• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 223 (Sleep Logistics)

    The same goes for bodily fluids.

    The same goes for bodily fluids.

    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  0.00 miles;  Running Total: 177.37 miles)

    Day 223 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    I was really tired today.  I haven’t slept very well since the drain came out.  I thought I would magically get a decent night’s sleep now that I could lay down.

    Not so much.   Not yet, anyway.

    See, there’s a hole in my side where the drain tube came out.  It doesn’t hurt but fluid is still leaking out of it.  The fluid is like what would collect under the skin if you got a blister.  It doesn’t hurt, but feeling fluid leak out of a hole in your side is less than pleasant. Also, I don’t want the fluid to collect because it could still cause an infection.

    I never noticed the leaking feeling before because the drain tube was in.  Now I do notice it because I just have an open hole in my side that tunnels up to where my right breast used to be.  I have to keep the hole bandaged or the fluid will leak all over my clothes.

    Suffice it to say, it’s pretty damn gross.

    I’m a side sleeper, so that hole creates some logistical problems at night.  Which leads me back to being tired today.

    I spent all night torn between laying on my left side, my most comfortable sleeping position, and laying on my right side, the least comfortable because of the tissue expander.

    It seems like a no-brainer, right?  Sleep on your left side, Meghan. DUH.

    But if I sleep on my left side then my right (and the hole in my right side) are up in the air.  The fluid can’t drain off because of a little nuisance called gravity.

    I settled for laying on my back with a pillow under my knees.  This put me somewhere between comfortable and uncomfortable but at least I got some sleep.

    I know this is a minor problem.  Given everything I’ve been through so far, so what if I have to sleep on my back for a while?

    That’s what I tell myself anyway.  During the day sleeping on my back seems totally manageable.  I only wish the same argument would work as well in the middle of the night.

    Today’s silver lining:  The hole in my side will close eventually.  I just have to be patient while it heals.

    In the mean time, the fluid is better out than in.

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

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2 Responsesso far.

  1. marriannad says:

    I’m so glad to get this update on the drainage and recovery process after your surgery. I’m not in the same position as you are, however, I’m having a difficult time recovering from being laid down and out with a broken left ankle and then a cold that lingers. It’s a struggle between getting up and sitting up for my form of physical therapy and getting way tired. I’m doing the best I can just like you are doing the best you can. Everything is tough right now and I pray we both come through our current troubles even stronger than we were before. God Bless You.

  2. tina says:

    That really sucks–I was hoping it would improve quicker 🙁 guess it will take time. Boo time

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