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Surgery Day

The most annoying thing about today was my uvula (the dangly part at the back of your throat) is SO SWOLLEN. Like twice its size before I had surgery. That is making it harder to eat than any pain I’m experiencing. Hopefully it’ll go down in the next couple of days.

Literally I ate mashed potatoes, roast, mac & cheese, and yogurt with fruit in it today. I just had to chew it all really well to get it past my uvula.

But for the first 2 post operative days I’m setting my alarm for every 5 hours so I can take pain medicine, even if I don’t have any. Then I’ll slowly wean myself off of it and start taking tylenol. Pain management, eating, and hydration are the most important keys these next few days.

Xxx 

Surgery Day

So today I had my tonsillectomy. I had cryoablasion done, which means they “froze” my tonsils off. Basically it  means no sutures and less chance of bleeding. I had my boyfriend and mom go with me to keep me company before hand and take care of me afterward. It’s not that I was scared, I just enjoyed them being with me before something major. I feel like it was a learning experience with my boyfriend as he’s never seen me after major surgery (I’ve only had one) so it was an interesting experience.

The staff were all pleasant. Being in nursing school, I love talking to registered nurses(RNs) about their experiences. Even if people are not in the medical field (I’m speaking from experience) if you talk to the staff members about something you can actively contribute to (job, kids, etc.), you (the patient’s) anxiety will decrease dramatically. After I got some IV fluids hooked up to me, my preop RN left and the doctor came and talked to my boyfriend and mom. He is so energetic and so funny. He made a few jokes then explained to my boyfriend and mom what he was going to do and how long it was going to take.

Then I met the anesthesiologist. He was nice even though I only got about 5 minutes of talking time with him. He checked my blood pressure, listened to my heart and lungs, then told me the RN that will be helping with the surgery would come in. The operating nurse came in and at first spoke to me like a child, which was sort of off-putting. But I remembered that the patients before me were babies and children so I didn’t let it bother me too much. She then quickly got out of that “kid-talk mode” then started to take me back. I entered the operating room and started shaking because it was so cold. But the nurses provided me a warm blanket

The only “scary” part was when they were putting me to sleep. Going through nursing school, I was lucky enough to have studied perioperative procedures and pharmacology concerning general anesthesia. First, they give a muscle relaxer then they’ll give the sedation. Now there are a few seconds in between the drugs to where you realize you cannot move and it is terrifying. At least it was to me. But as soon as I tried to freak out about it I was out.

I did dream under sedation. I don’t know why I did, but I made up a music video to “Happy Little Pills” by Troye Sivan. It was very relaxing and entertaining. Unfortunately I don’t remember any details to tell you guys. :(

When I woke up I was eager to tell the nurses about the music video I dreamed up and why I “knew I had to stand up slow because orthostatic hypotension is no joke”. Lol. I got to go sit in the recovery room on a chair with another warm blanket and watch “Up”. They made sure I drank something before I was able to go. I did start shaking a couple times really violently but they said that was anesthetic related. I also had the itchiest nose of my life! (Also anesthetic related). So the nurse and I reviewed all of my post operative instructions and she let me go after I stopped shaking.

I got home and ate some potatoes and watched America’s Next Top Model on the couch with my bf. I wasn’t really tired but he was so we just snuggled. It made me feel good nonetheless.

While my throat has hurt off and on, it’s not too bad. But I am bound and determined to drink a lot of fluids (I’ve had 2 things of apple juice, a cup of gatorade and like 3 cups of water). I kept the cup they gave me from the doctor’s office and have been using that. I haven’t felt too bad. The nurse did say that the worse day will be my 3rd recovery day though, so we’ll go through that in the future. And I will definitely update to tell you guys what’s going on.

My purpose of this is to not only provide subjective information to those who are going to go through a tonsillectomy, but to also give information as it happens. I feel that a lot of people wait to give their experience after they’ve reflected on the event and it can distort their memories. So hopefully my play-by-play experience will be helpful (and maybe comforting) to those looking for advice.

Again, these will all be tagged with “tonsillectomy” and “surgery” if you want to black list or look at them. At the end of my journey I’ll post a permalink on my blog for easy access. :)

Xxx

slackmistress:

bethanysworld:

fightingforanimals:

Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.” 

Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets. 

Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets. 

When she started out, Veronika states,

“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.” 

And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”

Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”

You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.

To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/

For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.

For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness athttp://www.naeh.org/ or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/

Important in so many ways.

This is amazing and wonderful.

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So since I had a tonsillectomy I decided to give advice to others because most of the stuff I read o the Internet was horror stories and hopefully mine won’t be like that. But I know a lot of people don’t like hearing/reading about these kinds of things so I’ll tag it as “tonsillectomy/surgery” if you want to blacklist it. :-)

Since today is postoperative day 1 I’ll be updating later tonight

Xxx

Ok so I was watching Atlantis: The Lost Empire (again)…

rivendellbitch:

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rivendellbitch:

And I noticed something…

so this is the first time we see the king of Atlantis, right? 

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Then he says this while his wife is drawn into the heart of Atlantis:

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Notice how he’s not looking away. The next time we see the king, he is blind.

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DOES THIS MEAN HE LOOKED INTO THE HEART OF ATLANTIS, RISKED LOSING HIS SIGHT, JUST SO HE COULD SEE HIS WIFE ONE LAST TIME??????

JUST FUCKING STOP RIGHT THERE

CANT STOP WONT STOP

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