I had my surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. The entire experience was better than I expected. I was the first surgery of the day on Tuesday, February 18th, and I went home on Wednesday evening.
The On-Q ball is a device that administered pain meds continually for five days. There was a very narrow tube coming out of each side of my body and then tubing that connected across my stomach. The ball of medicine was in this bag that hung around my neck. I'm not sure what the medicine is, but it worked great because after I left the hospital, I only needed Tylenol for the pain.
On day five when the ball was empty, I was told I could remove the tubes myself. They were needle thin, so I figured it couldn't be that bad. Hoping no blood would be involved, or I would be out like a light, I gently pulled the first tube out. That sucker was 18" long!!! I couldn't feel anything, but it was funny because I think I expected to pull out about 6 inches of tubing, and it seemed to never end! The other side was about 14" of tubing.
I am not able to drive yet, but I have been out of the house a few times - doctor follow-up visits, drain removal, and finally a lunch out at our favorite deli to get some McAlister's iced tea!
In the meantime, I'm slowly getting my energy back. I feel very blessed that I did not experience any nausea from the anesthesia, my throat wasn't sore from the tube during surgery, my pain level has been minimal, and I've had no infections.
I've been so overwhelmed at the wonderful well-wishes from all my friends. I'm very appreciative at the support and love. Thanks for coming along with me on this journey!