Always trying to do too much….

Ok, lesson learned.  Even though I think I feel great, or am not having any pain, I need to still stay in bed and let Armand, Robin and Bill take care of stuff for a while longer.

Robin was putting Avery to bed and I thought I could help things move along by going ahead and getting into the shower.  Everything was fine.  I have so much more mobility than we all thought I would.  No pain or weird feeling while shampooing or washing.  Until….

I took off the bandages to get ready to wash the wounds.  Not sure if it was the heat of the shower, the manipulation of the raw flesh when taking of the tape and gauze or the movements of washing myself….Or a combination of them all….but I almost lost it in the shower.  Light headed, dizzzy, disoriented…I basically was vageling out.  It happened once before after I had sinus surgery and the Dr was trying to clean my nose after surgery.

Vasovagal reaction: A reflex of the involuntary nervous system that causes the heart to slow down (bradycardia) and that, at the same time, affects the nerves to the blood vessels in the legs permitting those vessels to dilate (widen). As a result the heart puts out less blood, the blood pressure drops, and what blood is circulating tends to go into the legs rather than to the head. The brain is deprived of oxygen and the fainting episode occurs

I promise, I was duly chastized by everyone in the house.  I won’t be doing that again.

Then poor Robin was trying to learn how to change the dressing from Armand.  It was hot and steaming in the room because of the shower, and, let’s face it, it’s pretty gross, she had to move away and breathe a bit to make sure she didn’t pass out.  But she is such a trooper and helped finish up the bandaging saying I will get it next time. :)

It’s new to us all and as much as you try to prepare for any surgery or procedure, it is always different for each person.  I know we will get into a groove get this all down pat.

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