J.Lynn Johnston's Blahg!

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***SURGERY UPDATE***

Here’s the latest, straight from the horse’s swollen mouth, as of Tuesday April 5th…

-I have a voice now, but it still hurts to use it. Not so much the vocal cords or anything. Just the tensing and stretching of the rest of my throat/face in order to form things that kills me… So I’m still shutting up.

-The first week was pretty bad. With my throat, it’s been kinda like a really bad strep throat case. But as previously mentioned above, we all know that I’m used to getting strep all the time. So nothing new to me there. Only this time around, the throat pain isn’t accompanied by extreme fevers or crazy body aches. So it just kinda ends up being frustrating. Like I’m not sick. Just sore. And sedated.

-My nose hurt pretty bad for the first week, too. Again, it’s been broken before. So I already know what that felt like, too. But the difference NOW is that there’s been this constant drip and drainage that I have to stay on top of. And just managing the cleanup hurts when all you want to do is leave the sore spots alone. And here I am, having to soak up all sorts of fluids with all sorts of absorbent materials just so I don’t drown on my own pillow. And there are stitches holding my septum in place, which demand a bit more agility in the “mopping up.” Otherwise the eyes are insta-watery. But it’s been fun experimenting with how far into my nasal cavity a Q-Tip will go. Since about day 6 1/2, my nose has been hurting noticeably less. But the throat is still kickin’ my ass.

-Vicodin doesn’t really help PAIN. It just helps you not care about pain. And it also helps you vomit. I dealt with it for a few days, and I think it was beneficial. It helped me sleep. But after day 4, it just nauseated me too much. So I haven’t taken any since then. And in the place of the nausea, I was blessed with a couple days of EXTREME ACID REFLUX. Me and my defects, I tell you. It made it impossible to sleep for a couple days. Because every time I would recline, my chest would explode as it ate itself. Just the thing to get after having SURGERY, right? Something that makes it impossible for you to lie down and rest and recover! But it seems to have gone away a bit. It’s hard to sleep in general, because I keep rolling over and smashing my nose in the pillow, or some other random shooting pain wakes me up. But it gets better each night.

-I’m down to 154 pounds as of yesterday. I hate liquid diets.

-I tested my voice on day 3. I sang. Did a couple wheelies that require some agility. It’s still there. We’ll see about any tonal changes or other characteristic differences in the long run. But that put me at ease, at least knowing that I still HAVE my voice. It just hurts like hell to use it for a while…

-So I’ll keep hanging in if you do the same. And thanks for all the love notes and well-wishes. It goes far these days…

Love and throat craters,
=j.lynn

P.S. – Check out my green sockets.

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April 5, 2005 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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