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Cue the dancing Ewoks
Surgery went well. Warren is an awesome husband.

Surgery was scheduled for 10 am. This meant I was supposed to be at Brigham & Women's by 8:30. We got to the check-in desk with ten minutes to spare. I was glad I allowed an hour for navigating Boston during morning rush hour. Of course when we got there we were told they were running 15 minutes behind schedule. There was much wating then, inturpted by a brief taking of vitals. I finally got called back just after 9:30.

I should point out that just about everyone at B&W is very friendly and perky except for the woman who brought be back to the changing area. Maybe telling people to undress isn't good for your disposition. When I got taken back to pre-op people were fetching me pre-warmed cotten blankets if I so much as looked chilly. There was much bustling. Yoda came by and was miffed because someone lost my consent forms that I'd signed in his office. He disappeared when he discovered that, I suspect to throw a hissy-cow at some administrative type. It amused everyone who came by asking if Yoda had been in yet when I told them that he was miffed... and that was without me calling him Yoda. I resigned the the forms. Hannah Solo, the anathesiologist, put my IV in while claiming that anyone who has ever complained about my veins is telling bald-faced lies. Yoda came back after getting paged twice, with a new and much sharper looking padiwan in tow. He cleary was quite miffed about people loosing the forms and other records. As Warren commented when he stepped just out of earshot "I wouldn't want to be the person who lost them just now." Yoda then proceeded to have what appeared to be a very quiet and polite hissy-cow with a beaurocrat type. By the time things were straighted our and they were ready to wheel me into the OR it was 11am.

Warren was not allowed into the OR with me, though he had been with me through everything up until then. It was wonderful having him there. Much as I hate waking him up hours earlier than he needs to be and causing him to spend time in boring places like waiting rooms, it was nice to have him there keeping me company. As I think I've said before, Warren is the only person who really gets all my jokes. We had some good laughs together while waiting which really helped pass the time.

When I got taken into the OR Hanna Solo said that most patients don't get to remember the OR. Apparently most people want the sedation the offer with the IV. I didn't really see the point, though. She was really good and I hardly even felt the IV. Besides, if I'd been sedated before I would have missed Yoda throwing the hissy-cow. I also wouldn't have noticed for the first time that Yoda has a distinct limp, clearly the result of some lightsaber duel he is too modest to talk about. Of course this did mean that I felt the promised burning sensation when they injected the drugs into my IV all up my arm. That lasted about 30 seconds and the next thing I knew I was waking up out of a dream in the recovery room.

It was 2:15 when I woke up, so I was under for just over three hours. I had no idea it was going to take that long. I was going to say here that I have no idea how much of that time was actual surgery, but Warren has just informed me that Yoda told him the incision was at 11:30 and I was moved to post-op at 1:30. Warren, sweetheart that he is was a bit put out that he wasn't allowed to be with me in post-op so he could be there when I woke up, but they got him back there pretty quick. All he missed was my trip to the bathroom and the nurse fetching me ginger ale and crakers. I made sure to take that bathroom trip right away because I knew that the sooner I got proved I could go that faster they'd let me out. Being at B&Ws wasn't bad at all, but I would much rather be home

According to Warren's brief conversation with Yoda my tubes are clear and I did have endo. I'm not at all surprised. We're assuming Sideous has been tossed down the proverbial reactor shaft and blow up, but Yoda didn't say specifically. Given the incisions over both ovaries and the fact that Yoda is a detail-oriented guy that's a pretty safe bet. I'll see him again July 10th. He promissed me pictures, and doesn't seem to think its weird that I want my own copy of the photos of my insides.

Oh, and in conclusion, Warren is the best husband. He went and got me my drugs. I took one of the Motrin because some of the incisions continue to sting a bit, but I don't think I'll take the stronger stuff. My perscription was for percosett and the pharmacy bag eneded up with the more addictive oxycodone. I suspect my new and suckier perscription drug insurance is to blame. Sigh. Thankfully I'm not much discomfort, so its not a real issue, I just object to such replacements on general principals. I'm actually feeling quite well, I just need to move carefully and avoid standing up straight.


