Well I’m back from the hospital, for better or worse.
A brief run-down of what happened:
-Had chest pains, difficulty breathing, so I went to the ER.
-After a very short wait, they did a chest x-ray and determined that my lung had indeed collapsed again, this time 100%.
-They were initially going to re-inflate my lung by sticking a tube in my chest, and then do surgery the next day, but then decided on just doing the surgery the next day.
-I’m admitted into the cardiovascular ward.
-Couldn’t sleep that night because of pre-surgery anxiety and because the motor/fan under the hospital bed loudly goes on and off every five minutes.
-Watched the Japan vs. Croatia game and then the first few minutes of the Brazil vs. Australia game before surgery.
-They knocked me out around 2 in the afternoon after giving me 2 IVs and a catheter.
-I woke up again around 4:30 that afternoon, surgery went fairly well.
-I slept for the rest of that day until around midnight when I got up and tried to walk around a little.
-Sleeping, watching the World Cup, recovering from surgery
-Woke up wanting to throw up, spent the rest of the day with this feeling
-Doctor removed my tube at 8 in the morning. Out of the entire process, this was the most pain that I had to go through because he took the tube out and stitched me up right there on my hospital bed with no anesthetics.
-Discharged from hospital around 10AM. Came home, slept most of the day. Caught the tail end of the Ivory Coast vs. Serbia-Montenegro and Netherlands vs. Argentina games.
I have about 7 or 8 holes in me from the various IVs and injections that they gave me over my hospital stay, along with three stitches up the side of my chest from where they operated on my lungs and where the chest tube was. Currently I’m still in lots of pain, but I’m pretty reluctant to take my medicine. Basically the painkillers get rid of the pain, but cause heavy nausea and constipation. So I have to decide between being nauseous or in pain, and I’m choosing pain for now. Full recovery is going to take 4-6 weeks. A big Thank You to everyone for your support.