. Sorry you had to go through that.
We will pray for your swift recovery from this and that the new type of dialysis works well for you. Marcia

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Anonymous said...

I am so glad that the surgery went well! Take it easy!

Cris said...


So glad that your surgery went wellon Monday. I hope you have a restful day today and each day to come you get stronger and stronger and less pain too,

Take care


Jeannie said...

I'm glad so glad to hear the surgery went well and I pray for a fast recovery!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear everything went well. It's hilarious what the anesthesia will make you say, I've got some funny stories on that myself.

Hope recovery goes smoothly!

Anonymous said...

Katie, I'm so glad to hear that your surgery went well! I've been praying for you and your family and will continue to pray for a quick and painless recovery! You are an amazing woman of faith and a motivation to us all!

Anonymous said...

Everyone should look that good after surgery, I don't look that good on my best day! Glad everything went well, hope you get some good sleep.


Daddy's Dream ~Mommy's Miracle said...

you are a trooper...your in our prayers..

Anonymous said...

So, so glad you are doing well! God continues to look over you and your husband everyday. BTW-I'm totally jealous of your tiny waist!

judy said...

Hey Katie!

Just read your update from yesterday. I'm so glad that surgery went well for you!! Thank goodness for good drugs after surgeries! Take care neighbor! We love you and will continue to pray for ya! Judy B.

Emily said...

I love the "am i fat yet?" you crack me up!! Just wanted to say that I've been thinking about you and prayin for you and hope that you heal fast so we can get together soon!! And like I said earlier if you need anything let me know, I'll call you in the next few days and see if you're up for company and me and Brooklyn can come visit!
take care!! Love you!!

Anonymous said...

Katie you are in my prayers that you have a quick recovery!