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I'm home now... - Happy's Obsession
or what I do between bouts of Real Life
I'm home now...
Voice very breathy, but they say that will probably get better. Throat looks like Frankenstein got ahold of it on a drunken binge and went to town. Can only hope that the steri-strips are buckling the skin a little funny to hold the cut together, because if I end up that dippy & bulgy... it will be turtlenecks forever. Or scarves, at least.

The doctor seemed amazed at how big my thyroid gland was. Said it was the biggest he'd ever seen. Each lobe is supposed to be the size of your thumb... each was the size of his palm. At least 10 times normal size. Surgery took 3-1/2 hours because it extended all the way up under my jaw almost to my ears, and (on the left side) down underneath my collarbone. Christ, it didn't feel that big!

And I'm hoping there's a lot of swelling, otherwise... well, I don't want to think about it. I'll have a better idea in a few weeks, but right now I think I'd scare kids.

They have me on Roxicet (oxycodone/APAP) - and I have to say, that stuff kicks ass! Seriously, I'm to take 1-2 every 4-6 hours. I took 1, then waited about 45 minutes and took another half. Whoo, it was a trip for about 20 minutes! Then it just settled down to take the edge off. Hell, it sanded it mostly away! Except for the fact that swallowing is difficult due to the swelling.

The steri-strips are supposed to fall off in 7-10 days, and since I go back to work in 12, I really hope they do. Because, as I said... unsightly in the extremis.

Well, I'm going to fly back over to the couch, sip more cold water, and continue watching Season 1 of Dead Like Me. Got Season 2 also, plus SFU (S1), Dave Chapelle show (S1&2), Rescue Me (S1), and The 4400 (S1) to watch. Plus, I want to rewatch S1 of QaF (love that season!), and "selected highlights" of the rest of the years.

I've got plenty to keep me busy!

*buzzing along - in some pain, but not really caring - just avoiding mirrors*

I feel...: sore sore

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qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to be here! And I'll rest as much as possible!
its_ktd From: its_ktd Date: August 4th, 2005 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you've got lots of good "company"....

Take care ♥
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will, and thanks for the good thoughts!
littlemisstexas From: littlemisstexas Date: August 4th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear everything went well and that you're taking it easy. : )
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Definitely taking it easy, at least for 12 days. Then it's back to the coal mines.
_alicesprings From: _alicesprings Date: August 4th, 2005 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Enjoy that TV marathon! Feel better soon, take it easy.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love that icon! And the TV marathon begins...
rae_1985 From: rae_1985 Date: August 4th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad it all went ok and you are home safe and sound. I'm sure that it is mostly swelling, and in a couple weeks it will look much better. Keep well rested, have fun with the meds, and enjoy all your shows.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
*crosses fingers that you are right about the swelling*

Definitely enjoying the meds, which make sleeping & swallowing... not perfect, but easier.

I sent the book off - you are #4 on the list. Let me know if you don't get in within a month or so. severina2001 has it first. Plus, mailed off your DVD about 15 minutes before I had to check in for surgery. You should get it any day now.
zosha2003 From: zosha2003 Date: August 4th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you're home. Take care.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will, thanks!
queenydiva From: queenydiva Date: August 4th, 2005 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! You're at home, with good drugs. That's pretty much all we can hope for at the moment. :oD
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep. It can only be up from here.
twistinside82 From: twistinside82 Date: August 4th, 2005 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Rest up and enjoy all of your DVDs. ;)) Glad to hear you're home, and feeling well! (even if it is drugs :D)
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
You could write me some fic to make me feel better...

*grins slyly*
cindybaby From: cindybaby Date: August 4th, 2005 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that sounds awful, but I hope you're feeling better really soon!!!!

Relax and enjoy all the wondeful shows.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
gaedhal From: gaedhal Date: August 4th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Jeez, I have a full container of that
Roxicet stuff from the last time I had
surgery. I never took any of it!

Did I miss something really good???

qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
You definitely missed out! Seriously, I usually have to take double the dose of anything to feel it, but this stuff? 1 pill does the trick in about 10 minutes, and 1-1/2 will give you a little trip for about 10 minutes before it settles down.

Consider it after your next surgery, if the pain is bad. It does make things better.
darksylvia From: darksylvia Date: August 4th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Oo..pain killers.

I'm watching S1 Dead Like Me, too!
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
We'll have to discuss it!
teary_eyed2 From: teary_eyed2 Date: August 4th, 2005 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I guess your surgery (I had 2: partial and then total) wasn't quite as easy as mine. I didn't get any "feel good" painkillers; just paracetamol and an icepack "choker" changed every 2 hours since I only had discomfort, not pain. The icepack helped swelling and bruising considerably since they put it on while I was still in recovery. I even ate the hospital food (OK I nearly threw up the first time but that was the anaesthetic effect ;)). Keep your chin up (literally since it helps keep the scar tissue from tightening).
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm still having trouble with the eating (mostly with the swallowing) - pretty much a liquid diet/very soft food right now. And the keeping my chin up is difficult, because they've snugged everything down with steri-strips like mad (stitches underneath). I'm going to work as much as possible to keep it from tightening up after the first few days, because I don't want to pull the scar out into anything wider than necessary.

P.S. If you don't mind... how long & how noticable is your scar? I'm worried, as my cut is about 3 inches long, and who knows how wide until the steristrips fall off & the skin relaxes. You can e-mail me at qafhappy at livejournal dot com, if you want to answer off LJ.
bliss_ From: bliss_ Date: August 4th, 2005 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the post! And no worries, I am sure that is just the swelling...! :)
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll try giving you a call later this week. What days are you off?

But realize - my voice is very soft (strange, I had such a big voice before), and breathy, so it may be hard to hear over the cell phone. You might have to call me at home for better sound. Hell, the S.O. can hardly hear me when I'm right next to him, although he does have some hearing loss from too much time as a musician.
damietta From: damietta Date: August 4th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you are OK. And, S1 is good medicine!
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: August 4th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

I got S2, also, and plan to watch them in a marathon... well, as much as napping allows!
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