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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: June 27th, 2006 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad it went well. Good luck with your recovery.

(It seems very odd to me that they would substitute a much more expensive drug!)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: June 27th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm.... I have no idea what the relative prices are. I read on another blog about the same substitution being made. The new insurance company seems to have some sort of kick-back list of preferred meds, though. Of course, even I know that they oxy has a much higher street value... maybe someone is hoping I'll sell hits for cheap.
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: June 27th, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Percocet/Percodan are oxycodone (with acetaminophen/aspirin).
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: June 27th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nevermind, then. I must be confusing oxycodone with oxycontin.
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: June 27th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope. Oxycontin is the brand name for oxycodone.
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: June 27th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oxycontin is the brand name for a form of time-release oxycodone that provides a euphoric dose when the pill is chewed or crushed and snorted rather than swallowed whole.

I'm not sure why oxycodone would be more addictive than percoset, then, if percoset is just oxycodone + acetaminophen.

At least I'm not confusing them with oxytocin!
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: June 27th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
As far as I know, they're equally addictive. I assume the only reason people aren't holding up pharmacies for Percs is that they don't realize it's the same stuff.

Yeah, oxytocin is different. :-) Although arguably oxytocin is more addictive. :-)

The other confusing (to me) similarity is melanin-melatonin. If you get them confused, you could end up eating human skin to help you fall asleep.
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: June 27th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
As far as I know, they're equally addictive. I assume the only reason people aren't holding up pharmacies for Percs is that they don't realize it's the same stuff.

Ooh, I thought of a possible reason. The injurious dosage of acetaminophen is pretty low. This would limit the amount of percocet a person could take at one time without pretty stong side effects (and liver damage). Straight oxycodone wouldn't have the same problem. (And one pill of ocycontin can have quite a lot of oxycodone -- up to 80mg; whereas a maximum dose percocet has 10 mg)
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: June 28th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
You may have something there. Certainly there are plenty of people addicted to Percocet out there, but if the immediate side effects of a giant load of acetaminophen are nasty enough, it could limit their usage. (I assure you that addicts aren't worried about liver damage.)
merastra From: merastra Date: June 27th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! I'm glad it went well and you didn't have excess nausea. The Yoda hissy-fit was funny. :-) Good luck with the recovery, it sounds like you're on the right track. :)
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: June 27th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure which is scarier.

A very quiet and pissed doc.

A very quiet and pissed nurse.

It's not so much whether either one will kill you. That's a given.

It's whether or not they'll make sure your entrails are spread across the 27 nearest cubic parsecs of space after they're done with you. :)

Oh, and insofar as the limp, perhaps this may explain it. In this scene, Seraphim (who works for the Department of Conscience, or something like this) is yelling at Piro, who is a Charlie Brown-esque character. Map Seraphim to Yoda...
From: readsalot Date: June 27th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad it went well. I've heard good things about B&W from other people. Warren is definitely the wonderful husband that you deserve, and I continue to be glad that you two found each other.
twe From: twe Date: June 27th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hooray! Gald it went well and you're home and happy.
enugent From: enugent Date: June 27th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read somewhere that a good marriage should be a contest of generosity. You and Warren are doing well on that front - congratulations.

And I'm sure that Sidious is being vivisected, not just incinerated.

I'm glad it all went so well. I bet the nurses would be even more amused if they heard you calling the doctor Yoda. (If he's the one I think he is, he even looks kind of like Yoda, although less green.)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: June 28th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I was actually wondering if you may actually know him, seeing as how you also went to an OB/GYN in Post Office Square, and went to Brigham & Womens to have Dorothy. He does look a lot like Yoda, but less green and much taller. His real last name begins with S.
enugent From: enugent Date: June 29th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, that's him. I never actually saw him medically, as my problems were not infertility-related. But I definitely saw his picture on the wall-o-docs, and I saw him in the hallways a few times.
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