Week 4.5 after bypass surgery for non-ruptured annie:
I am feeling better and off the oxy (have been off it a week). I’m on 2 max strenth tylenol, 1-2 ibuprofen, 1 aspirin, and 1 muscle relaxant per day.
I’ve gone out with my mom to walk around and have coffee, and I’ve had good days and bad days doing this. We did some post-Christmas shopping for a few hours, then I came home and crashed in front of the tv. Then today I just did a few loads of laundry and stayed in my pjs until 3 pm when I walked my dog, very slowly for an hour.
I have caught a cold. I don’t know if it’s the cold or the muscle relaxant, but I was in a cold with shivers/fever episode for about 36 hours a few days ago. I kept alternating between cold/hot every few minutes. I didn’t have a true fever, I just felt like I did.
I still have pain on the front of my head by an incision, and a scab at the intersection of all 3 lines they cut in my head (like 2 pieces of pizza next to each other). I get intermittent pain on my temple as well. Since coming out of surgery, I’ve had 2 pain spots: my temple and crown of my head. Both hurt as soon as pain medicine wore off. Neither of those areas was touched by scalpel so not sure why they are my pain areas.
And the whole right side of my head feels like I have a mud mask on. The nerves were cut so I don’t have too much feeling on that side.
At week 2, I had an emergency and developed a condition called meningeal irritation. I will create another post about this. It has been the hardest thing to deal with in my recovery (from blood on the brain). If I didn’t have that, I think I would be much farther along. I’ve had to go to the masseuse 2x and chiropractor to deal with neck pain caused by muscle spasm from this condition.
Hearing changes. for the first 3 weeks, it sounded like I was underwater, I had to ask everyone to repeat everything unless they were really close, and everyone sounded like mickey mouse. for the most part, I think this has resolved, except I listened to some music today and it still didn’t sound right, so I know there is still more recovery to be done. Voices sound normal though.